Historic Documents & Publications


Here The Mill Museum will place various historical documents, long and short.


The memoirs of Claire Meikle.  Born in Willimantic, Claire’s memoirs relate the story of the decline and eventual transformation of a New England textile mill town.

“A Fairy in School” was originally published in 1893.  A fairy tale about Idola, a lazy fairy sentenced to learn the value of hard work by being transformed into cotton, then then manufactured into thread at the Willimantic Linen Company in Willimantic, CT.  Originally published by the Willimantic Linen Company.  Republished, with a historical essay by Jamie Eves, as “The Flight of the Cotton Fairies,” in 2011.

 A collection of various documents from the Mill Museum Collection, scanned and documented by Jared M. Leitzel.  Each Folder contains a brief write-up for the whole set in Microsoft Word. Each write-up contains the Title of the folder, the searchable DOC or Folder Name/Number and a brief explanation, followed by the total number of items individually marked.