We launched our digitization project in the autumn of 2012 with the support of Saskatchewan History Online (SHO), an organization that is helping to increase the availability of free online access to the province’s cultural and historical record. SHO assisted us not only with digitization, but also with creating online exhibits that will reach a global audience.
In the summer of 2013, we received funding for a summer student — Jaime Nicklas — who scanned hundreds of photographs, slides, and pamphlets, converted audio and video materials, created standardized descriptive data linked to the files, and did additional historical research.
In addition to our own holdings, we recently received a large collection of photographic items from long-time co-operators Arthur and Helma Dahlman of Calgary. These relatively unknown treasures of co-operative history are now freely accessible in the Co-op History Collection. While much work remains to be done, a significant collection of co-op materials that has never been seen by the public before is now available for viewing. The site will eventually house a complete archive of the Centre’s valuable holdings, including many print items too fragile for regular use.
You can see the co-op collection here.
Sample artifacts are below.
Co-op wooden coupon
Co-op Day at the Co-op Refinery in Regina. Former Saskatchewan Premier
Tommy Douglas is seated in the middle of the front row.
Horse-drawn co-op milk and cream delivery wagon. The two-digit
phone number dates the photograph from the 1920s or early 1930s.
Co-op horse-drawn delivery wagons continued into the 1950s.
Cover and one interior page of a songbook created for women involved in the co-operative movement.