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Descriptive Summary

Historical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Corporate Financial Records

Sugar Industry Reports

Legal Records

Houston Public Library, Houston Metropolitan Research Center

Imperial Sugar Company Collection RG.D.0009



Descriptive Summary

Creator Imperial Sugar Company
Title: Imperial Sugar Company Collection
Dates: Bulk, 1916-1928
Dates: 1904 to 1955, 1916 to 1928
Identification: RG.D.0009
Quantity: 22.0 Linear feet, 6 rs boxes, 2 doc boxes, 6 volumes
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library

Historical Note

The Imperial Sugar Company is the most important corporation belonging to Sugarland Industries, which is also composed of the Sugarland Manufacturing Company, Sealy Mattress Company, and Imperial Mercantile Company.

Appropriately, the headquarters of Sugarland Industries is Sugar Land, Texas. For most this century, Sugar Land has been a company town. "Every industrial, business and public activity," wrote an enthusiastic visitor, "is controlled by the Sugarland Industries for its livelihood."

This collection was acquired from the Texas Gulf Coast Historical Association depository at the University of Houston. Most of the material in it is either financial or legal in nature, and falls between the years of 1905 and 1940. It illustrates the national and international operations of many Texas corporations. The Imperial Sugar Company, for instance, is the largest single importer in the entire state of Texas. Raw cane sugar from around the world is freighted to company-owned wharves in Galveston and Houston aboard a fleet of company-owned ships, where it is transferred by the trainload to Sugar Land for refinement. By 1971, Imperial's plant production exceeded 3 million pounds of refined sugar daily--enough, by itself, to satisfy the sugar consumption of Texas and surrounding states. Since it began production early in this century under the direction of Galveston businessman I. H. Kempner, the Imperial Sugar Company has marketed over 30 billion pounds of refined cane sugar. It is the only sugar company in Texas, one of the only two west of the Mississippi River, and one of the most profitable in the nation.

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Scope and Contents

The first seven boxes of this collection are divided by types of material--corporate records, industry-wide reports, and legal records. Within each of those categories, the material is arranged by company and then chronologically. Many of the records in thse boxes are large, bound company ledgers. The last two boxes contain unbound material arranged in a similar fashion.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

None.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish or reproduce materials from the Imperial Sugar Company Collection must be obtained from the Houston Metropolitan Research Center or the appropriate copyright holder.

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Index Terms

Cunningham Sugar Company
Cunningham, Edward E.
Imperial Sugar Company
Sealy Mattress Company
Sugarland Industries
Sugarland Manufacturing Company
Business enterprises--Texas--Houston
Corporations--Texas--Sugar Land
Sugar Land (Tex.)--History
Sugar trade--Texas--History
Sugarcane industry--United States

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Imperial Sugar Company Collection. Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Robert V. Haynes, Associate Provost, University of Houston in August 1977.

Processing Information

Processed by Howard Beeth, February 10, 1982.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Corporate Financial Records

