Hanover Consumer Cooperative Society, Inc. records, 1936-2016 Rauner Manuscript MS-840

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Title:

Hanover Consumer Cooperative Society, Inc. records

Call Number:

Rauner Manuscript MS-840

Collection Dates:

1936-2016

Size of Collection:

18.5 linear ft., 27 Boxes

Abstract:

The Hanover Consumer Cooperative Society (HCCS) Records contain Board of Directors meeting minutes, Co-op News bulletins, documents related to the establishment and expansion of the Co-op, including HCCS bylaws and amendments, correspondence from New England Cooperatives, Inc., financial summaries and annual reports, as well as photographs and a scrapbook.

Access to Collection:

Unrestricted.

Use & Access

The materials represented in this guide may be accessed through the Rauner Special Collections Library at Dartmouth College. Rauner Library is located in Webster Hall. The materials must be used on-site and may not leave Rauner Library.

Rauner Special Collections Library is open to the public and in most cases no appointment is necessary. The exception is in the case of materials stored off site for which there may be a delay of up to 48 hours in retrieval. Please consult the Access to Collection statement below or contact Rauner Reference.

Conditions Governing Access

Unrestricted.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission from Dartmouth College required for publication or reproduction.

Introduction to the Collection

The Hanover Consumer Cooperative Society Records contain Board of Directors meeting minutes from 1936-2013; Co-op News bulletins from 1930s-2012; and historical documents related to the establishment and expansion of the Co-op. Key documents include HCCS bylaws and amendments, correspondence from New England Cooperatives, Inc. (their supplier organization), financial summaries, annual reports from the Co-op's executive board (for 1966-1970, 1990-2001), and documents related to the sale of the Co-op's land in Norwich, VT in the early 2000s. Photographs of members, directors, employees, departments and activities as well as a scrapbook with early correspondence and documents are also included.

Introduction

In January, 1936, 17 charter members founded the Hanover Consumer's Club, acting on a series of discussions begun in December, 1935. The first executive committee of the Hanover Consumer's Club consisted of Roy Chamberlin (President), Helen Morse (Vice-President), Charles Bagley (Secretary), Roger Bristol (Treasurer), and Elliott White (Business Manager). Initially, the Hanover Consumer's Club functioned as a "buying club," purchasing potatoes, oranges, and maple syrup in large quantities and selling them to members at cost, as well as obtaining discounted gas, oil, and coal. The Hanover Consumer's Club was incorporated in 1937, as the Hanover Consumer Cooperative Society. The first Co-op store was located in a basement on Main Street, under what is now Eastman's Drug Store. After a few years, it moved to the current site of the Dartmouth Bookstore. In 1963, in response to parking problems, it moved to its present location at the intersection of South Park and Lebanon Streets. In 1985, it bought the Mobil gas station on South Park Street and turned it into the Co-op Service Center. In 1995, it built a second Service Center on Lyme Road. In 1997, in response to overcrowding at its Hanover store, the Co-op added a second grocery store in Lebanon. In May 1999, the Co-op transformed the Lyme Road Service Center into a combination gas station / convenience store, renaming it the Co-op Community Food Market.

Series, Box & Folder List

Series: 1, Series: 1, 1936-2008

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Box: 1, 1936-1989

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted

Board of Directors Meeting Minutes (1936-1942, 1945, 1961-1965 1965-1989), organized by year

Box: 2, 1990-1997

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted

Board of Directors Meeting Minutes (1990-1997), organized by year

Box: 3, 1998-2003

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted

Board of Directors Meeting Minutes (1998-2003), organized by year

Box: 4, 2004-2008

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted

Board of Directors Meeting Minutes (2004-2008), organized by year

Box: 5, 1935-2000

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Historical Documents, 1935-1960s

