Guide to the Records of the Colorado Potato Growers Exchange

Prepared by Colleen McCorkell
Colorado State University, Colorado Agricultural Archive
Copyright 2006 Colorado State University. All rights reserved.
Finding aid encoded in EAD Version 2002 by Holley R. Lange, 2006.
Creator: Colorado Potato Growers Exchange
Title: Records of the Colorado Potato Growers Exchange
Dates: 1923-1981
Quantity: 14.75 linear feet
Identification: ACPG
Abstract: The Colorado Potato Growers Exchange (CPGE) was formed in 1923 to eliminate speculation and waste in the marketing of potatoes. Twenty separate groups banded together as a central statewide selling agency. The CPGE stabilized the potato market so effectively that it later added onions (1928) and pinto beans (1968) to its operations. The CPGE was the first statewide co-operative formed on a commodity basis. The majority of the records are minutes of the executive committee, copies of the newsletter, The Colorado Potato Grower, and several boxes of stock certificates for the Potato Warehousing Corporation.
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Fax: 970-491-1195
Email: Archives and Special Collections
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Not all of the material in the collection is in the public domain. Researchers are responsible for addressing copyright issues.
This collection is indexed under the following headings in the Colorado State University Libraries online catalog. Researchers seeking materials about related subjects, persons, organizations, or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Subjects:
  • Potatoes -- Colorado.
  • Potato industry -- Colorado.
Organizations:
  • Colorado Potato Growers Exchange.
  • Colorado Potato Warehousing Corp.
Occupations:
  • Potato growers -- Colorado.
Special Document Types:
  • Photographs.
The Colorado Potato Growers Exchange (CPGE) was formed in 1923 to eliminate speculation and waste in the marketing of potatoes. Twenty separate groups banded together as a central statewide selling agency. The CPGE stabilized the potato market so effectively that it later added onions (1928) and pinto beans (1968) to its operations. The CPGE was the first statewide co-operative formed on a commodity basis. The Colorado Potato Warehousing Corporation was organized in June 1925 as a subsidiary of the Exchange and was responsible for warehouses used for grading, packing, and some storage, seed farms, and by-products plants.
The Records of the Colorado Potato Growers Exchange consists of documents dated 1923 to 1981. The majority of the records are minutes of the executive committee, copies of the newsletter, The Colorado Potato Grower, and several boxes of stock certificates for the Potato Warehousing Corporation. The minutes and newsletters reflect the policies and direction of the organization over the years.
Preferred Citation

Records of the Colorado Potato Growers Exchange, Colorado Agricultural Archive, Colorado State University.

Acquisition

The Records of the Colorado Potato Growers Exchange was acquired for the Colorado Agricultural Records Project in 1981. The collection was received by the Libraries in 2004.

Processing

Processing was completed in April 2006. Materials were refoldered. Evidence of mold was found on certain items and those were cleaned by the Libraries' Preservation Services Department, with some of the bound certificate volumes being unbound in order to assure mold removal.

Note: Title information supplied by the archivist is bracketed. Two identical copies of the same item are indicated by the phrase "2 copies" at the end of the entry, following the number of pages of each copy.

Series 1: Agreement, by-laws, and minutes, 1923-1965 (2.25 linear feet)

