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Special Collections: Guide to the Food Cooperatives Collection

Summary Information

Collection Title: Food Cooperatives Collection
Collection Number: MS 180
Dates of Collection: 1974-1985
Size of Collection: 1 box

Administrative Information

Provenance: Gift of Jay Legore of Liberty, Maine, June 15, 1998.
Access Restrictions: No restrictions
Preferred Citation: Food Cooperatives Collection, Special Collections, Raymond H. Fogler Library,
University of Maine
Copyright: Contact department for copyright information

For Additional Information:

Special Collections Department
University of Maine
5729 Fogler Library
Orono, Maine 04469-5729
(207) 581 1686

Historical/Biographical Information

Food cooperatives are organizations of individuals who get together to purchase groceries in quantity directly from the distributor, thus avoiding “retail” costs. These began to become popular in the early 1970’s and reached a peak in the 1980’s. The material in the collection reflects this.


The collection contains papers of the Friends Food Cooperative Corporation in Liberty, Maine. Included are a few records of the cooperative and its activities, newsletters from other cooperatives, and literature from cooperative living organizations


Alphabetical by topic.

Box 2531

Box 2531 f1 100 Flowers Bookstore Cooperative
Box 2531 f2 Belfast Co-op 
Box 2531 f3 Co-op Buyer’s Guide to Maine Agricultural Products - Prepared by Donna Doel and Ken Morse for the Grower-To-Co-op Linkage Project - Sponsored by the Maine Consortium for Food Self Reliance - Feb. 1980
Box 2531 f4 Coordinated Potpourri (a.k.a. Coordinated Produce)
Box 2531 f5 Data Control - A Look at the Small Firm and Appropriate Technology Programs of Control Data Corporation
Box 2531 f6 Federation of Cooperatives, Inc. (FEDCO) - Winslow, Maine
Box 2531 f7 Federation of Egalitarian Communities
Box 2531 f8 Friends Food Cooperative Corporation - Liberty, Maine
Box 2531 f9 Friends Food Cooperative Corporation - Liberty, Maine - Newsletter (Various Titles) - April 1974 - May 1983
Box 2531 f10 “Futures” for Energy Cooperatives - Prepared by the U.S. Department of Energy - Jan. 1981
Box 2531 f11 Miscellaneous
Box 2531 f12 National Consumer Cooperative Bank
Box 2531 f13 New England Co-op Conference - “Planning Promotes Prosperity” - Camp Kieve, Nobleboro, Maine - May 21 - 23, 1982
Box 2531 f14 New England Foundation for Cooperative Living (NEFCO)
Box 2531 f15 Origins and Legacies - The History of a Cooperative Movement by Cy O’Neill (Produced by the Scoop Collective)
Box 2531 f16 Periodicals - The Cultivator - Newsletter of the Federation of Cooperatives, Inc. - Jan. 1976 - May 1985 (incomplete)
Box 2531 f17 Periodicals - FEDCO Warehouse Catalog - Jul. 1984 - Apr. 1985 (incomplete)
Box 2531 f18 Periodicals - Various Titles (1975 - 1985

Finding Aids for selected manuscript collections in the Special Collections Department at Fogler Library are accessible online in URSUS, in a browsable Guide to Manuscript Collections. Please contact Special Collections at or (207) 581-1686 for further information.

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