The fonds consists of photographs, correspondence, and other records documenting Milton Ward's involvement in the co-operative sector.
Milton Henry "Milt" Ward, 1890-1994, was born in Nogies Creek, Ontario. In 1905 he migrated with his family to Arrowwood, a community east of High River, Alberta. He assisted his father, and established his own homestead in the district at an early age. He also worked as a ranch hand and blacksmith. He became a manager in the Crowsnest Pass coal mining industry during the First World War, but returned to farming and ranching in the Arrowwood district. He served on the council of the Municipal District of Marquis from 1916 to 1941. He was an active member of the United Farmers of Alberta, serving as a director from 1932 to 1969, a delegate to the Alberta Wheat Pool, and a director of the Arrowwood Co-operative Association. In 1977 he was inducted into the Alberta Agriculture Hall of Fame. He was married twice, to Lena Steiner, ?-1923, and to Myrtle Foreman, 1903-1995. He had six children: Ruby Della (Fletcher), Audrey Helen (Neubauer), Shirley Margaret (Hood), Jack Foreman, George Alan, and Beverly Joan (Weeks).
The collection consists of membership cards, petroleum cardlock cards, membership certificates, share certificates, certificates of completion of training, training manuals, award certificates, receipts, patronage dividend statements, correspondence, receipt books, advertisements, advertiques, articles, reports, speeches, photographs, retirement presentations, and other items or small collections of material from members, employees, or agents of United Farmers of Alberta, U.F.A. Central Co-operative Association Ltd., United Farmers of Alberta Co-operative Ltd., and local consumer co-ops.
The United Farmers Historical Society was established in 2002 to document and disseminate the history of the United Farmers of Alberta and the United Farmers of Alberta Co-operative Ltd. It was interested in collecting examples of membership cards, share certificates, receipts, patronage dividend statements, and other documentation of transactions of members, employees, and agents of United Farmers of Alberta Co-operative and its predecessor and affiliated organizations. These records, if they only consisted of only one or two files, were compiled into the UFA Members' Collection beginning in 2010.