The papers of the Hull and East Riding Cooperative Society were deposited in the Brynmor Jones Library in July 1972 with a second deposit arriving in July 1982 and a third deposit in December 1989. They comprise 34 Management Committee minute books (1891-1894, 1899-1939, 1952-1966); balance sheets of the Hull Cooperative Provident Company Ltd. (1858-1867); one letter book (1901-1902); minute books of the Beverley and District Cooperative Society (1899-1903, 1913-1929) and including the minute books of the Educational Committee (1901-1905, 1913-1922); sub-committee minute books for finance (1907-1915), drapery (1907-1918), grocery (1907-1916, 1922-1925), bakery (1911-1920), farm coal and stables (1911-1922); members' meetings minute books (1924-1975); quarterly reports and accounts (1894-1914, 1930-1957); half-yearly reports (1905-1912, 1930-1973); annual reports (1925-1973); Member Relations Committee minute books (1973-1982); the minute book of the Distributive Managers' meetings (1926); the minute book of the Hull Cooperative Chemists Ltd. (1944-1976); the minute book of the Market Weighton and District Cooperative Society (1962-1963); the minute book of the board of directors of the Skyline Restaurant (1964-1976); the minute book of the Cooperative Institute Committee; the minute book of the Hull Cooperative Society's Employees' Recreation, Social and Welfare Club (1925-1973); the minute book of the Hull Cooperative Employees' Mutual Aid Association (1943-1960) and the minute books of the board of directors (1966-1979). Other records in the collection include registers of officers (1954-1980) and of the education committee (1967-1980); the minute book of the sick appliance committee (1920-1940); educational handbooks (1969-1973) and several books of rules.
Papers of the Hull and East Riding Cooperative Society (And the Minute Books of the Beverley and District Cooperative Society, The Hull Cooperative Chemists Ltd. And the Market Weighton and District Cooperative Society)
Scope and Content
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 Hull and East Riding Cooperative Society was the principal cooperative society in East Yorkshire. It was founded in the 1850s, at the very beginning of the cooperative movement, and closed in the 1980s.
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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.
Other Finding Aids
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Banner, Arnold, British Cooperation: the history, principles, and organization of the British Cooperative movement (1970)
Cole, G D H, A century of Cooperation (1944)
Hall, F & Watkins, W P, Cooperation: a survey of the history, principles and organization of the cooperative movement in Great Britain and Ireland (1934)