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Addendum 1887-1984

16 boxes, 4 folio cases, and approximately 300 separate items

In addition to the administrative records described in the four record groups, the Braga Brothers Collection contains memorabilia, photographs, maps and plans, memoirs, genealogical materials, and family correspondence that fall outside the parameters of the record groups. Some of the addendum materials were donated by the Braga family subsequent to the original gift in 1981 and were not described in the initial collection finding guides. Included in the later donations were the memoir, entitled "A Bundle of Relations", of George Atkinson Braga and correspondence of George Braga's mother, Margaret Atkinson Braga. Of special interest in the papers of Margaret Braga are the accounts by her sister, Anne Risely, of life at the Central Francisco in 1904. Included in the personal papers of Bernardo Braga, Record Group 3, Series 8, are recollections of his youth in Spain and his business career.

The photograph series contains images of people, places, and activities associated with the collection. Some photographs were pulled from other series and are identified accordingly. Most, though, were found separate from the records and many were added to the collection in 1993 with the personal papers of Bernardo Braga and George Braga. The latter include many photographs of family members as well as employees of the Czarnikow-Rionda Company and the Cuban Trading Company. Also evident in the photograph series are images of the cane fields and mills of the Manati and Francisco sugar companies. The series also contains aerial photograpahic maps of Manati and Francisco. Additional photographs from the estate of Elena Doty Angus were purchased in 2009.

Maps and plans are described in Series 30. Most of the materials in this series were pulled from the files of Manuel Rionda y Polledo, but other items were not identified as part of an existing series. The maps document several areas of Cuba including the property holdings of Francisco and Manati. Maps of both sugar companies are also found in Series 83 and Series 45. In addition, Series 30 contains maps of the areas around the Tuinucu Sugar Company, the Cespedes Sugar Company, and the Tacajo Sugar Company. Also included in Series 30 are maps of the warehouse districts of Matanzas and Tunas del Zaza and more general maps of Cuba depicting the location of sugar mills.

The memorabilia and artifact series was derived largely from materials found in records series. Many of the objects were selected as possible display items. Among the items in the series are stock certificates, business and calling cards, decorative business stationery, and objects illustrative of the sugar industry such as warehouse receipts, identity certificates, and laboratory reports.

The addendum contains six series.



Series 17: Papers of Margaret Atkinson Braga and Anne Atkinson Risely 1901-1921

0.4 linear feet (1 box)

This series contains letters, poems, and keepsakes received by Margaret (Maud) Atkinson Braga. Most of the letters are from her brothers and sisters and her husband, Bernardo Braga Rionda. Of special note, are the materials from her sister, Anne (Nan) Atkinson Risely (Mrs. Wallace Risely), including an unpublished manuscript describing the land and people at the Central Francisco in Guayabal, Cuba in 1904 where Wallace Risely and Higinio Fanjul briefly operated the Colonia Esperanza.



Series 20: Memorabilia and artifacts 1883-1965

4 boxes and 5 volumes

The Braga Brothers Collection contains cultural materials that cannot be described adequately as archival record. As these items are found, they are separated from their original records series and described here. Materials chosen for this series include ephemera such as railroad passes and bank checks, stock certificates of companies, memorabilia associated with the Braga and Rionda families, and historical artifacts such as company seals and ink stamps.

Researchers are encouraged to suggest materials for this series.

