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United Fruit Company fonds
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Maps & photographs

Series consists of four maps produced by Costa Rican divisions of the United Fruit Company. Series also includes five photographs which appear to be reprints of publicity photographs acquired from the United Brands Company Headquarters in New York in the 1980s. Photographs include depictions of United Fruit Company plantations, including in Guatemala.

Statistics & reports

Series primarily consists of financial, production, personnel and other business records, including a series of monthly statements from the early 1930s and company statistical records from the 1980s. Also included amongst these business records are two seemingly unrelated letters, including a handwritten letter to the company from a destitute worker requesting a plot of land to live on. Records include reports, correspondence, memoranda and translated newspaper articles.

Interdivision visits & reports

Series consists of correspondence, reports, telegrams and an official memorandum related to a somewhat formal program of exchange visits between North American managers of various tropical divisions of the United Fruit Company. Material documents the impetus and start of these interdivision visits, as well as correspondence discussing logistical arrangements and final reports for the visits. Records in the series provide insight into the lifestyles and working life of North American employees of the United Fruit Company in the 1920s, and reference a number of the steamships owned and operated by the company.

Chronologically organized letters

Series consists primarily of correspondence, but also newspaper clippings, newsletters, personnel and other lists, a poster and original and translated court orders and laws. Material in this series complements material found in thematically organized Series 1-6, as the originating letter or replies to letters found in this series can sometimes be found within the above series. As such, the records touch upon a wide variety of subjects including negotiations between company and government officials regarding labor quotas and export taxes; interactions between the company, labor unions, and workers of various ethnic backgrounds; and land appropriation and use.

Marcus Garvey

Series consists of material documenting the United Fruit Company’s evolving relationship with Marcus Mosiah Garvey Jr. (1887-1940), a Jamaican-born Black nationalist and founder of the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA). Letters include detailed reports of Garvey’s activities while in Panama/Costa Rica and document the UFC’s eventual cooperation and support of his visit. It also includes records related to groups he was associated with, including the Negro World and the Negro Improvement Association. Records include internal UFC correspondence, a telegram from Marcus Garvey, and a blank Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League certificate.

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