Important Sugar Industry Archives Donated to Audubon Sugar Institute

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We are currently archiving technical drawings from the eighteen and nineteen hundreds that were kindly donated by Braken Company in Amite, Louisiana. The Bradken Amite facility originated as Dibert, Bancroft, and Ross (DBR) foundry in mid-city New Orleans who manufactured sugarcane processing equipment for Louisiana factories and refineries from 1896 to 1967. They also built all types of sugar processing equipment for numerous sugar companies in Central and South America. The collection consists of up to approximately ten thousand technical and engineering drawings and blue prints for tandem mills, calandria evaporators, vacuum pans, crystallizers, bone char kilns, etc. These documents have been locked up in a walk-in safe at Bradken foundry in Amite, but are now available for public view. Such an outstanding collection represents an important historical microcosm of the sugarcane industry and how it developed since 1896. The Audubon Sugar Institute is honored to have received this important collection and is now having discussions on the distribution, preservation, and display of these wonderful materials.

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