Collection MS-14-18 - Atlantic Canada co-operatives collection

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Atlantic Canada co-operatives collection

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  • Multiple media

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  • Variations in title: Coop collection

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  • 1900-2002, predominant 1950-1999 (Creation)

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15.41 m of textual records and other materials

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Custodial history

Records were donated to the Agricola Archives, Special Collections and Museum in the Summer of 2004 (accession A2004-001 / 2004CP). Also includes accession A2021-016; books were transferred to Agricola Archives from boxes found in the MacRae Library, with uncatalogued government documents from unknown donors.
Most of the materials in the collection have been donated by key individuals and organizations that have been active in the co-operative movement in Atlantic Canada. Major contributors have been George LaBelle, Paddy Moran, Fred Pierce, the NS Co-operatives Branch and the NS Cooperative Council.

Scope and content

Collection consists of records with information about individual co-operatives and credit unions in Atlantic Canada, as well as documents from larger region-wide co-operative organizations. There is also a large section of general co-op literature about co-operation as a social movement, in Canada and around the world. There are published books, serials, brochures, reports, photographs and slides, maps, audio and visual material, and artifacts. The age of the materials ranges from the early 1900s up to 2002, the majority spans from the 1950s to the 1990s.

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The MacRae Library established the Atlantic Canada co-operatives collection to consolidate and provide access to a variety of archival material related to co-operatives and credit unions in Atlantic Canada. The library imposes thematic and chronological order during archival processing.

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  • English

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Restrictions on access

There are no access restrictions on these materials. All materials are open for research.

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

Materials do not circulate and must be used in the MacRae Library. Materials may be under copyright. Contact departmental staff for guidance on reproduction.

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Preferred citation: [Identification of item], Atlantic Canada co-operatives collection, MS-14-18, Box [box number], Folder [folder number], Dalhousie University Archives, Agricola Archives, Bible Hill, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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