This series consists of one agreement, bylaws, and minutes of the Executive Committee and members/trustees. These are in chronological order within grouping.
Box Folder
1 1 Colorado Potato Growers Exchange Agreement. 1923 July 31. 9pp.
1 2 By-laws of Colorado Potato Growers Exchange. 1923 July. 25pp.
Preliminary draft, signed by 94 individuals.
1 3 By-laws of Colorado Potato Growers Exchange. undated. 10pp.
1 Minutes of the Executive Committee meeting of the Colorado Potato Growers Exchange.
1 4 July 11, 1923-Sept. 13, 1924. e100pp.
1 5 Nov. 6, 1924-Feb. 8, 1927. e120pp.
1 6 March 9, 1927-Dec. 10-11, 1931. e140pp.
1 7 Jan. 15-16, 1932-Dec. 8, 1939. e160pp.
1 8 Jan. 17, 1940-Dec. 13, 1948. e210pp.
1 9 Jan. 10, 1949-Dec. 12, 1955. e210pp.
1 10 Jan. 9, 1956-May 2, 1960. e130pp.
1 Minutes of the Executive Committee meeting of the Colorado Potato Warehousing Corporation.
1 11 June 4, 1925-Oct. 7, 1931. e130pp.
1 12 May 16, 1932-May 16, 1938. e180pp.
1 13 May 9, 1929-April 11, 1955. e180pp.
1 Minutes of the members meeting of Colorado Potato Growers Exchange.
1 14 June 5, 1928 (special meeting); June 4, 1929. 6pp.
Minutes of the annual meeting of members and trustees, Colorado Potato Growers Exchange.
1 15 June 14-15, 1949-June 8 and 9, 1954. e160pp.
1 16 June 14-15, 1955-July 24-25, 1956. e140pp.
1 Minutes of the trustees of Colorado Potato Growers Exchange.
1 17 December 4-5, 1923-June 3-5, 1924. e160pp.
1 18 January 16-17, 1925-June 5-6, 1928. e120pp.
1 19 June 4-5, 1929-June 14-15, 1932. e110pp.
1 20 June 13-14, 1933-Aug. 6-7, 1940. e120pp.
2 1 Aug. 5-6, 1941-June 8-9, 1948. e160pp.
2 2 July 9-10, 1957-July 8-9, 1958. e130pp.
2 3 July 14-15, 1959-July 19-20, 1960. e130pp.
2 4 July 11-12, 1961-Aug. 28, 1961. e110pp.
2 5 July 10-11, 1962-July 9-10, 1963. e170pp.
2 6 July 14-15, 1964-July 13-14, 1965. e160pp.


Series 2: Financial records, 1923-1966 (10.5 linear feet)

