Guide to the United Fruit Company photographs, 1917-1931

Descriptive Summary

Title : United Fruit Company photographs
Creator: United Fruit Company
Dates : 1917-1931
ID Number : U26
Size: 1.00 box
Abstract: This collection consists of photographs of the United Fruit Company.
Language(s): English

Repository: Special Collections
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Administrative Summary

Provenance: United Fruit Company
Acquisition Information: Purchase.
Access Conditions: The contents of this collection may be subject to copyright. Visit the United States Copyright Office's website at more information.
Processing History: processed
Preferred Citation: United Fruit Company Photographs, Special Collections Department, Tampa Library, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida.
Related Material: Standard Fruit & Steamship Co. records, Manuscripts Collection 653, Louisiana Research Collection, Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118
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Biographical Note

In 1899, the Boston Fruit Company and the Snyder Banana Company merged to create United Fruit Company, which controlled 75% of the banana market in the United States. That same year, United Fruit Company also acquired seven independent companies in Honduras. In addition to their monopoly of the banana trade, United Fruit Company owned International Railways of Central America and helped to establish a pioneer medical center, Hospital Point in Panama. In 1970, United Fruit Company merged with AMK Corporation and was renamed United Brands Company, until 1984, when it became Chiquita Brands International. Adams, Frederick. Conquest of the Tropics: the Story of the Creative Enterprises Conducted by the United Fruit Company. New York: Doubleday, 1914. Bucheli, Marcelo. Bananas and Business: the United Fruit Company in Colombia. New York: New York University Press, 2005 Schlesinger, Stephen. Bitter Fruit: the Untold Story of the American Coup in Guatemala. New York: Doubleday, 1982. Stephens, Clyde S. History of Hospital Point: Pioneer Medical Center, 1899-1920. Florida: Leesburg Printing Co., 1997. Striffler, Steve. Banana Wars: Power, Production, and History in the Americas. Durham: Duke University Press, 2003. "United Fruit Company." 2005. <>. Accessed 19 Sept. 2005. "United Fruit Company." United Fruit Historical Society, Inc. 2001. < l>. Accessed 7 Sept. 2005.

Scope Note

Collection consists of one unbound scrapbook of black and white photographs of United Fruit Company's banana plantations and workers. Also included are black and white photographs of villages, people, buildings, and homes in Guatemala, Honduras, Antigua, and the United States.

Arrangement Note: The scrapbook has been disassembled and all pages arranged in order of pagination. Remaining collection items are arranged by type of material.


The scrapbook has been disassembled and all pages arranged in order of pagination. Remaining collection items are arranged by type of material.

Subject Headings

Corporate Names: United Fruit Company
Subject Terms: Banana trade
Hospitals -- Panama -- Bocas del Toro


BOX 1 

      FOLDER 1 : Scrapbook Pages 1-11

      FOLDER 2 : Scrapbook Pages 12-27

      FOLDER 3 : Scrapbook Pages 28-42

      FOLDER 4 : Scrapbook Pages 43-66

      FOLDER 5 : Scrapbook Pages 67-80

      FOLDER 6 : Scrapbook Pages 81-102

      FOLDER 7 : Scrapbook Pages 103-116

      FOLDER 8 : Scrapbook Pages 117-132

      FOLDER 9 : Scrapbook Pages 133-153

      FOLDER 10 : Scrapbook Pages 154-159

      FOLDER 11 : Assorted Photographs

      FOLDER 12 : Assorted Correspondence

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