Records of the Cooperative Productive Federation

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The records of the Cooperative Productive Federation Ltd. arrived in the Brynmor Jones Library in 1971. They comprise minute books (1896-1961); minute books of the propaganda committee (1915-1919); minute books of the Cooperative Copartnership propaganda committee (1918-1960); minute books of the Cooperative Productive Federation Footwear Commodity committee (1943-1962); minute book of the Cooperative Productive Federation Footwear Ltd management committee and advisory sub-committee (1946-1954); minute book of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Centre of the Labour Association for the Promotion of Cooperative Production based on Labour Copartnership (1897-1899); minute book of the Stanton Memorial Scholarship committee (1918-1948); volumes of press cuttings (1938-1968); a visitors' book (1947-1952); a cash book (1895-1899) and a ledger (1918-1920).

Administrative / Biographical History

The cooperative movement in England had its origins in the writings of Robert Owen from the 1820s. The practical expression of his ideas came in 1844 with the foundation of the Rochdale Equitable Pioneers Society, which was fully established by the 1850s. This society opened stores and workshops and was based on the principle of working people linked together in a system of manufacturing, distributing, selling and buying goods in a way that was cooperative and would, therefore, protect their interests. The Cooperative Productive Federation was formed in 1882 to promote cooperative copartnership. It joined together 15 local cooperative productive societies with the aim of financing their productive efforts and find markets for their products. The members were mainly involved in the clothing, footwear and printing trades and operated on the basis of profit sharing.

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Originally published by Access to Archives - A2A. The data in this finding aid is in the copyright of the place of deposit.

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