Held AtGloucestershire Archives
Alt Ref NoD2754
TitleGloucester and Severnside Co-operative Society and predecessor societies in Gloucestershire
DescriptionMinutes 1860-1899; accounts 1861-1911; Co-operative News 1875-1881; histories 1910, 1960; (accession 10010) photographs of Co-op stores and events including carnivals, openings of stores, fashion shows, demonstrations and promotions, employees at work and at dinners and parties, shop window displays etc, mostly 1960s; promotional material including leaflets and posters, 1960s; employee pension fund booklets, 1938, 1970; minutes of Education Council, 1965-1991; annual reports and accounts, 1981, 1985-1988; minutes of committee meetings, 1924-1944; minutes of Gloucester Co-operative Voluntary Party 1956-1959; Co-op publications on history and principles of movement, 1881-1989; Education Committee magazines, 1948; handbook for Co-op educationalists, [1960s]; (accession 12693) records of various co-operative societies and branches in Gloucestershire including: Cainscross and Ebley 1868-1977; Cinderford 1883-1972; Dursley 1891-1896; Gloucester 1860s-1980s; Gloucester and Severnside 1979-1987; Lydney 1897-1968; Stroud 1900-1959; (accession 13025) records of various co-operative societies and branches in Gloucestershire including: Cainscross and Ebley 1902-c.1960; Gloucester 1885-c.1990; Mid-Counties 2010; Co-operative Women's Guild 1961, Hucclecote branch 1976-1993, Cheltenham St Mark's branch 1936-1980
NotesThe catalogue was completed in 2013 thanks to a donation from The Midcounties Co-operative Limited. For further information see http://www.midcounties.coop/About-Us/Our-Heritage
Admin HistoryThe records in this collection cover seven Cooperative Societies for the period 1860 - 1993, and include minutes and records relating to membership and trading (D2754/1 -7). These Societies are all predecessors of the Midcounties Cooperative Society; details of the mergers and amalgamations are included in the description for each Society. There are also records of nine Gloucestershire branches of the (national) Cooperative Women's Guild, including minutes of branch meetings and records of branch activities, 1906 - 1998 (D2754/8) together with one item relating to the Cooperative Men's Guild (1936 - 1938; D2754/9). Other records in the collection include some relating to the Cooperative [political] Party, 1918 - 1970 (D2754/10/1) and training materials and publications produced by the Cooperative Wholesale Society 1882 - c. 1978 (D2754/11/1) and Cooperative Retail Society 1988 - 1991 (D2754/11/4).

A small quantity of photographs, including portraits of Board members and other formal subjects are included. A larger quantity of informal photographs, mainly relating to the Gloucester and Gloucester and Severnside Cooperative Societies in the mid twentieth century, have not yet been catalogued (Accession 10010). (August 2013)
Custodial HistoryDeposited by Midcounties Co-operative Ltd except accession 10010 which was given by Mr D Hamilton
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