Stephenson County Pure Milk Association Collection, 1928-1957
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Brief Description: The materials in the Stephenson County Pure Milk Association collection document the entire existence, 1928-1957, of a dairy cooperative based in Freeport, Illinois.  Included in the collection are articles of incorporation, by-laws, minutes, 1931-1953; correspondence, 1944-1958.  There are also legal contracts and membership agreements which span almost all the cooperative’s lifetime as a separate entity.  Business records, ledgers, annual reports, production records, marketing agreements are especially valuable from 1933 on and form an important part of the collection.  While the collection contains all known existing records of the Stephenson cooperative, records from the earliest years are sometimes sparse; minutes from 1928-1931 (and 1953-1957) are missing, and correspondence before 1944 is generally nonexistent.
Held at:
Northern Illinois University
Founders Memorial Library
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115
Phone: 815-753-1779
Email: rhcua [at]
Record Series Number: RHC/RC/093
Volume: 3.5 Linear Feet
Acquired: 10/12/1979.
Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions on access to materials in the collection.
Subject Index
Dairying, Cooperative
Freeport (Ill.)
Midwest Dairymen's Company
Pure Milk Association
Stephenson County (Ill)
Stephenson County Pure Milk Association
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Rights/Use Restrictions: Property rights to the materials belong to Mid-West Dairymen’s Company; literary rights are dedicated to the public.
Acquisition Notes: Mid-West Dairymen’s Company  On October 12, 1979, the Mid-West Dairymen’s Company donated the records of the Stephenson County Pure Milk Association to the Northern Illinois Regional History Center.  Stephenson had been a separate corporate entity until its merger with Mid-West on April 1, 1957.
Related Materials: Because of its merger with Mid-West in 1957, researchers using this collection should consult the Regional History Center’s Mid-West Dairymen’s Company Collection (RC 81).  Other related collections include the DeKalb Milk Consumers Association Records (RC 15), the Gurler Family Papers (RC 25), and the Pure Milk Association (RC 62).