The fonds consists of minutes, correspondence, reports, newsletters, brochures, pamphlets, and briefs of 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 Co-operative 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.
The file contains letters to Doug Thornton 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.
The file consists of reports by P.J. Ryan, Northern Representative of the Alberta Co-operative Union, on educational presentations made in various communities. Communities visited include Bonnyville, Dewberry, Evansburg, Marwayne, Rocky Mountain House, Waskatenau, and Wetaskiwin.
The fonds includes minute books of Kerndale U.F.A. Local No. 775, 1918-1941, including financial and membership records. Includes a transcription of the 1918-1927 minute book produced in 2003. Includes the By-laws of the North Peace Purchasing Committee (ca. 1935).
The Kerndale U.F.A. Local No. 775, located in the district of Kerndale near the village of Berwyn in the Peace River region of Alberta, was founded in 1918. It became inactive in 1941.
The fonds had been in the possession of Jim and Eileen Allan.