The Hudson River Mill
Project represents the collective efforts of civic leaders, business
owners, citizens and scholars to celebrate the one hundred and thirty-three
year history of paper manufacturing at the Hudson River Mill in
Corinth, New York.
on the upper Hudson River at the southern boundary of the Adirondack
Park in New York State, the Hudson River Mill played an instrumental
role in the development of the modern paper industry in the late
19th century. As one of International Paper's largest plants in
the early decades of the 20th century, the Hudson River Mill served
both as the location of the Company's principal office and the place
where paperworkers helped to shape the direction of the industry's
early labor movement. After World War II, Hudson River Mill workers
pioneered and perfected the production of coated papers for International
Paper. Shifting economic forces resulted in the Mill's closure in
River Mill Project has three broad objectives. It is actively collecting
documents, journals, photographs, maps and other materials that
relate to the history of the Mill and to the paper industry in general.
Many of the materials that can be found in the Project website were
uncovered only since 2003. The Project is thus actively seeking
additional contributions of historical materials or permission to
make digital copies of originals in the possession of individuals.
Visitors to this website may communicate their interest in assisting
the Project in the ADD YOUR VOICE page of this site.
Project is also working to obtain archival protection for its growing
historical collection, particularly photographs and early copies
of the EMBA News.
Two recent grants from the New York State Archives under the Local
Government Records Management Improvement Fund have advanced this
cause by providing support for the preservation of the George Holland
Archive, a collection of 18,000 photographs taken by the Hudson
River Mill's public relations manager from 1955-1976. The
Holland Archive provides extraordinary insight to life and work
in a small industrial community in the post-World War II era.
The Project's third broad
goal is to provide interpretive and educational resources to the
general public that explain the rich history of the Hudson River
Mill and the early paper industry in northern New York State. The
Project's ultimate goal is to establish a museum in Corinth that
will explain the origins of the paper industry in Northern New York
State and the important role that the Hudson River Mill played in
the manufacture of paper.