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Augustus C. Mayhew, Jr. Photograph Collection


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Augustus C. Mayhew, Jr. Photograph Collection, 1901-1952 | University of Miami Cuban Heritage Collection

By María R. Estorino, September 2004

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Title: Augustus C. Mayhew, Jr. Photograph Collection, 1901-1952Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

ID: CHC5209

Creator: Mayhew Jr., Augustus C. (1879-1961)

Extent: 1.0 Folders. More info below.

Formats/Genres: Colonists - Cuba - Camagüey - La Gloria - Pictorial works

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Augustus C. Mayhew, Jr. Photograph Collection consists of black and white photographs of the Mayhew and McAbee families during their time living in the American colony of La Gloria in the province of Camagüey, Cuba. The photographs include views of La Gloria from 1901 to 1952, the Mayhew family and neighbors, and the Mayhew apiary "Bee Ranch" and orange groves.

NOTE: Two postcards were transfered from this collection to CHC0359: Cuban Postcard Collection.

Biographical Note

Augustus C. Mayhew (1879-1961) was born in South Norwalk, Connecticut, the son of Theodore and Jennie (Dugan) Mayhew. In 1901, he traveled aboard a steamship operated by the Cuban-American Steamship Company to La Gloria, Cuba, where he had purchased land. In La Gloria, which came to be the largest American settlement on the island, Mayhew operated an apiary on his property, the "Bee Ranch" and exported honey.

In about 1915, Mayhew married Beulah Nevada McAbee, the daughter of American colonists who ran the J.C. Francis Store in La Gloria. Mayhew and his wife Beulah had four children: William H., Frank, Lucille Delight, and Augustus C., Jr.

During the 1930s, Mayhew purchased a 100-acre orange grove in La Gloria known as the Griffith property. Augustus C. Mayhew, Jr. managed the family's orange groves after his return from serving in the United States Navy during World War II. Mayhew, Jr. married Lucille Sanderson. With their three children Clarence, Augustus C., III, and George, they lived in La Gloria until 1953 when they sold their property and returned to the United States.

Subject/Index Terms

Apiaries - Cuba - Camagüey - La Gloria
Citrus fruit industry - Cuba - Camagüey - La Gloria
La Gloria (Camagüey, Cuba)
Mayhew, Augustus C., 1879-1961
Mayhew family
McAbee family
Orange industry - Cuba - Camagüey - La Gloria

Administrative Information

Alternate Extent Statement: 0.10 linear ft. (1 folder of 45 photographs)

Access Restrictions: This collection is unrestricted.

Use Restrictions: Requests to publish or display materials from this collection require written permission from the rights owner. Please, contact for more information.

Acquisition Method: Gift of Augustus C. Mayhew, Jr., 2004

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Related Materials:

Cuban Heritage Collection Manuscript Collections:

CHC5017: Manuel R. Bustamante Photograph Collection: Box 2, Folder 35: La Gloria, n.d., 1910s

Related Publications:

American Colonists in Cuba:

Adams, James M. Pioneering in Cuba: A Narrative of the Settlement of La Gloria, the First American Colony in Cuba, and the Early Experiences of the Pioneers . Concord, N.H. The Rumford Press, 1901.

Alvarez Estévez, Rolando. Isla de Pinos y el tratado Hay-Quesada . Havana: Editorial de Ciencias Sociales, Instituto Cubano del Libro, 1973.

Cirules, Enrique. Conversación con el último norteamericano . Havana: Editorial Letras Cubanas, 1988.

Cuba. Secretaría de Agricultura, Comercio y Trabajo. Cuba: What She Has to Offer to the Investor or the Homeseeker . Havana, 1915.

Deere, Carmen Diana. " Here Come the Yankees! The Rise and Decline of United States Colonies in Cuba, 1898-1930 ". The Hispanic American Historical Review , Vol. 78, No. 4. (Nov., 1998), pp. 729-765.

Estorino, María R. " American Colonies in Cuba ". Cuban Memories: Primary Sources from the Cuban Heritage Collection, August 2002.

Jenks, Leland H. Our Cuban Colony: A Study in Sugar . New York: Vanguard Press, 1928.

Sarusky, Jaime. Los fantasmas de Omaja . Havana: Unión de Escritores y Artistas de Cuba, 1986.

Preferred Citation: Augustus C. Mayhew, Jr. Photograph Collection, Cuban Heritage Collection, University of Miami Libraries, Coral Gables, Florida

Processing Information:

María R. Estorino, September 2004

Retrospectively converted from HTML to EAD XML September, 2008 by Lyn MacCorkle and Kyle Rimkus based on a crosswalk by María Estorino.

Finding Aid Revision History: Revisions to the collection-level record made by Beata Bergen, June 2009. Updated by Juan A. Villanueva, April 2016.

Other Note: Sponsor Note: This collection was digitized with funding from the State of Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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