The collection consists of published pamphlets, a few issues of the newsletter Wheat Pool Budget, and a promotional calendar. Includes collected books and pamphlets about the grain trade, and handbooks used by the Alberta Wheat Pool elevator agent in Falher, Alberta.
Alberta Co-operative Wheat Producers Ltd. was established in 1923 at the instigation of the United Farmers of Alberta. It was familiarly known as Alberta Wheat Pool, which soon became its legal name. Its members agreed to five-year contracts for grain marketing, and this gave the Pool a strong foothold in the market. Initially it contracted to use the storage and shipping facilities of other grain companies, but soon it was able to capitalize the construction of a network of elevators which eventually dominated the industry in Alberta. In 1998 it merged with Manitoba Wheat Pool to form Agricore Cooperative Ltd. In 2001 Agricore was purchased by United Grain Growers Ltd. and the new firm was branded Agricore United. In 2007 Agricore United was acquired by Saskatchewan Wheat Pool, and the new company was named Viterra Inc.
The materials were collected in the office of United Farmers of Alberta Co-operative Ltd.
The file consists of three handbooks: Storage reckoner : based on the rate of 1/25 of one cent per bushel per day. - [Calgary] : Alberta Wheat Pool, [ca. 1940]; Identification of barley varieties by kernel characters / by F.S. Ludlam and C.H. Owen ; photographs by V.G. Martin. - Ottawa : King's Printer, 1945; An illustrated guide to Prairie weeds / originally prepared by K.W. Neatby ; rev. and enl. by F.J. Greaney. - 2nd ed. - Winnipeg : Line Elevators Farm Service, 1947 (Bulletin ; no. 2)
The handbooks were used by the Alberta Wheat Pool agent in Falher, Alberta.
The file consists of handbooks: Summary of traffic rules and regulations on bulk grain shipments from country elevators. - Calgary : Alberta Wheat Pool, 1957. (No. 6); Identification of barley and wheat varieties by kernel characteristics / by C.H. Owen and M.J. Connacher ; photographs by Grain Research Laboratory. - Ottawa : Queen's Printer, 1960; Handbook on issuing advances and handling refunds : as authorized by the Prairie grain advance payment act / issued by the Canadian Wheat Board. - [Ottawa? the Board, ca. 1960]; The farmer and the country elevator. - Winnipeg : Board of Grain Commissioners for Canada, 1966.
The handbooks were used by the Alberta Wheat Pool agent at Falher, Alberta
The fonds consists of the minute book used by the Onoway U.F.A. Local No. 131 (1924-1942) and Onoway F.U.A. Local No. 527, with membership list (1949-1950); the account book (1919-1935); journal (1926-1936); and cheque book (1933-1934).
Onoway U.F.A. Local No. 131 was organized in the 1910s. By 1919 it was pooling its members' economic resources by shipping livestock and purchasing bulk quantities of feed, coal, and twine. The Local apparently became inactive in 1942. In 1949 some former members organized the Onoway F.U.A. Local No. 527, a Local of the Farmers' Union of Alberta. This organization apparently became inactive in 1950.
The file consists of the following pamphlets published by Alberta Wheat Pool: The case for the Alberta Wheat Pool [photocopy]. - The Crow's Nest Pass agreement in review / an address by A.T. Baker. - Students' story of co-operation.
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.