The fonds contains the minute book (including cash book) of Notre Dame U.F.A. Local No. 716 (1922-1931), correspondence (1931), cash book of Notre Dame Junior U.F.A. (1933-1945), and minutes (including membership rolls) of Notre Dame Junior U.F.A. (1942-1945).
Notre Dame U.F.A. Local No. 716, a local unit of the United Farmers of Alberta, was founded around 1915. It met at Notre Dame School, located just northeast of Edmonton. It was still legally in existence but was inactive in 1966, the year U.F.A. Central Co-op disbanded. It sponsored a club for youth, Notre Dame Junior U.F.A. Local No. 108, from 1933 or earlier until 1945 or later.
The fonds was donated by Brenda Bass, daughter of Junior U.F.A. member Margaret McCrimmon and granddaughter of early U.F.A. member H. McCrimmon.
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 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.