Box item
1 1 Imperial Sugar Company: company communication code, 1905
2 Imperial Sugar Company and Imperial Mercantile Company: financial appraisal of plants, with blueprints, 1909
3 Imperial Sugar Company, Imperial Mercantile Company, Sealy Mattress Company, Sugarland Feed Company, Home Packing Company, Sugarland Pulp and Paper Company: financial appraisal of plants, with blueprints, 1914
4 Imperial Sugar Company: financial appraisal of Plant B, 1917
5 Imperial Sugar Company: depreciated summary report, Plant B, 1917
6 Imperial Sugar Company: finanical appraisal of Plant B, 1919
7 Imperial Sugar Company: financial appraisal of Plant B, 1920
8 Imperial Sugar Company: depreciated summary report, Plant B, 1920
9 Imperial Sugar Company: general ledger of accounts receivable, 1921 to 1924
Box item
2 1 Imperial Sugar Company: advertising, 1930 to 1931
2 Imperial Sugar Company: stock sales cash book, 1930 to 1932
3 Imperial Sugar Company: accounts payable, 1937 to 1940
4 Cunningham Sugar Company: report on sugar factories owned by Edward E. Cunningham, 1905
5 Cunningham Sugar Company: record of refined sugar made and shipped, 1906 to 1908
6 Cunningham Sugar Company: daily financial statement, 1908
7 Cunningham Sugar Company: financial appraisal of plants, with blueprints, 1909
8 Cunningham Sugar Company: financial appraisal of machinery out of commission, 1909
9 Cunningham Sugar Company: depreciated summary report, 1919
10 Cunningham Sugar Company: depreciated summary report, Plant E, 1920
Box item
3 1 Cunningham Sugar Company: financial appraisal, 1917
2 Cunningham Sugar Company: depreciated summary report, 1917
3 Cunningham Sugar Company: financial appraisal of Plant E, 1919
4 Cunningham Sugar Company: financial appraisal of Plant E, 1920
Volume
1 Imperial Sugar Company: trial balance ledger, 1909 to 1913
Volume
2 Imperial Sugar Company: trial balance ledger, 1914 to 1919
Volume
3 Imperial Sugar Company: audited vouchers, accounts receivable, advertising accounts, bills payable, salary and expenses of O. S. Bruck, Jr. etc., 1917 to 1918
Volume
4 Imperial Sugar Company: daily distribution of sales, 1928 to 1934
Volume
5 Cunningham Sugar Company: trial balance, 1904 to 1905, 1913 to 1918
Volume
6 Cunningham Sugar Company: general ledger, 1905 to 1907
Box item
4 1 Sugarland Manufacturing Company: auditor's report, June 1916
2 Sugarland Manufacturing Company: auditor's report, July 1916
3 Sugarland Manufacturing Company: auditor's report, August 1916
4 Sugarland Manufacturing Company: auditor's report, October 1916
5 Sugarland Manufacturing Company: financial statement, November 1916
6 Sugarland Manufacturing Company: cost of acid, December 1916
7 Sugarland Manufacturing Company: financial appraisal of sprinkler system, Plant F, 1917
8 Sugarland Manufacturing Company: financial appraisal, 1917
9 Sealy Mattress Company: financial appraisal, 1917
10 Sealy Mattress Company: depreciated summary report, Plant C, 1917
11 Sealy Mattress Company: financial appraisal, 1919
12 Sealy Matress Company: financial appraisal, 1920
13 Sugarland Industries: salvage report on acid plant, 1920
14 Sugarland Industries: salvage report on sugar plant, 1920
15 Sugarland Industries: salvage report on vinegar plant, 1920
16 Sugarland Industries: employees register, 1921 to 1925
17 Sugarland Industries: financial appraisal of land holdings in Fort Bend County, Harris County, Brazos River, and Jones Creek right-of-way and Houston, 1922
18 Sugarland Industries: financial appraisal of land holdings in Fort Bend County and Harris County, 1922
19 Imperial Bank and Trust Company: minutes of stockbroker's and board of directors' meetings, 1908 to 1909
20 Sugarland Feed Company: memorandum on proposed system of accounting, 1914
21 Imperial Mercantile Company: financial appraisal of Plant A, 1917

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Sugar Industry Reports

Box item
5 1 The Sugar Institute, Inc.: by-laws, Undated
2 The Sugar Institute, Inc.: certificate of incorporation, 1927
3 The Sugar Institute, Inc.: Statistical Report number 15: Deliveries of U. S., Foreign and Insular Refined and Beet Sugar, 1927 to 1932
4 The Sugar Institute, Inc.: Statistical Report number 17: Shipments by Differential Routes from the Atlantic Seaboard and New Orleans, calendar years 1928 to 1932
5 The Sugar Institute, Inc.: Statistical Report number 18: Deliveries of U.S. Refiners-Imported Refined and Beet Sugars for the First Quarter of the Years 1927 to 1933
6 The Sugar Institute, Inc.: Statistical Report number 19: Deliveries of U. S. Refiners-Imported Refined and Beet Sugar, January 1st to September 30th, of the years 1927 to 1933
7 The Sugar Institute, Inc.: Statistical Report number 21: Shipments by Differential and Barge Routes from the Atlantic Seaboard and New Orleans, calendar years 1929 to 1933
8 The Sugar Institute, Inc.: Statistical Report number 23: Study of Sugar used by Manufacturers and for Household Consumption, 1929 to 1931
9 United States Cane Sugar Refiners' Association: Report, "Sugar and the Home Cane Sugar Refiners," 1937
10 United States Cane Sugar Refiners' Association: Report, "Testimony of Labor and Management of the Continental Cane Sugar Refining Industry, Requesting and Adequate Protection Against Refined Sugar Imported from Cuba," 1939
11 United States Cane Sugar Refiners' Association: Report, "Statement of the United States Cane Sugar Industry, Requesting that an Adequate Differential between the Tariff Rates on Raw and Refined Sugar Imported from Cuba be Established in the Second Supplemental Trade Agreement which may be Negotiated with Cuba," Undated
12 United States Cane Sugar Refiners' Association: Report, "Graphic Summary of the Sugar Question," 1940
13 United States Cane Sugar Refiners' Association: Report, "Sugar and the National Defense," 1940
14 United States Cane Sugar Refiners' Association: Report, "The Threat of Dextrose: Four Possible Alternatives," 1941
15 United States Cane Sugar Refiners' Association: Report, "Why H. R. 3582 Should Be Defeated," 1941
16 United States Cane Sugar Refiners' Association: Report, "Cuba is Helped, Not Harmed, by the Sugar Bills, S. 2041 and H.R. 5988," Undated
17 United States Cane Sugar Refiners' Association: Report, "Memorandum Regarding the Economic Aspects of Fixing a Ceiling Price on Refined Cane Sugar," 1942
18 United States Cane Sugar Refiners' Association: Report, "Report on the Activities of the U.S. Cane Sugar Refiners' Association for the Fiscal Year, November 1, 1941 to October 31, 1942" 1942
19 United States Cane Sugar Refiners' Association: Report, "Report on the Activities of the Cane Sugar Refiners' War Committee, January to December, 1942" 1942
20 United States Cane Sugar Refiners' Association: Report, "Sugar in these Days of Rationing: A Review of Pointed Opinions by Home Economists from all over the United States," Undated
21 United States Cane Sugar Refiners' Association: Report, "In the Matter of Sweetened Condensed Milk," 1943
22 United States Cane Sugar Refiners' Association: newspaper clipping file on sugar legislation, July 1937
23 United States Cane Sugar Refiners' Association: newspaper clipping file on sugar legislation, August 1937
24 United States Cane Sugar Refiners' Association: newspaper clipping file, "Protest of Philadelphia Labor Against Off-Shore Refined Sugar," 1938
25 United States Cane Sugar Refiners' Association: newspaper clipping file, "Editorial Comment and News Clipping on the Sugar Bills S. 937 and H.R. 3582," 1941
26 Congressional Record: the debate on S. 937, 1941
27 United States Tariff Commission: report, "Investigation No. 66 for the Purpose of Section 336 of the Tariff Act of 1930: A Brief of Domestic Sugar Industries," 1932
28 United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Adjustment Administration: transcript of hearing sugar cane purchases and wage rates, held in San Juan, Puerto Rico, "" 1937

