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Eileen Nagel's Farm Organizations collection


Physical Description:
6.25 m of textual records and other material

Eileen Nagel, 1941- , of Woking, Alberta was an active member of the Farm Women's Union of Alberta and its successor, Women of Unifarm, from 1961 to 1991. Her husband, Hartmann Nagel, was the president of Unfarm from 1991 to 1993. Eileen believed that the activities of farm organziations in Alberta were an important aspect of the province's history which deserved to be preserved. She therefore spent ten years gathering relevant documents, photographs and artifacts from a wide variety of individuals, local branches of farm groups, and other sources. She called her collection "One Hundred Years of General Farm Organizations in Alberta, 1905-2005".

Custodial History:
The collection was first given to the Paradise Valley Museum and was subsequently transferred to Glenbow with Eileen Nagel's approval in 2014.

Scope and Content:
The collection consists of minutes, convention programs, reports of activities, newspaper clippings, submissions and briefs, photographs, scrapbooks and other records created primarily by and about the following organizations: United Farmers of Alberta (UFA), founded in 1909; United Farm Women of Alberta (UFWA), founded in 1914; Farmers' Union of Alberta (FUA) and Farm Women's Union of Alberta (FWUA), both founded in 1949; Unifarm and the Women of Unifarm, both founded in 1970; and Wild Rose Agricultural Producers, founded in 1996. Many of these records have been annotated by Eileen with her identifications and personal comments.

Source of Acquisition:
Gift of Paradise Valley Museum, 2014.

The material is in English.

No restrictions on access.

Finding Aids:
Inventory available. Please consult before requesting material.

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Artifacts from this collection, including a painted banner, convention ribbons, lapel pins, silver spoon, necktie, gavel, harmonica and gate sign, are held in Glenbow's Cultural History collection. Newspapers, cookbooks and published histories of farm organziations are held by Glenbow's Library.

Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M-9669, PB-1001, PE-222, F-211

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