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Alberta Wheat Pool fonds

1909-1998, predominant 1923-1998

Physical Description:
41.5 m of textual records. -- 2.38 m of photographs (ca. 5500 photographs). -- 547 lantern slides. -- 9 film reels

The Alberta Wheat Pool, a voluntary cooperative organization, was incorporated in 1923 to create stability in the wheat market in response to a downward trend in wheat and farm prices in 1920-1923. Its first president was Henry Wise Wood. The pool, from its first office in Calgary, became one of the largest grain-handling cooperatives in Canada. Owned and controlled by its members, it operated country grain elevators across Alberta and northeast British Columbia. It handled approximately two-thirds of Alberta's grain exports. In addition to its original mandate of enabling farmers to bargain collectively with grain buyers, the AWP also provided grain services for members including storage and handling, grain merchandising, fertilizer and seed grain sales, farm equipment, financing, and agricultural research. It has also ensured farmers a voice in the formation of national grain-marketing policies and has been involved in the establishment of the Canadian Wheat Board. On November 1, 1998 the Wheat Pool merged with Manitoba Pool Elevators to form Agricore. In 2001 Agricore merged with United Grain Growers Ltd. to form Agricore United. In 2007 Agricore United was purchased by the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool and the new company was rebranded to be known as Viterra. For further information see Tides in the West / Leonard D. Nesbitt. - Saskatoon : Modern Press, 1962.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of bylaws (1923-1948); annual reports (1926-1999); Alberta Wheat Pool minutes (1923-1983); Alberta Pool Elevators minutes (1926-1979); minutes of annual meetings of delegates (1924-1997); reports to delegates (1928-1995); lists of members (1921-1981); policy manuals (1963-1998); legal agreements (1927-1964); general office files and files of Secretary R.O. German, containing correspondence, briefs, reports, etc.(1913-1957); financial statements (1923-1985); addresses (speeches) and articles (1929-1994); statistics (1923-1983); crop records (1936-1996); crop deliveries at country points (1932-1992); grain variety records (1971-1987); staff payroll ledgers (1923-1930, 1956-1974); elevator registers (1920s-1994); elevator histories (compiled in 1980s); newsletters (1927-1998); radio broadcasts copy (1942-1994); newsclippings (1923-1998); newspaper advertisements (1928-1989); growers' reserve accounts (1938, 1952); extensive photographs of grain elevators, Pool personalities, terminals, general agricultural scenes, and Master Farm families (1923-1993); lantern slides of prairie agricultural views (1927-1930); and films on AWP, Saskatchewan Wheat Pool, and western themes (nd, 1955, 1973).
Includes records related to various subsidiaries (1960-1993), including Japan-Alberta Oil Mill Company, Alberta Food Products, ABL Engineering, Buffalo Beton Ltd., Tacoma Holdings, Alberta Pacific Grain Products Company, Green Leaf Farm Supply Ltd., Interior Feeds Ltd., NPN International Inc., and Pool Research Corporation.
Also includes minutes of Canadian Cooperative Wheat Producers / Interprovincial Pool (1924-1974); Canadian Pool Agencies / Pool Insurance Company1928-1974); Victoria Elevator Ltd.(1952-1977); Pacific Elevators Ltd. (1935-1972); Calgary Wheat Pool Savings and Credit Union Ltd. (1955-1975); Alberta Wheat Pool Women's Association (1944-1982); and Wheat Kernels staff club (1945-1974).

Source of Acquisition:
Gifts of Alberta Wheat Pool, 1961-1998, Agricore, 1999 and the Grain Academy, 2010.

The material is in English.

No restrictions on access.

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

View finding aid / scanned documents:

The records of the AWP publicity director, 1926-1955, are in the Leonard D. Nesbitt fonds at Glenbow; other records of the Alberta Wheat Pool are held by the Provincial Archives of Alberta.

Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M-2364, M-2366, M-2367, M-2369, M-2951, M-8260, M-8612, M-8852, M-9386, PB-287, PA-898, PA-1005, PA-3369, PE-171, NA-1369, NA-1893, NA-2253, NA-2715, F-52, F-84, S-29

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