Buck Mickel Papers
Mss.0298

Summary Information

Repository
Clemson University Libraries Special Collections
Creator
Mickel, Buck, 1925-
Title
Buck Mickel Papers
ID
Mss.0298
Date [inclusive]
1925-1998
Extent
18.0 cubic feet (341 folders in 35 document boxes, 4 scrapbooks in one records center box, 11 folders of photographs in one box and one oversize folder)
Language
English
Abstract
Buck Mickel had an outstanding career as an engineer, corporate president, civic leader and philanthropist. The collection contains address books, calendars, correspondence, itineraries, memoranda, minutes, newspaper clippings, reports, scrapbooks, speeches, and other materials relating to Mickel's leadership of Daniel Construction Corporation, Fluor Corporation, RSI Holdings as well as a variety of civic and educational organizations. Of particular note is material related to the redevelopment of downtown Greenville.

Preferred Citation

[description of item such as "Letter from John Smith, Greenville, SC to Michael Jones, Columbia, SC"], box number, folder number, Mss 298, Buck Mickel Papers, Special Collections, Clemson University Libraries, Clemson, SC.

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Biographical Note

Buck Mickel was born December 17, 1925 in Elberton, Georgia to James Clark and Reba Vaughn Mickel. Educated in public schools in Elberton and Atlanta, he graduated from Elberton High School in 1942. During World War II, he attended the U.S. Maritime Academy and served in the Atlantic, Mediterranean and Pacific theaters. Returning to Georgia, Mickel attended the Georgia Institute of Technology and received a B.S. degree in civil engineering in 1947. The following year Mickel began his long association with Daniel Construction Company which was interrupted by a three year tour of duty in Europe at a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineering during the Korean Conflict.

Returning to Daniel, he rose in the corporation becoming assistant to the chairman of the board in 1956 and executive vice president in 1958. Upon the death of Charles E. Daniel in 1964, Mickel was elected president and general manager effective January 1, 1965.

Under Mickel's leadership, Daniel Construction was renamed Daniel International Corporation and experienced remarkable growth with significant expansion into foreign and national projects. In 1977 the Fluor Corporation acquired Daniel. Mickel then served in several senior management capacities for the merged firm until his retirement from executive positions in 1987.

Mickel was the chairman and chief executive officer of RSI Holdings from 1978-1998. This holding company owned Royal Scotsman Inn Corporation, a motel chain; Porter Brothers, an outdoor power equipment distributor; Weigman and Rose International, a heat transfer equipment manufacturer; Harper Brothers, an office supply store; and had substantial holdings in Delta Woodside Textile Manufacturing.

Mickel advocated the development of South Carolina and downtown Greenville in particular. He served on many corporate boards, including Stone Manufacturing Company, as well as the boards of various philanthropic and civic organizations including Brookgreen Gardens, the Greenville Chamber of Commerce and the Japan-Southeastern US Association. Mickel was an advocate of higher education serving on the boards of the Citadel, Clemson University, Converse College, Georgia Tech, Presbyterian College, and Wofford College. He was a strong supporter of Senator Strom Thurmond and a variety of other South Carolina political leaders including Senator "Fritz" Hollings and Governor David Beasley.

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Scope and Content Note

The papers include address books, calendars, correspondence, itineraries, memoranda, minutes, newspaper clippings, photographs, reports, scrapbooks and speeches that document Mickel's business career, civic and philanthropic activities.

They date from 1925-1998 with the bulk dating from 1964-1997.

The papers are organized in four series: Daniel Construction Corporation, Fluor Corporation, RSI Holdings and Personal. Each series is arranged alphabetically by folder title. The documents within each folder are arranged in chronological order.

The Daniel Construction series includes minutes of the board, information about the purchase of the firm by Fluor, and corporate publications as well as correspondence and memoranda related to his work for at the corporation. There are four scrapbooks of clippings related to the firm and its projects.

The Fluor Corporation series includes extensive communications with David Tappan, President of Fluor, minutes and planning documents from the Fluor Board of Directors, corporate publications, and material about a few construction projects including the location and building of the BMW plant in Greer, South Carolina and projects for Milliken & Company.

