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Titles in this section primarily cover activities in Hawaii, however, some coverage of activities in Hawaii can also be found in the more general section of this guide as books and journals are often much broader in their coverage. These are not all the materials devoted specifically to Hawaii, additional materials can be found by searching in the catalog.

Sugar & Sugar Cane: Historical Resources for a Sweet Industry

February 2017

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Alexander, Arthur C. Koloa Plantation, 1835-1935; a History of the Oldest Hawaiian Sugar Plantation. [Honolulu, T. H., Printed by Honolulu Star-Bulletin, c1937]
LC Call Number: SB229.H3 A4
LC Catalog Record: 37021759

This title was written to correspond with the company's centennial. It is a brief treatment of the history of the company and breaks it down by General Manager/Owner beginning with its first William Hooper, Charles Burnham, Robert W. Wood, John N. Wright, W.E. Anton Cropp, Patrick McLane, Ludwig Weinzheimer, Charles H. Wilcox, Ernest Cropp, and Caleb E.S. Burns.

Gilmore, Abner Blanks, ed. The Hawaii Sugar Manual, 1931/32- New Orleans, La., A. B. Gilmore, 1931-
LC Call Number: TP379.H3 G5
LC Catalog Record: 40030649

This is a title where the Library has a number of editions 1931/32, 1935/36; 1938/39, and 1966. It seems to have been written to keep planters appraised of how the industry worked in Hawaii. It included a fair bit of statistical information about yield statistics (by island and plantation) as well as articles on business, science, and technical aspects as well as information on the various organizations, associations, and companies. There was a fairly detailed write up all of the companies (including the factors) and plantations. The plantation “biographies” did include fairly detailed information on individual plantations.

Hawaiian Sugar Manual. [Aiea, Hawaii] : Hawaiian Sugar Planters' Association, -c1995. -1995.
LC Call Number: HD9107.H3 H76
LC Catalog Record: 90640768
LC Catalog Record: 76649379

This title in this call number has several editions: 1970-73, 1975-81, 1987-1990. It covers all sugars (maple, beet, corn syrup, molasses, etc.) not just cane, and also it covers the all of the U.S. and not just Hawaii. It contains mostly statistics and charts on trade, consumption, and production. There are some Hawaii specific statistics like wage/salary information, data on companies, and earnings. Most of the statistics cover the few years prior to publication though there are some long term numbers. This is a title that has several variant but similar names - originally known the Sugar Manual, it also continues the HSPA Sugar Manual.

Hawaiian Sugar Planters' Association. Sugar in Hawaii; the Story of Sugar Plantations, Their History, Their Methods of Operation and Their Place in the Economy of Hawaii. [1st ed.] Honolulu, 1949.
LC Call Number: SB229.H3 H282
LC Catalog Record: 50005574

The organization of this title is both timeline and topic. There are chapters on the early history, growth, sugar factors (by company), milling, making raw sugar, and the 1939-49 period.

Hawaiian Sugar Planters' Association. Proceedings of the ... Annual Meeting. Honolulu [n.d.]
LC Call Number: SB215 .H34
LC Catalog Record: 50005574

Holdings: 1904-1960, incomplete. This is a record of the annual meetings and the various committee activities. It includes a good member list and good photographs.

Hawaiian Sugar Planters' Association. Experiment Station, Honolulu. Report ... Honolulu [n.d.]
LC Call Number: SB215 .H35
LC Catalog Record: ca06001597

Holdings: 1900-1991 but are incomplete. This publication reports on the activities of the association's Experiment station.

Hawaiian Sugar Technologists. Meeting. Reports of the Hawaiian Sugar Technologists : ... Annual Meeting. Honolulu : The Society, -c1963. -21st (1962).
LC Call Number: SB215 .H43
LC Catalog Record: 39016522
LC Catalog Record: sn94021156

Holdings: 1938-1983. Continues Reports of the Association of Hawaiian Sugar Technologists and continued by Hawaiian Sugar Technologists. Conference. Reports. This is a report on their annual activities and meeting.

McCleery, Walter L. Data and Charts on Quality of Cane of Hawaiian Plantations, 1908-1926, Honolulu, Hawaii, 1927.
LC Call Number: SB229.H3 M25
LC Catalog Record: 28008913

This is Circular number 49 from the Hawaii Sugar Planters Association's an Experiment Station. It is somewhat more technical but shows the quality ratio information by plantation. There are some general tables and graphs, but it is predominantly organized by plantation and within that, the data is by month and year.

The Planters' Monthly. Honolulu: Hawaiian Gazette Publishing Company
LC Call Number: S17 .P7 FT MEADE
LC Catalog Record: unk82085019

Holdings: v.1:no.6-v.26 (1882:Sept.-1907). The cover indicates it was printed for the Planters Labor and Supply Company. It includes longer form articles predominantly covering the industry, issues, people, companies, etc. in Hawaii though there can be articles of interest to the Hawaii sugar interests that don't directly relate to Hawaii. This title is held offsite so retrieval time is a minimum of two days. Some issues have been digitized via the HathiTrust found here External Link and here.External Link

Vandercook, John W. King Cane; a Story of Sugar in Hawaii. New York and London, Harper & brothers, 1939.
LC Call Number: SB229.H3 V3
LC Catalog Record: 39032097

This book was written before statehood so it doesn't touch on any events that came later though it does talk about the sugar Acts from 1934 and 1937. There is a general history of the industry within the state that is by topic. It covers the discovery and early ears of the islands, the growth of the industry in the state, manpower, transportation, experimentation, etc.

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