Fonds PR1134 - United Farmers of Alberta Co-operative Limited fonds

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United Farmers of Alberta Co-operative Limited fonds

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    • 1951-1986 (Creation)

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    0.10 m of textual records

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    The United Farmers of Alberta Co-operative Limited was set up as an independent and self-governing corporation in December 1948. Following the creation of the United Farmers of Alberta in 1909, small co-operatives were established throughout the province by UFA locals; these small co-operative gradually surrendered their business operations to the central co-operative. The act which had incorporated the UFA in 1918 (S.A. 1918, chapter 56) was amended in 1944 (S.A. 1944, chapter 78), focusing the act on the business side of the UFA, formalizing the separation of the business side of the organization.

    In anticipation of a possible merger with either the Alberta Farmers' Union or the Alberta Federation of Agriculture, the UFA members moved at their January 1946 convention to have the co-operative branch of the UFA renamed the United Farmers of Alberta Co-operative Association Limited. It was a step which members hoped would prevent complications in the event of amalgamation. As a result, the Co-operative was to become a self-governing body, separated as a legal entity from its parent body, the UFA. The educational components of the UFA would remain with the parent body.

    UFA members met in December 1948 primarily to finalize the necessary legalities to set up the Co-operative on an independent and self-governing basis, as well as to arrange for the temporary reorganization of the UFA in preparation for an amalgamation with the Alberta Farmers' Union. The power for the UFA to change the name of their co-operative branch to the United Farmers of Alberta Co-operative Limited had been authorized by act in 1946, (S.A. 1946, chapter 76); UFA members approved this change at this December convention. New by-laws were also drafted for the Co-operative. The Co-operative was to look after the retail and agricultural needs of Alberta farmers.

    The United Farmers of Alberta Co-operative Limited continued to exist after the UFA amalgamated with the Alberta Farmers' Union, the joint organization being the Farmers' Union of Alberta. The Co-operative continues as a progressive dynamic and profitable co-op serving the agricultural industry.

    A Co-operative committee was set up by UFA in 1931, and was incorporated under The Co-operative Associations Act. Known as the UFA Central Co-operative Association Limited, it was a subsidiary to UFA. The United Farmers of Alberta Co-operative Limited had its roots as a subsidiary of the UFA. However, in 1948, it became an independent and self-governing body.

    The United Farmers of Alberta Co-operative Limited was known as the UFA Central Co-operative Association Limited while it was a subsidiary to UFA. It is currently referred to by its acronym, UFA.

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    The fonds consists of the records of the Dewberry agent of the UFA Co-operative, and includes inventories, audit adjustment invoices, pamphlets, and agent’s manual, agent’s commission agreement.

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    Elsie Jones, the wife of Neal Jones, deposited the records in the Provincial Archives of Alberta in 1997. Neal Jones was the Dewberry UFA Co-operative agent in Dewberry from 1936 until 1986.


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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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        Also see the records of the United Farmers of Alberta fonds and the Farmer’s Union of Alberta fonds.


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        Information for the administrative history is from the UFA’s website, and the following books which are located in the Provincial Archives of Alberta Reference Library: Furrow, Faith and Fellowship, 630.6 P933 and Unifarm: A Story of Conflict & Change, 630.607123 J378. Included in PR1997.0276 are records belonging to the Neal Jones fonds and the Dewberry Boys’ Band fonds.

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        Includes accession PR1997.0276.

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