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MC 00304 Guide to the Perry-Wynns Fish Company Records, 1949 - 1993

The Perry-Wynns Fish Company Records are organized into four series: Employee Records, Financial Records, Catch Records, and Photographs.
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This series contains payroll records for the Perry-Wynns Fish Company's seasonal and permanent employees. The volumes have been arranged chronologically.
[Box 1, Folder 1] Employee records, 1951
[Box 1, Folder 2] Employee records, 1952
[Box 1, Folder 3] Employee records, 1953
[Box 1, Folder 4] Employee records, 1954
[Box 1, Folder 5] Employee records, 1955
[Box 2, Folder 1] Employee records, 1956
[Box 2, Folder 2] Employee records, 1957
[Box 2, Folder 3] Fish Cutters, 1958
[Box 2, Folder 4] Fish Cutters, 1959
[Box 2, Folder 5] Roe Pickers, 1959
[Box 2, Folder 5] Fish Cutters, 1963
[Box 3, Folder 1] Employee records, 1960
[Box 3, Folder 2] Fish Cutters, 1960
[Box 3, Folder 3] Roe Pickers, 1960
[Box 3, Folder 4] Employee records, 1960-1961
[Box 3, Folder 5] Employee records, 1961
[Box 4, Folder 1] Fish Cutters, 1961
[Box 4, Folder 2] Roe Pickers, 1961
[Box 4, Folder 3] Employee records, 1962
[Box 4, Folder 4] Roe Pickers and Fish Packers, 1962
[Box 4, Folder 5] Fish Cutters, 1963
[Box 5, Folder 1] Roe Pickers, Fish Packers, and Skinners, 1963
[Box 5, Folder 2] Fish Cutters, Men and Women, 1964
[Box 5, Folder 3] Roe Pickers, Fish Packers, and Skinners, 1964
[Box 5, Folder 4] Additional Cutters, 1964-1965
[Box 5, Folder 5] Regular and Off-season Fish Packers, July 4, 1964-June 25, 1966
[Box 6, Folder 1] Labor, 1965
[Box 6, Folder 2] Roe Pickers, Skinners, and Fall Fish Packers, 1965
[Box 6, Folder 3] Regular Payroll, 1966
[Box 6, Folder 4] Men and Fish Cutters, 1966
[Box 6, Folder 5] Roe Pickers, Skinners and Fall Packers, 1966
[Box 7, Folder 1] Men and Fish Cutters, 1967
[Box 7, Folder 2] Roe Pickers, Skinners, and Fall Packers, 1967
[Box 7, Folder 3] Men's Working Hours, 1967-1968
[Box 7, Folder 4] Men (Night Workers), 1967-1970
[Box 7, Folder 5] Regular Payroll, 1968
[Box 8, Folder 1] Men and Fish Cutters, 1968
[Box 8, Folder 2] Roe Pickers and Skinners, 1968
[Box 8, Folder 3] Roe Pickers, Fall Packers, and Skinners, 1969
[Box 8, Folder 4] Seasonal Men and Fish Cutters, 1969
[Box 8, Folder 5] Roe Pickers, Fall Packers, and Skinners, 1970
[Box 9, Folder 1] Regular Employees, 1970-1971
[Box 9, Folder 2] Seasonal Fish Cutters, 1970-1971
[Box 9, Folder 3] Roe Pickers, Skinners, and Packers, Fall 1971
[Box 9, Folder 4] Men (Night Workers), 1971-1973
[Box 9, Folder 5] Regular Employees, November 4, 1971-November 1, 1973
[Box 10, Folder 1] Roe Pickers, Skinners, and Fall Packers, 1972
[Box 10, Folder 2] Fish Cutters, 1972-1973
[Box 10, Folder 3] Roe Pickers, Skinners, and Fall Packers - Seasonal Operations, 1973
The Financial Records series contains volumes of the Perry-Wynns Fish Company's financial information, including sales, purchase, and payroll records. The volumes have been arranged chronologically.
[Volume 11] Financial records, 1949 June - 1952 April
[Volume 12] Financial records, 1952
[Volume 13] Financial records, 1953
[Volume 14] Financial records, 1953-1958
[Volume 15] Financial records, 1954
[Volume 16] Financial records, 1955
[Volume 17] Financial records, 1956
[Volume 18] Financial records, 1957
[Volume 19] Financial records, 1958
[Volume 20] Financial records, 1959
[Volume 21] Financial records, 1960
[Volume 22] Financial records, 1961
[Volume 23] Financial records, 1962
[Volume 24] Financial records, 1963
[Volume 25] Financial records, 1964
[Volume 26] Financial records, 1965
[Volume 27] Financial records, 1966
[Volume 28] Financial records, 1967
[Volume 29] Financial records, 1968
[Volume 30] Financial records, 1969
[Volume 31] Financial records, 1970
The Catch Records series includes records of the numbers of fish caught by Perry-Wynns Fish Company employees in individual years. The records have been arranged chronologically.
[Box 32, Folder 1] Catch records, 1950-1952
[Box 32, Folder 2] Catch records, 1953
[Box 32, Folder 3] Catch records, 1954
[Box 32, Folder 4] Catch records, 1955
[Box 32, Folder 5] Catch records, 1956
[Box 33, Folder 1] Catch records, 1957
[Box 33, Folder 2] Catch records, 1958
[Box 33, Folder 3] Catch records, 1959
[Box 33, Folder 4] Catch records, 1960
[Box 33, Folder 5] Catch records, 1961
[Box 34, Folder 1] Catch records, 1962
[Box 34, Folder 2] Catch records, 1963
[Box 34, Folder 3] Catch records, 1964
[Box 34, Folder 4] Catch records, 1965
[Box 34, Folder 5] Catch records, 1966
[Box 34, Folder 6] Catch records, 1966-1968
[Box 34, Folder 7] Catch records, 1967
[Box 35, Folder 1] Catch records, 1968
[Box 35, Folder 2] Catch records, 1969
[Box 35, Folder 3] Catch records, 1970
[Box 35, Folder 4] Catch records, 1970-1971
[Box 35, Folder 5] Catch records, 1971
[Box 35, Folder 6] Catch records, 1972
[Box 35, Folder 7] Catch records, 1972-1974
[Box 36, Folder 1] Catch records, 1973
[Box 36, Folder 2] Catch records, 1974
[Box 36, Folder 3] Catch records, 1975
[Box 36, Folder 4] Catch records, 1975-1977
[Box 36, Folder 5] Catch records, 1976
[Box 36, Folder 6] Catch records, 1977
[Box 36, Folder 7] Catch records, 1978
[Box 37, Folder 1] Catch records, 1978-1979
[Box 37, Folder 2] Catch records, 1979
[Box 37, Folder 3] Catch records, 1980-1981
[Box 37, Folder 4] Catch records, 1980-1983
[Box 37, Folder 5] Catch records, 1982
[Box 37, Folder 6] Catch records, 1983
[Box 37, Folder 7] Catch records [File 1 of 2], 1984
[Box 38, Folder 1] Catch records [File 2 of 2], 1984
[Box 38, Folder 2] Catch records, 1985
[Box 39, Folder 1] Catch records, 1985-1989
[Box 40, Folder 1] Catch records, 1985-1995
[Box 40, Folder 2] Catch records, 1987
[Box 40, Folder 3] Catch records, 1988
[Box 41, Folder 1] Catch records, 1990-1993
[Box 41, Folder 2] Catch records, 1994-1995
Five photographs were taken of the Perry-Wynns Fish Company by Lois Fischer Black, NCSU Libraries Special Collections Research Center, following the company's donation of its records to North Carolina State University.
[Folder 42] Photographs, 2002

