Sous-fonds PR0363.016SF - Junior Branch of the U.F.A. sous-fonds

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Junior Branch of the U.F.A. sous-fonds

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    • 1930-1942 (Creation)

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    0.04 m of textual records

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    Administrative history

    The Junior Branch of the United Farmers of Alberta (UFA) was launched in 1919. The Junior UFA became the Junior Farmers' Union of Alberta (FUA) in 1949.

    It did not take long for UFA members to recognize that the survival of their organization would depend on the young people, who would bring to their organization new ideas and their youth. Future farm leaders needed to be trained while still young. The majority of UFA and United Farm Women of Alberta (UWFA) members wanted to provide their young with the advantages of intellectual stimulation and citizenship training.

    The Junior UFA had two main goals: to provide a civil training ground for eventual adult participation in the farmer's organization, and to continue the indoctrination of the young into the agrarian principles so important to the leaders of the UFA and UFWA. This was to be accomplished through a four-fold program of development which included educational, vocational, economic and social development.

    The Junior UFA held annual conventions each year during University Farm Young People's Week, which was sponsored by the UFA, the Alberta Government's Department of Agriculture and the University of Alberta's Department of Extension. At the same time the UFA constitution had been revised to include women, it was revised to include sons of UFA members, to be included on a “family ticket.” When UFWA was formed, this women's organization established a convenorship for Youth Work. Little was done until 1919 when Susan Gunn assumed responsibility of the convenorship, and twenty junior locals were established.

    In 1949, the United Farmers of Alberta amalgamated with the Alberta Farmers' Union; the new organization was known as the Farmers' Union of Alberta. The women's organization became the Farm Women's Union of Alberta. Also at this time, the Junior UFA became the Junior FUA.

    The work of Juniors was supervised by Youth Convener of UFWA until 1926, after which it was supervised by the Education Committee of the UFA. Beginning in 1928, one delegate with full powers from each Junior local was invited to the Annual UFA Convention. By 1929, the Junior president had been given a place on the Board of Directors of the UFA.

    Presidents of the Junior UFA were: Lawrence Kindt, 1919-1923; Donald Cameron, 1923-1926; Charlie Mills, 1926-1930; Francis S. Fry, 1930-1932; Wilfred Hoppins, 1932-1936; Margaret Archibald, 1936-1939; George Thring, 1939- [194-]; Lawrence Proudfoot, [194-]-1947; Orrin Hart, 1947-1949

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    John O. Thompson deposited the records in the Provincial Archives of Alberta in 1977. His mother, Jeane Thompson, had at one time been the secretary for the Junior UFA.

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    The sous-fonds consists of records of the Junior UFA, and includes programs, correspondence.

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        The material is in English.

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        Use Conditions: Permission for use required. Subject to the Copyright Act.

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        Other records relating to the Junior UFA can be found amongst the records of the United Farm Women of Alberta.

        Also see the Farmers' Union of Alberta. Conrich Junior FUA fonds at the Glenbow Archives in Calgary, Alberta.


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        Information for the administrative history is from the following books which can be located in the Provincial Archives of Alberta Reference Library: Thirty Years of Progress: History of United Farm Women of Alberta, 367.97123 C245 and “The Education of the Farmer: The Educational Objectives and Activities of the United Farmers of Alberta and the Saskatchewan Grain Growers’ Association, 1920-1930,” 370.1934 W695 PAA. Included in accession PR1977.0113 are records belonging to the United Farm Women of Alberta fonds, Farm Women's Union of Alberta fonds (including the Hillside Local No. 906 sous-fonds), the Winifred Ross fonds, the Alberta Federation of Agriculture fonds, the Millet Branch of the Canadian Red Cross Society fonds, the Millet Home and School Association fonds and the Jeane Thompson fonds.
        Forms part of: United Farmers of Alberta fonds

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