Archives of the Hawaiian Pineapple Company / Dole Corporation
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The Archives of the Hawaiian Pineapple Company/Dole Corporation were recently acquired by the UHM Library. This gift of material was facilitated by archive consultant, Peter Smith, whose father once worked for the Dole Corporation. His contact with Hawaiian Curator, Dr. Chieko Tachihata, led to the Library's receiving this important record of the pineapple industry in Hawaii.

The largest of the pineapple companies, Hawaiian Pine, was established in 1901 at Wahiawa, Oahu, by James D. Dole. With the invention of the Ginaca machine in 1911, by employee Henry Ginaca, cannery production more than tripled and the industry expanded. The Ginaca machine cores and peels the pineapple in one operation. The company's name was changed to Dole Corporation, today Dole Foods, and in 1961 merged with Castle & Cook.

Records in the archives span the years 1901-1988, years when pineapple as a signature product of Hawaii, touched the lives of many individuals who worked in the fields and the canneries. Also included are records of Dole Corporation's international activities and relations with other Hawaii companies and organizations

A FINDING AID prepared by archivist Susan Campbell provides a detailed description of the contents of these records. The Archives include:

  • Scrapbooks of newspaper clippings, magazine articles, and other materials from 1907 to 1969, and a photocopy of these scrapbooks.
  • Corporate records of board minutes and annual reports from 1901 to 1971.
  • Newsletters issued by the company, 1937 to 1988.
  • 14 feet of other records, including records of Bumble Bee Seafoods Co. and other companies and organizations associated with the pineapple industry. Includes Lanai historical and social information.
  • Photographs - 4,000 of company activities.
  • Engineering drawings.
  • Films, videotapes, slides and audio recordings.
  • Over 300 posters, advertisements, store displays, and labels for canned products.


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