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Sugar and Sugarcane: Historical Resources for a Sweet Industry

Louisiana & the South

William Henry Jackson photographer. Cutting sugar cane in Louisiana. Detroit Publishing Company. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

Titles in this section primarily cover activities in Louisiana and the South; however, some coverage of activities in these areas can also be found in the more general section of this guide as books and journals are often much broader in their coverage. Also, books on the general history of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas may cover agriculture - including the cultivation of cane. It may also be helpful if you are looking to understand the history in Louisiana to research a few of the people such as Etienne de Boré a planter whose plantation was near New Orleans and who was known for producing the first granulated sugar in Louisiana, Valcour Aime who lived in St. James Parish and also owned a sugar plantation and was the first sugar refiner of the State, and is Norbert Rillieux External a French Creole from Louisiana who revolutionized the sugar processing by patenting the multiple effect evaporator under vacuum (US4879). One area that may be of interest is what is known as the “Sugar Coast” the area between Baton Rouge and New Orleans.

Many good resources will be available outside of the Library of Congress collections. Please see the links in the Subscription & Internet Resources for local archival collections that may hold material that is relevant to the industry in the area.

These are not all the materials devoted specifically to Louisiana and the South but you can find others by searching our catalog using the following Library of Congress Subject Heading.  Additional materials that are more general or cover Louisiana and the South as part of the whole topic, can be found by searching in the catalog using the subject headings found within this guide.

The following subject searches will find print resources on the sugar and sugarcane industry in the South in the Library of Congress Online Catalog:

Selected Books and Journals

The following materials link to fuller bibliographic information in the Library of Congress Online Catalog. Links to digital content are provided when available.