    Use Restrictions

    Unrestricted

  • Folder: 2, HCCS Bylaws, 1937-1995

    Use Restrictions

    Unrestricted

  • Folder: 3, New England Cooperatives, Inc., 1952-1963

    Use Restrictions

    Unrestricted

  • Folder: 4, Financial Summaries, 1939-1970

    Use Restrictions

    Unrestricted

  • Folder: 5, Annual Reports, 1966-1970

    Use Restrictions

    Unrestricted

  • Folder: 6, Annual Reports, 1990-1999

    Use Restrictions

    Unrestricted

  • Folder: 7, Annual Reports, 2000-2001

    Use Restrictions

    Unrestricted

  • Folder: 8, Exec-U-Phones System Proposal, 1971

    Use Restrictions

    Unrestricted

  • Folder: 9, Norwich Land Discussion w/ 6 Tapes, 1999-2000

    Use Restrictions

    Unrestricted

  • Folder: 10, Clippings, 1947-1997

Box: 6, 1930s-1965

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted

Co-op News (1930s-1965); The Cooperator (1947)

Box: 7, 1966-1980

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted

Co-op News (1966-1980)

Box: 8, 1980-1995

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted

Co-op News (1980-1995); The Co-op Informer (1994)

Box: 9, 1960s-2003

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted

Co-op News (1996-2003); Miscellaneous, (1960s-1990s)

Box: 10, 2009

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted

Contains 2009 board of directors meeting minutes and annual report. Also contains coop publications for 2009.

Box: 11, 1950s-1990s

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted

Financial statements; Board of Director Meeting minutes; Publication and publicity materials; Manager reports; Business Committee minutes; Legal papers; Historical data; By-Laws Society; Committee organization.

Series: 2, Addendum, 1937-2011

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Contains financial and administrative information as well as two conceptual drawings of the proposed store in Hanover, NH.

Box: 12, 1937-2011

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Stock Certificates, 1937-1963
  • Folder: 2, Audit Report, April, 1937
  • Folder: 3, First Articles of Agreement, undated
  • Folder: 4, Audit Report, 1950
  • Folder: 5, Financial Information, 1952-1954
  • Folder: 6, Audit Report, 1959
  • Folder: 7, Audit Report, 1960
  • Folder: 8, Balance Sheets, 1961-1963
  • Folder: 9, Board of Directors Names and Addresses, 1971-1985
  • Folder: 10, State Liquor Commission, 1973-1976
  • Folder: 11, Promissory Note, Palla Hazan, Mortgage, 1974-1982
  • Folder: 12, 5-Year Planning Group, 1980s
  • Folder: 13, Norwich, VT, land use, 1981-1994
  • Folder: 14, "The Communicator" newsletter, January, 2011
  • Folder: 15, Drawings of proposed Co-Op food store in Hanover, NH, undated

Series: 3, Addendum II, 1970-2013

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Contains monthly board of directors meeting minutes, 2010-2013; individual issues of the "Co-op News"; audio cassette tapes of "The Way to Eat" lecture series, and financial ledgers 1960s-1980's.

Box: 13, 2010-2013

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Contains monthly board of directors meeting minutes, 2010-2013; individual issues of the "Co-op News"; audio cassette tapes of "The Way to Eat" lecture series; two mugs with logo; stickers and other ephemera

Box: 14, 1960-1983

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Ledgers

Box: 15, 1969-1976

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Ledgers

Box: 16, 1948-1973

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Ledgers

Box: 17, 1973-1975

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Ledgers

Box: 18, 1975-1983

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Ledgers

Box: 19, 1973-1989

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Ledgers

Box: 20, 1960-1974

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Ledgers

Series: Addendum III, 1990-2015

Box: 21, 1990-2014

Contains donation (Giving) records, 1990-2001; "Co-Op News," newsletters, 1999-2014; Board Meeting Minutes, 2013-2014

Box: 22, 1955-2015

Board Meeting Minutes, 2014-2015; Co-op Newsletter, 1955-1964; Norwich Land, 1973-2000; National Bank Pilot Project, Garden Energy Center, 1981-1982; Food Boycotts

Series: Photographs, circa 1961-2009

Contains photographs and some negatives of members, employees, directors, departments and activities related to the the co-op stores in Lebanon and Hanover.