This series contains many single items accompanied by the Potato Warehouse Corporation stock certificates, complete audit and financial reports from 1923-1966 and grower's ledgers from 1924-1927 in chronological order.
Box Folder
2 7 Stock certificates, receipts, assignments and related correspondence. 1927-1946. 114pp.
2 Certificate for Series A stock of Colorado Potato Warehousing Corporation.
2 8 Stocks 101-199. 1928 April-1955 April.
2 Certificate for Series AA (Galeton) stock of Colorado Potato Warehousing Corporation.
2 9 Stocks 1-75. 1928 March-1932 August.
2 10 Stocks 76-150. 1932 August-1935 July.
2 Certificate for Series B (Harper) stock of Colorado Potato Warehousing Corporation.
2 11 Stocks 1-75. 1927 April-1929 April.
2 12 Stocks 154-227. 1930 January-1955 April.
2 Certificate for Series BB (Gill) stock of Colorado Potato Warehousing Corporation.
2 13 Stocks 1-74. 1930 April-1935 July.
2 Certificate for Series C (Dunul) stock of Colorado Potato Warehousing Corporation.
2 14 Stocks 1-100. 1928 March-1929 June.
2 15 Stocks 101-200. 1929 June-1932 August.
2 16 Stocks 201-306. 1932 August-1936 August.
3 1 Stocks 307-440. 1936 August-1955 April.
3 Certificate for Series CC (Ault) stock of Colorado Potato Warehousing Corporation.
3 2 Stocks 1-75. 1930 February-1935 May.
3 3 Stocks 76-140. 1935 May.
3 Certificate for Series D (Ansel) stock of Colorado Potato Warehousing Corporation.
3 4 Stocks 1-75. 1928 March-1930 February.
3 5 Stocks 76-150. 1930 February-1930 October.
3 Certificate for Series E (Center) stock of Colorado Potato Warehousing Corporation.
3 6 Stocks 1-100. 1927 April-1928 April.
3 7 Stocks 101-200. 1928 April-1929 March.
3 8 Stocks 201-304. 1929 March-1930 February.
3 9 Stocks 305-404. 1930 February-1930 October.
3 10 Stocks 405-503. 1930 October-1932 August.
3 11 Stocks 504-604. 1932 August-1935 May.
3 12 Stocks 605-805. 1935 May-1955 April.
3 Certificate for Series F (Monte Vista) stock of Colorado Potato Warehousing Corporation.
3 13 Stocks 1-100. 1927 April-1928 April.
4 1 Stocks 101-200. 1928 April-1929 June.
4 2 Stocks 201-300. 1929 June-1930 February.
4 3 Stocks 204-403. 1930 February-1931 April.
4 4 Stocks 404-497. 1931 April-1932 August.
4 5 Stocks 498-611. 1932 August-1955 May.
4 Certificate for Series G (La Jara) stock of Colorado Potato Warehousing Corporation.
4 6 Stocks 66-132. 1929 June-1930 December.
4 7 Stocks 133-231. 1932 July-1955 April.
4 Certificate for Series H (Carmel) stock of Colorado Potato Warehousing Corporation.
4 8 Stocks 1-75. 1930 February-1932 August.
4 9 Stocks 76-150. 1933 July-1938 April.
4 Certificate for Series J (Mosca) stock of Colorado Potato Warehousing Corporation.
4 10 Stocks 1-75. 1930 February-1935 July.
4 11 Stocks 76-148. 1935 July-1936 August.
4 Certificate for Series L (Bostwick Park) stock of Colorado Potato Warehousing Corporation.
4 12 Stocks 1-102. 1927 April-1930 October.
4 13 Stocks 103-201. 1930 October.
5 Certificate for Series M (Olathe) stock of Colorado Potato Warehousing Corporation.
5 1 Stocks 1-100. 1927 April.
5 2 Stocks 101-200. 1927 April-1928 April.
5 3 Stocks 201-302. 1928 April-1929 June.
5 4 Stocks 303-402. 1929 June-1930 March.
5 5 Stocks 403-502. 1930 March-1930 December.
5 6 Stocks 503-604. 1930 December-1932 September.
5 7 Stocks 605-742. 1932 September-1944 April.
5 Certificate for Series R (Montrose) stock of Colorado Potato Warehousing Corporation.
5 8 Stocks 1-100. 1930 February.
5 9 Stocks 101-200. 1930 February-1930 December.
5 10 Stocks 201-300. 1930 December.
5 11 Stocks 301-394. 1930 December-1932 September.
5 12 Stocks 395-619. 1932 September-1935 August.
6 1 Stocks 620-820. 1935 August-1936 August.
6 2 Stocks 821-1021. 1936 August.
6 3 Stocks 1022-1181. 1936 August-1955 April.
6 Certificate for Series S (Roe) stock of Colorado Potato Warehousing Corporation.
6 4 Stocks 1-100. 1935 August.
6 5-12 Shipping records, growers' and financial ledgers, Olathe, Colorado. 1924-1929.
7 1-7 Shipping records, growers' and financial ledgers, Montrose, Colorado. 1924-1927.
7 Colorado Potato Growers Exchange, auditor's report.
7 8 July 1, 1928-June 30, 1929. e30pp.
7 9 Year ended June 30, 1930. e60pp.
7 10 July 1, 1930-June 30, 1931. e60pp.
7 11 July 1, 1932-June 30, 1933. 16pp.
7 12 July 1, 1933-June 30, 1934. 13pp.
7 13 July 1, 1934-June 30, 1935. 14pp.
7 14 July 1, 1935-June 30, 1936. 16pp.
7 15 July 1, 1936-June 30, 1937. 17pp.
7 16 July 1, 1937-June 30, 1938. 18pp.
7 17 July 1, 1938-June 30, 1939. 22pp.
7 18 July 1, 1939-June 30, 1940. 23pp.
7 19 July 1, 1940-June 30, 1941. 23pp.
7 20 July 1, 1941-June 30, 1942. 22pp.
7 21 July 1, 1942-June 30, 1943. 22pp.
7 22 July 1, 1943-June 30, 1944. 21pp.
7 23 July 1, 1944-May 31, 1945. 21pp.
7 24 July 1, 1945-June 30, 1946. 21pp.
7 25 July 1, 1946-May 17, 1947. 21pp.
7 26 July 1, 1947-May 15, 1948. 21pp.
7 27 July 1, 1948-May 21, 1949. 21pp.
7 28 July 1, 1949-May 15, 1950. 20pp.
7 29 July 1, 1951-May 15, 1952. 18pp.
7 30 July 1, 1952-May 15, 1953. 20pp.
7 31 Year ended June 30, 1954. 20pp.
7 32 July 1, 1953-May 15, 1954. 19pp. 2 copies
7 33 July 1, 1954-May 21, 1955. 18pp. 2 copies
7 Financial assessment.
7 34 July 1, 1923-February 29, 1924. e60pp.
7 35 July 1, 1923-July 10, 1924. e30pp.
7 36 July 11, 1924-June 30, 1925. 13pp.
8 1 July 1, 1925-June 30, 1926. 14pp.
8 2 July 1, 1926-June 30, 1927. 19pp.
8 3 July 1, 1926-June 30, 1927. 20pp.
8 4 July 1, 1927-June 30, 1928. e30pp.
8 5 July 1, 1931-June 30, 1932. 19pp.
8 Financial statement and operating statements.
8 6 Year ending May 31, 1958. e120pp.
8 7 Year ending May 31, 1959. e30pp.
8 Report on audit of cash receipts and disbursements.
8 8 July 1, 1946-June 30, 1947. 3pp.
8 Report on examination of financial records.
8 9 Year ended June 30, 1949. e30pp.
8 10 Year ended June 30, 1950. 23pp.
8 11 Year ended June 30, 1951. 24pp.
8 Statement of financial condition.
8 12 May 31, 1938. e30pp.
8 13 August 1955-June 1956. e60pp.
8 14 August 31, 1956-April 30, 1957. e60pp.
8 15 August 31, 1957-April 30, 1958. e60pp.
8 Colorado Potato Growers Exchange and Member Associations, report on examination of financial records.
8 16 Year ended June 30, 1952. e120pp.
8 17 Year ended June 30, 1953. e180pp.
8 18 Year ended June 30, 1954. e120pp.
8 19 Year ended June 30, 1955. e180pp.
8 20 Year ended May 31, 1956. e240pp.
8 21 Year ended May 31, 1957. e240pp.
8 22 Year ended May 31, 1958. e240pp.
8 23 Year ending May 31, 1959. e120pp.
8 24 Year ended May 31, 1960. e240pp.
9 1 Year ended May 31, 1961. e240pp.
9 2 Year ended May 31, 1962. e240pp.
9 3 Year ended May 31, 1963. e240pp.
9 4 Year ended May 31, 1964. e180pp.
9 5 Year ended May 31, 1965. e180pp.
9 6 Year ended May 31, 1966. e180pp.


