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City Mills Collection (MC 90)

Organizational Note

According to the Georgia Trust website, the City Mills was originally established by wealthy planter Seaborn Jones in 1828, the same year as the founding of Columbus, Georgia. The City Mills spent 150 years grinding corn and wheat, corn meal and flour, while at the same time generating the hydro-electric power that made Columbus one of the earliest large-scale textile centers in the South. The Mill is part of the Columbus Historic Riverfront Industrial National Landmark District and comprises an 1890 wooden grain elevator and two-story warehouse, a 1914 concrete silo and a “flour mill” grinding facility.

Scope and Content

These records document the working live of the grain business from the late 19th century to the mid-20th century. They include financial records, board minutes and administrative matters.

1890-1966 7 boxes, 29 volumes (10 l.f.)


Permission to Publish

Permission to publish material from the City Mills Collection must be obtained from the Columbus State University Archives at Columbus State University. Use of the following credit line for publication or exhibit is required:

City Mills Collection (MC 90)
Columbus State University Archives
Columbus, Georgia


These materials were deposited with the Archives in 1990.

Box and Volume List


Volume G Cash Book, June 1906 - August 1907

Volume H Cash Book, September 1907 - December 1908

Volume K Cash Book, June 1911 - July 1912

Volume L Cash Book, August 1912- August 1913

Volume M Cash Book, September 1913- July 1914

Volume N Cash Book, August 1914- May 1915

Volume O Cash Book, June 1915- March 1916

Volume P Cash Book, April 1916- March 1917

Volume Q Cash Book, March 1917- May 1918

Volume R Cash Book, June 1918- August 1919

Volume S Cash Book, September 1919- November 1920

Volume U Cash Book, July 1921- October 1921

Volume T Cash Book, November 1921- July 1922

Volume V Cash Book, August 1922- March 1923

Volume W Cash Book, April 1923- November 1923

Volume X Cash Book, December 1923- August 1924

Volume Y Cash Book, September 1924- August 1925

Volume Z Cash Book, September 1925- June 1926

Volume A Cash Book, July 1926-May 1927

Volume B Cash Book, June 1927- June 1928

Volume C Cash Book, July 1928- May 1929


Time Book (Shows the names and the wages paid), June 1920-April 1924

Reference Book R.G. Dunn & Company, September 1930

Reference Book R.G. Dunn & Company, September 1931

Reference Book R.G. Dunn & Company, January 1932

Reference Book R.G. Dunn & Company, May 1932

Reference Book Dunn & Bradstreet, May 1933

Reference Book No. 7 Dunn & Bradstreet, March 1936

Reference Book No. 7 Dunn & Bradstreet, March 1938


Box 1

Telephone Directories for Columbus and Hamilton Georgia and Phenix City, Alabama, February 1956

Check Stubs (City Mills), October 1957- January 1958

Accounts Receivable, Showing itemized sales and end of the month averages, May 1949- April 1949

Stockholder's Minutes, covering sales, depreciation of property, wages and bad accounts, June 1949- June 1964

Tax Returns (includes processed tax returns on Wheat, Corn, Flour and floor stock and flour meal bags), December 1921-November 1935

Box 2

Bills Paid, January 1938- December 1938

Includes the following companies:

ATENA life statements, Atlanta, GA

Ashcraft-Wilson & Company, Atlanta, GA

Crystal Bag Company, Chickamauga, GA

Columbus Iron Works, Columbus, GA

Central Georgia Railway, Columbus, GA

Golden's Foundry & Machine, Columbus, GA

Bills Paid, January 1939- December 1939

Statements from other companies outside of the Columbus area cancelled checks and Invoices.

Bills Paid, July 1960- September 1960

Include the following companies:

Georgia Marble Company, Tate, GA

Georgia Roofing & Sheetmetal, Columbus, GA

Marion Manufacturing Company, Atlanta, GA

Nelson Brokerage Company, Columbus, GA

Alexander Brothers Lumber Co., Columbus, GA

1960 E.T. Allen Company, Atlanta, GA

Box 3

Cotton and Burlap Bag Prices, January 1930- October 1930

Sales Comparisons/ Cost statistics, Prior to 1945

Stockholders certificates of shares City Mills, 1934

Profit and Loss Statements, 1937

Sales Comparisons, 1941- 1942

City Mills Report of Examination, 1937- 1940

City Mills Company By-Law (Incorporated in Columbus, Georgia), June 1890

Chattahoochee River Mills Sales Comparisons, 1925- 1930

Inventory Statement of Warehouse, 1925- 1930

City Mills Company Cotton Burlap Bag Prices, through December 1939

Box 4 – Equipment and Supplies

Blue Book, 1961

Catalogs for Poultry Industry

Supply catalogs

Equipment catalogs

Lyon Electric Supplies, 1950- 1960

Anderson Poultry Industry, 1962

Keenco Poultry, Wholesale price books and freight lists, 1962

Machine Parts, Owner's Manuals and Instructions sheets, 1954

Box 5

Handwritten notes of formulas for a variety of feeds and the number of bags the mixture would make, 1945- 1952

Diseases of Poultry, 1953- 1955

Lederle Laboratories Inc. – Books and pamphlets of information on the treatments and diagnosis of the diseases of poultry.


Box 6 and Box 7

Maps, Architectural Drawings, and Blueprints