Guide to the Washington State Council of Farmer Cooperatives Records 1936-1976
Cage 445

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Creator
Washington State Council of Farmer Cooperatives
Title
Washington State Council of Farmer Cooperatives Records
ID
Cage 445
Date [inclusive]
1936-1976
Extent
855.0 items.
General Physical Description note
1 linear feet of shelf space.
Language
English
Abstract
Correspondence, minutes, articles and by-laws, newsletters and other papers of a state organization of farmer cooperative business associations.

Preferred Citation note

[Item Description]. Cage 445, Washington State Council of Farmer Cooperatives Records. Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

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Biographical/Historical note

The Washington State Council of Farmer Cooperatives (formerly the Washington State Cooperative Council) was first organized on September 25, 1936, at the Western Washington Research and Extension Center (WWREC) in Puyallup. The charter membership consisted of 45 cooperative leaders representing 35 farmer-owned or -controlled marketing and purchasing organizations. The original impetus for organizing the Council was to encourage and promote a closer mutual relationship between all farmer cooperative business associations in Washington and to support or oppose state agricultural legislation as a unified group.

In later years, as the Council's membership grew, its needs expanded. The Council began working more closely with extension services and engaging in activities designed to advance its cooperative program throughout the state. Vocational agricultural education programs, such as business training conferences and FFA cooperative marketing and purchasing classes and Youth Tours, were also developed.

The Washington State Council of Farmer Cooperatives is a non-profit organization and a member of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives.

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Scope and Contents note

The records of the Washington State Council of Farmer Cooperatives are incomplete. Many of the records from 1936 through 1945 were apparently destroyed in a fire. The remaining papers include such material as articles of association, by-laws, financial statements, check registers, minutes of the Directors' meetings, minutes of the officers, executives and trustees meetings, treasurers' reports, audits, general correspondence (included under various subject headings throughout the collection), and the records of several different committees.

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Arrangement note

All files have been arranged in a single alphabetical series by subject. The folder entitled "General File, 1932-1958" includes correspondence, reports, an organization history, and committee material. The bulk of the material in this file comes from the years 1936-1937. Although the records of the Washington State Council of Farmer Cooperatives span the years from 1936 through 1976, the bulk of the material dates from the period of the 1950s and 1960s.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries © 1981

http://www.wsulibs.wsu.edu/masc
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610
509-335-6691
mascref@wsu.edu

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use note

Folders 2-8, "Audits, 1941-1975," may be used only with the written permission of the Washington State Council of Farmer Cooperatives.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

The records of the Washington State Council of Farmer Cooperatives were donated to the Washington State University in May 1978 by Karl Kottman, State Director (MS 78-19).

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Washington State Cooperative Council
  • Washington State Council of Farmer Cooperatives--Archives

Subject(s)

  • Agricultural cooperative credit associations--Washington (State)
  • Agriculture
  • Agriculture--Washington (State)--Societies, etc.--Records and correspondence
  • Washington (State)

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

Articles of Association and By-Laws 1936-1952   9

1 1

Audits. See Restrictions 1941-1975   35

1 2-8

Beernink Retirement File 1964   45

1 9

Check Registers 1945-1976   7

1 10-12

Cooperative Creed undated   1

1 13

Financial records (Committee for Improving the Marketing of Washington Agricultural Products) 1959-1972 

1 14

General File 1932-1958   30

1 15

Minutes: 

Box Folder

Directors' Meetings 1945-1952   95

1 16-17

" Various Meetings (Trustees, Officers, Executives)" 1952-1962   95

1 18-19

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Box Folder

"Newsletters ("News Notes")" 1962-1969   300

1 20

"Washington, State Dairy Industry Committee:" 

Box Folder

Minutes 1950-1968   75

1 21

Records 1958-1961   60

1 22-23

State Milk Order 1958-1968   30

1 24

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