About this Collection
Ibicaba Farm, located in the countryside of São Paulo, played an outstanding role in Brazilian history. As early as the 1840’s, Farm Ibicaba introduced immigrant labor to work alongside slave labor in the coffee plantations-- an experiment which soon gained traction across other plantations in São Paulo. This caused some lasting consequences for the regional economy and society. The farm’s administrative documents record this big shift. This collection includes the farm’s archives from its second administration, when an immigrant family became the farm’s proprietor (1890-1970). By digitizing these unique and unexplored sources, the project fosters our understanding of labor relations in Latin American plantations and their socioeconomic, cultural and political dynamics.