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 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 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 Society's newsletter for 1944 and 1947-1951.
In March 1944 a group of five UFA Co-op employees began publishing a monthly staff newsletter, provisionally titled You Name It?? By 1946 the newsletter was titled UFA Sco-ops, and it was the official organ of the U.F.A. Staff Co-op Society. Doug Thornton of the Educational Department of UFA Co-op served as its editor during most of its history. The Society organized social and recreational activities and produced the newsletter. In 1949 the Society's name was changed to U.F.A. Co-op Staff Society and the newsletter's title was changed to Sco-ops. In 1951 the Society disbanded and the newsletter ceased publication. A later staff social and recreational association known as ECHO (Employees of the Co-op Head Office) existed from the 1970s onward.
The newsletters had been collected by Doug Thornton.