The RSI series includes a variety of documents related to the various corporations that this holding company had interests in as well as material concerning potential investments and sales as well as the disposition of its assets.

The Personal series includes Mickel's address books, calendars, itineraries, speeches, and to-do lists. There are also files for some of the many organizations upon whose boards he served including Brookgreen Gardens, the Greenville Chamber of Commerce, Greenville Watershed Study Commission and the Japan-Southeastern US Association.

Documentation related to the many colleges and universities that he was associated with varies from considerable for the Governor's School of Performing Arts and Humanities and the University of South Carolina to next to none in the case of Clemson University. There are also files documenting Mickel's support for the re-election of Senators Strom Thurmond and Ernest Hollings.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Clemson University Libraries Special Collections 2010 August 9

Provenance

Mickel Family and Fluor Corporation via Dottie King as accessions 00-206, 00-207, 01-02, 01-03, 01-11.

Processing Information

Deanna Panetta, student assistant, processed the papers in 2007-2008; Allie Rhyne, student assistant did additional work in 2009. Michael Kohl prepared the finding aid.

The conversion of this finding aid to Encoded Archival Description format was made possible with a grant from the South Carolina State Historical Records Advisory Board in 2009-2010. The finding aid was prepared for encoding by Kristi Roberts.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Bayerische Motoren Werke.
  • Brookgreen Gardens.
  • Daniel Construction Company.
  • Fluor Corporation, ltd.
  • Japan-Southeast U.S. Association.
  • RSI Holdings.
  • South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities.
  • Stone Manufacturing Company.
  • University of South Carolina.

Geographic Name(s)

  • Greenville (S.C.)--History
  • South Carolina--History.

Personal Name(s)

  • Daniel, Charles E., (Charles Ezra), 1895-1964
  • Hollings, Ernest F., 1922-
  • Milliken, Roger, 1915-
  • Tappen, David S., 1922-
  • Thurmond, Strom, 1902-2003

Subject(s)

  • Buildings--South Carolina.
  • City planning--South Carolina--Greenville.
  • Universities and colleges--South Carolina.

