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Sacramento Valley Sugar Company Records Edit


MSS 001
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Bill Jones, Updated by Pamela Nett Kruger, Encoded by Leilani Silver
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  • 1905 – 1963 (Creation)
  • 1905 – 1958 (Creation)


  • 84 Linear Feet (Whole)
    216 Boxes

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  • Abstract

    Business records for Sacramento Valley Sugar Company 1905-1958, consisting of correspondence, financial, administrative, legal, and property documents.

  • Access Restrictions

    Collection is open for research without restriction.

  • Usage Restrictions

    No restrictions.

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Berylwood Investment Company, 1965

  • Preferred Citation

    Sacramento Valley Sugar Company Records, MSS 001, Special Collections, Meriam Library, California State University, Chico

  • Processing Information

    Processed by: Bill Jones

    Finding aid updated by: Pamela Nett Kruger

  • Card Catalogs available

    Pacific Sugar Construction Company

    Name index Subject index

    Alta California Sugar Company

    Name index Subject index

    Hamilton Land Company

    Name index Subject index

    Sacramento Valley Sugar Company

    Name index Subject index

    Sacramento River Farms

    Subject index

  • Publication Rights

    The library can only claim physical ownership of the collection. Users are responsible for satisfying any claimants of literary property.

  • Publication

    Sacramento Valley Sugar Company records used in the publication of: The establishment of Hamilton City, California, 1905-1906 and its relation to the beet sugar industry / by Kristine Marie Kackert. Call number: F869 H36 K335 1996 (N.E.Cal)

  • Related Collection in Other Repositories

    By-laws of the Sacramento Valley Beet Sugar Company, Sacramento, Calif. incorporated April 24th, 1868; office of the Company, Sacramento. Located at California State Library.

    Water supply and irrigation, Sacramento Valley Sugar Company property, Hamilton City. Located at Water Resources Center Archive.

    Report on the irrigation ditch of the Pacific Sugar Construction Company, in Glenn Co., Cal. Located at Water Resources Center Archive.

  • Biographical / Historical

    Pacific Sugar Construction Company and Alta California Beet Sugar Company were established by James Hamilton in 1905 after purchasing part of the Capay Rancho and Wilson Ranch. Both properties were adjacent to each other across the Sacramento River. Hamilton was backed by Thomas Bard and his associates from Union Oil Company for the purpose of developing the sugar beet industry in the central Sacramento Valley. It was the first agribusiness to develop in Northern California. The plant later became part of the Holly Sugar Corporation, which discontinued processing sugar in 1996 and the plant was partially demolished in 2006.

  • Scope and Contents

    The collection covers a period of time from 1905 to 1963, with only a very small amount of material representing the period after 1958. The collection is organized in sections under the various company names, which were adopted in a series of corporate reorganizations. These are: Pacific Sugar Construction Company (1905-1909), Alta California Sugar Company (1905-1909), Hamilton Land Company (1906-1935), Alta California Sugar Company-Sacramento Valley Sugar Company combined (1911-1928), Pacific Sugar Company- Sacramento Valley Sugar Company combined (1905-1930), and Sacramento River Farms, Ltd. (1930-1961).

    Large number of records including company by-laws, payroll ledgers, annual reports, minutes, photographs, water rights, leaseholds, maps. Subjects include labor records, railroad competition, eastern and oil money, land speculation, land distribution, agricultural mechanization, crop experiments, irrigation projects, creation and distribution of electric power, ethnic minorities, fossil fuels, alternative fuels, crop disease, water transportation, roads, bridges, levees, sugar tariffs, sugar factory mechanization, and town planning. The geographic area covered: Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Tehama Counties in California and Klamath County, Oregon, some parts of Sutter, Yolo Counties of California as well.

    The company purchased or leased part of Capay Rancho (Mexican Land Grand in California) and leased part of Stanford Vina Ranch (owned by California Governor Leland Stanford).

    Information about Southern Pacific Railroad line and spurs is of special interest. Also of interest is information on Pacific Gas & Electric and their early operations.

    Additionally, there are embossing stamps used by each of the aforementioned companies.

  • Arrangement

    Though much of the material has been kept in the order in which it was received, some of the material had to be rearranged. Chronology and the relatedness of subject matter have been the main guides in arranging the collection.

    Pacific Sugar Construction Company Box 1-9, Correspondence Box 10-17, Financial Box 18-21, Administrative

    Hamilton Land Company Box 22, Correspondence Box 23-25, Financial Box 26-28, Administrative

    Alta California Beet Sugar Company – Sacramento Valley Sugar Company combined Box 31-33, Financial Box 29-30, Administrative

    Pacific Sugar Construction Company – Sacramento Valley Sugar Company combined Box 34-37, Financial Box 146, Administrative

    Sacramento River Farms- Sacramento Valley Sugar Company combined Box 38-41, Correspondence Box 53, Financial Box 44-48, 51-52 Administrative Box 42-43, Legal Box 49-50, PG &E, Utilities

    Sacramento Valley Sugar Company Box 54-104, Correspondence Box 105-118, 127-129, 136-145, 147, Financial Box 122-126, 132, 146, Administrative Box 119-121, 130, Legal Box 130-131, 133, Property

    Sacramento River Farms Box 148-160, Correspondence Box 161-193, 198-200, 209-213, Financial Box 197, Administrative Box 194, 196, 202, Legal Box 195, 196, 201, Property Box 198, 204-208, Utilities

  • Material Cataloged Separately

    The following photographs have been cataloged separately and filed with the Historic Photo Collection. sc1906 sc1918 sc3399 sc1933 sc1943 sc2011 sc2061 sc1907 sc1922 sc3503 sc1934 sc1945 sc2026 sc3379 sc1908 sc1923 sc1926 sc1935 sc1963 sc2028 sc3399 sc1909 sc1924 sc1928 sc1938 sc1969 sc2030 sc3407 sc1910 sc1925 sc1930 sc1939 sc1970 sc2034 sc1915 sc3366 sc1931 sc1940 sc1975 sc2036

    Maps The maps show lands owned, leased, leveled, and cropped at various times. Also depicted are railroad rights-of-way, the layout to lots in Hamilton city, and the location of water and power lines in Hamilton City, the Capay Ranch, and proposed subdivisions. The maps have been cataloged separately and individually. Some still in the cataloging process. To locate the most recent additions to the catalog record search the library catalog under keywords: MSS001 and map.

    G4363 G5 J6 1918 P3 (N.E. Cal) G4363 G5 J6 1919 P3 (N.E. Cal) G4363 G5 J6 1920 P3 (N.E. Cal) G4363 G5 J6 1922 P3 (N.E. Cal) G4363 G5 J6 1923 P3 (N.E. Cal) G4363 G5 J6 1924 P3 (N.E. Cal) G4363 G5 J6 1925 P3 (N.E. Cal) G4363 G5 J6 1926 P3 (N.E. Cal) G4363 G5 J6 1927 P3 (N.E. Cal) G4363 G5 J6 1928 P3 (N.E. Cal) G4363 G5 J6 1929 P3 (N.E. Cal) G4363 G5 B5 1908 C4 (N.E. Cal) G4365 G5 G46 1908 L3 (N.E. Cal) G4363 G5 G46 1914 R9 (N.E. Cal) G4365 G5 G46 1919 G5 (N.E. Cal) G4363 G5 G46 1920 R9 (N.E. Calif) G4363 G5 G46 1920 S2 (N.E. Cal) G4365 G5 G46 1923 A4 (N.E. Cal) G4363 G5 G46 1929 H6 (N.E. Cal)

    uncataloged maps: 82-148