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CBS Records collection

Descriptive Summary

Repository: University of West Georgia
Creator: CBS Records (Firm).
Title: CBS Records collection
Dates: 1978-1996
Quantity: 0.42 Linear feet (1 box)
Abstract:In 1978, CBS Records announced it would open a manufacturing plant in Carrollton, Georgia. With its proximity to a major interstate, an airport, and railroads, Carrollton was an ideal location for a plant. Even more appealing to CBS Records was the lack of a strong union presence. Controversy over their hiring practices erupted, especially after the Terra Haute, Indiana plant was closed. The plant in Carrollton, which was the largest recorded-music manufacturing plant in the world, closed in 2001. The name eventually changed to Sony Music, and although the plant closed in 2001, Sony still maintains warehousing and distribution operations in Carrollton.
Identification: LH-0032

Biographical/Historical Note

In the 1970s, CBS was looking to increase its number of production plants in order to keep up with demand. Carrollton, Georgia had placed and lost bids on manufacturing plants before, and they tried once more with CBS Records. CBS preferred a college town that was “fair to labor, but not union oriented” for the site of their new plant, which kept Carrollton in the running. By January 1978, CBS had cut the list of potential sites down from 300 to three. All three cities were in Georgia – Carrollton, Newnan, and Evans – and Carrollton aggressively pursued the contract. CBS was impressed with the effort put in by Carrollton citizens to get the factory, and the city had several characteristics that appealed to CBS. It was in close proximity to a main interstate, an airport, and railroads, and there was a university in town. Also of importance to CBS was the minor union activity in the town. However, there was picketing at the ground breaking ceremony accusing CBS of unfair hiring, and letters circulated asking people to boycott CBS products (one of which is in the collection). Such people argued that CBS’s hiring practices contributed to the economic problems of the state since it decreased wages for workers and purchasing power for consumers. The citizens of Terra Haute, Indiana even blamed the Carrollton plant for the closing of their plant in 1983, citing the fact that the Indiana workers were part of a union and Carrollton’s were not. The name eventually changed to Sony Music, and although the plant closed in 2001, Sony still maintains warehousing and distribution operations in Carrollton.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains several videotapes: one of a Lori Yates performance, one announcing the video duplication operation beginning in 1991, and one of 1996's Family Day. Also included is the program for the initial ground breaking ceremony in 1978 and a letter asking Georgia citizens to boycott CBS products.


Arranged alphabetically by file title.

Index Terms

CBS Records (Firm). -- History
Carrollton (Ga.)--History.
Industries--Georgia--Carroll County.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

CBS Records collection. Annie Belle Weaver Special Collections, Irvine Sullivan Ingram Library, University of West Georgia.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note


Processing Information note

Processed by Sarah Warren in 2008.



Conditions Governing Access note

Open to all users; no restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use note

As stipulated by the U.S. copyright laws.

Container List




11Dedication Ceremony (VHS Tape), 1991 Oct 17, 1991
2Letter Protesting the Plant
3Program - Ground Breaking Ceremony, 1978 Oct 17, 1978
4The Pulse of Sony Music Family Day (VHS Tape), 1996 Aug 25, 1996
5Woody, Gail - “CBS Records Carrollton Georgia: The Beginning Years”, 1978, 1978
6Yates, Lori - “Promises, Promises” (VHS Tape)