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.
The brief creed is attributed to Gladys Talbott Edwards. It begins: "Because I know that as an individual, I am nothing, but banded with my brother farmer, I am power - I pledge the work of my hands, the fruit of my soil and the loyalty of my heart to the Famers Union. I will keep my eyes on the goal and let no petty annoyances make me forget it." Farmers Union is a U.S. organization
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.
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.
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.