Box
1 #2. Blank "Sugar Despatch Statement" Cuban Trading Co. Not dated
1 #3. Ticket stubs from Cuban railroads.
1 #4. "Cuenta a Cobrar" for special train carrying Manuel Rionda and entourage on the Cuba Railroad. 1919
1 #5. 128 common and preferred stock certificates for the Cuba Cane Sugar Corporation. 1929
1 #6. Advertisements for the West India Fruit and Steamship Company's Florida-Havana Railroad Car Ferry Service.
1 #7. One issue of Gordejuela published by José Arechabla, S.A. of Cardenas. 1941
1 #8. 3 stock certificates of the Aldecress Corp. 1928
1 #9. 10 stock certificates of the Riovista Land Corp.
1 #10. 2 stock certificates of the Indian Head, Inc.
1 #11. 2 stock certificates of the Bagasse Products Corp.
1 #12. Lottery book for the Republica de Cuba Hospitals Fund.
1 #13. 1 stock certificate for the Abbott School of Farmington, Maine; 1917 Commencement program, Abbott song. 1917
1 #15. Jai-alai program and 3 quiniela tickets, Havana. 1919
1 #16. Drafts and receipts of various Cuban sugar companies. 1876-1877
1 #18. Stationery of people and companies associated with the Braga Bros. Collection.
1 #19. Cargo vessel bills of lading and contracts.
1 #21. Broadside, Junta Patriotica Española. 1896
1 #22. Manati Sugar Co., stock certificates.
1 #23. Francisco Sugar Co., stock certificates.
1 #24. Testimonials for Manuel Rionda y Polledo.
1 #25. Menu, speakers list, and dinner committee for dinner in honor of General Gerardo Machado, Hotel Astor. April 22, 1925
1 #29. 3 package labels for San Juan Bautista Aguas Minerales, Caney del Sitio Palma Soriano, Oriente, Cuba.
1 #31. Data tables for Hawaiian sugar mills. 1917
1 #33. Christmas telegrams, cards, etc.
1 #34. Announcements on cards.
1 #14a. Receipts - Cuba newspaper. 1898
1 #14b. Receipts - Antigua de Mendy.
1 #14c. Receipts - Siveira, Linares, y Cia. 1920
1 #14d. Receipts - Hotel Manati. 1925
1 #14e. Receipts - Mid'Day Club. 1922
1 #14f. Receipts - Gran Paris Hotel, Matanzas. 1919
1 #14g. Receipts - Hotel Inglaterra, Havana. 1921
1 #14h. Receipts - Hotel "La Union". 1925
1 #14i. Receipts - Hotel "Venus", Santiago de Cuba. 1925
1 #14j. Receipts - Hotel "Plaza", Camagüey. 1923
1 #14k. Receipts - El Country Club de la Habana. 195?
1 #28a. Checkbooks and draftbooks - Bank of Cuba in New York.
1 #28b. Checkbooks and draftbooks - Banco Mercantil Americano de Cuba.
2 #17. Member's cards, NY Coffee and Sugar Exchange, Bernardo Braga Rionda/Louis Placé. 1939/1947
2 #26. Manuel Rionda's railroad passes (31). 1925-1928
2 #30. Notebook embossed "W.J. McCahan Sugar Refining and Molasses Co." with sugar related data.
2 #39. "Dollar Night" tickets for sugar workers in Philadelphia. 1940
2 #48. 2 Tarjetas de Turista. 1958
2 #52. 2 season passes to use the Lake and park at Riovista. 1929
2 #35a. Calling and Business Cards of corporate officers, politicians, family members, other interesting cards - Mario G. Menocal.
2 #35a. Calling and Business Cards - Henry Havemeyer.
2 #35a. Calling and Business Cards - Ramiro Guerra.
2 #35a. Calling and Business Cards - Earl Babst.
2 #35a. Calling and Business Cards - Cayetano de Quesada--Consul of Cuba.
2 #35a. Calling and Business Cards - Reed Clark.
2 #35a. Calling and Business Cards - Carlos Manuel de Céspedes.
2 #35a. Calling and Business Cards - Santiago Rey--Representante por las Villas.
2 #35a. Calling and Business Cards - Aurelio Portuondo--Cuban delegate to the Int. Sugar Conference.
2 #35a. Calling and Business Cards - Aurelio Portuondo--VP CTCo.
2 #35a. Calling and Business Cards - Alfonso J. Fanjul.
2 #35a. Calling and Business Cards - Leonardo Tariche--Quimico del Central Lugareño.
2 #35a. Calling and Business Cards - Gomez, Rionda and Co.
2 #35a. Calling and Business Cards - José Manuel Casanova--Senador por Oriente.
2 #35a. Calling and Business Cards - El Marqués de Aldama.
2 #35a. Calling and Business Cards - Higinio Fanjul.
2 #35a. Calling and Business Cards - Czarnikow, MacDougall.
2 #35a. Calling and Business Cards - Gordon Rentschler.
2 #35a. Calling and Business Cards - Bernardo Braga Rionda.
2 #35a. Calling and Business Cards - José B. Rionda.
2 #35a. Calling and Business Cards - Manuel Rionda.
2 #35a. Calling and Business Cards - Leandro J. Rionda.
2 #35a. Calling and Business Cards - Elena Rionda.
2 #35a. Calling and Business Cards - Esperanza Rionda.
2 #35a. Calling and Business Cards - George A. Braga.
2 #35a. Calling and Business Cards - Manuel E. Rionda.
2 #35b. Calling and Business Cards - 19th Century cards.
2 #35d. Copper plates for Joaquin Rionda's cards.
2 #40a. Ink stamps - Francisco Sugar Co.--President.
2 #40b. Ink stamps - Washington Sugar Co.--Vice President.
2 #40c. Ink stamps - Rionda, Benjamin 6 Old Slip, New York.
3 #20. Cuba Cane Products, Inc. common stock certificate and 20 year gold debenture. 1931
3 #37. 13 reprint copies of "The Story of Sugar" in the Journal of Commerce and Commercial Bulletin, by Manuel Rionda. January 2, 1912
3 #56. School diploma, Central Manati.
3 #57. 3 specimens of Manati 20 year sinking fund bond with coupon sheet.
3 #27a. Manuel Rionda's notebooks taken to Cuba. 1909
3 #27b. Manuel Rionda's notebooks taken to Cuba. 1911
3 #27c. Manuel Rionda's notebooks taken to Cuba. 1913
3 #27d. Manuel Rionda's notebooks taken to Cuba. 1914
3 #35c. Misc. and duplicates.
3 #53a. Principio de Molienda, Zafra de 193__, Central Tuinucu.
3 #53b. Contrato de arrendamiento, venta y molienda de cana.
4 #36. Blank Identity Certificates from the Instituto Cubano de Estabilización del Azúcar, 1957 Harvest (one for each category). 1957
4 #38. Engraved invitation to the opening of the Cuban Pavillion at the New York World's Fair. 1939
4 #42. Friendship bonds from the Comite Acera del Louvre "To see the political and economic alliance of Cuba and the United States become a reality". 1939
4 #43. Irrevocable credit invoices (5) from different banks. 1955-1956
4 #44. 3 stock certificates of the Harvester Corp. 1929
4 #45. 3 warehouse receipts. 1952
4 #46. 8 license certificates from the New York Coffee and Sugar Exchange.
4 #47. Daily laboratory reports for April 27-28, 1960 of the Central Francisco. 1960
4 #49. Ticket book, Friends of Free Cuba Dinner for the Liberation of Cuba. 1961
4 #50. II National Front Escambray, Voluntary Contribution.
4 #51. 5 sample stock certificates of the W.J. McCahan Sugar Refining and Molasses Company.
4 #55. 8 retail sugar bags. ca.1965
4 #58. 2 Cuba Sugar Finance and Export certificates.
4 #59. Certificate - Corporación Exportadora Nacional de Azúcar.
4 #41. Lottery, list of winning numbers [Stored with maps]. May 18, 1946
Volume
#32 Records of the Aoidimos Club, a glee club for members and friends of the Clarke and Rionda families. 1896-1898
#60 Warehouse receipt book, Cia. General Cubana de Almacenes Publicos. 1937
#28c Checkbooks and draftbooks - Banco Nacional de Cuba.
#28d Checkbooks and draftbooks - A. Wolf and Co.
#28e Checkbooks and draftbooks - Rionda, Benjamin and Co.


