Inventory of the Poultry Producers of Central California Collection

Finding aid created by Joy Rowe.
Department of Special Collections
General Library
University of California, Davis
Davis, CA 95616-5292
Phone: (530) 752-1621
Fax: Fax: (530) 754-5758
Email: speccoll@ucdavis.edu
© 2009
The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.


Creator: Poultry Producers of Central California
Title: Poultry Producers of Central California Collection
Date: 1928-1958
Extent: 3.8 linear feet
Abstract: Through most of its history, Poultry Producers of Central California was said to the largest egg cooperative marketing association in the world. The collection contains material related to the activities of the Poultry Producers of Central California, including correspondence, interdepartmental memos, reports, publications, and advertising materials for eggs marketed by the cooperative under the name "Nulaids".
Phyiscal location: Researchers should contact Special Collections to request collections, as many are stored offsite.
Repository: University of California, Davis. General Library. Dept. of Special Collections.
Davis, California 95616-5292
Collection number: D-284
Language of Material: Collection materials in English

History

Headquartered in San Francisco, California, Poultry Producers of Central California (PPCC) was organized as an agricultural cooperative association in late 1916 to receive, grade, package, and market eggs received from its member-producers. Members entered into an exclusive marketing agreement to sell their eggs to PPCC; eggs were marketed under the brand name "Nulaids". By majority vote of its members in 1926, PPCC also established a Feed and Supply Department to sell poultry feeds and farm supplies to its members. The association also included a credit union, Federal Credit Union. Membership in the credit union was open to members and employees of PPCC, as well as to their immediate family.
Through most of its history, Poultry Producers of Central California was said to the largest egg cooperative marketing association in the world. PPCC, alternatively known as Nulaid Farmers Association, consolidated with Hayward Poultry Producers Association in 1963 to form a new farmers' cooperative, Pacific Growers.
Tinley, James Maddison, and Henry Ernest Erdman. 1957. Operating problems of a cooperative poultry and feed association. [Berkeley, CA]: Division of Agricultural Sciences, University of California.

Scope and Content

The Poultry Producers of Central California collection spans the years of 1928-1958. The collection contains material related to the activities of the Poultry Producers of Central California, including correspondence, interdepartmental memos, reports, publications, and advertising materials for eggs marketed by the cooperative under the name "Nulaids". Advertising material includes print ads and product banners from approximately 1935-1958 for Nulaid Eggs.

Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is arranged into five series: 1. History; 2. Correspondence; 3. Organizational Records; 4. Printed Material; 5. Advertising Material.

Related Collections

The following collections at Special Collections may also be of interest:
D-206, Farmers' Trade Union Records, 1883-1891: This collection contains account books, cash books, check stubs, and other records relating to the commercial activities of a farmers' supply cooperative in Clements, California.
D-150, Tri/Valley Growers Collection, 1929-1959: This collection contains twenty oversize panels of mounted letters, photographs, and memorabilia related to the predecessor associations. Tri/Valley Growers was created in 1963 as the result of a merger of Tri Valley Packing Association and Turlock Cooperative Growers. It is a growers' cooperative engaged in canning, distribution, and marketing of growers' products.
D-399, Ogasawara, Frank X. Papers, 1913-2002: This collection contains correspondence and publications of Frank Ogasawawa, Professor of Poultry Husbandry and Avian Sciences, University of California, Davis. He pioneered research on artificial insemination of turkeys.
D-162, California Canners and Growers Archives, 1959-1983: This collection contains financial statements, payroll ledgers, marketing studies, pricing analysis, inventories, correspondence, and monthly manager's letters of the California Canners and Growers Cooperative.
Materials available through the University of California, Davis General Library:
SF481. N8, Nulaid News, v.1-40 (1923-1962)
SF481. P55, Poultry Producers of Central California Annual Report, 1943-1958

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Poultry Producers of Central California--Archives.
Poultry industry--California.
Egg trade--California.
Eggs--Production--California.
Poultry--Cooperative marketing--California.
Eggs--California--Cooperative marketing.
Agriculture, Cooperative--California.