Box: 23, circa 1980s-2001

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Agriculture, undated
  • Folder: 2, Board Function, undated
  • Folder: 3, Boggy Meadow Farms, 1998
  • Folder: 4, CABOT, undated
  • Folder: 5, Case Lot Sale, 1992
  • Folder: 6, Community, undated
  • Folder: 7, Composting, undated
  • Folder: 8, Cooking Classes, undated
  • Folder: 9, Cooking Classes Promo Shots, undated
  • Folder: 10, Demos, undated
  • Folder: 11, Ecology/Recycling, undated
  • Folder: 12, Education Activities, undated
  • Folder: 13, Election, undated
  • Folder: 14, Events, undated
  • Folder: 15, Farmer's Market, undated
  • Folder: 16, Floral Garden Shop/Hanover, undated
  • Folder: 17, Front End Hanover Store, undated
  • Folder: 18, Halloween, undated
  • Folder: 19, Hanover Fest Lebanon Store, undated
  • Folder: 20, Harvest Festival , 2001
  • Folder: 21, Healthcare, undated
  • Folder: 22, Host of CCMA, circa 1991
  • Folder: 23, Infant Seat Inspection, 1995
  • Folder: 24, Job Shadow, undated
  • Folder: 25, Light Box Negatives, undated
  • Folder: 26, Luna Bleu, undated
  • Folder: 27, Mardi Gras, undated
  • Folder: 28, Mural, circa 1993
  • Folder: 29, Nutrition and Food Safety, undated
  • Folder: 30, Open Forum, 1992
  • Folder: 31, Rainforest, undated
  • Folder: 32, Recycling, undated
  • Folder: 33, Scholarships/Grants, undated
  • Folder: 34, Shopping, undated
  • Folder: 35, Training , QC, PITS, undated
  • Folder: 36, Volunteers, undated
  • Folder: 37, Weed Walk, 1997
  • Folder: 38, Wine and Cheese Tasting, 1991
  • Folder: 39, Dairy, 1984
  • Folder: 40, Dairy Days, 1980s
  • Folder: 41, Dairy Day, undated
  • Folder: 42, Dairy Day, 1991
  • Folder: 43, Dairy Day, 1992
  • Folder: 44, Dairy Day, 1993
  • Folder: 45, Dairy Day Hanover Store, undated
  • Folder: 46, Dairy Day Lebanon Store, 2000
  • Folder: 48, Dairy Day, 2001
  • Folder: 47, Dairy Day, 2000
  • Folder: 49, Miscellaneous events, undated
  • Folder: 50, Co-op Shopping Bags, undated
  • Folder: 51, Suggestion Box, undated

Box: 24, circa 1982-1995

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Miscellaneous photographs, 1982
  • Folder: 2, Miscellaneous photographs, 1983
  • Folder: 3, Miscellaneous photographs, 1984
  • Folder: 4, Miscellaneous photographs, 1985
  • Folder: 5, Miscellaneous photographs, 1986
  • Folder: 6, Accounting Staff, undated
  • Folder: 7, Past Board Members, undated
  • Folder: 8, Past Board Members, undated
  • Folder: 9, Back Room/Birthday Employees, undated
  • Folder: 10, Board of Directors and Managers, undated
  • Folder: 11, Meat Department Employees, undated
  • Folder: 12, Produce Employees, Hanover Store, undated
  • Folder: 13, Employees, undated
  • Folder: 14, Employees, undated
  • Folder: 15, Employees, undated
  • Folder: 16, Employees, undated
  • Folder: 17, Employees, retired, undated
  • Folder: 18, Employee party at Piere's Inn, undated
  • Folder: 19, Employees Deli, Hanover Store, undated
  • Folder: 20, Board Candidates, undated
  • Folder: 21, Candidates, 1984-1986
  • Folder: 22, Candidates, 1985
  • Folder: 23, Staff Hanover Store, undated
  • Folder: 24, Miscellaneous Members, undated
  • Folder: 25, Member Meetings, undated
  • Folder: 26, Member Meetings, 1994-1995
  • Folder: 27, Member Picnic, 1992
  • Folder: 28, Miscellaneous, undated
  • Folder: 29, Miscellaneous, undated

