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A Guide to the Southern Cypress Manufacturers Association Records

Finding aid created by Emily O'Keefe

University of Florida Smathers Libraries - Special and Area Studies Collections
November 2011

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Southern Cypress Manufacturers' Association
Title: Southern Cypress Manufacturers Association Records
Dates: 1906-1972
Bulk dates: 1950-1972
Abstract: The Southern Cypress Manufacturers Association oversaw the standards, advertising, and regulation of cypress in the United States.
Extent: 4.3 Linear feet. 7 boxes and 5 volumes.
Identification: MS 93
Language(s): English

Biographical/Historical Note

The Southern Cypress Manufacturers Association (SCMA) was founded in 1905 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The group was organized by manufacturers of cypress in order to establish grading standards for cypress lumber. One of the founders and an active member of the association was Frank B. Williams, who was referred to as the "Cypress Lumber King." The SCMA was a conglomerate of members of those companies that manufactured or sold cypress lumber. The association maintained offices in New Orleans and Jacksonville, Florida, among other cities.

Today, the SCMA is still a functioning organization, and companies may apply to become a part of the association. The association still provides information regarding the proper treatment and installation of cypress as well as grade standards and usage. For more information:

Scope and Content

The records of the Southern Cypress Manufacturers Association consist of correspondence, meeting minutes, photographs, and publications. The records date from 1906 to 1972, but the bulk of the materials are from 1950-1972. The correspondence is between the SCMA and their member organizations, as well as correspondence concerning different questions about cypress. The correspondence files are ordered alphabetically by the company name or topic of inquiry.

There are about 800 photos that seem to relate to advertising conducted by the SCMA. The SCMA's goal was to demonstrate the strength, durability, and endurance of cypress, and the photos demonstrate a myriad of uses for cypress. There are many examples of cypress usage in homes, churches, and restaurants, including such well known destinations as the Parthenon in Nashville, TN (photos 225-228) and George Washington's home, Mt. Vernon (photo 240). Several of the photos are from the New York World's Fair in 1939-1940. The SCMA created an exhibit at the fair to show off the different usages of cypress (photos 530-539, 580-589, 591-605, 621-630, 649-683, 691-712, 724-744). Photos also include images of cypress trees and cypress swamps as well as different cypress manufacturing techniques including the machinery used (photos 26-29, 92-94, 113-114, 203-209, 405-417, 477-478, 490-494, 576).

The minutes of the association's annual meetings are in five notebooks and in files in Box 6. These include annual financial statements and audits. The publications include booklets referring to the codes and standards for cypress manufacturing and distribution. Many of them are issued by the United States and printed by the SCMA. Also there are booklets about different types of cypress and their usage.

Access or Use Restrictions


The collection is open for research.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Southern Cypress Manufacturers Association Records, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Southern Hardwood Lumber Manufacturers Association, Memphis, Tenn.

Processing Notes

The collection was partially processed upon receipt. In 2011 the collection was fully processed. Photos were out of order and rearranged by their photo number. Materials in Boxes 8, 9, 10, and 12 on the original inventory were removed and are awaiting disposition. These consisted of cancelled checks, ledgers, financial statements, and certificates of inspection for member companies. There were also a few booklets not published by the SCMA relating to cypress.

Contents List

SCMA Publications

1 Industry Standards for Cypress
1 Various SCMA Publications


Filed by subject or company/association name.

