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Guide to the Equinox Food Exchange Records ; Equinox Food Exchange Records

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Guide to the Equinox Food Exchange Records 1976-1987

Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Overview of the Collection

Title: Records
Creator: Equinox Food Exchange
Dates: 1976-1987
Quantity: 1 cubic foot
Abstract:Articles of incorporation, by-laws, minutes of meetings of the board of trustees, personnel records, policy manuals, correspondence, financial records, catalogs, and other records of a cooperative wholesale distributor for buyers and producers of natural foods in the inland Northwest.
Identification: MG348
Language: English
Repository: University of Idaho Library Special Collections and Archives
Moscow, ID 83844-2351

Scope and Content

David Cook's records concerning the Equinox Food Exchange, of which he was a founding member, were in no discernible order when received, therefore a series order was imposed during processing.

The first series consists of organizational material including articles of incorporation and by-laws, minutes of the board of trustees, personnel matters, a policy manual and financial material.

The second series contains catalogs, correspondence, information on Equinox and co-ops in general, several talks given by Cook, and course outlines and notes from a workshop given at the University Center for Cooperatives in Madison, Wisconsin, which Cook attended.


Administrative/Biographical History

The Equinox Food Exchange, Springdale, Washington, was organized in December 1976 as a cooperative association, and was reorganized in August 1983 as a miscellaneous and cooperative corporation by trustees Frank Bellinger, David W. Cook, and Sue Burbach. It served as the principal cooperative wholesale distributor for buyers and producers of natural foods in the Inland Northwest, providing deliveries from the Cascades to the Rocky Mountains. One did not have to be a member to buy from the warehouse, but members, who were also owners and provided a share of the operating capital, did receive special benefits such as a share of the profits, special discounts, and "member only" sale prices.


Subjects

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the online catalog. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

Business, Industry, and Labor
Idaho

Equinox Food Exchange

Grocery trade -- Northwest, Pacific -- History -- Sources
Natural foods industry -- Northwest, Pacific -- History -- Sources

Administrative Information

Source

The records of the Equinox Food Exchange of Springdale, Washington, were donated to the University of Idaho Library by Equinox trustee David Cook, via Bob Thyberg of Moscow, in January 1991.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I. Organizational Records 1976-1987
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1/11/1Articles of incorporation and by-laws 1976-1987 13 items
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1/21/2Minutes of Board of Trustees' meetings 1978-1985 33 items
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1/31/3Other board material 1980-1987 42 items
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1/41/4David Cook's notes on board meetings 1982-1983 1 item
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1/51/5Personnel matters 1982-1983 11 items
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1/61/6Equinox policy manual 1981, 1984 2 items
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1/7-81/7-8Financial material 1977-1987 44 items
Series II. General Material 1976-1987
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2/92/9Catalogs 1984, 1986/1987 2 items
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2/10-112/10-11Correspondence 1979-1986 53 items
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2/122/12Information on Equinox 1977-1984 27 items
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2/132/13Information on food co-ops 1978-1982 14 items
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2/142/14"Strategic marketing options for...cooperative wholesale food distribution..." undated 1 item
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2/152/15Miscellaneous manuscript notes of David Cook 1976-1983 20 items
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2/162/16Newsletters from other co-ops 1979-1985 6 items
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2/172/17Typescripts of talks given by David Cook ca. 1983 3 items
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2/18-192/18-19University Center for Cooperatives, workshop ca. 1983 8 items

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Creation: Encoded by ArchProteus2003
Language: Finding aid is in English

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