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Legal Records

Box item
6 1 United States of America, Petitioner, The Sugar Institute, Inc., et. al., Defendants, District Court of the United States for the Southern District of New York: vol. I , Brief for the Petitioner, undated; vol. II Petitioner's Reply Brief, 1932; vol. III, Memorandum in Answer to Government's Statistical Material First Presented on Pages 243-253 of the Reply Brief, undated; vol. IV, Brief for the Defendants on the Law (Economic Briefs); vol. V, Brief for the Defendants on the Facts; vol. VI, Partial transcript of trial.
2 Old Colony Trust Company, Plaintiff, v. The Sugarland Industries, Defendant: Brief for Defendant, District Court of the United States, Southern District of Texas, undated.
3 The Sugarland Industries et. al., Appellants, v. Old Colony Trust Company, Appellee, and Old Colony Trust Company, Cross Appellant, v. The Sugarland Industries et. al., Cross Appellees: Brief for Sugarland Industries, undated
4 The Prison Commission of Texas v. The Imperial Sugar Company (Correspondence, contracts, and trial transcript), District Court, Walker County, Texas, 1911 to 1912
Box Folder
7 1 Imperial Sugar Company: Contracts and Resolutions, 1909 to 1918
2 Imperial Sugar Company: Fiscal Report, 1913
3 Imperial Sugar Company: Daily Sales, 1926 to 1931
4 Imperial Sugar Company: Statement of Financial Assets, 1931 to 1954
5 Imperial Sugar Company: Company newletters and articles about the company, 1950 to 1955
6 Imperial Sugar Company: Miscellaneous Correspondence and reports, 1916 to 1939
7 Imperial Sugar Company: Legal Suit, United States v. The Sugar Institute, Inc., and Imperial Sugar Company: subpoenas, Petitions, and Answers, 1931 to 1932
8 Imperial Sugar Company: Legal Suit, United States v. The Sugar Institute, Inc., and Imperial Sugar Company: correspondence and reports regarding consignments, 1931 to 1932
9 Imperial Sugar Company: Legal Suit, United States v. The Sugar Institute, Inc., and Imperial Sugar Company: financial statements, 1931 to 1932
10 Imperial Sugar Company: Legal Suit, United States v. The Sugar Institute, Inc., and Imperial Sugar Company: correspondence and reports regarding freight charges, 1930 to 1932
11 Imperial Sugar Company: Legal Suit, Unites States v. The Sugar Institute, Inc., and Imperial Sugar Company: correspondence and reports regarding pricing, 1931 to 1932
12 Imperial Sugar Company: Legal Suit, United States v. The Sugar Institute, Inc., and Imperial Sugar Company: correspondence and data on the cost of raw materials, 1931 to 1932
13 Imperial Sugar Company: Legal Suit, United States v. The Sugar Institute, Inc., and Imperial Sugar Company: correspondence and reports regarding refined sugar deliveries, 1931 to 1932
Box Folder
8 1 Sugarland Feed Company: Financial Records, 1915 to 1917
2 Sugarland Industries: Deed of Trust, contracts, correspondence, 1918 to 1922
3 Sugarland Manufacturing Company: reports, 1916
4 Financial Statements: Imperial Sugar Company, Imperial Bank and Trust Company, Imperial Mercantile Company, Sugarland Industries, Sugarland Manufacturing Company, Sealy Mattress Company, 1916 to 1921
5 Sugar Shipment Rates, 1928 to 1933

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