Series 22: Photographs 1887-1960

10 boxes, 4 folio cases, and 18 oversized prints

Series 22 contains photographic materials. The first part of the series consists of photographs found in the original accession and separated from other series in the collection. Most were pulled from series in Record Group 4 and Series 10 in Record Group 2. The series includes two photographic studies of cane growth, one done at Manati and the other at Francisco, and aerial maps of the properties of the Manati Sugar Company and the Francisco Sugar Company. The latter were created in 1952 when both companies initiated cattle operations. The maps indicate cane fields, rail lines, pastures, mill and port facilities, and property occupied by squatters. The map of the Francisco properties includes mosaic enlargements. Of special note are photographs of a cellulose factory at the Central Tuinucu in the 1920s. There are also scrapbooks depicting reconstruction of the Regla piers in Havana, reforestation projects at several plantations, kenaf production, and loading operations at Guayabal.

In 1992, additional photographs were donated by the Braga Family. These are contained in Box 6 and include photographs of people and buildings at the Central Tuinucu in 1905. Also included were many images of Bernardo Braga and his son, George Braga, photographs taken at Rio Vista, more photographs of Manati, Tuinucu, and Francisco, and family photographs taken at Varadero in the late 1940s.

In 2009, the Libraries purchased a collection of photographs from Crown Collectibles in Richmond, Virginia. The collection came from the estate of Elena Doty Angus, daughter of Oliver Keese Doty and Elena Rionda Doty, and consists of three albums and loose photographs. Elena Rionda Doty (Nenita) was the daughter of Francisco Rionda Y Polledo and Elena de la Torriente. Oliver Doty was an administrator at the Tuinucu Sugar Company where he served as manager for many years. (See correspondence in Series 1 and Series 10.)

The Doty collection consists of three albums as well as loose photographs. The first album is entitled "Album of Francisco Rionda y Torriente, Brooklyn, New York, December 24, 1894." Francisco, also known as Panchito, was the oldest child of Francisco Rionda y Polledo. He died in 1943. An inscription on the back of one photo indicates that Elena Doty Angus identified some of the people on November 2, 1960. Items 1-18 were found in the first album when the collection was purchased in 2009. Some of the earlier loose photographs may have been part of the first album and later removed.

The second album begins shortly after the birth of Elena Doty (Angus) who is shown with her mother and maternal grandmother. On the second page she appears with her father, Oliver Keese Doty. Yisdora Rionda y Polledo also appears frequently as does as an Afro-Cuban woman who presumably was Elena's nurse. Elena's brother John is frequently seen. The earliest photographs were taken at the Central Tuinucu. In the summers, the family is often depicted at Sandisfield, Massachusetts. Other locations include Alpine, New Jersey, at Manuel Rionda's Riovista estate on the Hudson. Manuel Rionda is also seen in photographs taken at Tuinucu where he visited during the sugar harvests. After 1919, Elena is more frequently depicted outside Cuba.

Album three begins in 1923. By then Elena was living primarily in the United States, but she made regular trips to Cuba. She also visited Rio Vista several times. In many photographs, Elena is often shown with children of her own age but they are rarely identified. There is a strange and interesting photograph of Manuel Rionda with a group of girls where he is holding a calf. During one visit to Riovista in 1928, Placido Alonso, Jr. (Placidito) is identified. There is also a photograph of him at age 2. Of special note is a group of photographs taken at "cousin Higinio's place" in 1929. Higinio Fanjul's son Alfonso is shown. On another page, Elena appears in Tunas del Zaza on a boat named Elena IV. There are many shots of Tuinucu as well as the city of Sancti Spiritus. There are several photos taken at a beach at Manati. There are two pages from 1931 depicting Tuinucu and Sancti Spiritus that are out of order. The later pages depict Elena at school at Choate and Sweet Briar College. There are also photos of the Trinity Pawling School that her brother John attended.

There are many group shots of family outings in albums 2 and 3, but the photographs almost never identify individuals.



