Cuban-American Land and Lumber Corporation Papers
Scope and Content
The collection houses 12 letters and documents, a map, and one photograph, all dating from the 1920s. The letters and documents record business transactions related to the Cuban-American Land and Lumber Corporation. One of the documents includes a land survey with a description in Spanish of the topography of the western side of the Zapata peninsula in Cuba. The map depicts the Cuba Railroad, and the photograph shows men working with concrete forms with palm trees in the background.
- Majority of material found within 1924-1925
- Cuban-American Land and Lumber Corporation. (Organization)
Language of Materials
Includes materials written in Spanish and English.
This collection is open for research.
This collection documents the development of U.S. lumber companies in Cuba. The Platt Amendment (1902) after the Spanish American War (1898) gave way to major U.S. investment in the island. By then, the main economic activity was the production of sugar. The exploitation of Cuba's massive forests attracted U.S. investors and the clearing of forests was attractive for the Cuban government because it accelerated sugar production. Public and private railroad companies played an important role in transporting lumber and cane, and they proliferated.
The collection includes information on some of the U.S. business men involved in the lumber business, such as Demostene Leonard Casa (1883-1945), Francis K. Holmested (1878-1952), A. M. Belcher, and Lewis Brown.
0.1 Linear feet (3 Folders)
This collection includes 12 letters and documents (20 folios), a map, and one photograph related to the Cuban-American Land and Lumber Corporation's business in Cuba, specifically the timber and lumber market.
The collection is arranged in chronological order.
University of Florida Smathers Library Building
Alternate Form of Finding Aid
This guide is available in Spanish at https://www.uflib.ufl.edu/findingaids/Spanish/mss0349.pdf.
The collection was purchased in 2015.
- A Guide to the Cuban-American Land and Lumber Corporation Papers
- Finding aid created by Wondy Joseph
- January 2016
- Description rules
- Finding Aid Prepared Using Dacs
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Description is written in English.
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