Inventory of the William F. Allewelt Papers

Sara Gunasekara
Department of Special Collections
General Library
University of California, Davis
Davis, CA 95616-5292
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Creator: Allewelt, William F.
Title: William F. Allewelt Papers
Date (inclusive): 1960-2006
Extent: 1.5 linear feet
Abstract: William F. Allewelt (1926-2010) served as Chief Executive Officer of Tri Valley Growers from 1966-1985. His Papers contain correspondence, speeches, and files related to his involvement with Tri Valley Growers, Sun-Diamond Growers of California, and the University of California Agricultural Issues Center.
Physical location: Researchers should contact Special Collections to request collections, as many are stored offsite.
Repository: University of California, Davis. General Library. Dept. of Special Collections.
Davis, California 95616-5292
Collection number: D-532
Language of Material: Collection materials in English.


William F. Allewelt was born on May 29, 1926 in Sacramento to William Sr. and Alta Jane Clapp Allewelt. He entered the Army Air Corps following graduation from C.K. McClatchy High School. The GI Bill brought him to the University of California, Davis where he served as editor of the Cal Aggie newspaper and as student body president. He completed his degree in Agricultural Economics at the University of California, Berkeley.
In 1955 he joined Turlock Cooperative Growers, a canning cooperative in Modesto, and became its general manager. In 1963, TCG merged with a companion cooperative to form Tri Valley Growers. Allewelt served first as its general manager and later as CEO from 1966 until retiring in 1985. Shortly after retiring, he served as interim CEO at Sun-Diamond Growers of California.
In 1985, he was appointed a charter member of the advisory board to the University of California Agricultural Issues Center. He served as its chair from 1986 to 2000 and its vice-chair from 1987 until his retirement from the board in 2007.
He also served on the board of the Cal Aggie Alumni Association, as a trustee of the UCD Foundation, and chaired the major gifts committee funding the UCD Alumni and Visitors Center.
Allewelt passed away on October 15, 2010.
William F. Allewelt Obituary, Davis Enterprise, October 19, 2010.

Scope and Content

The William F. Allewelt Papers contain biographical information, a small amount of correspondence, speeches, and files related to his involvement with Tri Valley Growers, Sun-Diamond Growers of California, and the University of California Agricultural Issues Center.

Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is arranged in six series: 1. Biographical Information, 2. Speeches, 3. Correspondence, 4. Organization Files, 5. Printed Materials, 6. Works by Others.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Allewelt, William F.--Archives
Tri/Valley Growers
Sun-Diamond Growers of California
University of California, Davis. Agricultural Issues Center


Collection is open for research.

Processing Information

Sara Gunasekara processed this collection with assistance from student employee Michelle Xie.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Jean Allewelt in 2011.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], William F. Allewelt Papers, D-532, Department of Special Collections, General Library, University of California, Davis.

Publication Rights

Copyright is protected by the copyright law, chapter 17, of the U.S. Code. All 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 Department of Special Collections, General Library, University of California, Davis as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


Series 1. Biographical Information 1985-2005

Scope and Content Note

Contains several clippings about Allewelt as well as a poster that features him as the Chairman of the Board of the California League of Food Processors in 1960.
Box 1:1-2

Clippings 1985

Box 1:3

Nomination for Co-Op Career Professional Award 1996

Box D Folio 7

Poster featuring Chairmen of the Board of the California League of Food Processors 2005


Series 2. Speeches 1960-2001

Scope and Content Note

Contains speeches given by Allewelt.
Arranged chronologically by the date of the speech.
Box 1:4

Remarks at Sixth Annual Meeting, Pacific Coast Cooperative Marketing Associations 1960 December 14

Box 1:5

"The 1960's: New and Continuing Challenge for the Agribusinessman," Third Annnual Business Conference, University of the Pacific, Stockton, California 1963 April 12-14

Box 1:6

Address to National Association of Marketing Officials at Davis, California 1964 September 24

Box 1:7

Annual Meeting, Spokane Bank for Cooperatives, Spokane, Washington 1965 October 19

Box 1:8

Fourth Conference on the Use fo Agriculture Chemicals in California, University of California, Davis 1966 February 8