Photographs Separated from Other Series
Box
1 Advertisement for Athey Tractor Company.
1 Bagasse--Proposed Paper Plant. 1945
1 Barrie y Bastida, Bernardo, Letters. 1921; 1935
1 Beet Factories, Western States.
1 Bowerman, Herbert. 1921-1927
1 Bulk #1.
1 Bulk #2.
1 Celulosa Cubana, S.A.
1 Central Cespedes. 1958
1 Central Elia Flood Damage. 1959
1 Cespedes. Barro, Antonio.
1 Clarke, John V. 1928-1929
1 Colonia El Sol (de Arias).
1 Colonia El Toro, Campo #65.
1 Colonia El Toro, campo #88.
1 Colonia El Toro 2, campo #1.
1 Colonia El Toro 2, campo #80.
1 Cononia El Toro 2, campo #101.
1 Colonia El Toto 2, campo #103.
1 Colonia El Toro 2, campos #40, #66, #68.
1 Colonia Federal, campo 17.
1 Colonia Federal, campo #53.
1 Colonia Isabel Rosa, campo mas malo.
1 Federal 2 - Campo #11.
2 Federal 2, campo #64.
2 Francisco, Financial Arrangement with Cuban Trading Company.
2 Francisco Sugar Company, July-November 1945 colonia cane growth study--Colonia Buenaventura.
2 Francisco Sugar Company, July-November 1945 colonia can growth study. Colonia Buenaventura.
2 Francisco Sugar Company, July-November 1945. colonia cane growth study. Colonia Charco Pierda.
2 Francisco Sugar Company, July-November 1945, colonia cane growth study. Colonia Charco Pierda, campo mejor.
2 Francisco Sugar Company, July-November, 1945. colonia cane growth study. Colonia El Sol, campo mejor.
2 Francisco Sugar Company, July-November 1945, colonia cane growth study. Colonial El Toro, Campo 91.
2 Francisco Sugar Company, July-November 1945, colonia cane growth study. Colonia Federal, Campo #15.
2 Francisco Sugar Company, July-November 1945. colonia cane growth study. Colonia Federal, campo #54.
2 Francisco Sugar Company, July-November 1945, colonia cane growth study. Colonia Federal, campo 70.
2 Francisco Sugar Company, July-November 1945, colonia cane growth study. Colonia Isabel Rosa, campo mejor.
2 Francisco Sugar Company, July-November 1945. colonia cane growth study. Colonia LaPerla.
2 Francisco Sugar Company, July-November, 1945. colonia cane growth study. Colonia La Perla, bolas and campo peor.
2 Francisco Sugar Company, July-November, 1945. colonia cane growth study--Federal 2, campo #1.
2 From the desk of Manuel Rionda.
2 Luce Cane Harvester.
2 Manati, cane planted in July and cane planted in October; cane carts. 1921
2 Manati, colonia canefields showing height of cane relative to a man, #1. 1920-1921
2 Manati, colonia canefields showing height of cane relative to a man #2. 1920-1921
2 Manati. Railroad cane cars.
2 Manati - Tractors, cultivators, and plows. 1924
2 Manati, Steamer "Manati".
3 Manati, Suris, Jose M., Manati Port re: his position.
3 Manati, Ulzurrun, E. D. de. 1922
3 Manati, Ulzurrun, E.D. de. 1928-1929
3 Manati Sugar Company. 1918-1919
3 Central Manati. 1919-1920
3 Molasses Trading Company - Corpus Christi, Texas. 1956
3 Navieras de Navas, S. A.
3 Noreña, Austurias, Spain. Alonso, Pedro. Correspondence, re: "Fundacion" school and proposed water supply system.
3 Pictorial History of the Reconstruction of the Regla Pier #1.
3 Pictorial History of the Reconstruction of the Regla Pier #2.
3 Rionda.
3 Rionda, Francisco.
3 Rionda, Manuel, Citizenship--Intention to become a United States citizen.
3 de la Roza, Joaquin.
3 "Santa Amalia", Mortgage Fanjul Higinio.
3 Trading or Selling Departments.
3 Trading or Selling Departments (negatives).
3 Tuinucu. 1921
3 Tuinucu, Canes, New Varieties of. 1927
3 Ulzurrun, Antonio Diez de. 1923-1926
3 Unidentified.
3 Warehouses.
4 Aerial mapping of the Francisco Sugar Company properties.
5 Aerial mapping of the Francisco Sugar Company properties.
5 Scrapbook: Kenaf in Cuba.
5 Scrapbook: Embarque de azucar a granel en el vapor Ingles Parima por el subpuerto de Guayabal, June 23-July 2, 1955.
5 Scrapbook: Proyecto de repoblacion forestal (Includes images of centrals Baragua, Mercedes, Alava, Steward, and Manati.
5 Oversized prints of unidentified mill and train station.


Photographs Added in 1992
Box
6 Abbott School.
6 Azqueta, Lian and Norberto.
6 Becerra.
6 Braga, Bernardo.
6 Braga, Bibiana and Jose.
6 Braga, George.
6 Braga, Bernardo and son George.
6 Compania General Cubana de Almacenes Publicos, Matanzas (slides). 1958
6 Company outings at Riovista.
6 Cousins, Manolo Rionda, Cosme de la Torriente, Pepe Rionda, Leandro Rionda, Bernardo Braga. 1891
6 Czarnikow-Rionda Co. Wall Street Office.
6 Doty, Elena Rionda. "Tia Nita" in New Jersey.
6 Fanjul, Alfy and Tina.
6 Fanjul, Higinio (see also Groups, identified).
6 Fernandez, Joaquin.
6 Francisco, Central (?).
6 Francisco-Guayabal.
6 Groups (identified).
6 Groups (some identification).
6 Groups (no identification).
6 Kenaf Corporation.
6 Manati.
6 Manati - Schools.
6 Regla pier.
6 Regla storm damage. 1960
6 Rionda, Harriett.
6 Rionda, Manuel and Harriett.
6 Rionda, Manuel Enrique.
6 Riovista - Trinity Lutheran Church outing. 1927
6 Sancti Spiritus - Asilo Ancianos.
6 Sugar being unloaded at Terminal Warehouse, Baltimore. 1941
6 Tuinucu, Batey, mill renovations, views. 1905-1906
6 Tuinucu, People (Pepe Rionda, Bernardo Braga, Sivestre Rionda, Nicasio Fernandez). 1905-1906
6 Tuinucu. ca. 1950
6 Tuinucu River.
6 Unidentified people in Cuba.
6 Unidentified people in Cuba (social gatherings).
6 Unidentified people at Rio Vista.
6 Varadero - large prints.
6 Varadero - small prints.
7 Negatives. Includes glass plates found with papers of MER.


