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Rubber Development Corporation, Amazon Division Records

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Rubber Development Corporation.

World War II had many rippling effects throughout the world during and after the war. The dual occurrence of an increased need for synthetic rubber during the war and the threat of being cut off from present suppliers sent the United States in search of new and more stable sources of rubber. No longer could the United States completely depend on foreign countries to provide rubber. For instance, the Asian supply was suffering from a leaf blight which drove up prices and the Japanese supply was limited due to political tensions. Consequently, the formation of the Rubber Development Corporation (RDC) attempted to meet this need, but without much success.

The RDC evolved out of the Reconstruction Finance Corporation (RFC) which had three functions. First, low interest loans were given to banks, businesses and industries in an attempt to stabilize a faltering economy. Second, the RFC financed the newly formed Rubber Reserve Company (RRC) which bought rubber from Southeast Asia and tried to develop synthetic rubber in the United States. Third, the RFC supported the Rubber Development Corporation (RDC) which wanted to maximize rubber production from Brazil.

Eventually, the RDC was divided into three sections under the supervision of its president, Douglas H. Allen. The Banco de Credito da Borracha financed production costs and purchased the products of the RDC. The SEMTA division dealt with labor acquisition and transportation to the Amazon. Once in the Brazil area, the SAVA ( Services de Abasteciment do Vale Amazonico) division distributed the labor in order to maintain balanced and well-equipped posts.

The United States held two common interests in Brazil. An experimental nursery was set up in Brazil on the grounds of the Agronomic Institute of the North (IAN) under the supervision of Dr. Felisberto Cardoso de Camargo. This was an attempt to gain extensive knowledge about synthetic rubber production. Also, the Hevea trees in the Amazon Valley attracted the interest of the United States which eventually led to a rubber agreement on March 3, 1942 between Brazil and the United States. The initial rubber agreement guaranteed that the United States would buy all excess rubber at forty-five cents a pound until December 31, 1946. This allowed Brazil to produce rubber at an unlimited rate without the threat of monetary loss. Ten months later in December, the agreement was modified to increase Brazil's exportation to 50,000 tons of rubber in 1943.

The presence of the RDC is still felt in Brazil. Many families mourn for the seventeen to twenty thousand tappers who never returned from the forest because primitive and dangerous conditions such as the ever present threat of illness and Indian attacks were not favorable to the workers. However, many braved these conditions because the RDC was paying top dollar to ensure high production and favorable results. Before the RDC arrived in Brazil, tappers or seringueiros were managed by seringalistas in small groves. Today, the majority of tappers who did survive the forest are not receiving pensions due to lost paper work.

As shown above, time, effort, and money were seriously invested into this project, but a lack of efficiency eventually lead to the failure of RDC, Amazon Division. At one point, RDC purchased a crop of Brazilian nuts in the hopes that it would incite Brazilian workers to produce more rubber as well as satisfy eager American buyers. While the connection between nuts and rubber production is blurry, the purchase would definitely meet the American demand for nuts. For one million dollars, the nuts were purchased. However, transportation of the nuts to America was not provided for. The nuts spoiled and the RDC suffered a net loss of $800,000. The only sign of a slight improvement was in 1946 when production increased, but the quality of the rubber remained pathetically poor. While the intentions behind this venture were sincere, the execution of the project failed to meet with its high expectations. Eventually, the company dissolved and the United States continued its search for rubber elsewhere.

Consists of records of the Rubber Development Corporation's Amazon Division, managed by Philip H. Williams in Manaos, Brazil, during World War II. Included are business and financial files (1942-1945)–correspondence, memoranda, technicians' reports, charts, photographs, newspaper clippings–relating to personnel, supplies, accounts, sales, stock, native tappers, and sources and treatment of rubber.

