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.
Includes letter to members; letter regarding purchase of a truck; statement of equity, UFA Co-op; site plan of property; notice of adjustment of margins on fuel prices; receipt for purchase of photocopier; agreement with Provincial Treasurer for advances on bulk fuel costs; notice of maturity of term deposit; and notice to members of dividends.
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.