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United Farmers of Alberta fonds


Physical Description:
63 cm of textual records. -- 11 microfilm reels. -- 667 photographs

The United Farmers of Alberta was formed in 1909 when the Canadian Society of Equity merged with the Alberta Farmers' Association. The objectives of the UFA were to practice the principles of cooperation, improve the moral, intellectual and financial status of farmers, promote legislation to achieve these ends and to study economic and social questions bearing on the interests of farmers. A women's auxiliary was formed in 1914. In 1916 it became an independent body under the name United Farm Women of Alberta. The UFA endorsed political action in 1919. It won the 1921 provincial election. The UFA Government remained in power until 1935. During this period a majority of Alberta's Member of Parliament (MPs) were also UFA candidates. The UFA withdrew from direct political action in 1939. In 1932 the UFA Central Cooperative Association was established to handle the organization's cooperative activities. It was incorporated as the United Farmers of Alberta Cooperative Ltd. in 1948. The UFA itself joined the Alberta Farmers' Union in 1949 to form the Farmers' Union of Alberta (FUA). In 1970 the FUA and the Alberta Federation of Agriculture joined to form Unifarm and Women of Unifarm. In 1996 Unifarm changed its name to Wild Rose Agricultural Producers.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of constitutions and bylaws, minutes (1913-1949 [on microfilm]), convention proceedings (1909-1949 [on microfilm]), briefs and submissions, newsclippings, and miscellany, of UFA, UFWA, and UFA Cooperative. Also consists of extensive photographs of conventions, boards of directors, personalities, events and buildings (1912-1975). Includes constitution, bylaws, minutes and correspondence of the Canadian Society of Equity (1905-1909); minutes (1906-1907) and membership roll (1908) of the Alberta Farmers' Association; and minutes and correspondence of the Bon Accord local (1905-1909).
RECORDS RELATED TO THE FOLLOWING SUBJECTS ARE ALSO IN THIS FONDS. SEE INVENTORY FOR DETAILS: Alberta Wheat Pool, banks and banking, John E. Brownlee, George E. Church, Cooperative Commonwealth Federation (CCF), George G. Coote, Maj. C.H. Douglas, Farmers' Creditors Arrangement Act, Robert Gardiner, Edward J. Garland, Hutterites, Donald Macbeth Kennedy, Leonard D. Nesbitt, Norman F. Priestly, Alexander Ross, Social Credit, Alfred Speakman, Turgeon Royal Commission on Grain, Frederick J. White, and Henry Wise Wood.

Source of Acquisition:
Gifts of United Farmers of Alberta Cooperative Ltd., University of Victoria Library, H.I. Palm, A.B. Reynolds, Harry Little, D.G. Innis, Cecil Jackson, and Willis Jaques, 1960-1991.

The material is in English.

Originals and Reproductions:
The location of the original minutes and convention proceedings is unknown.

No restrictions on access.

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

View finding aid / scanned documents:

The records of the UFA Government are held by the Provincial Archives of Alberta.
Interviews with UFA personalities are in the United Farmers of Alberta Oral History Project at Glenbow. The Glenbow Library has a large collection of UFA publications.

Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M-1745, M-1747, M-1748, M-1749, M-1750, M-2405, M-6019, M-7113-(3-end), PA-2105, PA-2270, PA-3279, PB-71, PB-450, PB-521, PC-16, PC-40, PD-220, PE-43, PE-72, PE-132, PE-177, NA-3972, NA-4338, Microfilm-UFA

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