Organized into the following series:

The branch agencies include Benjamin Constant, Boca Do Acre, Guajara Mirim, Joao Pessoa, Porto Belho, Rio Branco, Sena Madueira, and Vila Feijo. Specific folders for the eight branch agencies are in Series I, except for Guajara Mirim (which is only found in the general folder). General references to all the agencies are found in Series 2, 3, 5, and 6. The Rio Branco branch is mentioned specifically in Series 9.

The Rubber Development Corporation, Amazon Division Records were acquired in two accessions in 1968 from Philip H. Williams.

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This collection was processed by Michelle Axelrod in May 1992 and Laurie Alexander in August 1992. For preservation purposes, photographs were removed from their original order and housed together in a separate box at this time. Finding aid written by Michelle Axelrod in May 1992 and Laurie Alexander in August 1992.

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Public Policy Papers
Finding Aid Author
Michelle Axelrod; Laurie Alexander
Finding Aid Date
1997
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Collection Inventory

Scope and Contents

Series 1: Business Files of the Amazon Division (1943-1945), contains a mixture of correspondence, memoranda and reports. While it reflects an array of topics, the series lacks depth and completeness. For instance, there are many inferences to previous events and letters which are never fully annotated or followed up. However, this does not detract from the over-all interest and concerns of the main office in Manaos.

The branch agencies are located in individual folders except for Guajara Mirim. All the branches are mentioned in the general folder. A common thread found throughout all agencies was a lack of harmony between its members. Evidence of this strife is found in the correspondence in the form of questions dealing with the hierarchy of authority. A simple example is the explicit directions given about authorization for signatures on checks. Another case of internal disruption was the need for a policy to handle rumor control.

While problems arose between employees of the Amazon Division, difficulty was also encountered in dealing with the environment of the Amazon River basin. Due to the terrain, the Division had difficulties with the transportation of people, luggage and rubber products. Concerns included such areas as soil, disease, and weather conditions. In and of itself, production yielded numerous problems such as speed, damaged trees and a limited rubber yield. Managerial problems stemmed from a conflict between American and Brazilian working attitudes. The concept of work was approached by two different cultures and rarely did they mesh. There was even a hint of sabotage from the Indians of the Amazon River although there was a lack of concrete evidence to prove such acts.

Two major events which affected the day-to-day operations of the Rubber Development Corporation were the Bylandt incident and the Brazil Nut purchase. The Bylandt incident was sparked by the rumor mill. Bylandt reported a "grating on the side" job from a rumor he heard third hand and repeated it without going through the proper channels in order to properly report what he heard. The rumor made its way to Washington where Philip Williams heard about it. Williams' correspondence reflects his displeasure over the handling of the problem and the aftermath of Bylandt's actions.

A major amount of detailed correspondence is concentrated on the Brazil Nut Purchase. It was thought that the purchasing of the nuts from Brazil and the selling of them to eager American buyers would increase rubber production. The link between these two events is never fully explained. With a profit in mind, the nuts were bought for one million dollars. However, due to lack of transportation, the nuts never made it to the American buyers, rather they rotted in storage. Instead of a profit, the Division lost eight hundred thousand dollars. Ultimately, the failure of this project did nothing to increase rubber production.

Arrangement

The materials in this series are arranged alphabetically by subject.

Physical Description

4 boxes

Andrade, George, 1944 May. 1 box.
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1 box

Authorizations Issued by Amazon Valley Division, Manaos, 1945 September-January. 1 box.
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1 box

Aviation Division Organization, 1944 January-April. 1 box.
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1 box

Aviation Requirements, 1945 June-January. 1 box.
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1 box

Banco de Credito da Borracha, 1944 May-October. 1 box.
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1 box

Barreiros, Thomas, 1944 July-August. 1 box.
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1 box

Beans-R.D.C. Purchases, 1944 August-May. 1 box.
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1 box

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1 box

General, 1945 September-January. 1 box.
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1 box

Benjamin Constant, 1945 June-January. 1 box.
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1 box