Elena Doty Angus Addition, 1887-1938
Box
8 Album 1. Album of Francisco Rionda y Torriente, Brooklyn, New York, December 24, 1894 (items 1-18).
8 #1. Francisco S. Rionda, 18 years of age, December 1894. (A photo of Francisco Rionda y Torriente. )
8 #2. Jose B. Rionda, 16 years, December 1894. Panchito's oldest brother also know as Pepe.
8 #3. Three children. Taken in Savannah, Georgia, 1892. The oldest is Salvador Rionda. The girl is his sister, Esperanza, the youngest of the Rionda children. The infant cannot be identified.
8 #4. Elena de la Torriente de Rionda with son, Francisco. No date. Photograph taken in Matanzas.
8 #5. Unidentified man. "To my godmother Ysidora" signed Atilano. 1897. Photo taken in Santiago de Cuba.
8 #6. Rosa Almeras. "To my beloved godson Panchito." 1895.
8 #7. Photograph of man identified as husband of Rosa Almeras. He died November 18, 1890.
8 #8. Small portrait from unidentified friend. January 19, 1898. Photo taken in Havana.
8 #9. Eduardo Perez Alvarez. May 7, 1898.
8 #10. Isabel Elena, daughter of Leandro Jose de la Torriente and brother of Cosme de la Torriente y Peraza. To Aunt Elena. May 6, 1900.
8 #11. Isabel Elena. August 15, 1894.
8 #12. Leandro Rionda y de la Torriente at age 14. December 1894. New York.
8 #13. Salvador and Esperanza. Savannah. Same clothes as item 3.
8 #14. Elena Rionda y de la Torriente. Matanzas. Age 3 and 3 months.
8 #15. Unidentified man. "Dedicated to my friends in the family of Don Francisco Rionda." October 28, 1897. Photo taken in Sancti Spiritus.
8 #16. Unidentified man. "To my unforgettable friend Nenita." May 12, 1897. Photo taken in Sancti Spiritus.
8 #17. Unidentified boy. No date. Matanzas.
8 #18. Unidentified girl. Torn paper print. Long inscription on back.
8 Items 19-51 were found loose. Some items were probably removed from album 1 at an earlier date.
8 #19. Cosme de la Torriente y Peraza. Dedicated to Aunt Elena. Havana. Cosme had a prominent career as a Cuban politician and stateman.
8 #20. Image on postcard of American soldiers on horseback and another man in civilian clothes wearing dark glasses. There is also an African-American or Afro-Cuban in the photograph. Location and date unknown. However, uniforms and postcard stock suggest this was taken during World War I era and not during the earlier American occupations. There is a possibility that the civilian is Oliver Doty as Doty wore glasses.
8 #21. Elena de la Torriente as a young woman. No date. Photo taken in Matanzas.
8 #22. Elena de la Torriente with infant son Francisco (Panchito).
8 #23-25. Several photos of Francisco (Panchito) as baby.
8 #26. Elena de la Torriente at 27. Photo taken in Matanzas.
8 #27. Elena de la Torriente. Somewhat older than in item 26. Photo taken in Havana.
8 #28. Elena de la Torriente with daughter Elena. Photo taken in Matanzas.
8 #29. Elena Rionda at age 2 years, 2 months. Dedicated to godmother Concha.
8 #30. Elena Rionda slightly older.
8 #31. Elena Rionda. Similar to item 14.
8 #32. Francisco Rionda y Polledo in uniform of military academy. No date. Photo taken in Matanzas.
8 #33. Francisco (Panchito) at 11 years, 3 month. Photo taken in Matanzas. [Items 33 and 34 have the following inscription on the back. "Yngi Sn Juan, 1 de Abril de 1888." This would refer to a sugar mill or yngenio.]
8 #34. Jose B. Rionda, October 1887, at 9 years, 9 months. Matanzas.
8 #35. Francisco Rionda y Polledo with sons Francisco and Jose. No date. Havana.
8 #36. Salvador Rionda. No date. New York.
8 #37. Salvador Rionda. December 1894. 6 years, 5 months.
8 #38. Salvador and Esperanza. Photo taken in Cuba, probably Matanzas.
8 #39. Probably Esperanza. (Same clothes as item 38.)
8 #40. Probably Salvador as infant. No date. Matanzas.
8 #41. Salvador and Esperanza on tricycles. Paper print.
8 #42. Salvador on tricycle. Paper print.
8 #43. Elena Rionda. No date. Matanzas.
8 #44. Elena Rionda at nine. October 29, 1891. Matanzas. "To cousin Manuel."
8 #45. Elena Rionda at 12. December 1894. New York. "To my aunt Harriett and Uncle Manuel."
8 #46. Elena Rionda. November 1899. New York. "To my brother Pepe."
8 #47. Elena Rionda as a teenaged woman with unidentified teenaged woman. Sancti Spiritus.
8 #48. Elena Rionda with infant, probably Elena Doty. No date. Havana.
8 #49. Manuel Rionda y Polledo with two girls. May 2, 1918. "Para Elena y Esperanza Ysidora."
8 #50. Elena Rionda (Doty) with daughter and unidentified young woman. Photograph was taken at Central Tuinucu in 1914. On postcard sent to Esperanza Rionda.
8 #51. Elena Rionda. Same clothes as item 48. Havana.
8 Miscellaneous and duplicate materials. Includes photographs of Oliver Keese Doty's parents and relations as well as photographs of the Angus family. Doty also appears as a young boy. Most items, though, are unidentified and not inventoried.
9 Album 2 in the Elena Doty Angus Addition. 1912-1922
10 Album 3 in the Elena Doty Angus Addition. 1923-1938
10 Oversize materials: Badly torn image of a dinner given for Fulgencio Batista in New York City and wedding photos of Elena Doty Angus.


Series 23: Family history and genealogy

0.4 linear feet (1 box)

Contains materials related to the histories of several families associated with the Braga Brothers Collection. Included is the family tree of Don Bernardo de la Rionda y Alvarez and Doña Josefa Polledo y Mata tracing their lineage up to the early 1960s. Also included is an historical narrative of the life of Manuel Rionda y Polledo from 1898 to 1943. This history, commissioned by Jose Fanjul y Gomez-Mena in 1985, highlights the emergence of Higinio Fanjul as a leader of the Cuban Trading Company and a central figure in the Cuban sugar industry. The series also includes the research notes compiled by Jane Landers who was the principal author of the history. These notes provide a good overview to the subject matter in the earliest letterbooks of Manuel Rionda y Polledo (Series 2).

Of related interest is the memoir of George Atkinson Braga, "A Bundle of Relations," in Series 24.



Series 24: Memoir of George A. Braga entitled "A Bundle of Relations" Circa 1980

1 volume. (263 pages)

Photocopy of unpublished manuscript. "A Bundle of Relations" is part memoir and part family history. Early family history is derived from family and business records, some of which are no longer extant. The first chapter is a fictionalized account of Manuel Rionda y Polledo's sixtieth birthday party. Chapters 2-6 cover roughly the same period as Record Group 1 plus the years between 1883 and 1897. Chapters 7-12 span the years 1898-1945. Subsequent chapters take the reader to the rise of Fidel Castro and the confiscation of the family's holdings in Cuba. The author provides through personal recollection and family documents descriptions of the business operations of Czarnikow-Rionda and several Cuban sugar estates.