1 "A"
1 Architectural Woodwork Institute
1 Ashepoo River Lumber Company, Inc.
1 "B"
1 "C"
1 Cypress, Articles on 1953-
1 Cypress- Articles to 1953
1 Cypress, Tidewater Red vs. Yellow Cypress (special file)
1 Cypress, Red-White and Yellow Cypress, Difference Between
1 "D"
1 Durable Wood Institute 1955-
1 "F"
1 F.H.A. Span Tables
1 "G"
1 Grade-Mark- Inspectors Authorized to Apply
1 "H"
1 Holly Hill Lumber Co. Jan. 1950
1 "I"
1 "J"
1 "K"
1 "L"
1 Log (cut of the) Basic Grades
1 "Mc"
1 McCarthy, R.E., Misc.
1 Moynan, W. H. - Misc.
1 "N"
1 National Lumber Manufacturers Association
1 "O-P"
1 Pools, Swimming
2 "Q"
2 "R"
2 Mr. E. C. Roe
2 Redwood vs. Cypress
2 Resistance of Wood to Chemicals
2 Reynolds and Manley Lumber Co. Jan. 1950
2 "S"
2 Samuel Cabot Inc. Re: Stain-Wax
2 Santee River Hardwood Co.
2 E.A. Scott, President
2 Shrinkage and Decay
2 Suwannee Lumber Manufacturing Co. No. 36
2 Southern Lumberman, etc. - Advertising
2 Social Security Accounting Records
2 "T"
2 Tank Manufacturers- List of
2 W. L. Tabb, President
2 "V"
2 Vestal Lumber and Manufacturing Co. Jan. 1950
2 "W"
2 Wood Boring Insects- Sprays
2 Williams Lumber Co. Inc. - Mill No. 10, Rocky Mount N.C.
2 "X-Y-Z"


Many of the photos include captions. The photos depict various uses of cypress, as well as scenes of the cypress industry. The photos are filed according to the photo number.

3 1-29 (includes F.M. Hart and Bryan Jennings residences in Jacksonville, and a cypress swamp)
3 30-59 (includes Palmerin and Mirasol hotels)
3 60-89 (includes Jacksonville buildings/homes, Riverside Baptist)
3 90-119 (includes cypress swamp, Jacksonville homes/buildings, and lumber yard)
3 120-149 (includes Fort San Marco/Marion, and St. Petersburg buildings)
3 150-179 (includes Jacksonville homes)
3 180-209 (includes cypress operations, Louisiana structures)
3 210-239 (includes Henry Ford home, St. Augustine church)
3 240-269
4 270-299
4 300-329
4 330-359
4 360-389 (includes old St. Augustine Post Office)
4 390-419 (includes cypress grove)
4 420-449
4 450-479 (includes cypress harvester)
4 480-509 (includes cypress groves)
4 510-539 (includes New York World's Fair and Cypress Gardens)
5 540-569 (includes lumber operations)
5 570-599 (includes Big Cypress, New York World's Fair)
5 600-629 (includes New York World's Fair)
5 630-659 (includes New York World's Fair)
5 660-689 (includes New York World's Fair)
5 690-719 (includes New York World's Fair, and U.S. Sugar building in Clewiston)
5 720-749 (includes New York World's Fair)
5 750-779
5 780-809
5 810-827

Meeting Minutes and Financial Reports

6 Audit Reports. 1932-1958
6 Annual Meeting. 1958
6 Financial Statements. 1958-1959
6 Minutes- 54th Annual Meeting. 1959 June 13
6 Financial Statements Fiscal Year Ended April 30. 1960
6 Financial Statements. 1961
6 56th Annual Meeting. 1961 June 17
6 57th Annual Meeting. 1962 June 9
6 58th Annual Meeting. 1963 June
6 59th Annual Meeting. 1964 June
6 60th Annual Meeting. 1965 June 5
6 61st Annual Meeting. 1966
6 62nd Annual Meeting. 1967
6 63rd Annual Meeting. 1968 June 22
6 64th Annual Meeting. 1969 June 21
6 65th Annual Meeting Minutes and Financial Statements. 1970 June 20
6 Minutes-Annual Meeting. 1972

1 SCMA Minutes and Bulletins. 1917-1927
2 SCMA Minutes. 1921-1927
3 SCMA Minutes/Financial Reports. 1928-1934
4 SCMA Annual Meetings/Financial Reports. 1934-1936
5 SCMA Annual Meetings/Financial Reports. 1937-1939

Miscellaneous Publications

7 U.S. Government Report on Cypress: Volume 1 - Volume 39. 1911-1921
7 Standard Grades and Classifications of Cypress Lumber. 1906-1934
7 Miscellaneous Cypress Publications

Selected Subjects and Access Terms

Lumber trade -- Southern states -- Societies, etc.

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