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Archives/Collection

The Alexander & Baldwin Sugar Museum collection focuses on Maui plantation life and work in the field and mill.  The collection contains various artifacts relating to work, household, religion and leisure activities.  Other items in the collection include photographs, books, maps, visual media, some employment records and periodicals.

Access to the collection is by appointment only.  Walk-ins will not be admitted.  Restrictions on what may be retrieved may apply.  Please submit form below, and we will contact you to confirm your appointment.

Overview of Collection

  • Employment records: personnel records from Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Company and Maui Agricultural Company dating from the early 1920s.  Some of the information available in these records include place of birth, date of birth, schooling, bango number, house number, village resided in, arrival date in Hawaii on ship name, date, country of origin, dependents, type of work performed and employment dates.  This is a partial record.
     

  • Maps: includes Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Company and Maui Agricultural Company plantation maps of fields, irrigation and camps.  Also included are maps of Kahului Town and other town sites, and schematic drawings of plantation and mill equipment.
     

  • Oral Histories: interviews with island residents of various social and ethnic backgrounds.
     

  • Periodicals: original newspapers of the Maui Record, a quadri-lingual newspaper.  Issues dating from 1916-December 5, 1941.  Original newspapers of the Maui Agricultural Company “Breeze” and Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Company “Breeze,” 1948-1968, containing information on the life and activities of the plantations and mill, employees, community events.  A&B magazines, “A&B Banner,” January 1969-May 1972, “Maui Today,” June 1972-1993, “A&B Ampersand,” Winter 1967-Spring 1999, “A&B Week,” December 1983-December 1985 and May 22, 1987.
     

  • Photographs: all aspects of the sugar process from planting to raw sugar and molasses production, agricultural research, mill operations, plantation work, field operations, field equipment, railroad and trains, plantation life, community events, churches, schools, celebrations, entertainment, aerial views and development of Kahului.
     

  • Objects: tools, household, religion, field equipment, mill operations, fabric, clothing, store fixtures.
     

  • Books: sugar industry technical manuals, annual reports of Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Company and Hawaii Sugar Planters’ Association, family histories, cultural and ethnic groups, and general interest of the islands of Hawaii.
     

  • Audio/Visual Collection: video and digital video, voice recordings.