Records of companies acquired by the United Fruit Company
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.
- Majority of material found within 1897-1916
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Extent2 linear feet (6 volumes, 1 box)
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.
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.
Processed: April 2011
By: Christine Riggle
- Records of companies acquired by the United Fruit Company, 1897-1955 (inclusive), 1897-1916 (bulk) : A Finding Aid
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