American Turpentine Farmers Association Minute Books, 1936-1999

The American Turpentine Farmers Association Minute Books, 1936-1999 collection offers a glimpse into the pine gum turpentine and rosin farming industry. The collection includes over eight hundred pages of the organization's board of directors meeting minutes, which document over sixty years of ATFA history. Prior to the 1960s, pine gum was processed into rosin and turpentine, along with a variety of other by-products, making it vital to the economy of the Southeast, particularly Georgia. At one time, the United States produced 53% of rosin and turpentine worldwide. The turpentine business was a major influence not only on the national economy but the way of life in the South's turpentine belt (Georgia, Alabama, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas). This industry's slow demise, which began in the 1930s, spurred a group of passionate and dedicated turpentine workers to create a cooperative, the American Turpentine Farmers Association (ATFA), which lobbied for the revival of the gum naval stores industry. The site also contains a timeline, a list of additional resources, and a digitized copy of the 1951 promotional film, Suwanee Pine.

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