Series 3: General files, 1928-1981 (0.5 linear feet)

This series contains an address listing of members, sales reports, Western Union codes and other items that did not belong in the previous three series. These are arranged alphabetically by subject.
Box Folder
11 1 Colorado Potato Growers Exchange address listing. 1981 June 23. 106pp. Oversized
9 7 Disbanded associations [correspondence]. 1944-1957. 54pp.
9 8 Marketing contract of cooperative association, a member of Colorado Potato Growers Exchange. undated. 10pp.
9 9 National Potato Promotion Board, facts about the potato research and promotion plan. undated. 8pp.
9 10 The Olathe Criterion, v.57, no. 27. 1961 August 4. 8pp.
9 11 Olathe Potato Growers' Co-operative Association, bean account. Year ending May 31, 1961. 4pp.
9 12 Platteville Potato Association, Inc., member's marketing agreement, by-laws. undated. 8pp.
9 13 Sales report, 1927 crop. 1927-1928. e28pp.
9 14 Western Union codes [and miscellaneous messages]. 1928-1930.


Series 4: Visual materials, 1931-1980 (0.5 linear feet)

This series contains photographs dated between 1931 and 1980, primarily of people, with many of them identified.
Box Folder
11 2 Colorado Potato Growers Exchange annual meeting. 1931 June 9. 1 oversized photograph
11 3 Commemorative 50 years, 1923-1973. 1973. 4 copies, oversized
9 15 Photographs. 1966-1980. 34 photographs of individuals and groups of people


Series 5: Newsletters, 1923-1981 (1 linear foot)

This series consists of The Colorado Potato Grower, the organization's newsletter, arranged chronologically.
Box Folder
9 Colorado Potato Grower: Official Organ of Colorado Potato Grower's Association.
Volume numbering is irregular. The original volume and number scheme is retained even though it contains discrepancies.
9 16 v.1, no.1-v.26, no.6 (December 1923-December 1948). Bound volume
9 17 v.1, no.1 (June 1923).
9 18 v.16, no. 7-v.30, no. 12 (January 1949-June 1953).
9 19 v.31, no.1-v.34, no.12 (July 1953-June 1957).
9 20 v.35, no.1-v.38, no.12 (July 1957-June 1961).
9 21 v.39, no.1-v.41, no.12 (July 1961-June 1964).
10 1 v.62, no. 1-v.65, no.12 (July 1964-June 1967).
Volume numbering error, with XLII (42) written as LXII (62). Also, July 1965 is v.63, no.1, Aug. 1965 is v.64, no.2.
10 2 v.66, no.1-v.67, no.12 (July 1967-June 1969).
Vol. 67 October and December are both #4.
10 3 v.68, no.1-v.70, no. 12 (July 1969-June 1972).
10 4 v.71, no.1-v.74, no.12 (July 1972-June 1976).
10 5 v.53, no.1-v.55, no. 12 (July 1976-June 1979).
Change in volume numbering.
10 6 v.56, no.1-v.57, no.9, v.58, no.10 (July 1979-March 1981, April 1981).