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Collection Inventory

Daniel Construction 

Box Folder

Acquisitions and Mergers 1968-1970 

1 1-3

Annual Meetings 1973 

1 4

Annual Reports 1969-1976 

1 5

Architectural Department 

Box Folder

 1963-1964 

1 6

 January-June, 1965 

1 7

 July-December, 1965 

2 1

 1966 

2 2
Box Folder

Architecture-Engineering-Construction 1970s 

2 3

Audit 1967 

2 4

Board of Directors Meetings 

Box Folder

 1966-1967 

2 5

 1968-1969 

2 6

 1973-1975 

2 7

 1976 

2 8
Box Folder

Candidates-New President 1976 

3 1

Charles E. Daniel 1954-1965 

3 2

Citizens & Southern National Bank Building 1958-1960 

3 3

Clippings 1964-1977 

3 4

Construction Correspondence 1966-1972 

3 5

Cresap, McCormick, & Paget 1967-1968 

3 6

Daniel Building 1964, no date 

3 7

Daniel Center 1983 

3 8

Daniel Dimensions 

Box Folder

 1982-1983 

3 9

 1986-1987 

3 10
Box Folder

Daniel Stock 1966-1969 

3 11

Daniel: Today and Tomorrow 1985 

4 1

Directors Data Book 1975 

4 2

Data Books 1968, no date 

4 3

Directory 1977-1983 

4 4

Financial Statement 1964 

4 5

Historical Observations no date 

4 6

HR4 Committee Final Report 1979 

4 7

Human Resources Publications no date 

4 8

International no date 

4 9

Inter-Office Memos 1961-1964 

5 1

Inter-Office Memos 1965-1966 

5 2

Magazine Articles 1968-1986 

5 3

Maintenance Services Publications no date 

5 4

Mickel Company Airplane Usage 1987-1988 

5 5

Personnel Changes 1968-1971 

5 6

Power Industry no date 

5 7

Project Manager Meeting 1961 

5 8

Publications no date 

5 9

Publicity 1969-1970 

6 1

Publicly Traded Stock 1967-1969 

6 2

Pulp and Paper Industry 1986, no date 

6 3

Realty/Fortis no date 

6 4

Sales Brochures no date 

6 5

Southeastern Properties, Inc.-South Pasadena, Florida 1961-1965 

6 6

Technical Services Division no date 

6 7

Your Daniel Manifold 1964-1975 

6 8

Scrapbook Clippings 

Box

 1967 

6A

 1970 

6A

 1970-1973 

6A

 1974 

6A

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Fluor 

Box Folder

Alternative Energy Financing at Saloman Brothers, Inc. 1985 

7 1

Annual Meeting 1984-98 

7 2

Annual Reports 

Box Folder

 1974-1980 

7 3

 1984-1995 

7 4

 1996-1997 

7 5
Box Folder

BMW Plant 1991-1993 1998, no date 

8 1

BMW Union Avoidance 1992 

8 2

Board of Directors-Members on Other Boards 1985 

8 3

Board of Directors Meetings 

Box Folder

 1989 

8 4

 September-December 9, 1997 

8 5

 1997-1998, no date 

8 6

Charles Daniel Biography-Letters of Thanks 

Box Folder

K-M 1981-1982 

8 7

N-R 1981-1982 

8 8

S-T 1981-1982 

9 1

U-Z 1981-1982 

9 2
Box Folder

Clippings 1977-1998, no date 

9 3

Computerized Maintenance Management System no date 

9 4

Corporate Planning and Analysis 

Box Folder

 1983-1987 

9 5

 no date 

9 6

Correspondence 

Box Folder

 1984-1988 

9 7

 1989 

9 8

 1990-1991 

10 1

 1992 

10 2

 1993-1994 

10 3

 1995-1998 

10 4

 1999, no date 

10 5
Box Folder

DIC-Business Status Manual 1977 

11 1

Daniel Island Proposal 1991 

11 2

Directors Information 1991, no date 

11 3

Directors Questions 

Box Folder

 1984-1990 

11 4

 1991-1997, no date 

11 5
Box Folder

Energy Project Engineering no date 

11 6

Engineering Construction Maintenance no date 

11 7

Fact Book 1980 

11 8

Fluor no date 

12 1

Horizons no date 

12 2

"How to Do Business in Brazil" 1997 

12 3

Human Resources Publications 1997 

12 4

International no date 

12 5

Inter-Office Communication-Buck Mickel 1976-1980 

12 6

Law Suit 1997 

12 7

Librarians Meeting 1988 

12 8

Manifold no date 

12 9

Milliken Plant 1995-1998, no date 

12 10

Multi-Expander Process 1977-1980 

12 11

Oil Shale Processing Technology 1983 

13 1

Organization Charts 1986-1990, no date 

13 2

Project Profiles 1980s 

13 3

Publications 1985 1995, no date 

13 4

Quality Review 1990 

13 5

Sales Pointers 1986, no date 

13 6

Shareholder Rights Plan 1997 

13 7

Slideshows-Outlines 1983-1985 

13 8

Strategic Plan 1989-1991, no date 

13 9

Strategic Planning Sessions 1996 

13 10

Strategic Planning Sessions 1997 

14 1

Strategic Planning Sessions-Director Preparation Materials 1997 

14 2

Tappan, David 

Box Folder

 1981-1982 

14 3

 1983 

14 4

 January-June 1984 

