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University of California, Davis Library, Dept. of Special Collections
Title: Mark Ritchie Papers
Identifier/Call Number: D-642
3 linear feet
Date (inclusive): 1964-1992
Date (bulk): 1975-1980
Abstract: The collection includes activist and politician Mark Ritchie's minutes and notes of the meetings of the People’s Food System
(San Francisco) and materials related to the cooperative food movement in the San Francisco Bay Area during the 1970s.
Physical Location: Researchers should contact Special Collections to
request collections, as many are stored offsite.
Mark Ritchie was a key leader in the People's Food System of the San Francisco Bay Area in the late 1960s and 1970s. The
system was composed of food co-ops, worker collectives and a series of wholesale collectives that supported the retail
stores, including a bakery, produce, trucking, cheese, grains, and so on. The mission was food for people not for profit,
healthy food and land, and a new way of making decisions.
In particular, Mark Ritchie worked with Red Star Cheese Collective and Earthworks, an urban food and agricultural library.
He went on to many other accomplishments, including serving as Secretary of State of Minnesota.
Biography by Ann M. Evans
Scope and Contents
The collection includes minutes and notes of the meetings of the People’s Food System (San Francisco) and materials on the
cooperative food movement in the San Francisco Bay Area during the 1970s. Many organizations and co-ops are represented, including
Earthwork and the Center for Rural Studies and Red Star Cheese. Some materials focus on the development of structures to support
the entire food system, such as a loan fund, warehousing, and trucking.
Collection is arranged in alphabetical order.
Collection is open for research.
Liz Phillips processed this collection with help from student assistant Husnain Jafrani.
Gift of Mark Ritchie and Ann Evans, 2016.
[Identification of item], Mark Ritchie Papers, D-642, Special Collections, UC Davis Library, University of California,
All applicable copyrights for the collection are protected under chapter 17 of the U.S. Copyright Code. Requests for
permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission
for publication is given on behalf of the Regents of the University of California as the owner of the physical items. It is
not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.
Subjects and Indexing Terms
Sustainable agriculture -- California
Food industry and trade -- California
Ritchie, Mark --