Preliminary Guide to the Western Farmers Association Records 1923-1981
MSSM.062

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Creator
Western Farmers Association
Title
Preliminary Guide to the Western Farmers Association Records
ID
MSSM.062
Date [inclusive]
1923-1981
Extent
14 linear feet, 15 boxes.
Location
(MASC staff use) MS.1983.03: 2-14-13-5; MS.1984.21: 2-2-28-3.
Language
Collection materials are in English.
Language
Materials are in English.
Abstract
Western Farmers Association records, including correspondence, publications, ledgers (minutes), photographs, reports.

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Biography/History

The Washington Cooperative Egg and Poultry Association (also referred to as the Washington Co-Operative Farmers Association) was formed in 1917. The original organization was a collection of cooperatives, including the Whatcom County Egg Producers, the Whidbey Island Cooperative Egg Farms, and the Silverdale Poultry Association, with collaboration from Washington State College's Western Washington Experiment Station. The cooperative became affiliated with the Pacific Egg Producers in 1922, and began publishing the weekly journal WASHCOEGG in 1923. The journal transitioned into the  Western Farmer in 1960, and publishing continued until 1981. During this period, the name of the organization was changed to the Western Farmers Association. The Western Farmers Association was acquired by CENEX in 1981.

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Scope and Content

This collection contains records of the Western Farmers Association (formerly the Washington Cooperative Egg and Poultry Association), including correspondence, publications, ledgers (minutes), photographs, and reports. It includes a complete run of the association's journals WASHCOEGG and  Western Farmer. The collection also contains copies of a publication on the history of the Washington Co-Operative Farmers Association from 1917 to 1956, audit reports, and various papers pertaining to the organization and other local cooperatives.

Preliminary Inventory:

MS.1983.03

Box 1: Bell, R.C., and W.D. Buchanan. "Partners in Progress: The Story of Washington Co-Operative Farmers Association." Circa 1956; Papers related to the Washington Co-operative Egg and Poultry Association (or Washington Co-Operative Farmers Association) and the Western Farmers Association, including brochures and guides, bylaws, correspondence, business contracts, newspaper clippings, industry reports, as well as materials pertaining to 4-H and FFA, and papers related to the manuscript for "Partners in Progress" (circa 1920s-1970s).

Box 2: Photographs and negatives related to Washington Cooperative Egg and Poultry Association, and meeting minutes from various egg and poultry cooperatives (circa 1920s-1930s), a guestbook, papers and photographs related to Central Farmer Industries, as well as reports related to a Petroleum Refinery Study.

Box 3: Bound items pertaining to project specification from the Cooperative Refinery (Vancouver, WA).

Box 4: Memorandum, copy of "Partners in Progress," and negatives related to Washington Cooperative Egg and Poultry Association.

Box 5: Bound audit reports for the Washington Cooperative Egg and Poultry Association (1932 to 1954); reports related to a Petroleum Refinery Study.

Box 6: Photographs, slides, and negatives related to Washington Cooperative Egg and Poultry Association.

MS.1984.21

Box 1: Washington Co-Operative Egg and Poultry Association's Audit Report (1928); WASHCOEGG (1923 - 1931).

Box 2: WASHCOEGG (1931-1939).

Box 3: WASHCOEGG (1939-1952).

Box 4: WASHCOEGG (1952-1960) and  Western Farmer (1960-1965).

Box 5: Western Farmer (1965-1981).

Box 6: Materials related to the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, including photographs and negatives (1955-1980); Food Industries (Volumes 10-17, 1938-1945).

Box 7: Photographs, negatives, slides related to the Washington Co-Operative Farmers Association (1955-1980).

Box 8: Photographs, negatives, slides, and two scrapbooks (1924-1981), including older photographs related to the Washington Cooperative Egg and Poultry Associations in Tacoma and Seattle.

Box 9: Photographs and negatives related to the Washington Cooperative Egg and Poultry Associations.

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Arrangement

This is an unprocessed collection. Any arrangement reflects either a pre-existing order from the records' creators or previous custodians, or preliminary sorting performed by staff.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

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

http://www.libraries.wsu.edu/masc/

Terrell Library

P.O. Box 645610

Pullman, WA, 99164-5610 USA

509-335-6691

mascref@wsu.edu

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open and available for research use. Copyright restrictions may apply.

Acquisition Information

Bob Eschbach donated these materials to the Washington State University Libraries in 1983 (MS.1983.03) and 1984 (MS.1984.21).

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Names and Subjects

Subject(s)

  • Poultry--Breeding--History--Sources
  • Agriculture--Washington (State)
  • Agriculture

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