14 5

 July-December 1984 

15 1

 January-July 1985 

15 2

 August-December 1985 

15 3

 1986 

15 4

 1987-1990 

15 5

 no date 

15 6

 no date 

15 7
Box Folder

Telecommunications no date 

16 1

Unions 1987 1991, no date 

16 2

Wright, John 1985-1987, no date 

16 3

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RSI 

Box Folder

Annual Report 1980-1997 

17 1

Board of Directors Meeting 1986-1998 

17 2

Cambridge Banc 1996, no date 

17 3

Correspondence 1973-1997, no date 

17 4

DeBra Enterprises 1989-1993, no date 

17 5

Delta Woodside 1989-1993, no date 

17 6

Delta Woodside Spin-off and Merger 1988-April 1994, no date 

17 7-8

Dennis Michael Rose Sale of Stock 1983 

17 9

Financial Statements 1980 1983 

17 10

Forms 10-K, 10-Q 1988-1994 

18 1

Graniteville Company 1983, no date 

18 2

Harper Brothers 1978-1991 

18 3

Holiday Inn, Inc 1993-1997 

18 4

Home Improvement Lending, Inc 1989, no date 

18 5

Home Improvement Lending Business Plan August 1996 

18 6

Income Statements and Balance Sheets 1978-1996, no date 

18 7

Jacobsen Manufacturing Co. 1994 

18 8

Liquidation 1989-1997, no date 

18 9

Porter Brothers 1977-1990 

18 10

Potential Investments 1975-1995, no date 

18 11

Reception 1986 

19 1

Reports to Stockholders 1988-1994 

19 2

Royal Scotsman Inn Corporation 1972-1978, no date 

19 3

Sale of Tampa Property 1997 

19 4

Securities and Exchange Commission Inquiry 1989-1993, no date 

19 5

Shareholders Meeting 1981-1998 

19 6-7

Snapper Power Equipment 1988-1990 

19 8

Stock Ownership 1988-1997, no date 

19 9

U.S. Shelter Corporation 1975 1986, no date 

19 10

Valuation of Common Stock Holdings 1992-1996, no date 

20 1

Wiegman & Rose International Corporation 1975-1997, no date 

20 2

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Personal 

Box Folder

Address Books no date 

20 3-4

Arena 1983-1996, no date 

20 5-6

Bi-Lo Center 1992-1998, no date 

21 1

Biography-Buck Mickel 1945-1998, no date 

21 2

Brookgreen Gardens 

Box Folder

 1987-1997 

21 3-5

 1998, no date 

22 1-2
Box Folder

Calendars 1964-1997 

22 3-5

Campaign Contribution List no date 

23 1

Christmas Lights 1985-1992, no date 

23 2

The Citadel 1989-1998, no date 

23 3

College Profiles no date 

23 4

Community Foundation 1973 1987-1989, no date 

23 5

Congressional Record May 4th, 1983 

23 6

Converse College 1989-1998 

23 7

Correspondence 

Box Folder

 1964-1983 

23 8-9

 1984-1999 

24 1-7

 no date 

25 1
Box Folder

Homozel Mickel Daniel Estate 1992-1997, no date 

25 2

Furman University 1997 

25 3

Georgia Tech 1994-1997, no date 

25 4

Government Matters 1991, no date 

25 5

Governor's School of Performing Arts & Humanities 1995-1998, no date 

25 6

Governor's School of Math & Science 1987-1988, no date 

25 7

Greater Greenville Forum 1996-1998, no date 

25 8

Greenville Watershed Study Commission 1925 1991-1993, no date 

25 9

Hollings Campaign 1991-1992 

25 10

Itineraries 1964-1965 

26 1

Itineraries Travel 1970-1985 

26 2

Itineraries Travel 1978-1994 

26 3

Japan-Southeastern US Association 

Box Folder

 1977-September 1989 

26 4-7

 October-December 1991, no date 

27 1-3

Correspondences 1987-1989, no date 

27 4-7

Delegate Lists 1988-1989, no date 

28 1
Box Folder

Joint Legislative Study Committee to Study the Governance and Operation of Higher Education 1995-1997, no date 

28 2

Judicial Compensation Commission 1991-1995, no date 

28 3

McCraw, Les 1985-1991, no date 

28 4-5

Milliken, Roger 1992-1996, no date 

28 6

Palmetto Business Forum 1992-1998, no date 

29 1

Performing Arts Center 1979 1986-1991, no date 

29 2

Poinsett Plaza 1997, no date 

29 3

South Carolina Business Hall of Fame 

Box Folder

 1993-1998, no date 

29 4

Brochures 1987-1998, no date 

29 5

Correspondences 1987-1991, no date 

29 6

Newspaper Clippings and Booklet 1986-1988 

29 7
Box Folder

South Carolina College Council 1991, no date 

29 8

South Carolina Foundation of Independent Colleges 1997, no date 

29 9

South Carolina Tuition Grants Commission Annual Report 1986-1988 

29 10

Southern Connector 1989-1991 

29 11

Speeches 

Box Folder

80 th Anniversary of the Founding of Anderson College, Anderson, South Carolina February 13, 1991 

