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Laurence A. Crosby papers (M254)

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Title:
Laurence A. Crosby papers
Creator:
Crosby, Laurence A., (Laurence Alden), 1892-1980
ID:
M254
Date [bulk]:
Bulk, 1935-1960
Date [inclusive]:
1906-1969, undated, (bulk 1935-1960)
Extent:
7.2 linear feet
Language:
English
Repository:
George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011
Abstract:
Business and personal papers of Laurence A. Crosby (Bowdoin 1913).The bulk of the papers are business files documenting Crosby's involvement in American-owned Cuban sugar companies from the mid-1930's until circa 1960.
Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Preferred Citation:

Cite as: Laurence A. Crosby Papers, George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine.

Born in Bangor, Maine on December 20, 1892, Laurence Alden Crosby graduated from Bowdoin summa cum laude in 1913. He continued his education as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, receiving a Bachelor of Civil Law from Oxford in 1916 and a Master of Arts from Oxford in 1919. He also graduated from Columbia University Law School in 1917 and served as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army during World War I. After the war he practiced law in New York City until 1946, and from the mid-1930's until circa 1960 was involved with American-owned Cuban sugar companies. He was a former president of the Cuban Atlantic Sugar Co., Chairman of the U.S. Cuban Sugar Council from 1954 to 1960, and president of the American Chamber of Commerce of Cuba from 1949 to 1953.After retiring from the sugar business, Crosby moved to New Mexico in 1962. He died in Santa, Fe on January 28, 1980. At his death he was survived by two sons, James O. Crosby and John O. Crosby. His wife, Aileen O'Hea, to whom he was married in 1923, died in 1972.

Business and personal papers of Laurence A. Crosby (Bowdoin 1913).The bulk of the papers are business files documenting Crosby's involvement in American-owned Cuban sugar companies from the mid-1930's until circa 1960. Personal papers include Crosby's class essays and a scrapbook documenting student life at Bowdoin and as a Rhodes scholar, and a small bundle of personal correspondence (1950's-1960's) relating Cuban social, economic, and political events.

Organized in nine series: Correspondence, 1918-1969, undated; Student Material, 1906-1926, undated.; Personal Finances, 1946-1965, undated.; Electoral Politics, 1948-1960; Sugar Legislation and Lobbying, 1938-1963,undated.; Business Records, 1916-1960, undated.; Clippings, 1921-1969, undated.; Photographs, undated.; and Ephemera, 1914-1929, undated.

Series Description:

This series contains correspondence both to and from Laurence Crosby, some in Spanish. Correspondents include family, friends, and business associates. There is one folder of personal and business correspondence, 1923-1934, specifically between E.F. Porter, a classmate of Crosby's at Oxford, and Crosby. Some correspondence from the 1950s and 1960s concerns the Cuban revolution. Also included is a folder of greeting cards and notecards.

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

1918-1922

Box 1 Folder 1

1923-1925

Box 1 Folder 2

1923-1934, E.F Porter

Box 1 Folder 3

1926-1929

Box 1 Folder 4

1930-1933

Box 1 Folder 5

1940-1954

Box 1 Folder 6

1955-1959

Box 1 Folder 7

1960-1961

Box 1 Folder 8

1962-1964

Box 1 Folder 9

1965-1967

Box 1 Folder 10

undated

Box 1 Folder 11

Greeting cards and notecards, 1958-1969, undated

Box 1 Folder 12

Series Description:

This series includes Crosby's essays, speeches, poetry, report cards, photographs and clippings, and two scrapbooks, documenting student life both at Bowdoin and as a Rhodes scholar at Trinity College, Oxford.

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Bangor High School, report cards, 1906-1908

Box 1 Folder 13

Bowdoin, bills, 1910 Jul-1912 Jul

Box 1 Folder 14

Bowdoin, clippings

Box 1 Folder 15

Bowdoin, essays

Box 1 Folder 16

Bowdoin, miscellaneous printed material

Box 1 Folder 17

Bowdoin, notes, "English Lit, 1910-1911"

Box 1 Folder 18

Bowdoin, notes, "French Lit"

Box 1 Folder 19

Bowdoin, notes, outline fragment

Box 1 Folder 20

Bowdoin, pamphlets and programs

Box 1 Folder 21

Bowdoin, photographs

Box 1 Folder 22

Bowdoin, poetry

Box 1 Folder 23

Bowdoin, realia

Box 1 Folder 24

Bowdoin, report cards, 1910-1913

Box 1 Folder 25

Bowdoin, report, "Policy and Influence of the 'Nation' During Reconstruction"

Box 1 Folder 26

Bowdoin, report, "policy of the US in Acquiring and Governing Dependant Territory Since 1898"