Boca do Acre, 1944 March-1945 January. 1 box.
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1 box

Joao Pessoa, 1944 June-1944 December. 1 box.
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1 box

Porto Velho, 1944 September-December. 1 box.
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1 box

Rio Branco, 1944 March-November. 1 box.
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1 box

Sena Madureira, 1944 June-November. 1 box.
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1 box

Villa Feijo, 1944 March-November. 1 box.
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1 box

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1 box

Forest Products, Etc, 1943 February. 1 box.
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1 box

General, 1944 March-1944 August. 1 box.
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1 box

Brazil Nut Purchase– Correspondence Received and Sent, Manaos, 1945 February-January. 1 box.
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1 box

Budget-Rubber Development Corporation, 1946 June 30-December. 1 box.
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1 box

Bylandt Report, 1944 April-June. 1 box.
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1 box

Commissary-Procedures and Policies, 1945 January-February. 1 box.
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1 box

Cooperativo versus M. L. Fernandez-Rio Branco, 1944 May-June. 1 box.
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1 box

Correspondence-Confidential, 1943 May-1944 October. 1 box.
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1 box

Correspondence-Confidential RE: Manaos Personnel, 1945 January-February. 1 box.
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1 box

Excess Materials, 1943 September-1945 January. 1 box.
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1 box

Exploitation of RDC Merchandise, 1944 January-June. 1 box.
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1 box

Fuel Department-RDC, Manaos Reports and Correspondence, 1943 March-September. 1 box.
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1 box

Ganso Azul-Contracts and Correspondence, 1944 November-December. 1 box.
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1 box

Guapore Territory Sales, 1945 April-February. 1 box.
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1 box

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1 box

Compensation For Personnel–Policy, Procedures, and Reports, undated. 1 box.
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1 box

Claims for Losses, 1944 August-September. 1 box.
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1 box

RDC Merchandise and Funds In Transit and in Warehouses, 1944 April-September. 1 box.
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1 box

Liquor Purchase, 1944 September-June. 1 box.
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1 box

Losses-Merchandise in Transit Reports and Suggestions, 1943 July-1945 January. 1 box.
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1 box

Manaos-Data and Reports, 1944 May-December. 1 box.
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1 box

Maness Report, 1944 June-February. 1 box.
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1 box

Manicoba and Mangabeira Rubbers, 1943 November. 1 box.
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1 box

McDuff, C. Homer Correspondence, 1944 June-December. 1 box.
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1 box

Medical Department-Dr. Colin I. Beaton, 1944 July-1945 January. 1 box.
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1 box

Military Observers at Manaos-Confidential Correspondence, 1942 January-1944 July. 1 box.
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1 box

Mules-RDC Purchases, 1944 December. 1 box.
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1 box

Neumann, John H. Correspondence, 1944 September-April. 1 box.
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1 box

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1 box

Organization, 1945 April-January. 1 box.
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1 box

RDC Lists, 1944 March-December. 1 box.
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1 box

Wages and Salaries, 1945 April-January. 1 box.
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1 box

Photographic Department Francis A. Joannini, 1944 August. 1 box.
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1 box

Physical Inventory, 1944 September-1945 January. 1 box.
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1 box

Procedures-Air Transportation, 1943 October-1945 February. 1 box.
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1 box

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1 box

Merchandise-How to Clear from Inventory, 1944 July-November. 1 box.
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1 box

Files, Mail, Telegrams and Correspondence, 1943 August-1945 January. 1 box.
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1 box

For Accounting Department Documents, 1944 September-October. 1 box.
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1 box

Operating Accounting, 1943 April-September. 1 box.
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1 box

Requisitions and Purchases, 1944 October-December. 1 box.
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1 box

Sales, 1943 April-1945 January. 1 box.
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1 box

Use of RDC Equipment, 1943 October-1944 March. 1 box.
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1 box

Reed, Carl L.-Check for CR $5,000.00, 1944 May-June. 1 box.
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1 box

