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Jewish Research and Education - Cuba Family Archives, Finding Aids

Dates:  1929-1991

Creator:  Associated Grocers Co-op, Inc.

Summary/Abstract:  The Associated Grocers Co-op, Inc. was organized in 1929, by eight Atlanta Jewish grocers, who met at the home of Dr. Irving Greenberg. Faced with competition from chain grocery stores, which could buy and sell items less expensively, the Jewish grocers organized a buying group that would have the economic power of the large chain stores.  The records consists of financial records, general files, membership records, and minutes of the board of directors, stockholders and officers.

Quantity/Physical Description: 12 linear feet

Language(s):  English

Repository:  The Cuba Family Archives for Southern Jewish History, The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, 1440 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30309.

Restrictions on Access:  There are no restrictions on accessing material in this collection.

Restrictions on Use:  Copyright restrictions may apply.  Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.  Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation:  Box #, Folder #, Mss 70, Associated Grocers Co-op, Inc. Records, The Cuba Family Archives for Southern Jewish History, The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, 1440 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30309.

Separated Material:  Photographs removed to visual arts and oversized material removed to oversized collection.

Processed by:  Kenneth Ginburg and Demece Harvey

Arrangement:  All material is arranged in alphabetical order by subject and chronologically within each folder.

Biographical/Historical Note:  The Associated Grocers Co-op, Inc. was organized in 1929, by eight Atlanta Jewish grocers, who met at the home of Dr. Irving Greenberg.  Faced with competition from chain grocery stores, which could buy and sell items less expensively, the Jewish grocers organized a buying group that would have the economic power of the large chain stores.  Associated Grocers Co-op Inc., originally founded as Atlanta Saving Stores and later known as Quality Service Stores, bought merchandise collectively, and in turn, sold it to their member owners at the lowest possible cost.  At the end of each year, if the margin of mark-up was in excess of expenses, the excess was refunded to the member based upon the member’s purchases.  The organization was owned by the member groceries, who collectively participated in setting the policy for the organization. The membership remained entirely Jewish until the 1930s, when it expanded to include grocers from the general community.  By the 1960s and throughout the decades of the 1970s and 1980s, the first generation of Jewish grocers were getting older and began to think of retiring.  Most of the small stores were not passed down to the next generation and simply went out of business.  Racial strife in the 1970s also contributed to the demise of the individually-owned grocery.  With fewer and fewer stores dependent on the organization, Associated Grocers Co-op closed in 1988.

Scope and Content The researcher interested in ethnic history, the rise and fall of the “mom and pop” grocery store, the development of the wholesale grocery business, and the rise of the chain grocery concept will find this collection of special interest.  The collection is arranged in alphabetical order by subject and chronologically within each folder.

Collection Inventory

CONTAINER 1

Subject files, Board of directors 1934 – 1953.

Folder

1:          Board of directors meeting, July 1934 – December 1934.

Folder 2:          Board of directors meeting, January 1935 – December 1935.

Folder 3:          Board of directors meeting, January 1936 – December 1936.

Folder 4:          Board of directors meeting, January 1937 – December 1937.

Folder 5:          Board of directors meeting, January 1938 – December 1938.

Folder 6:          Board of directors meeting, January 1939 – December 1939.

Folder 7:          Board of directors meeting, January 1940 – December 1940.

Folder 8:          Board of directors meeting, January 1941 – December 1941.

Folder 9:          Board of directors meeting, January 1942 – December 1942.

Folder 10:        Board of directors meeting, January 1943 – June 1944.

Folder 11:        Board of directors meeting, July 1944 – April 1950.

Folder 12:        Board of directors meeting, April 1950 – March 1953.

CONTAINER 2 Subject file, Board of directors 1953 – 1971.

Folder 1:          Board of directors meeting, April 1953 – June 1956.

Folder 2:          Board of directors meeting, July 1956 – June 1960.

Folder 3:          Board of directors meeting, July 1960 – June 1965.

Folder 4:          Board of directors meeting, July 1965 – December 1965.
Folder 5:          Board of directors meeting, January 1966 – December 1966.

Folder 6:          Board of directors meeting, January 1967 – December 1967.

Folder 7:          Board of directors meeting, January 1968 – December 1968.

Folder 8:          Board of directors meeting, January 1969 – December 1969.