29 12

Association of Corporation Growth, Atlanta, Georgia April 29, 1988 

29 13

Brookgreen Gardens, Georgetown, South Carolina no date 

29 14

The Business Council May 10, 1974 

29 15

Business Hall of Fame, Columbia, South Carolina May 23, 1996 

29 16

Chamber of Commerce Board, Greenville, South Carolina October 30, 1996 

29 17

Chapter Meeting, Greenville, South Carolina no date 

29 18

Clemson, South Carolina November 4, 1988 

29 19

Dedicated Salesman Speech April 28, 1975 

29 20

Delta Woodside Managers, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina June 6, 1996 

30 1

Dinner Speech Before Fluor Board Meeting March 7, 1994 

30 2

Downtown Greenville Association, Greenville, South Carolina January 26, 1966 

30 3

Elbert County High School Graduation, Elbert County, Georgia May 30, 1987 

30 4

Enjoying the Corporate Clime July 17, 1983 

30 5

Ernest and Whinney Senior Managers, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina June 2, 1987 

30 6

Fluor Company Speech to Members August 27, 1979 

30 7

Fluor Speech on Industry September 9, 1991 

30 8

Ford Foundation's Leadership Program, Greenville, SouthCarolina November 2, 1987 

30 9

Free Speech on Company's Training Program July 1987 

30 10

Furman, Greenville, South Carolina November 28, 1995 

30 11

Furman Loyalty Fund Speech, Greenville, South Carolina October 20, 1992 

30 12

Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, March March 4, 1996 

30 13

Greenville County Foundation, Greenville, South Carolina December 8, 1976 

30 14

Growth and Opportunity Awards Dinner, Greenville, South Carolina April 29, 1993 

30 15

Hyatt Hotel Ribbon Cutting, Greenville, South Carolina January 15, 1982 

30 16

International Engineering Symposium on Structure Steel May 22, 1985 

30 17

Investors Luncheon, Clemson, South Carolina September 8, 1995 

30 18

J. Mason Alexander "Mr. Poinsett Hotel" Banquet Speech, Greenville, South Carolina June 2, 1980 

30 19

Leadership Greenville, Greenville, South Carolina November 9, 1991 

30 20

Luncheon in Honor of Governor, Elect Russell, South Carolina October 16, 1962 

30 21

Luncheon Honoring Hugh and Anne Chapman October 31, 1986 

30 22

Man of the Year Award Speech May 28, 1986 

30 23

Management Night 1983-1984 

30 24-25

Management Night-Irvine, California no date 

30 26

Marketing Coordination Speech April 20, 1993 

30 27

National Coal Association Convention, Colorado Springs, Colorado June 26, 1982 

30 28

New York Analyst Meeting January 21-24, 1985 

30 29

Notes for Speeches 1974-1987 

30 30-31

Notes for Speeches 1981-1996, no date 

31 1-5

Palmetto Fund, Charleston May 28, 1985 

31 6

Personal View Speeches August 17, 1976 

31 7

Pickens County Industry Appreciation Dinner, Pickens, South Carolina no date 

31 8

Presidential Evening Honoring Strom Thurmond, Greer, South Carolina September 25, 1996 

31 9

Prison Presentation April 10, 1991 

31 10

Progress Update In Fluor's E&C Group October 4, 1983 

31 11

Queen City Chamber of Commerce, Charlotte, North Carolina December 3, 1996 

31 12

RAMP September 14, 1989 

31 13

Retirement Party for R. J. Mahoney April 4, 1995 

31 14

Rotary Club, Greenville, South Carolina no date 

31 15

Rotary Talk March 26, 1985 

31 16

Sales Seminar September 5, 1978 

31 17

South Carolina May 3, 1992 

31 18

South Carolina Business Hall of Fame, Columbia, South Carolina May 29, 1985 

31 19

South Carolina Business Week, Presbyterian College, Clinton, South Carolina July 8, 1984 

31 20

South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, Charleston, South Carolina November 3, 1983 