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1 box

Periodical Reports to be Furnished by Manaos, undated. 1 box.
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1 box

Rosewood Oil, 1944 August-1945 January. 1 box.
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1 box

Rubber Data from Firestone Files, 1942 April. 1 box.
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1 box

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2 boxes

Commercial Policies, 1944 September. 1 box.
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1 box

History and Organization, 1943 May-1945 January. 1 box.
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1 box

Information Bulletins, 1943 May-1944 December. 1 box.
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1 box

Publicity, 1944 December. 1 box.
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1 box

Rubber-Miscellaneous Data, 1942 April-1945 January. 1 box.
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1 box

Rubber Need for and Situation in WW II, 1943 October-1945 January. 1 box.
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1 box

Purchased-Correspondence and Data, 1943 May-1945 January. 1 box.
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1 box

Rubber Technical Department Versus Management, 1943 October-1945 January. 1 box.
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1 box

Rubber Tapping and Production Methods, 1944 September-1942 March. 1 box.
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1 box

Rubber Washing Plants-Brazil, 1943 June-1945 February. 1 box.
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1 box

Russell, Raymond-Peruvian Silver Transaction, 1944 March-June. 1 box.
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1 box

Sales Documents-RDC, Commercial, Manaos, Accounting Department, 1943 October-1944 April. 1 box.
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1 box

SAVA Agreement-Operation, Prices, Correspondence, 1943 April-1945 January. 1 box.
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1 box

Small Boats-Port and Sales Regulations, 1943 July-1944 August. 1 box.
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1 box

SORVA and Miscellaneous Gums, 1942 August-1944 December. 1 box.
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1 box

Staff Houses-RDC at Manaos, 1943 November-1945 January. 1 box.
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1 box

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2 boxes

Correspondence RE: Prices, Terms, Distribution, Sales, Etc, 1943 April-1944 May. 1 box.
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1 box

For RDC, Bolivia Procedures-Correspondence, 1944 November-1945 January. 1 box.
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1 box

For RDC, Colombia Procedure-Correspondence, 1944 July-November. 1 box.
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1 box

For RDC, Peru Procedures-Correspondence, undated. 1 box.
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1 box

Supplies-For RDC, Venezuela Procedures-Correspondence, 1944 September. 1 box.
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1 box

Telles, Lyzette de Goes, 1944 May-September. 1 box.
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1 box

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1 box

Correspondence Received and Sent, Manaos, 1942 May-1944 December. 1 box.
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1 box

Latex Cups and Buckets Manufactured, 1942 October-1944 October. 1 box.
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1 box

U. S. Army-RDC Transactions, Manaos, 1944 February-December. 1 box.
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1 box

Veiga Report, 1943 August-1944 January. 1 box.
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1 box

Victoria-Altamira Construction Project, 1944 August-1945 January. 1 box.
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1 box

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1 box

Manaos Books, 1942 July-1945 February. 1 box.
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1 box

Rio Books, 1942 September-1944 June. 1 box.
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1 box

Washington Books, 1942. 1 box.
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1 box

Scope and Contents

Series 2: Financial Files of the Amazon Division (1943-1945) includes reports, recapitulations, inventory lists and correspondence. In general, there is a heavy emphasis on graphs rather than words. There are charts referring to stocks, accounts, operating expenses and salaries. Most of the statistical information was addressed to C. Homer McDuff whereas the correspondence was addressed to Philip H. Williams. Information relating to agency branches is found in the Inventories and Sales & Collection Recapitulations folders.

Arrangement

The materials in this series are arranged alphabetically by subject.