Series 30: Maps and plans 1900-1951

77 items

Most of the items listed in this series were removed from other series in the Braga Brothers Collection. Some items, though, were not attached to a record series or were part of series that were otherwise discarded. Maps and plans can also be found in Series 22, Series 45, and Series 83.

1. Mapa de Cuba. Cuba Cane Sugar Corporation. Departamineto de Ferrocarriles e Ingeniera Civil. Havana. 23" x 48" Scale 1:1000000. Depicts Cuba and its sugar mills and railroads. Mills and railroad lines of Cuba Cane are shown in red ink. Removed from Series 10c. November 1920
2. Mapa de parte de la zona azucarera en la provincia de Camaguey. 23.5" x 50" Scale 1:80000. Removed from Series 10c. May 1920
3. Plano de las vias ferreas construidas y en proyecto, Central Cespedes. 33" x 36" Scale 1:20000. Removed from Series 10c. September 1922
4. [no title] Tuinucu Sugar Co. 23.5" x 49.5" Scale 1:80000. Depicts colonias, railroads, geological features, company property with some pencil alterations. Removed from Series 10c, Tuinucu-Maps. 1918
5. Plano de los terrenos de la Maximo River Land Co. 36" x 44" Scale 1:20000. Depicts properties, roads, and geological features in the vicinity of the Central Senado. Removed from Series 10c. February 1920
6. Floating bottom cutters, Luce Sugar Cane Harvester Company, Watertown, Wisconsin, shop drawing. 33.5" x 46", Scale 3"=1'. Removed from Series 10a. November 1919
7. Same as Item 4 but with different pencil alterations. Removed from Series 10c. 1918
8. Property of Federal Plantations Company. 34.5" x 41" Scale 200 cordelas: 24 varas cubanos. Depicts properties, roads, and geological features in the vicinity of the Francisco Sugar Company. Pencil alterations. Removed from Series 10a. October 1915
9. Ferrocarril Espirituano, Resurvey of 1924 by the Tuinucu Sugar Company. 13" x 41", Scale 1:10000. Removed from Series 10c, Tuinucu-Railroad. 1924
10. Plano preliminar del Jobo y Las Alegrias, no date, 39" x 39", Scale 1:20000. Removed from Series 10c. Considerable damage and repair. Not dated
11. [No title, date, or scale.] Removed from Series 10c, Vitoria, Central-Correspondence with Ulzurrun and Portuondo. Faint copy of map with pencil alterations. 27.5" x 49.5". Not dated
12. West Indies, South coast of Cuba, Tunas de Zaza to Cienfuegos Bay. U.S. Navy, Hydrographic Office. Printed October 1923, Corrected January 1925. 33" x 44" Removed from Series 10c, Tuinucu-Maps. January 1925
13. Location of Cuban Raw Sugar Centrals with estimated production. Czarnikow-Rionda Company. 21" x 47.5", Scale 1:1000000. Stored in separate folder. Photonegative of map is available. 1920
14. Nuevo plano del poblado e ingenio. Manati Sugar Company. 25.5" x 29.5", scale 1:2000. March 1953
15. [Hand drawn map of properties adjacent to Central Tacajo, Oriente Province, Cuba.] 21" x 33". No scale. Removed from Series 1, Trowbridge, G. G. 1918
16. [Hand drawn map of properties near the Central Manati.] Oriente Province, Cuba. 16.5" x 40", scale 1:80000. Removed from Series 10a, Manati, 1918. 1918
17. Plano de los terrenos propiedad de la Manati Sugar Co; - Arrendados y de partticulares colindantes. Manati Sugar Company/Departmento de Campo. 24" x 36.5". Scale 1:100000. November 1951
18. Proposed unloading, storage and pick-up bridge. Regla Coal Co. Havana, Cuba. The Snare and Triest Co., contracting engineers. Mead-Morrison Mfg. Co. 24" x 36" Scale 1"=10'. Removed from Series 8, Regla Coal Co. (Proposed additional accomodation), 1915-1922. August 1916
19. General layout of the Regla Coaling Plant. Regla Coal Company. Havana, Cuba. 26" x 41.5" Scale 1:500. Removed from Series 8, Regla Coal Co. (Proposed additional accomodation.). November 1913
20. Manati Sugar Co. Depicts lands owned, leased, controlled, and under contract. Also, proposed standard gauge railroad and existing narrow gauge railroad. 27" x 37" Scale 1:80000. Removed from Series 8, Manati Sugar Company, 1916-1922. March 1920
21. Map of Guayabal Bay showing proposed channel. Date not legible. 15.5" x 41.5". Scale 1:200. Removed from Series 109, Blueprints, etc.
22. Matanzas Warehouses. Cuban Association of Fire insurance Companies. Indicates construction materials of various warehouses in Matanzas, Cuba, and bag capacity of each warehouse. 1937
23. Same as item 20 except that labels are in Spanish. Some penciled markings are different. Removed from Series 10c.
24. Croquis de los enlances de los ramales del norte de la Tuinucu Sugar Co. y el F.C. del Norte de Cuba, indicandose sus emplazamientos y longitudes probables. No date or scale. 24.5" x 32". Removed from Series 10c, Tuinucu -Cuba Northern Ry.-Feasibility of Connection.
25. Plano del batey, mostrando sus vias y chuchos con una longitud de 4,340 Mts. Central Cespedes, Camaguey, Cuba. 29.5" x 31". Scale 1:1000. Removed from Series 10c. Sept. 1922
26. [Map depicting 3 properties in the vicinity of Tunas del Zaza, Cuba.] Maps shows topography, geographical features, towns, roads, and railroads. 24" x 27". Scale 1 MM = 62'50 meters. Removed from Series 10c, Tuinucu-Maps. Not dated