Folder 9:          Board of directors meeting, January 1970 – December 1970.

Folder 10:        Board of directors meeting, January 1971 – December 1971.

CONTAINER 3 Subject file, Board of directors 1972 – Financial records 1929 – 1936

Folder 1:          Board of directors meeting, January 1972 – December 1972.

Folder 2:          Board of directors meeting, January 1973 – December 1973.

Folder 3:          Board of directors meeting, January 1974 – December 1974.

Folder 4:          Board of directors meeting, January 1975 – December 1975.

Folder 5:          Board of directors meeting, January 1976 – December 1976.

Folder 6:          Board of directors meeting, January 1977 – January 1978.

Folder 7           Board of directors meeting, January 1978 – December 1979.

Folder 8:          Board of directors meeting, January 1980 – December 1982.

Folder 9:          Board of directors meeting, January 1983 – December 1985.

Folder 10:        Board of directors meeting, January 1986 – December 1987.

Folder 11:        Board of directors meeting, January 1988 – December 1988.

Folder 12:        Financial records – audits, December 1929 – June 1936.

CONTAINER 4 Subject file, Financial records 1937 – 1967.

Folder 1:          Financial records – audits, January 1937 – December 1937.

Folder 2:          Financial records – audits, June 1940 – July 1948.

Folder 3:          Financial records – audits, July 1949 – June 1955.

Folder 4:          Financial records – audits, June 1956 – July 1960.

Folder 5:          Financial records – audits, December 1960 – July 1, 1967.

CONTAINER 5 Subject file, Financial records 1968 – 1987.

Folder 1:          Financial records – audits, June 1968 – 1973.

Folder 2:          Financial records – audits, June 1974 – June 1981.

Folder 3:          Financial records – audits, June 1981 – December 1987.

Folder 4:          Financial records – audits, Affiliated General Insurance, October 1970 – June 1987.

Folder 5:          Financial records – audits, Affiliated Investment Fund, June 1976 – June 1986.

Folder 6:          Financial records – audits, cash & carry wholesale, 1960 – 1987.

CONTAINER 6 Subject file, Financial records 1851 - Member – Archer’s Food Store.

Folder 1:          Financial records, bad debt. 1985 – 1987.

Folder 2:          Financial records, Credit Union, February 1931 – April 1939.

Folder 3:          Financial records, Credit Union, April 1939 – October 1944.

Folder 4:          Financial records, Credit Union, December 1962 – December 1987.

Folder 5:          History, undated. Folder 6:          Member – #1 Supermarket, 1988.

Folder 7:          Member – A&T Supermarket, 1969 – 1983.

Folder 8:          Member – All American Quality Foods, 1985 – 1986.

Folder 9:          Member – Alwine Grocery, 1988.

Folder 10:        Member – Andy’s Super Market, 1984 – 1986.

Folder 11:        Member – Archer’s Food Store, 1962 – 1985.

Folder 12:        Member – Archer’s Food Store, 1976 – 1984.

CONTAINER 7 Subject file, Member, Arts Mart – Bill’s Food Store.

Folder 1:          Member – Art’s Mart, 1972 – 1982.

Folder 2:          Member – Ashby Thriftown, 1985 – 1987.

Folder 3:          Member – Ashmore Foods, 1980 – 1986.

Folder 4:          Member – Askew’s Country Store 1982 – 1983.

Folder 5:          Member – Atkinson’s Best Buy Food, 1988.

Folder 6:          Member – Auburn Food Store, 1985 – 1988.

Folder 7:          Member – B. Haver, 1958 – 1983.

Folder 8:          Member – B & H Foods 1987.

Folder 9:          Member – B & R Food Market 1988.

Folder 10:        Member – B & R Grocery 1985, 1986.

Folder 11:        Member – B & W Super Market, 1982 – 1983.

Folder 12:        Member – Bailey’s Crossing Food Fare, 1986 – 1988.

Folder 13:        Member – Barnett Discount foods, 1985 – 1988.

Folder 14:        Member – Bates & Wood, 1962 – 1988.

Folder 15:        Member – Baxter’s Grocery / Amoco, 1987 – 1988.

Folder 16:        Member – Big A Super Saver, 1988.

Folder 17:        Member – Big Buy Carterville, GA  1979 – 1983.