Inventory of the
Robert Owen Foundation fonds

Inventory #F0395

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Fonds/Collection Number:F0395
Title:Robert Owen Foundation fonds
Dates:1919-1976, predominant 1927-1948
Extent:4.7 m of textual records
69 photographs
Biographical Sketch/
Administrative History:
The Robert Owen Foundation was begun in 1932 by Henri Lasserre, with the goal of promoting cooperative enterprises in Canada. Taken from the name of the eighteenth-century English social reformer, the Foundation was modeled on a similar body that Lasserre had established in his native Switzerland in 1928. The Foundation offered financial support to co-operative ventures in Canada and the United States, including the Llano Colony of California, the Columbia Conserve Company, Work Togs, the Fellowship for a Christian Order, the Co-operative Rural Community, and other groups and businesses. In addition, Lasserre established the Canadian Fellowship for Cooperative Community, a study group which investigated the manner of operating co-operatives in modern society. Lasserre died in 1945, but the Foundation remains active in the 1990s.
Scope and Content:

The fonds documents the establishment, functioning and activities of the Robert Owen Foundation for the period 1931-1976 and Henri Lasserre's involvement with the foundation. It also partially documents the activities of the Canadian Fellowship Cooperative Community for the period of 1939-1947. The fonds documents the cooperative movement from the end of World War I to the early 1970s, and contains files on the free speech movement in the 1930s; the beginnings of the socialist movement in Canada; the pacifist movement in the 1930s; the social gospel movement and the creation of the state of Israel.

Records have been organized into eleven series: Minutes, 1931-1974; legal documents, 1931-1940; annual reports, 1933-1952; financial records, 1931-1975; correspondence and subject files, 1925-1975; membership records, 1932-1945; manuscripts, typescripts and drafts; pamphlets and serials; Canadian Fellowship for Cooperative Community documents, 1933-1946; The Swiss Foundation documents, 1926-1942; scrapbooks; photographs, ca. 1925-1964; and ROF library catalogues.

Language of material note: Materials are in English, French and German.
Restrictions on
Access and Use:
No restrictions on access.
Finding Aid: File list available.
URL of Finding Aid:
Accruals: The fonds comprises the following accession: 1989-027. Further accruals are expected.
Immediate source of acquisition: Donated by the Robert Owen Foundation in 1989.
Provenance Access Points:Robert Owen Foundation
Lasserre, Henri (d. 1945)
Canadian Fellowship Cooperative Community

Date of creation: 2002/04/05
Date of last revision: 2012/10/19
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