Physical Description

2 boxes

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1 box

Firearms-Sales Recapitulations, 1943 January-1945 January. 1 box.
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1 box

Forecasts-Sales and Requirements-For Manaos and Interior Agencies, 1942 October-1943 December. 1 box.
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1 box

Forecasts-Sales and Requirements-For Manaos and Interior Agencies, 1944 April-September. 1 box.
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1 box

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1 box

File No. 1, 1942 September-December. 1 box.
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1 box

File No. 2, 1944 January-December. 1 box.
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1 box

File No. 3, 1945 January-December. 1 box.
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1 box

Commercial Department, All Branches, 1943 September-1945 January. 1 box.
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1 box

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1 box

Sales Statistics, 1944 August. 1 box.
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1 box

Shipping Statistics, 1944 August-December. 1 box.
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1 box

Supplies Statistics, 1944 September. 1 box.
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1 box

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1 box

Recapitulations, dates not examined. 1 box.
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1 box

Commercial Dept.-Manaos, 1943 January-1944 August. 1 box.
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1 box

Porto Velho Branch, 1943 November-1944 April. 1 box.
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1 box

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2 boxes

Boca Do Acre Branch, 1943 September-1945 January. 1 box.
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1 box

Rio Branco Branch, 1944 February-1945 January. 1 box.
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1 box

Sena Madureira Branch, 1944 August-1945 January. 1 box.
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1 box

Villa Feijo Branch, 1944 June-1945 January. 1 box.
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1 box

Joao Pessoa Branch, 1943 September-1945 January. 1 box.
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1 box

Benjamin Constant Branch, 1944 January-1945 January. 1 box.
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1 box

Sales and Collections Recapitulations All Branches, 1944 January-1945 January. 1 box.
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1 box

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1 box

Department, Manaos, dates not examined. 1 box.
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1 box

File No. 1, 1943 April-June. 1 box.
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1 box

File No. 2, 1943 July-December. 1 box.
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1 box

File No. 3, 1944 January-June. 1 box.
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1 box

File No. 4, 1944 July-December. 1 box.
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1 box

Scope and Contents

Series 3: Management Reports (1942-1945) contains weekly and monthly correspondence. Personnel records hold staff evaluations and lists of incoming and outgoing correspondence concerning managerial activities. There are a few charts that present information about transferred material, payroll and personnel action. Some of the departments represented are construction, marine & small boats, rubber procurement and photography. The inclusion of these reports helps broaden the understanding of the Division's physical structure. Additionally, procedure and policy manuals are included in the files of various departments.

Arrangement

The materials in this series are arranged in chronological order.

Physical Description

2 boxes

Management Reports, Weekly & Monthly, dates not examined. 1 box.
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1 box

1942 August-1943 December, 1942 August-1943 December. 1 box.
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1 box

1944 January-1945 January, 1944 January-1945 January. 1 box.
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1 box

Maps, undated. 1 box.
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1 box

Scope and Contents

Series 4: Memoranda (1942-1945) encompasses a large amount of instructive guides for two divisions: Head Accountants and Special Representatives. The real value of this series is that it reflects the behind-the-scenes activities concerning these two divisions of RDC. The accountants' folders contain instructions for local audits, updates from policy makers, schedules, use of accounts and the transportation of American workers and their families. The Representative folders contain instructions for various duties and descriptions of policy.

Arrangement

The materials in this series are arranged numerically within each of the two divisions.

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1 box

Memoranda to Head Accountants Manual of Accounts and Procedures, undated. 1 box.
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1 box

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1 box

Number 1-10, 1944 July. 1 box.
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1 box

Number 11-20, 1944 August-December. 1 box.
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1 box

Number 21-30, 1944 December. 1 box.
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1 box

Memoranda to All Special Representative, 1942 September-1945 January. 1 box.
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1 box

Scope and Contents

Series 5: Sales and Accounting Records (1942-1945) includes the personal daily notes of Philip H. Williams from July 1944 to January 1945 were dictated to and transcribed by his secretary. Basically, these notes present a listing of his daily concerns. Important contacts of the day are arranged by month. Also included are warehouse inventory lists representing various departments and projects. In addition there are two folders pertaining to a bank account of RDC in William's name.