Box 1 Folder 27

Bowdoin, report, "The Tariff and the Silk Industry in America"

Box 1 Folder 28

Bowdoin, report, "William II: German Emperor"

Box 1 Folder 29

Bowdoin, report, "Yellow Journalism"

Box 1 Folder 30

Bowdoin, scrapbook, "Clippings from Bangor Daily Commercial," 1910-1913

Volume 1

Bowdoin, scapbook, no title, 1910-1913, undated

Volume-folio 2

Bowdoin, speeches

Box 1 Folder 31

Delta Kappa Epsilon pin, 1912

Box 4 MRealia-Box

Oxford, photographs

Box 1 Folder 32

Oxford, poem, "Oxford: a satire"

Box 1 Folder 33

Oxford, reunion letters, 1926

Box 1 Folder 34

Series Description:

This series contains items relating to Crosby's private finances. It includes material on Crosby's Cuban income taxes and the Crosby's apartment in Havana. Material relating to the apartment is largely in Spanish. There is also correspondence concerning Crosby's attempts after 1960 to receive recompense for assets seized during the Cuban Revolution.

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by material type, then chronologically.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Cash book, 1946-1954

Volume 1

Correspondence, 1962

Box 1 Folder 35

Correspondence, 1963

Box 1 Folder 36

Correspondence, 1965 (re: foreign claims settlement)

Box 1 Folder 37

Cuban income tax, Atlantica del Golfo, correspondence, 1946-1957

Box 1 Folder 38

Cuban income tax, Atlantica del Golfo, forms and memoranda, 1946-1956

Box 1 Folder 39

Cuban income tax, Central Violeta, correspondence, 1946-1955

Box 1 Folder 40

Cuban income tax, Hershey's, correpondence, 1946-1956

Box 1 Folder 41

Cuban income tax, forms, 1949-1959

Box 1 Folder 42

Cuban income tax, memoranda and tables, 1947-1956

Box 1 Folder 43

Cuban income tax, returns

Box 1 Folder 44

Cuban income tax, miscellaneous

Box 1 Folder 45

Cuban residence status

Box 1 Folder 46

Havana apartment, correspondence, 1946-1950

Box 1 Folder 47

Havana apartment, furnishings

Box 1 Folder 48

Havana apartment, leases

Box 1 Folder 49

Havana apartment, plans

Box 1 Folder 50

Mischellaneous notes

Box 1 Folder 51

Miscellaneous notes (from Cash Book)

Box 1 Folder 52

Travel information, 1957-1958

Box 1 Folder 53

Series Description:

This series documents Crosby's involvement with the Democratic Party and Democratic candidates. Campaigns include Adlai Stevenson for President, Paul Douglas for Senate (Illinois), and several other campaigns in the Senate and House. Correspondence, and receipts for donations are included.

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

1948-1949

Box 1 Folder 54

1950-1952

Box 1 Folder 55

1953-1954

Box 1 Folder 56

1955-1958

Box 1 Folder 57

1959-1960

Box 1 Folder 58

Series Description:

This series contains material relating to Crosby's lobbying efforts on behalf of the Cuban sugar industry; particularly concerning the American quota for Cuban sugar. Included are government reports, draft and final legislation, speeches, and correspondence.

