The records of the Consumers Cooperative of Berkeley, Inc. cover the years 1939-1991. The earliest efforts of its constituency
are recorded in the handwritten minutes of the Co-op Unit Council that convened on May 1, 1939. The best perspective on Co-op
operations can be found in the minutes and reports of the Board of Directors and in the
Co-op News scrapbooks which feature clippings that reflect the viewpoints and practices of a variety of Co-op home economists. The
collection includes a voluminous series of Board of Directors minutes, 1939-1977, that document all facets of business and
administrative affairs as well as member participation. All corporate levels and departments are documented in the minutes
and committee files, or "packets" as they were sometimes described by a Co-op record keeper. The largest group of files are
those that document Co-op operations and management during the years 1952-1989. Much of this material consists of subject
files compiled by education director Nancy Snow and the
Co-op News scrapbooks and clipping files reflecting the concerns and activities of the Home Economist Program. The bankruptcy of the
Co-op is also well documented in the form of legal files.
Number of containers: 36 cartons, 1 box, 1 oversize folder
Linear feet: 45
Copyright has been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must
be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720-6000.
Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and the copyright.
Copyright restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted
to research and educational purposes.
Collection is open for research.