Box 1:9

An Address to the Stanislaus County Economic Development Conference, Modestor, California 1966 April 27

Box 1:10

Quality and Value, Central Coast Pear Association and Pear Growers League, Annual Barbecue, San Jose 1966 June 9

Box 1:11

Address to Modesto Board of Realtors 1966 August 8

Box 1:12

West Sacramento Rotary Club Speech 1967 February 24

Box 1:13

Remarks to the National Apple Institute Annual Meeting, Berkeley, California 1968 June 13

Box 1:14

Mechanization Influence of Processing of Fruits and Vegetables, An Address to the 65th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Horticultural Science Symposium on Mechanization, University of California at Davis 1968 August 21

Box 1:15

An Address Honoring G.C. (Jack) Hanna on the Occasion of His Receiving the Forty-Niner's Service Award, San Francisco, California 1969 January 18

Box 1:16

An Address Presented to the Bankers' Advanced Short Course of the Stanislau County Agricultural Extension Service, Modesto, California 1969 March 12

Box 1:17

"California's Agricultural Export-Import Trade," an Address at Secretary of Agriculture Clifford M. Hardin's "Listening Conference" Convention Center, Fresno, California 1969 July 9

Box 1:18

"Tapping All Sources of Profits for Farmers," an Address at the Agricultural Cooperative Council of Oregon Annual Membership Meeting, Sweetbriar Inn, Oregon 1969 December 5

Box 1:19

"Market-Oriented Production Decisions," an Address at the Northwest Food Processors Association 56th Annual Convention, Seattle, Washington 1970 January 4-6

Box 1:20

An Address at the Fifteenth Annual Tomato Day, University of California at Davis 1970 January 14

Box 1:21

"Business Citizenship of the '70's," an Address at the Agricultural Council of California 51st Annual Meeting, San Diego, California 1970 March 4

Box 1:22

Remarks to the California Farm Bureau Federation Annual Commodity Conference, Merced, California 1972 February 16

Box 1:23

A Perspective on Food Prices and Food Costs, Foodsters Luncheon 1972 September 29

Box 1:24

Statement Prepared for U.S. Tariff Commission Hearing, San Francisco 1972 October 31

Box 1:25

Remarks to the Northern California Section of the Institute of Food Technologists, Oakland, California 1972 December 7

Box 1:26

Remarks to the Statistical Quality Control Short Course for the Food Industry, University of California, Davis 1973 February 7

Box 1:27

Statement at Hearing on Proposed Processors Marketing Order for Cling Peaches, Sacramento, California 1973 March 28

Box 1:28

Remarks to the National Society of Accountants for Cooperatives 38th Annual Meeting, Disneyland, California 1973 August 23

Box 1:29

Comments - Agricultural Economics Program Under the Auspices of the Agricultural Extension Service, University of California, Being Held in Modesto and in Stockton 1973 December 12-13

Box 1:30

Comments, "Marketing Cooperatives - Bargaining Associations," National Bargaining Conference, Washington Hilton Hotel, Washington, D.C. 1974 January 13-14

Box 1:31

Statement to the Select Committee on Nutrition and Human Needs, United States Senate 1974 June 20

Box 1:32

Presentation for Graduate Institute of Cooperative Leadership, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri 1974 July 23

Box 1:33

Address at Fall Meeting of the California Dietetic Association, LeBaron Hotel, San Jose, California 1974 November 14

Box 1:34-35

"Energy, Environment, Equality - and Economics," Remarks at California Home Economics Association Convention, Oakland Hilton 1975 March 24

Box 1:36

Remarks for Meeting of the State Board of Food and Agriculture, Sacramento, California 1975 October 2

Box 1:37

Statement Prepared for United States International Trade Commission on the Investigation of the Asparagus Industry, San Francisco 1975 October 14

Box 1:38

"Industry Speaks," Remarks for National Canners Association Annual Convention, San Franscico, California 1976 January 20

Box 1:39

"Changing Role of the West in Agribusiness," Comments on Western Food Industry Conference, University of California, Davis 1976 March 30-April 1

Box 1:40

Testimony for Assembly Agriculture Committee Hearing, Turlock, California 1976 May 7

