The fonds consists of minutes of the Canadian Council of Agriculture, resolutions, financial statements, reports of committees, briefs, and policy statements (1920-1926); documents of an appeal to the federal Cabinet against increases of freight rates (1918); and a report on the activities of the Council, 1925-1930.
The Canadian Council of Agriculture was formed in 1909. It was initially a council of delegates from the United Farmers of Alberta, the Saskatchewan Grain Growers' Association, the Manitoba Grain Growers' Association, and the Dominion Grange, which was based in Ontario. It was later expanded to include representatives from farmers' organizations in other provinces and representatives from farmers' cooperative enterprises. The Council met to coordinate the political and advocacy initiatives of provincial farmers' organizations. It was instrumental in forming the Progressive Party, an influential coalition in the Dominion Parliament of the 1920s. The Council met two or three times a year, and had a secretariat based in Winnipeg. Henry Wise Wood of Alberta served as its president for several years. It became inactive around 1932, and its function was supplanted by the Canadian Chamber of Agriculture, founded in 1935.
The files were retained by United Farmers of Alberta representatives on the Council.
The file consists of: Memorandum [of] Canadian Council of Agriculture in support of appeal to the Governor in Council against judgment of Board of Railway Commission on 15% increase on freight and passenger toll ; Reply of the Canadian Northern Railway Company ; Rejoinder to the reply of the respondents on behalf of the Canadian Council of Agriculture.
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
The file consists of minutes (including resolutions), lists of delegates, secretary's reports to the provincial organizations and to the Council, brief of delegation to the Canadian Cabinet, Declaration of Principles, resolution, and statement of accounts.
The file consists of minutes (including resolutions), lists of delegates, Secretary's reports to provincial conventions and to the annual meeting of the Council, minutes of the Executive meeting, minutes of the Women's Section meeting, report of the Co-operative Marketing Committee, statement of accounts.
The file consists of minutes (including resolutions), Executive minutes, National Policies, report of the Economic Research Department, submission to the Advisory Board on the Tariff and Taxation, statement of accounts.
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.