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Maryland Food Collective Archives


Maryland Food Collective Archives
Maryland Food Collective
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4 linear feet and 64 photographs
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University of Maryland
Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries, Hornbake Library, College Park, MD 20742. Tel: 301-405-9212, Fax: 301-314-2709, Email:

In August 1975, Matt Mayer, a student at the University of Maryland, College Park, submitted a proposal to the Student Government Association (SGA) for the formation of the Maryland Food Collective, which is today also known as the "Maryland Food Co-operative" or the "Co-op." The Maryland Food Collective Archives cover the years 1972 to 2005, with the bulk of the material dating from the 1980s and 2000s. The collection focuses primarily on preserving the culture of the Co-op and the voices of the workers and volunteers. Document types include correspondence, in the form of postcards and letters; collected artwork; awards won by the Co-op; photographs; newspaper clippings and other writings about the Co-op; and flyers from outside institutions placed in the Co-op to appeal to Co-op customers, workers and volunteers. Also included are examples of product signage and recipes. Business records include phone lists, IOU sheets, ledgers, meeting and work procedures, and price lists.

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There is one restricted file in this collection, in series II.

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Maryland Food Collective Archives, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries.

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Photocopies of original materials may be provided for a fee and at the discretion of the curator. Please see our Duplication of Materials policy for more information. Queries regarding publication rights and copyright status of materials within this collection should be directed to the appropriate curator.


This collection is PROCESSED.A full finding aid is available.