Box 1:41

Comments on 1976 National Public Policy Education Conference, Illinois Beach Lodge, Zion, Illinois 1976 September 16

Box 1:42

"Fruits for Throught," Remarks at Annual Meeting California Canning Pear Association, Sacramento, California 1977 March 9

Box 1:43

Bureaucratic Intervention, Economic Efficieny, and the Free Society: An Episode 1977 May

Box 1:44

"Drought and Its Effect on the Food Product Mix," Comments on Summer 1977 Economic Outlook Conference, Davis, California 1977 June 22

Box 1:45

Comments for National American Wholesale Grocers Association Annual Convention, San Francisco, California 1978 March 14

Box 1:46

"Base Capital Financing," National Society of Accountants for Cooperatives, 44th Annual Convention, Norfolk, Virginia 1979 August 11-17

Box 1:47

Comments on Agri-Energy Roundtable 1980, The New Orleans Hilton, New Orleans, Louisiana 1980 February 7

Box 1:48

Remarks for Central Bank for Cooperatives, 1982 Stockholders Conference, Denver, Colorado 1982 April 1

Box 1:49

Remarks at Olive Technical Conference 1982 June 24

Box 1:50

Comments on The Foodsters, the Canned Fruit Industry: Where Do We Go From Here? Reminiscences and Observations of a Living Fossil 1982 October 22

Box 1:51

"Problems and Issues in Agricultural Marketing," Remarks on Western Agricultural Economics Council Meeting, Arizona Inn, Tucson, Arizona 1984 January 5-6

Box 1:52

Comments, Notes for Wells Fargo Bank Agribusiness Seminar, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California 1984 August 28

Box 1:53

The Future of California's Canning Industry, Agriculture Outlook Seminar, University of California, Davis 1984 December 12

Box 1:54

Remarks on Tri/Valley Growers Annual Membership Meeting, Red Lion Inn, Sacramento, California 1985 November 22

Box 1:55

Sun-Maid Annual Meeting 1987 December 5

Box 1:56

Comments to The Joint Policy Council on Agriculture and Higher Education 1995 July 12

Box 1:57

Statement Concerning the Demise of Tri Valley Growers for My Family and Friends 2000 July

Box 1:58

A Look Into the Failure of Tri Valley Growers, Vegetable Crops Continuing Conference, UC Davis 2000 December 6

Box 1:59

Remarks on California's Processing Tomatoes, an Arena of Dynamic Change 2001 January 12

Box 1:60

Commonwealth Club Speech, Your Food and Mine undated


Series 3. Correspondence 1986-2006

Scope and Content Note

Arranged two subseries: Outgoing and Incoming.

Outgoing 1987-1998

Physical Description: 11 letters

Scope and Content Note

Contains a small amount of Allewelt's outgoing correspondence. Arranged alphabetically by correspondent.
Box 1:61

California Farmer 1998 September 10

Box 1:62

Coelho, Tony 1988 September 2

Box 1:63

Deukmegian, George 1987 December 10

Box 1:64

Hardy, Ed 1988 September 2

Box 1:65

Hosie, William C. 1988 September 2

Box 1:66

Kriebel, Barry 1988 July 13

Box 1:67

Morehead, Jack 1988 September 2

Box 1:68

Penner, Pete J. 1988 September 2

Box 1:69

Rominger, Evelyn 1991 October 16

Box 1:70

Schneeman, Barbara O. 1998 September 22

Box 1:71

Schneeman, Barbara O. 1998 October 15


Incoming 1986-2006

Physical Description: 9 letters

Scope and Content Note

Contains a small amount of correspondence sent to Allewelt. Arranged alphabetically by correspondent.
Box 1:72

Farrell, Kenneth R. 1987 January 16

Box 1:73

Frohman, David S. 1986 January 2

Box 1:74

Gunnerson, R.E. 1988 July 5

Box 1:75

Kendrick, James B. 1986 March 12

Box 1:76

Peltason, J.W. 1993 June 16

Box 1:77

Schneeman, Barbara O. 1998 October 9

Box 1:78

Schulak, Donald 1988 May 24

Box 1:79

Sumner, Daniel A. 2006 February 14

Box 1:80

Tri/Valley Growers 1991 August 5


Series 4. Organization Files 1962-2006

Scope and Content Note

Contains files related to organizations Allewelt was involved in. Arranged into three subseries: Sun-Diamond Growers of California, TriValley Growers, and the University of California.