Arrangement

The materials in this section are arranged into three main groups: Personal Diary Notes, Inventory, and Bank Account information. Within the personal diary notes group, important contacts of the day are arranged by month. The inventory lists are arranged by department and the bank account information is arranged as two files, the first includes commercial department sales records and the second includes records for Special collections, operating, and revolving funds.

Physical Description

2 boxes

Personal Diary Notes, 1944 June-1945 January. 1 box.
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1 box

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2 boxes

Commissary Section, Manaos, 1944 February-December. 1 box.
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1 box

Construction Department, Manaos, 1945 January. 1 box.
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1 box

Victoria-Altamira Project, undated. 1 box.
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1 box

Excess RDC Materials, Manaos, 1944 January-1945 January. 1 box.
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1 box

Marine and Small Boats Department, Manaos, 1944 May. 1 box.
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1 box

Usina Alegria, Wqrehouse Manaos, 1943 July-1944 May. 1 box.
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1 box

Cash Collections Transfer Receipts, Manaos-Commercial Department Sales, 1942 May-October. 1 box.
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1 box

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1 box

Special Collections, 1943 March-1945 January. 1 box.
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1 box

Operating, 1942 October-1945 January. 1 box.
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1 box

Revolving Fund, 1945 August-1945 January. 1 box.
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1 box

Scope and Contents

Series 6: Technicians Reports (1942-1945) consists of reports submitted by the technicians of the RDC. Each report contains information concerning an already existing or respective rubber site. Every report includes information on location, statement of purpose, itinerary, conclusion and recommendations. Also, transportation, speed of action and supplies are frequently commented on. The physical attributes of the location are described such as soil, altitude, rainfall, tree density, and quality of rubber. Generally, maps are included and show the routes taken to the site. Finally, there is a fascinating and detailed Rio Negro diary accounting the daily travel events of two technicians.

Arrangement

The reports in this series are arranged in two sections: by technician's name and, by region. Both sections are arranged alphabetically.

Physical Description

5 boxes

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1 box

Miscellaneous, 1944 January. 1 box.
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1 box

Organization, 1942 April-November. 1 box.
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1 box

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3 boxes

Araripe, Ary G. A, 1945 May. 1 box.
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1 box

Becker, T. H, 1943 December. 1 box.
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1 box

Bond, Harrison, 1944 May. 1 box.
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1 box

Carlton, Marshall G. and Orlando Baron, 1944. 1 box.
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1 box

De Mello, Moacyr B, 1944 June. 1 box.
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1 box

Ducke, Adolpho, undated. 1 box.
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1 box

Filho, Alexopoulos Herculando Caldeira, 1944 May. 1 box.
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1 box

Green, William, Harry Haines, and Rubens Dickie, 1943 September-November. 1 box.
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1 box

Gustin, Harold E, 1944. 1 box.
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1 box

Gustin, Harold E. and Michael A. Polli, 1944 October. 1 box.
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1 box

Hafstad, George E. and Paulo De Macedo, 1945 June. 1 box.
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1 box

Haines, Harry C, 1945 September-November. 1 box.
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1 box

Knoedt, Leopoldo H, 1944 July. 1 box.
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1 box

Koski, O.O. and Antonio Aguiar de Souza, 1944 July. 1 box.
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1 box

Koski, O. O. and Ricardo Mercede, Jr, 1943 April-October. 1 box.
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1 box

Lamb, F. Bruce, 1943 March-December. 1 box.
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1 box

MacKinnon, William, 1944 July. 1 box.
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1 box

Maki, Charles J. and George E. Hafstad, 1943 November. 1 box.
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1 box

Pease, Homer G. and Kolski, 1942 October. 1 box.
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1 box

Pease, Homer G. and Marcos C. Pereira, 1943 September-October. 1 box.
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1 box

Pease, Homer G. and Worth, 1942 July. 1 box.
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1 box