Creator

Perry-Wynns Fish Company.

Quantity

43.5 Linear feet

General Physical Description note

20 boxes and 21 volumes

Location note

off-site

Location

For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Special Collections Research Center Reference Staff external link.

Language

English

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

The Perry-Wynns Fish Company Records were a gift of the Perry-Wynns Fish Company on March 13, 2001 and of Lois Fischer Black on March 23, 2002.

Acquisitions Information

The Perry-Wynns Fish Company Records were a gift of the Perry-Wynns Fish Company on March 13, 2001 and of Lois Fischer Black on March 23, 2002.

Processing

Processed by: Stephanie A. Horowitz; machine-readable finding aid created by: Stephanie A. Horowitz

Scope and Content Note

The Perry-Wynns Fish Company Records include volumes of employee records (including salary information), records of fish caught and packed, and books of sales and general financial information. Also included is a subsequent addition of five photographs.

Historical Note

The Perry-Wynns Fish Company was formed in 1952 when L.D. Perry and Leo Wynns formed a partnership to run a herring packing plant in Colerain, North Carolina on the western shore of the Chowan River. The company was incorporated on February 7, 1966. For decades, it was the largest freshwater herring fishery in the world, packing both herring and herring roe under the Tidewater Brand, the Bertie Brand and Chowan's Best. It also ran a restaurant, the Sea Gull Cafe, that was open for lunch during the herring season in March and April. During the Perry-Wynns Fish Company's height, it hired up to 200 seasonal and permanent employees. During the 1990s, the number of herring in the Chowan River fell, and the business shrank to a point where it hired 25 seasonal employees and had ten full-time employees. The company also began packing herring, mackerel and mullet caught elsewhere, rather than processing fish caught locally in the Chowan River. In September 2003, Hurricane Isabel destroyed nine of the fishery's eleven buildings, putting the company out of business.

Access to Collection

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Mail

Special Collections Research Center
Box 7111
Raleigh, NC, 27695-7111

Telephone

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Fax

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of Item], Perry-Wynns Fish Company Records, MC 304, Special Collections Department, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, North Carolina.

Access to Collection

North Carolina State University does not own copyright to this collection. Individuals obtaining materials from the NCSU Libraries' Special Collections Department are responsible for using the works in conformance with United States copyright law as well as any donor restrictions accompanying the materials.

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