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American Turpentine Farmers Association minute books, 1936-1999

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Type: Administrative records | Minutes | Moving images | Records (documents) | Text | MovingImage
Creator: American Turpentine Farmers Association Cooperative
Title: American Turpentine Farmers Association minute books, 1936-1999
Date: 1936-1999
Description: The American Turpentine Farmers Association Minute Books, 1936-1999 collection offers a glimpse into the pine gum turpentine and rosin farming industry. The collection includes over eight hundred pages of the organization's board of directors meeting minutes, which document over sixty years of ATFA history. Prior to the 1960s, pine gum was processed into rosin and turpentine, along with a variety of other by-products, making it vital to the economy of the Southeast, particularly Georgia. At one time, the United States produced 53% of rosin and turpentine worldwide. The turpentine business was a major influence not only on the national economy but the way of life in the South's turpentine belt (Georgia, Alabama, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas). This industry's slow demise, which began in the 1930s, spurred a group of passionate and dedicated turpentine workers to create a cooperative, the American Turpentine Farmers Association (ATFA), which lobbied for the revival of the gum naval stores industry. The site also contains a timeline, a list of additional resources, and a digitized copy of the 1951 promotional film, Suwanee Pine.
Subjects: Turpentine industry and trade--Georgia--History--20th century | Naval stores industry--Georgia--History--20th century | American Turpentine Farmers Association Cooperative. Board of Directors--Records and correspondence | Trade associations--Georgia--History--20th century | Turpentine industry and trade--Georgia--Societies, etc. | Forests and forestry, Cooperative--Georgia--History--20th century | Georgia | Southern States
Contributors: Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
Online Publisher: Athens, Ga. : Richard B. Russell Library in association with the Digital Library of Georgia, 2010
Persistent Link to Item: http://russelldoc.galib.uga.edu/atfa/

Related Institutions: Digital Library of Georgia
Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
Collection Information: American Turpentine Farmers Association Minute Books, 1936-1999