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Evelyn Grindstaff, 1999 February 22

Identifier: GF-GR0375

Scope and Contents

Evelyn Grindstaff recounts her life and forty-five years working in textile mills in Gastonia, North Carolina. Topics discussed include her experiences working at the Groves Mills beginning at the age of fifteen, her husband's World War II service, her struggles with dyslexia and her pride in her daughter's education, and the changes in society and technology over her lifetime.


  • Creation: 1999 February 22

Conditions Governing Access

34 of the 392 interviews are available in the digital repository. Original audiovisual materials are closed to patron use.

Biographical Note

Evelyn Grindstaff was a 77-year-old woman at the time of interview, which took place in her home in Gastonia, North Carolina. She was born in Lincolnton, North Carolina in 1922. She completed the fourth grade, and was employed as a textile mill worker in the Groves Mills and the Pharr Yarn Mill.


43 Minutes

Language of Materials


Repository Details

Part of the Oral Histories, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, UNC Charlotte Repository

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