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Mss:1 1897-1955 R311

Records of companies acquired by the United Fruit Company, 1897-1955 (inclusive), 1897-1916 (bulk) : A Finding Aid

Baker Library Historical Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: Mss:1 1897-1955 R311
Repository: Baker Library Historical Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University
Title: Records of companies acquired by the United Fruit Company
Date(s): 1897-1955
Date(s): 1897-1916
Quantity: 2 linear feet (6 volumes, 1 box)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: The records contain minutes, charters, by-laws, and annual reports of fruit and related companies acquired by the United Fruit Company or in which it owned stock, 1897-1955.

Provenance:

Purchase, 2005.

Processing Information:

Processed: April 2011
By: Christine Riggle

Conditions Governing Access:

Appointment necessary to consult collection.

Preferred Citation:

Cite as: Records of companies acquired by the United Fruit Company. Baker Library Historical Collections. Harvard Business School.

Related Material:

For additional manuscript material relating to the United Fruit Company, see the Boston Fruit Company Records and the Henry Bradford Arthur Papers. For photographs of the United Fruit Company see the United Fruit Company Photograph Collection, United fruit Company lantern slides and the United Fruit Company photographs.

Historical Note:

The United Fruit Company was incorporated in March 30, 1899. The company immediately acquired the Boston Fruit Company and several others. By 1930, the company had absorbed more than twenty rival firms and was the largest employer in Central America. It engaged in the production, transportation, and marketing of bananas, sugar, cocoa, abaca, and other tropical agricultural products. The United Fruit Company ultimately owned or leased property in Honduras, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Panama, Colombia, Cuba, Jamaica, and numerous other Central American, South American, and West Indian countries.

Scope and Content Note:

The collection contains six volumes and one box of records fruit and related companies acquired by the United Fruit Company or in which it owned stock, 1897-1955. There are meeting minute books for the Snyder Banana Company, Sama Fruit Company, Dominican Fruit Company, and Monumental Trading Company. The bulk of the collection is minutes, charters, by-laws, and annual reports, 1897-1916. There is also a box containing United Fruit Co. wage and benefit policies, circa 1955, and annual reports and proxy statements, 1938-1945.

Container List

Additional Index Terms

Agriculture
Bananas
Banana trade
Fruit trade
Annual reports
Bylaws
Charters
Clippings
Minutes
Belize Royal Mail & Central American Steamship Company.
Bluefields Steamship Company, Ltd.
Camors-McConnell Company.
Camors-Weinberger Banana Company, Limited.
Costa Rica Esperanza Mining Company.
Dominican Fruit Company.
Fruit Dispatch Company.
Hotel Titchfield Company.
Monumental Trading Company.
Nipe Bay Company.
Northern Railway Company.
Orr-Laubenheimer Company.
Sama Fruit Company.
Snyder Banana Company.
United Fruit Company.

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