Fonds consists of meeting minutes, general correspondence, memorandums, pamphlets and newsletters relating to the Alberta Co-operative Union.
The Alberta Co-operative Union was formed in 1947 for the purpose of coordinating the activities of cooperative enterprises in Alberta; educating the public on the advantages of cooperative economic organization; and advocating for legislation supportive of the cooperative sector. It was affiliated with the Cooperative Union of Canada. In 1958 it suspended its activities. It was a predecessor of the Farmers’ Union and Co-operative Development Association, which formed in 1959.
The records were retained by Doug Thornton, an employee of UFA Co-op and member of the Alberta Co-operative Union Board of Directors.
File consists of correspondence with Douglas Thornton relating to his work with the Alberta Co-operative Union, concerning arrangements for meetings and activities, and Norman Priestley's retirement; and circular letters concerning taxation, Co-operative Union of Canada 1956 congress, cooperative education, survey of members, and suspension of activities.
File consists of minutes and agendas from annual and board meetings of the Alberta Co-operative Union, as well as memorandums and financial statements. Many are signed by or addressed to Douglas Thornton.
File consists of progress reports by P.J. Ryan, Northern Representative of the Alberta Co-operative Union, on educational presentations made in various communities assessing the organizational skills of various co-operative schools, as well as summaries of meetings with faculty and parents.
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Communities visited include Bonnyville, Dewberry, Evansburg, Marwayne, Rocky Mountain House, Waskatenau, and Wetaskiwin.
File consists of a submission by the Alberta Co-operative Union to the Royal Commission On Education requesting that the school curriculum include the philosophy and principles of co-operation and the co-operative movement.
The fonds consists of the 1928 Certificate of Incorporation, Memorandum of Association, quarterly and annual financial statements, minutes of annual meetings (1926-1949) with lists of shareholders, share certificates issued to shareholders, agreements, and instructions to mailing room staff.
The official newspaper of the United Farmers of Alberta, The U.F.A., began publication in March 1922. W. Norman Smith was its editor. Initially publication was supervised by a committee of the United Farmers of Alberta, but in 1928 "The U.F.A." Limited was incorporated under the Companies Act of Alberta to allow the newspaper to operate with legal independence. The U.F.A. was renamed The United Farmer in 1934 and ceased publication in 1936. A subsequent publication of the United Farmers of Alberta Co-operative Association, 1962-1985, was also titled The United Farmer. The officers of the United Farmers of Alberta generally were concurrently officers of The U.F.A. Limited. The company apparently wound up its affairs in 1949.