27. Plano general de los terrenos de la Tacajo Sugar Corporation y sus colonos, en el termino municipal y partido judicial de Holguin, Oriente, Cuba. 24" x 32". Scale 1:30000. Removed from Series 10c, Tacajo-Maps, showing lands, etc. May 1921
28. Tacajo Sugar Corporation. Depicts area around Central Tacajo including Nipe Bay, Gibara, and Alto Cedro in Oriente, Cuba. 31' x 36". Scale 1:100000. Removed from Series 10c, Tacajo-Maps, Showing lands, etc. Sept. 1922
29. Proposed oil handling installation. Regla Coal Company. Havana. 26" x 41" Scale 1:500. August 1917
30. Maximo River Land Co. Plano de las fincas siguientes: San Antonio, Santa Leonor, Montalban, San Ramon de la Macagua. Pertenecientes al Realengo San Cayetano. Camaguey, Cuba. 16.5" x 39" Scale 1:20000. Removed from Series 10c. Not dated
31. Croquis del Ing. San Ped[r]o. Uvicado en el termino municipal de Rancho Veloz, Barrio de Guanillas, Provincia de Santa Clara hecho por el vedor del Ingo. Manuel Piedrahita. Hand drawn map depicting lands and buildings of the sugar mill San Pedro. 24" x 33.5" No scale indicated. November 1908
32. Plano de conexiones detriangulo del Central Elia. Ferrocarriles Consolidados de Cuba. Compania del Ferrocarril de Cuba. Linea-Marti-Bayamo-San Luis. 23" x 56". Scale 1:1000. Removed from Series 10c. January 1928
33. Hand drawn map of area near the Central Tuinucu showing proposed road between Guayos and Jarahueca. No date or scale. 19.5" x 36".
34. Central La Vega. Depicts batey and "terreno perdidos a Escarra." 22.5" x 34" Scale 1:1600. Removed from Series 10c, Tuinucu-La Vega-O. K. Doty. May 1929
35. Plano del territorio comprendido entre el embarcadero "Los Desenganos" y el paradero "Palo Seco" del Ferro-carril de Cuba segua los deslinde y reparto aprobados de los fundos que lo integran, y otros datos que obran en el archivo del que suscribe. Camaguey, Cuba. 31" x 31.5" Scale 1:80000. Removed from Series 10c. July 1916
36. Nuevos pabellones a construir en el poblado del Central Manati de la Manati Sugar Company. Pabellon Nu. 1. 25" x 26". Scale.01 = 1 mt. Removed from Series 10c. Not dated
37. Hand drawn map depicting some properties of the Manati Sugar Company. "Attached to letter #20." 14.5" x 36" Removed from Series 10c. March 8, 1922
38. Molasses handling plant for Antilles Molasses Co. Matanzas, Cuba. Snare and Triest Co. 24" x 36" Scale 1" = 20'. Removed from Series 10c. October 1920
39. [Map depicting properties of Rio Maximo, El Jobo, Las Alegrias, and Central Violeta.] Camaguey, Cuba. No date or scale. 15" x 34".
40. Plan of stadia surveys for railroad from Espinal switch to Bedrinana's RR. Washington Sugar Co. Hatuey, Cuba. Scale 1:10000. 18.5" x 70" Canefields and proposed railroad line are colored in. Removed from Series 10c, Washington-Map of railroad lines. August 1912
41. Present and proposed railroads. Tuinucu Sugar Co. Tuinucu, Cuba. Depicts existing railroads in the area of Sancti Spiritus and Tunas del Zaza and proposed and probable private railroads. 10" x 13.5" Scale 1:250000. Removed from Series 10c, Tuinucu-Railroad, Sancti Spiritus-Tunas,etc. (Doty, Oliver K.). March 1923
42. Present and proposed railroads. Tuinucu Sugar Co. Tuinucu, Cuba. Similar to Item 41 except that proposed and probable railroads are not referred to as private and are slightly different. 10" x 13.5" Scale 1:250000. Removed from Series 10c, Tuinucu-Railroad, Sancti Spiritus-Tunas (Rionda, Jose B.). March 1923
43. Identical to Item 42 but with additional lines penciled in. Removed from Series 10c, Tuinucu-Railroad (Map).
44. Sketch A Elia. [Hand drawn map depicting certain properties in the vicinity of Palo Seco.]. 12" x 16.5" Scale 1.5" = 3 kilometers. Removed from Series 10c. ca. 1926
45. [Hand drawn map depicting the properties of the Ingenio Pojabo and the Ingenio Cucharas in the vicinity of Tunas del Zaza.] 8.5" x 12" No scale. Removed from Series 1, Olazar, Lorenzo. 1902
46. Croquis del sitio denominado "Los Ranchos". Hato Viejo, Cuba. Hand drawn map depicting natural and man-made features. 11.5" x 14.5" Removed from Series 1. 1900
47. Plan club house. Tuinucu Sugar Co. 19" x 18" Scale.25" = 1'. Removed from Series 1, Oliver K. Doty, 1913. August 1913
48. Finca "Naranjo" de The Tuinucu Sugar Co. 11.5" x 11.5" Scale 1:10000. Removed from Series 10c, Tuinucu-Doty, O.K. correspondence, 1932. February 1932
49. [Map depicting cane farms in the vicinity of Palo Seco, Camaguey, Cuba.] No date. Some properties are penciled in. Attached to letter from Salvador Rionda to Manuel Rionda. 15.5" x 17" Scale 1:80000. Removed from Series 10c. July 10, 1923
50. Plano de la finca "Manacas Cantero" propiedad de The Tuinucu Sugar Co. 19.5" x 21" Scale 1:10000. Removed from Series 10c, Tuinucu-Finca "Manacas.". February 1943
51. Tunas del Zaza. Map of the warehouse district of the port of Tunas del Zaza depicting railroad, dock and warehouse facilities. 17" x 21" Scale 1: 1200. Removed from Series 10c, Tuinucu-Railroad, Sancti-Spiritus, Tunas, etc. (Doty, Oliver K.). May 1925
52. Plano de las fincas El Jobo and Las Alegrias. No date. Map of properties in the vicinity of Tabor, Camaguey, Cuba. 20" x 24" Scale 1:40000. Removed from Series 10c. On back of map "Cuba Cane properties Ponce".