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

American Chamber of Commerce of Cuba, clippings, 1950

Box 2 Folder 1

American Chamber of Commerce of Cuba, memos and notes, 1951

Box 2 Folder 2

American Chamber of Commerce of Cuba, speeches and remarks

Box 2 Folder 3

American Chamber of Commerce of Cuba, "Weekly Digest,"1949

Box 2 Folder 4

Business Advisory Council Committee on Latin America, correspondence, 1955

Box 2 Folder 5

Clippings

Box 2 Folder 6

Correspondence, 1955

Box 2 Folder 7

Cuba Senate Award, 1955

Box 2 Folder 8

"Free Cuba News," 1963 May 4

Box 2 Folder 9

"Lamborn Sugar Market Report," 1960

Box 2 Folder 10

Legislation, H.R Bills, 1960-1961

Box 2 Folder 11

Legislation, "Smathers Bill," 1960

Box 2 Folder 12

Legislation, Sugar Acts, 1948 and 191956

Box 2 Folder 13

Memorandum on the Cane and Sugar Producers of Cuba, 1961

Box 2 Folder 14

Miscellaneous memoranda and publications

Box 2 Folder 15

"Noticias," National Foreign Trade Council, 1963

Box 2 Folder 16

Presidential Decree, 1938

Box 2 Folder 17

Press releases, 1960

Box 2 Folder 18

Quota tables

Box 2 Folder 19

Speeches and drafts

Box 2 Folder 20

Sugar industry statement, 1960, drafts and notes

Box 2 Folder 21

Testimony, 1955-1956

Box 2 Folder 22

United States Sugar Cuban Sugar Council, correspondence and memoranda, 1958-1959

Box 2 Folder 23

United States Cuban Sugar Council, correspondence and memoranda, 1960-1962

Box 2 Folder 24

United States Cuban Sugar Council, draft reports

Box 2 Folder 25

United States Cuban Sugar Council, draft reports

Box 2 Folder 26

United States Cuban Sugar Council, notes and revisions

Box 2 Folder 27

United States Cuban Sugar Council, Report and Pending Legislation, 1956

Box 2 Folder 28

USDA reports, 1960-1961

Box 2 Folder 29

"Weekly Statistical Sugar Trade Journal," 1960

Box 2 Folder 30

Series Description:

The focus of this series is on Crosby's business dealings, primarily in the Cuban sugar industry. The series is divided into the following four subseries, based on specific companies for which Crosby worked: Atlantica Del Golfo, Cuban Atlantic, Hershey's, Other Business Records.There is some overlap in content as these companies were closely connected.

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Sub-Series Description:

This series contains business records relating to Compania Azucarera Atlantica del Golfo.

Balance Sheet, 1957-1958

Box 3 Folder 1

Comparative reports, 1947-1958

Box 3 Folder 2

Correspondence, 1935-1936 (re: G.E Sheehy)

Box 3 Folder 3

Correspondence, 1937-1938 (re: G.E Sheehy)

Box 3 Folder 4

Correspondence, 1947

Box 3 Folder 5

Crop budget, 1958-1959

Box 3 Folder 6

Dead season budget, 1959

Box 3 Folder 7

Dead season budget administration, 1959

Box 3 Folder 8

Financial statements, 1958-1959

Box 3 Folder 9

Financial statements, 1958-1960

Box 3 Folder 10

Gibboney Consulting, 1957

Box 3 Folder 11

Minutes, 1944

Box 3 Folder 12

Minutes, 1945

Box 3 Folder 13

Minutes, 1946

Box 3 Folder 14

Minutes, 1947

Box 3 Folder 15

Minutes, 1948

Box 3 Folder 16

Minutes, 1949

Box 3 Folder 17

Minutes, 1950

Box 3 Folder 18

Sub-Series Description:

This series contains business records relating to the Cuban Atlantic Sugar Company.

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Cash receipts and disbursements, 1950-1954

Box 3 Folder 19

Certificates of Incorporation

Box 3 Folder 20

Chiriqui Sugar Mills

Box 3 Folder 21

Correspondence, 1956

Box 3 Folder 22

Correspondence, 1958

Box 3 Folder 23

Dividends, 1947-1957

Box 3 Folder 24

Grace Paper Mill, "Agreement," 1956 Jul 16

Box 3 Folder 25

Grace Paper Mill, correspondence, 1956-1958

Box 4 Folder 1

Grace Paper Mill, "Cuban Paper Project," 1956 Feb 3

Box 4 Folder 2

Grace Paper Mill, drafts, 1955-1956

Box 4 Folder 3

Grace Paper Mill, memoranda 1952-1957

Box 4 Folder 4

Hershey's Cuban investment

Box 4 Folder 5

Hershey's sale, 1957

Box 4 Folder 6

Liquidation, correspondence, and clippings, 1957-1959

Box 4 Folder 7

Liquidation, documents, and clipppings, 1957-1959

Box 4 Folder 8

Lobo purchase, affidavit, 1956

Box 4 Folder 9

Lobo purchase, correspondence, 1956 Apr

Box 4 Folder 10

Lobo purchase, correspondence, 1956 May

Box 4 Folder 11

Lobo purchase, data and notes, 1956

Box 4 Folder 12

Minutes, 1949-1951

Box 4 Folder 13

Minutes, 1952-1955

Box 4 Folder 14

Minutes, 1956-1958

Box 4 Folder 15

President's letters to stockholders, 1946-1959

Box 4 Folder 16

Proxy statements, 1941-1959

Box 4 Folder 17

Proxy statements, Atlantica del Golfo

Box 4 Folder 18

Proxy statements, Central Violeta Sugar Company

Box 4 Folder 19

Salaries

Box 4 Folder 20

Shares certificates

Box 4 Folder 21

Stockholders meetings, 1946-1953

Box 4 Folder 22

Stockholders meetings, 1954-1959

Box 4 Folder 23

Taxes, 1947-1958

Box 4 Folder 24

Sub-Series Description:

This series contains business records relating to the Cuban sugar business of the Hershey's Corporation.