Sun-Diamond Growers of California 1985-1988

Scope and Content Note

Contains reports and memos. Arranged alphabetically.
Box 1:81

Annual Report 1985

Box 1:82

Memos from Allewelt 1987-1988

Box 1:83

New York City Meeting 1985 October 23

Box 1:84

Special report 1985 December 31-1986 February 19

Box 1:85

Various reports 1985-1987


Tri/Valley Growers 1962-2004

Scope and Content Note

Contains annual reports, newsletters, and articles about Tri/Valley Growers. Arranged alphabtically by title.
Box 1:86

Annual Report 1962 1964-1969

Box 1:87

Annual Report 1972-1981

Box 1:88

Annual Report 1982-1986 1992-1993

Box 1:89

"Bankruptcy of TriValley Growers: What Went Wrong and What Can We Learn From It?" published in Agricultural and Resource Economics Update 2004 July/August

Box 1:90

The Canning of TriValley: What Went Wrong at TriValley Growers, and What Can Other Co-Ops Learn From It? undated

Box 1:91

Letter From Chairman of TriValley Board to Members 1993 September 1

Box 1:92

Newsletter 1963 February-1965 December

Box 1:93

Newsletter 1966 February-1969 October

Box 1:94

Newsletter 1969 November-1973 June

Box 1:95

Newsletter 1973 July-1979 March

Box 1:96

Newsletter 1979 June-1986 June

Box 1:97

Remarks by Travis Mullenix at Annual Membership Meeting 1985 November 22

Box 1:98

Report 1971 April 23

Box 1:99

Summary of Reports 1963

Box 1:100

TriValley Growers: 50 Years of Survival and Growth 1982

Box 1:101

TriValley Growers: History Development and Operations 1970


University of California 1995-2006

Scope and Content Note

Contains materials related to the Agricultural Issues Center and the Joint Policy Council on Agriculture and Higher Education. Arranged alphabetically.
Box 1:102

Agricultural Issues Center Advisory Board Agenda 2006 May 22

Box 1:103

Joint Policy Council on Agriculture and Higher Education 1995-1996

Box 1:104

Research materials 2006


Series 5. Printed Materials 1964-2005

Scope and Content Note

Arranged alphabetically by title.
Box 2:1

Boxed In: Conflicts Between U.S. Farm Policies and WTO Obligations by Daniel A. Sumner 2005 December 5

Box 2:2

California Canners and Growers Annual Report 1979

Box 2:3

A Harvest of Knowledge 1991 May

Box 2:4

Industrialiazation of Agriculture: Policy, Research, and Education Needs: A Symposium 1994 July

Box 2:5

The Modesto Bee 1976 July 22

Box 2:6

Reprint from Contemporary Policy Issues 1986 January

Box 2:7

A Review of the Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources of the University of California by the California Commodity Committee 1994 January

Box 2:8

Shield: A Publication of Del Monte Corporation 1980 March/April

Box 2:9

The Sunsweet Story 1967

Box 2:10

The University In Transition 1994


Series 6. Works by Others 1965-2003

Scope and Content Note

Arranged alphabetically by title.
Box 2:11

An Alternative to Cooperatives by Dean Cortopassi 1982

Box 2:12

Excerpt from Federal Marketing Orders and Commodity Group Organizations, Dissertation by William Wood 1965

Box 2:13

New Reality: Will Co-ops Rise to the Challenge bu Douglas D. Sims 2003 March 4

Box 2:14

Position Report presented to J.W. Peltason by Friends of Agricultural Extension 1994 June 7

Box 2:15

Various Articles By David J. Denkers 1996-2003

Box 2:16

The Walnut Germplasm Collection of the University of California, Davis: a Description of the Collection and a History of the Breeding Program of Eugene F. Serr and Harold I. Forde (draft) 1994

Box 2:17

The War Years... undated