Pereira, Marcos C, 1945 September. 1 box.
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1 box

Rebelo, Francis C, 1945 June-July. 1 box.
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1 box

Silva, J. A. Sequeira E, 1945 September. 1 box.
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1 box

Thomas, Gail M. and Ricardo L. Froes, 1943 September-November. 1 box.
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1 box

Trimble, G. and Milton De Aguiar, 1945 July-1945 September. 1 box.
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1 box

Turner, Marshall R, 1944 July. 1 box.
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1 box

Vogel, Frederick, 1944 January-1945 May. 1 box.
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1 box

Wilde, John E, 1944 February-September. 1 box.
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1 box

Wilde, John E. and Ricardo Mercede Jr, 1944 July. 1 box.
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1 box

Area and Progress Reports-General, 1942-1945. 1 box.
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1 box

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1 box

Minas Novas, 1944 January-November. 1 box.
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1 box

Rio Amapu, 1942 May-1944 November. 1 box.
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1 box

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1 box

Rio Solimoes, 1944 June-December. 1 box.
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1 box

Rio Tapajoz, 1942 December-1943 March. 1 box.
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1 box

Letters from Seringalistas and Maps, 1942 April-May. 1 box.
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1 box

Rio Negro Diary by Harold E. Gustin, 1942 June-July. 1 box.
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1 box

Scope and Contents

Series 7: Philip H. Williams, Correspondence [Numerical File] (1943-1945) consists of William's correspondence, mostly related to routine management. There are many references to transportation, mail routes, supplies, and incidents among employees. There are often references to confidential matters which required delicate clarification and handling. Many of the topics and events overlap with Series I: Business Files of the Amazon Division (1942-1945). For example, the Bylandt report and the Brazilian Nut Purchase were important topics addressed in this series under a confidential heading.

Arrangement

The correspondence in this series is arranged numerically by correspondence number.

Physical Description

9 boxes

Numerical File, 1943 January-1945 January. 9 boxes.
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9 boxes

Scope and Contents

Series 8: Printed Material (1943-1945) is a collection of newspaper clippings which document the Division's public relations and the great public interest surrounding the Rubber Development Corporation. The overwhelming majority are from United States publications. Oversized articles are in Series 10: Oversize Material.

Arrangement

The newspaper clippings in this series are in no particular order.

Physical Description

1 box

Rubber Development Corporation USA-Articles, 1942-1945. 1 box.
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1 box

Scope and Contents

Series 9: Photographs (1942-1945) contain photographs which were all originally found in Series 1: Business Files of the Amazon division (1943-1945). The photographs include photographs taken of bank account records and financial and transaction information related to the P.H. Williams Revolving Fund CR, the bank account-RDC in name of P.H. Williams, financial information from the Branch Agency-Rio Branco, transaction information with Brazil Forest Products, Brazil Nut Purchase, and Loss-Merchandise in Transit. Also included are passport photos of Mr. Williams and photographs of rubber tapping.

Arrangement

The photographs are arranged into seven groups housed together in one box: Bank Account--RDC in the Name of P.H. Williams, Branch Agency-Rio Branco, Brazil Forest Products, Brazil Nut Purchse, Loss-Merchandise in Transit, Passport photos, and Rubber Tapping.

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1 box

Physical Description

1 box

Bank Account–RDC in Name of P.H. Williams, undated. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Branch Agency–Rio Branco, undated. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Brazil Forest Products, undated. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Brazil Nut Purchase, undated. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Loss–Merchandise in Transit, undated. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Passport Photographs of Mr. Williams, 1954 April. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Rubber Tapping, undated. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Scope and Contents

Series 10: Oversize Material (1942-1945) contains miscellaneous newspaper articles in a separate oversized folder.

Arrangement

The materials in this series are in no particular order.

Physical Description

1 folder

Newspaper Articles, 1942-1945. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Print, Suggest