Fonds RG4 - Manitoba Pool Elevators Fonds

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Manitoba Pool Elevators Fonds

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  • 1874-2001, predominant 1930-1970 (Creation)

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104 m. textual records
photographs, slides, audio tapes

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The forerunner of Manitoba Pool Elevators, Manitoba Wheat Pool, was created in 1924 as a mechanism to allow for the co-operative marketing of wheat by Manitoba producers.Such an approach promised to stabilize the market price of grain and ensure a fair market price to producers.Initially the Pool was very successful. However, in 1930, the Manitoba Wheat Pool found itself burdened with an unsold surplus from the preceding year that had been bought from the farmers at a price that was significantly higher than any possible return during the depression. As a result, in 1931 the Pool's Central Selling Agency defaulted on its bank loans. Despite attempts to save the organization, it was forced to declare bankruptcy in November 1932. A subsidiary, Manitoba Pool Elevators Limited, remained active. In this way, the Manitoba Pool was transformed into an co-operatively owned elevator company. Following the Great Depression, Manitoba Pool Elevators expanded operations and initiated new co-operative business ventures. On November 1, 1998 Manitoba Pool Elevators merged with Alberta Wheat Pool Ltd. to create Agricore Cooperative Ltd.

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The bulk of this fonds was accessioned in 1975, when the forerunner to the McKee Archives at Brandon University, the Rural Resource Center, was founded. The original mandate of the Rural Resource Center was to house the records of the Manitoba Pool Elevators. Previous to this, most of the fonds was stored at the Pool Elevators head office in Winnipeg. Many accruals to this collection have since taken place, with some of the larger ones being received in 1997, 2001, and 2002.

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This fonds contains records dealing with every aspect of the Manitoba Pool Elevators organization, from the events leading to its formation in the 1920's, to its amalgamation as part of Agricore beginning in the late 1990's. Fonds includes records of the local co-operative elevator association established in the period 1925 - 1968 under the Co-operative Associations Act including organizational papers, minutes of executive board, minutes of shareholders annual meeting, financial statements, correspondence, membership lists, miscellaneous. Also to be found are documents related to the Royal Commission re the Manitoba Pool Elevators Limited ca. 1931 and miscellaneous documents, 1925 -1952, central office papers consisting of annual reports, circulars to local co-operative elevator associations and documents related to various other activities of the Manitoba Pool Elevators organization. Fonds also contains documents pertaining to the Manitoba Co-operative Poultry Marketing Association Limited and its successor, the Manitoba Dairy and Poultry Co-operative Limited, and related agencies.Books acquired for the Manitoba Pool Elevator Library,a complete run of both the Scoop Shovel (the Pool's first newspaper)and the Manitoba Cooperator, photographs, slides, audiotapes, and reel-to-reel video's, dating from the 1890's to 2001 round out the fonds which also includes a small number of miscellaneous items are also included, such as banners, and company issued briefcases.

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