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Fonds AM310 - Fraser Valley Milk Producers' Association fonds

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Fraser Valley Milk Producers' Association fonds

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  • 1901-1978, 1981 (Creation)
    Fraser Valley Milk Producers' Association

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13 m of textual records and other materials

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The Fraser Valley Milk Producers' Association was organized by farmers to protect the price of milk. It was granted its charter in 1913. For the next four years, the FVMPA struggled to establish itself as a cooperative bargaining power in the Valley. Twenty-two locals were organized across the Valley. In 1919, the Association purchased manufacturing plants and a milk company in the area. In 1920, the firm acquired another milk company and a condensery. In 1923 the FVMPA became the first Canadian dairy to establish a quality control laboratory and to employ a bacteriologist. In 1943, the Association established Dairyland dairies. As a result of a secure and growing market, the FVMPA was able to open a modern plant in Burnaby in 1964.

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The fonds contains minutes, milk agreements, membership records, financial papers, published records, ledgers, a membership index, manuals of operation, pamphlets, historical manuscripts and ephemera, speeches by Dan Nicholson (President of the Association), papers relating to the British Columbia Royal Commission on Milk (1954-1955), and transcripts of interviews with pioneers. Also included are scrapbooks, audio tapes of annual meetings, and photographs. The fonds also includes records of Royal Dairies Limited (originally Young Hoy Limited). Photographs in the fonds depict the construction of the Burnaby plant (1962-1963) and various photographs pertaining to the Association and the Fraser Valley in general. The fonds is arranged into 23 series.

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Includes: 13 m of textual records, 14 audio reels, 6 audio cassettes, ca. 1200 photographs, 5 posters.

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The bulk of the material presently held was presented by Mr. Tom Lowe of Dairyland in 1974. Additional materials were received from Garth Green on behalf of the Association in 1979, and from John Kesselman in 1986. The five oversize posters were donated by the Langley Centennial Museum in 1985.


Includes records from separate accruals formerly identified and described as AM310 and AM702. These descriptions have been amalgameted into a single fonds; citations for these records should use only AM310.

Photographs in this fonds have been assigned the prefix CVA 524.

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