Box: 25, circa 1961-2009

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, 33 Main Street, circa 1985
  • Folder: 2, 25th Anniversary, 1961
  • Folder: 3, 50th Anniversay, 1986
  • Folder: 4, Photographs used in the Annual Report, 1985
  • Folder: 5, Photographs used in the Annual Report, 1986
  • Folder: 6, Photographs not used in the Annual Report, 1986-1987
  • Folder: 7, Photographs used in the Annual Report, 1987
  • Folder: 8, Annual Meeting, undated
  • Folder: 9, Annual Meeting, 1992
  • Folder: 10, Annual Meeting, 1996-1997
  • Folder: 11, Valley News, insert, 1986
  • Folder: 12, Co-op News, 1986
  • Folder: 13, Co-op, 1987
  • Folder: 14, Co-op News, 1987
  • Folder: 15, Co-op News, 1988
  • Folder: 16, Terry Appleby, undated
  • Folder: 17, Margaret Dye, undated
  • Folder: 18, Arthur Gerstenberger, undated
  • Folder: 19, Bob Hayes, Lebanon Store Manager, undated
  • Folder: 20, DC Pres. Kim, 2009
  • Folder: 21, Joe LaDoucer, 1997
  • Folder: 22, David Thompson speaking about Cesar Chavez, undated
  • Folder: 23, Construction Hanover Store, 1994
  • Folder: 24, Hanover Store, undated
  • Folder: 25, Store Construction, 1985-1986
  • Folder: 26, Service Desk, Hanover Store, undated
  • Folder: 27, Lebanon Store, set up and first day, undated
  • Folder: 28, Lebanon Store, undated
  • Folder: 29, Lebanon Store, Arrowstreet, undated
  • Folder: 30, Lebanon Store, Info Meeting, undated
  • Folder: 31, Grand Opening, undated
  • Folder: 32, South Royalton, VT Co-op, undated
  • Folder: 33, Co-ops around the wold, undated
  • Folder: 34, Gardens, undated
  • Folder: 35, Community Garden , circa 1999
  • Folder: 36, Community Garden, undated
  • Folder: 37, Community Garden Volunteers, undated
  • Folder: 38, Cars, undated
  • Folder: 39, General CFS and Service Center, 1996
  • Folder: 40, Service Center, Customer Appreciation, 2000
  • Folder: 41, Service Center, undated
  • Folder: 42, Service Center, New Pumps, undated
  • Folder: 43, Miscellaneous negatives, 1990-1994
  • Folder: 44, Miscellaneous photos, undated
  • Folder: 45, Miscellaneous kids, undated

Series: Scrapbook, circa 1948-1961

Contains a scrapbook with correspondence, clippings, bulletins and meeting minutes documenting the ealy years of the Co-op.

Box: 26, circa 1948-1961

Scrapbook with correspondence, bulletins and clippings

Series: Addendum IV, 2005-2016

Contains correspondence with members, newspaper clippings regarding personnel issues, public image, credibility and good will, board meeting minutes, audit/tax information, listing of past board members and the publication "Better Eating For Life," by Mary Saucer Choate.

Box: 27, 2005-2016

Contains Board Meeting Minutes (March 2015-March 2016); Correspondence, including member correspondence (2009-2016); Communications including clippings, brochures and flyers (1995-1996 and 2013-2015); Clippings and correspondence re. non-confidential personnel issues (2014-2015); Audit/Tax Presentation (2016); "Better Eating For Life," by Mary Saucer Choate; Print-Out of list of board members by year.

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