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Cuban-American Land and Lumber Corporation Papers

Identifier: MSS 0349

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.


  • 1920-1925
  • Majority of material found within 1924-1925


Language of Materials

Includes materials written in Spanish and English.


This collection is open for research.

Biographical/Historical Note

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.

Physical Location

University of Florida Smathers Library Building

Alternate Form of Finding Aid

This guide is available in Spanish at

Acquisition Information

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
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Finding Aid Prepared Using Dacs
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Script of description
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Description is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida Repository

George A. Smathers Libraries
PO Box 117005
Gainesville Florida 32611-7005 United States of America