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|Title:||Robert Owen Foundation fonds|
|Dates:||1919-1976, predominant 1927-1948|
|Extent:||4.7 m of textual records
|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.|
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Access and Use:
|No restrictions on access.|
|Finding Aid:||File list available.|
|URL of Finding Aid:||http://archivesfa.library.yorku.ca/fonds/ON00370-f0000395.pdf|
|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