- 1909-1998, predominant 1923-1998 (Creation)
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41.38 m of textual records
2.38 m of photographs (ca. 5500 photographs)
547 lantern slides
9 video cassettes
23 film reels
14 audio cassettes
28 audio reels
1 audio disc
Name of creator
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.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
Gifts of Alberta Wheat Pool, 1961-1998, Agricore, 1999 and the Grain Academy, 2010.
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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 (1936-1984); 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).
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No restrictions on access.
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The material is in English.
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Digital content is available
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Title based on contents of records.
NB 16-304 and ND 8-219 (Oliver photos) contain negatives for PA 898.
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- Alberta Pool Elevators (Subject)
- Canadian Cooperative Wheat Producers (Subject)
- Interprovincial Pool (Subject)
- Canadian Pool Agencies (Subject)
- Pool Insurance Company (Subject)
- Victoria Elevator (Subject)
- Pacific Elevators (Subject)
- Calgary Wheat Pool Savings and Credit Union (Subject)
- Alberta Wheat Pool Women's Association (Subject)
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Dates of creation revision deletion
Wednesday, October 17, 2018