31 21

South Carolina Pace Acceptance Speech at NAM Annual Meeting October 5, 1984 

31 22

South Carolina Regulatory Reform, Greenville, South Carolina February 13, 1992 

31 23

South Carolina Textile Manufacturing Meeting, Sea Island, Georgia May 15, 1975 

31 24

Speech about the City of Greenville, Greenville, South Carolina no date 

31 25

Speech Given about Clemson, Clemson, South Carolina no date 

31 26

Speech on the End of Bob Coleman's Presidency of Converse College, Spartanburg, South Carolina no date 

31 27

Speech to Governor about the Fluor Company September 12, 1977 

31 28

Speech about Jean Galloway Bissell May 8, 1990 

31 29

Speech Regarding Fluor E&C January 11, 1983 

31 30

Speech for Strom Thurmond no date 

31 31

Speech about Strom Thurmond Institute, Clemson, South Carolina August 20, 1982 

31 32

Speech to Team Members of Fluor November 25, 1981 

31 33

Tri-County Technical College, Pendleton, South Carolina July 26, 1987 

31 34

United Way Speech, Greenville, South Carolina September 7, 1995 

31 35

Untitled 1974-1984, no date 

32 1-2

Strom Thurmond 

Box Folder

Contributors 1995-1996, no date 

32 3

Events hosted for Strom Thurmond 1995-1996 

32 4

Re-Election Committee 1995-1996, no date 

32 5-6

To Do Lists 

Box Folder

 1965-1987 

32 7-10

 1988-1998, no date 

33 1-12

Total Development of Greenville 1982-1989 

33 13

UMBRO 

Box Folder

 1991-1995 

33 14-15

 1995-1998, no date 

34 1-6

Drafts 1996 

34 7

University of South Carolina 

Box Folder

Bicentennial Campaign Booklets 1996, no date 

34 8

Business Partnership Foundation 1988-1997 

34 9

Correspondence 1996-1998 

34 10

Development Office-Confidential 1995-1997 

34 11

Miscellaneous 1991, no date 

35 1

National Advisory Council 1996-1997, no date 

35 2

People of Importance: Markland, Palms, Ramsaur no date 

35 3

Principal Gifts Lists and Campaign Reports 1996-1997 

35 4

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Photographs 

Box Folder

Bush, George no date 

1 1

Bush, George, Barbara no date 

1 2

Citadel Development Foundation 1997 

1 3

Downtown Greenville Sketch no date 

1 4

Elberton High School Class of 1942 50 th Reunion 1992 

1 5

Greenville Holiday Lighting circa 1990 

1 6

Greenville Performing Arts Center Schematic Site Plan 1990's 

1 7

Live Oak Milliken Plant Rebuild team 1995 

1 8

Mickel, Buck 1993 

1 9

South Carolina Business Hall of Fame 1993 

1 10

Thurmond, Strom no date 

1 11

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Maps, Financial Records, and Photographs (Oversize) 

Oversize_folder

Daniel Construction Financial Records-Resource Allocation Spreadsheet 1976-1980   14"x24.75"

1

Photograph of Fluor Daniel Building in Los Angeles circa 1980s   10 x 13.75 inches

Two photgraphs of advertisements for Daniel Construction   13.75 x 10 inches

Maps 

Oversize_folder

Lands owned by Brookgreen Gardens 1987   23.75" x 20.75"

1

Brookgreen Gardens Property East of Highway 17 1993   44" x 18"

1

Site Plan of New Jeddah International Airport 1970s   15.25"x11.5"

1

Magazine Reprint-"The Daniel Building," Fortune Magazine June, 1966   13"x10.25"

1

Newspaper Reprint- Greenville News, Section D pages 1-2 October 29, 1978   16" x 24"

1

Poster-"Buck Mickel Man of the Millennium no date   14" x 22"

1

RSI Holdings Financial Records 

Oversize_folder

Debra Enterprises Organizational Chart no date   11" x 17"

1

Porter Brothers Balance Sheets 1976-1977   11" x 17.75"

1

Potential Acquisition (Graniteville Mills?) Spreadsheets no date   11" x 17"

1

RSI Holdings Consolidated Balance Sheet August 1989   11" x 15"

1

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