53. Plano que comprende las fincas "La Candelaria", Sabanas del Rosario, "San Jose", San Luis-Tinima-y Niagara en el Fundo de Magarabomba de este Termino Municipal. Central Cespedes, Camaguey. 18" x 18" Scale 1:40000. Removed from Series 10c. June 1920
54. Ground floor plan. Central Caracas. June 1914. Hand drawn sketch of the sugar mill of the Central Caracas. Scale - 17" x 22" Removed from Series 10a, Central Caracas. 1914
55. Map of Cuba showing all working sugar estates. Cuba Cane Sugar Corporation. Cuba Cane mills are highlighted. Scale 1.75"=60 miles. 13" x 24" Map produced by E. Hence and Co. (New York) Removed from Cuba Cane annual report. April 1916
56. A-C. Alterations and additions to 112 Wall St. for Czarnikow-Rionda Co. W. H. Orchard, Architect. 3 plans. 17" x 20" Removed from Series 8.
56a. Ground floor.
56b. Typical floor plan.
56c. Fifth floor plan.
57. Cuba south coast showing approaches to Romero Cay and Guayabal. Soundings in feet. Scale 1:30000. 11.5" x 19.5". Removed from Series 109, Blueprints, etc. May 1910
58a. Tentative statement of loading facilities and shipping requirements for the Dominican Republic sugar crop beginning in December 1917. Note from James H. Post attached. 11" x 13.5" Removed from Series 10a, Sugar, World War I and after. September 1917
58b. Tentative statement of loading facilities and shipping requirements for the Porto Rican Sugar crop beginning in December 1917. Note from James H. Post attached. 22.5" x 28" Removed from Series 10a, Sugar, World War I and after. September 1917
58c. Tentative statement of loading facilities and shipping requirements for the Cuban sugar crop beginning in December 1917. Note from James H. Post attached. 22.5" x 28" Removed from Series 10a, Sugar, World War I and after. September 1917
59. Tunas del Zaza. Similar to item 51, but depicts projected extensions after harbor dredging. 21" x 29". Removed from Series 10c, Tuinucu--Tunas del Zaza, Port Improvements. December 1925
60. Nuevos pabellones a construir en el poblado del Central Manati de la Manati Sugar Company: Pabellones familias, 20 apartamentos. 22" X 25.5" Removed from Series 10c, Manati, Blueprints. 1921
61a. [Hand sketch showing Manati railroad and Chaparras railroad] No date, no scale. Removed from Series 10c, Manati-Proposed exchange of Diego Felipe for La Guira.
61b. [Map depicting colonias Diego Felipe and La Guira]. 16" x 27" Scale 1:80000. Removed from Series 10c, Manati-Proposed exchange of Diego Felipe for La Guira. June 1920
62a-b. Plano general de la finca agrupada "Manati Sugar Company". Manati Sugar Company. Departmento de Campo. 20" x 29" Scale 1:40000. 2 copies. Colonias and company lands are depicted. June 1956
63. Plano general de los ferrocarriles particulares indicando la situacion de terrano ocupadas en toda su extension. Manati Sugar Company. June 1926/March 1935. Alterations in pencil, November 1938. 22.5" x 25" Scale 1:100000. Removed from Series 45, Railroad rights of way-Ferrocarril de Tunas. November 1938
64. Plano general de las colonias de The Tuinucu Sugar Co. Depicts roads, railroads, geographical and political features. Lists names of colonos and farms. 30" x 58.5" Scale 1:30. Removed from Series 10c, Tuinucu-Maps, etc. June 1931
65. Plano general del Ferrocarril de Tunas, S. A. demostrando los situacion de las parcelas de terreno ocupados en toda su longitud. Victoria de las Tunas, Oriente, Cuba. 54" x 22" Scale 1:40000. Cut and encapsulated. May 1931
66. Plano general que comprende al territorio en donde estan situados los Centrales Francisco, Elia, Macareno, asi como parte de Jobabo, Santa Marta, Najasa y Vertientes. The Francisco Sugar Company. Camaguey,Cuba. 41' x 61" Scale 1:60000. Other changes relating to kenaf cultivation and cattle pastures are penciled in. Cut and encapsulated. June 1927. Revised June 1951
67. Plano de la porcion del litoral de la Bahia de Matanzas comprendida entre los muelles de la Armour [Co.] y de la Cuban Distilling [Co.]. Matanzas, Cuba. 34.5" x 104" Scale 1:500 Cut and encapsulated. October 1919
68. General layout molasses station for Antilla Molasses Co. Matanzas, Cuba. 70" x 30" Cut and encapsulated. October 1920
69. Plano de The Francisco Sugar Company y propiedades adjacentes. Camaguey, Cuba. 53" x 70" Scale 1:18000. Includes chart with names of colonias, colonos, amount of land planted in cane, and whether the colonia was owned by the company or the colono. Cut in four sections and encapsulated. Very fragile. May 1916
70. Mapa de parte de la zona azucarera en la provinica de Camaguey. Scale 1:80000 46" x 103" Depicts mills and their lands from the border with Santa Clara province eastwards to Nuevitas and Palo Seco. Southeastern littoral and extreme northeastern littoral are omitted. Cut in three sections and encapsulated. May 1920
71. General layout molasses station for Antilla Molasses Company. Matanzas, Cuba. Scale 1/32" = 1 ft. 30.5"x 70" Cut in two sections and encapsulated. October 1920



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