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|THE DYKE MILL BULLETIN
PUBLISHED BY THE DYKE MILL, MONTAGUE,
MASSACHUSETTS. MARCH, 1911, NO. I.
THE Dyke Mill is an industrial and social experiment in a New England country
village. It has been founded in the belief that man's work lies rightfully in
the country and that even today and in the midst of a commercial civilization,
attended as it is by the "regimentation" which Herbert Spencer so deplored,
it is possible to organize a small group industry along human and enjoyable
The work has been incorporated under the laws of the state of Massachusetts,
and the certificate of incorporation authorizes the Mill to "manufacture various
articles of use and bcauty; rugs, furniture, dyed linen thread, printing, etc.,
under more than ordinarily favorable conditions, ethically, artistically and
socially. The Mill will undertake any manufacturing in the artistic crafts which
may be adapted to a modified shop system, and may combine such social features
as will lend assistance to the furtherance of the work, from conferences and
classes to final full ownership of the plant and business solely by the workers
in the enterprize. To promote and encourage the union of agriculture and the
crafts." To begin with, an interesting group of old buildings was bought on
the outskirts of the village, and adequate water power was obtained at the same
time. The buildings have had an important part in the town's industrial life,
and their restoration and re-use for manufacturing purposes pick up a local
tradition and carry it on to new developments.
The industries housed at the Mill will be taken up at length in the BULLETIN,
which will also treat of the various activities centered around the Mill.
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The Dyke Mill was originally the Richardson & Dike (later J. Dike & Sons) chair and sofa factory, built in the 1840s. In 1909, the Dyke Mill incorporated itself with the intention of creating an Arts & Crafts outpost in Montague. Its utopian ideals are evident in the text, particularly visible in its emphasis on rural life as a cure for societal ills. Probably its most famous product was Carl Rollins, who founded the Montague Press, a precursor to Dyke Mill. Rollins went on to run Yale University Press, which by mid-century was one of the most respected presses in the country. Dyke Mill press continued publishing until some point after the 1950s.
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"The Dyke Mill Bulletin, No. I"
| printer Montague Press
| publisher Dyke Mill, Incorporated
| date 1911
| location Montague, Massachusetts
| height 9.0"
| width 6.0"
| process/materials printed paper, ink
| item type Periodicals/Magazine
| accession # #L02.030
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