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|Size||11.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 8,000 items)|
|Abstract||Peter Spence Gilchrist was an English immigrant and pioneer in chemical engineering of Charlotte, N.C. The collection includes business letters, chiefly 1904-1910, received by Gilchrist's firm, Southern Card, Clothing, and Reed Company, relating to the building of fertilizer plants and the installation of works for phosphate processes along the eastern seaboard.|
|Creator||Gilchrist, Peter Spence, 1861-1947.|
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Peter Spence Gilchrist (1861-1947) was an English immigrant and pioneer in chemical engineering of Charlotte, N.C. Gilchrist was born in Manchester, England and emigrated to the United States in 1889. He was for a time manager of a fertilizer plant on Long Island, N.Y.; a chemical engineer at Charlotte and at Baltimore, Md.; and operator of gold mines in Blacksburg, S.C. He settled in Charlotte in 1898.
Gilchrist designed sulphuric acid plants and fertilizer plants and was a pioneer in the development of the phosphate industry and in chemical engineering in the southeast. His company, Southern Card, Clothing, and Reed, built fertilizer plants and installed works for phosphate processes. He was vice president of the Charlotte Chemical Laboratories, established in 1911; and was president of the Chemical Construction Company of Charlotte, which was established in 1914 and sold to American Cyanamid in 1929.
Gilchrist married Ethel Gertrude Porter of Goole in Yorkshire, England. Their children were Stuart, Cecil W., Edith, and Peter S. Junior.Back to Top
The collection includes business letters, chiefly 1904-1910, received by Peter Spence Gilchrist's firm, Southern Card, Clothing, and Reed Company, relating to the building of fertilizer plants and the installation of works for phosphate processes along the eastern seaboard.Back to Top
Processed by: SHC Staff
Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007
Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, April 2009
This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
This finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.Back to Top