The file consists of prints from digital scans of Co-op stores in Milo, Chinook, Youngstown, Drumheller, Three Hills, and Oyen (ca. 1940-ca.1947); a group portrait of UFA co-op managers (ca. 1946); views of the U.F.A. store, service station, and office in Calgary (1946); a floor plan, drawn from memory, of the U.F.A. store and office in Calgary in 1942-1943; and sections of a panoramic view of the main intersection of Milo (1928).
Robert Shore was an employee of U.F.A. Central Co-op store in Calgary, ca. 1941-ca. 1945. His father Eric Shore was manager of the Co-op store in Milo, Alberta, 1933-1942, and manager of the U.F.A. Central Co-op store in Calgary, 1942-1948.
The United Farmers Historical Society collection includes an interview with Bob Shore, recorded in 2002.
The file consists of lists of U.F.A. Locals photocopied from the 1915 and 1916 annual reports of the U.F.A.; list of old U.F.A. Locals (ca. 1960-1966) arranged by sub-district, with names and addresses of their secretaries; names and addresses of delegates and directors; and a printout (1965) listing the Locals in alphabetical order.
Locals of the U.F.A. were grouped into sub-districts which elected delegates. The delegates elected a director from each district of the U.F.A. They also attended the annual conference of the U.F.A Central Co-operative Association. This structure remained in place after the reorganization of the U.F.A. in 1948-1949, but ceased to exist upon the winding up of U.F.A. Central Co-op in 1966.
This series includes minutes of meetings of the shareholders, Board, Co-operative Committee, and a conference of U.F.A. Central Co-operative Association. It also contains a directory of old U.F.A. Locals and Sub-Districts, which appointed delegates to the Association's annual conferences.
The fonds consists of constitutional documents, minutes, directories of old U.F.A. locals, annual reports, financial statements, agreements (including liens and mortgages), publications, and advertising calendars.
Local and regional units of the United Farmers of Alberta (U.F.A.) began organizing consumer co-ops for farmers in the 1910s. The Co-operative Committee of the U.F.A. was established in 1930 to coordinate these efforts. In 1932 the U.F.A. Central Co-operative Association Ltd. (U.F.A. Central Co-op) was incorporated as a subsidiary of the U.F.A., for the purposes of coordinating wholesaling and marketing. By 1935 it entered into a contractual relationship with Maple Leaf Petroleum Ltd. to market gasoline and petroleum products to members, through a network of rural service stations. By 1940 the co-op established a central office, warehouse, and retail outlet in the 100 block 11th Avenue SE in Calgary. By the mid-1940s the U.F.A. Central Co-op had sufficient capital to operate a network of hardware and grocery stores and service stations with a presence in most regions of Alberta. Norman F. Priestley was General Manager of U.F.A. Central Co-op during its active period. In December 1948 the U.F.A. changed its name to United Farmers of Alberta Co-operative Association Ltd. (UFA Co-op), and amended its Bylaws to permit it to function as a cooperative wholesaler, distributor, and marketing organization. It took over most of the functions of the U.F.A. Central Co-op. In January 1949 the advocacy function of the former U.F.A. amalgamated with the Alberta Farmers' Union to form the Farmers' Union of Alberta. The U.F.A. Central Co-op continued to act as a subsidiary of the United Farmers of Alberta Co-operative Association for the purpose of maintaining its contractual obligations. It also convened annual conferences of delegates representing local and regional farmers' consumer co-ops. By 1966 most of the local co-ops were amalgamated into a centralized organization, and the U.F.A. Central Co-op dissolved.
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.