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Balance sheet, 1957

Box 5 Folder 1

Correspondence to P.A Staples, 1948-1949

Box 5 Folder 2

Correspondence to P.A Staples, 1950-1951

Box 5 Folder 3

Correspondence to P.A Staples, 1952-1953

Box 5 Folder 4

Correspondence to P.A Staples, 1954-1956

Box 5 Folder 5

Insurance, 1948-1953

Box 5 Folder 6

President's house, 1952-1953

Box 5 Folder 7

Reports and drafts, 1957

Box 5 Folder 8

Trademark, 1946-1948

Box 5 Folder 9

Train schedules

Box 5 Folder 10

Sub-Seires Description:

This series contains miscellaneous records relating to Crosby's other business ventures. This includes data concerning several other sugar companies, work done for Sullivan and Cromwell, and information about other industries. Companies in this series include Cuba Cane Sugar, National Sugar Export, and the Tanamo Corporation. There is also material dealing with the tax problems of Oscar Cintas, one of Crosby's Cuban contacts.

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Argentine Code of Commerce, 1930

Box 5 Folder 11

"Banco Edificador Rosarino: Debentures," 1931

Volume-folio 1

Central Violeta Sugar Company, stock transfer register, 1937

Box 5 Folder 12

Cuba Cane Sugar Corporation, 1916

Box 5 Folder 13

Cuba Cane Sugar Corporation, Catalogue of Sugar Mills, 1925

Volume-folio 2

Cuba Cane Sugar Corporation, Catalogue of Sugar Mills, 1926

Volume-folio 3

"Ferrocarril Terminal Central de Buenos Aires," 1931

Volume-folio 4

Manuscript notes, miscellaneous

Box 5 Folder 14

"Mercado de Abasto y Frigorifico de Avellaneda: Debentures," 1932

Volume-folio 5

National Sugar Export Corporation, contract

Box 5 Folder 15

Oscar Cintas, 1953-1954

Box 5 Folder 16

Oscar Cintas, 1955 Jan-May

Box 5 Folder 17

Oscar Cintas, 1955 Jun-Dec

Box 5 Folder 18

Oscar Cintas, 1956-1957

Box 5 Folder 19

Oscar Cintas, clippings

Box 5 Folder 20

Panama corporation law

Box 5 Folder 21

"Provincia de Corriente Republica Argentina," 1932

Volume-folio 6

Tanamo Corporation, clippings, 1948

Box 5 Folder 22

Tanamo Corporation, correspondence, 1943-1952

Box 5 Folder 23

Tanamo Corporation, draft documents

Box 5 Folder 24

Tanamo Corporation, minutes and agendas, 1943-1951

Box 5 Folder 25

Tanamo Corporation, printed documents

Box 5 Folder 26

Telegrams, Argentina, 1930

Telegrams, Argentina, 1930

Salaries, correspondence, 1946-1958

Box 5 Folder 28

Salaries, notes and tables, 1956-1958

Box 5 Folder 29

Soledad Trading Corporation, Bylaws, 1935 Oct 1

Box 5 Folder 30

Trans-Cuba Oil Company

Box 5 Folder 31

Series Description:

This series contains miscellaneous clippings from newspapers in both English and Spanish. Material from 1952 deals with the Batista coup in Cuba.

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Access Rerstrictions:

No restrictions.

1921-1935

Box 5 Folder 32

1952, re: Batista Coup

Box 5 Folder 33

1955

Box 5 Folder 34

1959

Box 5 Folder 35

1960

Box 5 Folder 36

1961

Box 5 Folder 37

1962

Box 5 Folder 38

1963

Box 5 Folder 39

1964

Box 5 Folder 40

1965-1969

Box 5 Folder 41

undated

Box 5 Folder 42

Series Description:

This series contains miscellaneous photographs. Many are of sugar mills and offices. Some appear to be from earlier in Crosby's life, either during World War I or his time at Oxford University.

Arrangement:

Arranged by subject and size.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Sugar mills

Volume 1

Sugar mills

Box 5 Folder 43

Large

Box 5 Folder 44

Small

Box 5 Folder 45

Series Description:

This series contains miscellaneous printed ephemera including maps of Cuba, train schedules, and menus.

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Argentina trip, 1928-1929

Box 6 Folder 1

Business

Box 6 Folder 2

Christmas cards

Box 6 Folder 3

"Kindergarden License," Priscilla Crosby, 1914 Dec 4

Box 6 Folder 4

Legal cases and bar meetings

Box 6 Folder 5

Manual of Sugar Companies, 35th edition, 1960

Box 6 Folder 6

Maps of Cuba

Box 6 Folder 7

Maps of Cuba

Map-case C-4

Menus and placecards

Box 6 Folder 8

Miscellaneous ephemera

Box 6 Folder 9

Pamphlets and train schedules

Box 6 Folder 10
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