Access

Collection is open for research.

Processing Information

Joy Rowe processed the collection and created the finding aid under the direction of Elizabeth Phillips, Manuscript Archivist.

Acquisition Information

Transferred from the Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 1989.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Poultry Producers of Central California Collection , D-284, Department of Special Collections, General Library, University of California, Davis.

Publication Rights

Copyright is protected by the copyright law, chapter 17, of the U.S. Code. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Collections, University of California, Library, Davis as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Collection Contents

Box/Folder 1:1

Series 1 History 1957 2009

Physical Description: 1 folder

Scope and Content Note

Contains a brief history of the Poultry Producers of Central California Collection partially supplied by Special Collection staff.
Box/Folder 2:1-3:8

Series 2 Correspondence 1928-1958

Physical Description: 1.1 linear feet

Scope and Content Note

Includes interdepartmental memos and letters to cooperative members, as well as pamphlets and publications as noted. Includes correspondence to Federal Credit Union. Arranged chronologically.
 

Series 3 Organizational Records 1927-1958

Physical Description: 1.5 linear feet

Scope and Content Note

Includes procedural and accounting manuals, weekly egg prices, and financial and statistical reports of the Federal Credit Union. Arranged chronologically.
Box/Folder 3:9

General Instructions to Branches no.1-92 1927 April-1931 August 1939 March

Box/Folder 3:10

Leather notebooks 1930-1939

Scope and Content Note

Contains business cards and miscellaneous notes
Box/Folder 3:11

General Instructions to Branches no.93-147 and Accounting Procedures no.1A-27 1931 October-1947 July

Box/Folder 8

Photograph of the Poultry Producers of Central California in Hayward, California 1935 December 20

Box/Folder 4:1

Egg sales ledger 1935-1953

Box/Folder 4:2

Financial and Statistical Report 1936 December-1942 March

Box/Folder 4:3

Informal manager reports 1936

Box/Folder 4:4

Monthly trucking report 1938-1939

Box/Folder 4:5

Car mileage 1939-1942

Box/Folder 4:6

Satisfaction of Chattel Mortgages 1939-1955

Box/Folder 4:7

Employment papers 1940-1944

Box: D Legal 1

Order Book 1947 January-1951 September

Box: 6

Advance sale leads by Business Extension Bureau 1951-1956

Box/Folder 4:9

Inventory and Price List 1951 1957

Box/Folder 4:10

Index to Accounting Forms 1952-1955

Box/Folder 4:11

Weekly sales of eggs and egg meats 1954-1957

Box/Folder 4:12

Personnel and Industrial Relations Manual 1955-1956

Box/Folder 5:1

Weekly sales of eggs and egg meats 1955-1958

Box/Folder 5:2-3

Weekly graded egg receipts in percentages 1956-1958

 

Series 4 Printed Material 1932-1955

Physical Description: 0.1 linear feet

Scope and Content Note

Includes pamphlets, publications, and manuals from the Poultry Producers of Central California, as well as governmental publications. Arranged chronologically.
Box/Folder 5:4

"Analysis of the price-making forces in the New York Egg Market", Preliminary report, USDA 1932

Box/Folder 5:5

"Credit Manual and Group Compensation Insurance" 1941-1944

Box/Folder 5:6

Pamphlets 1943-1955 undated

Scope and Content Note

Includes publications "Cooling and Holding Eggs on the Ranch", "The Facts on How Farmer Cooperatives and Their Patrons are Taxed", and "A Guide for Farmer Cooperative Officers and Employees".
Box/Folder 5:7

"Complete Poultry Cost-Keeping Record" undated

 

Series 5 Advertising Material 1942-1949 undated

Physical Description: 1.1 linear feet

Scope and Content Note

Includes posters, banners, print ads, and flyers for Nulaid Eggs. Includes posters from other organizations. Arranged by subject.
Box/Folder 5:8

Print ads and carton samples 1935 1942 1958 undated

Box D Folio 7

Egg grading posters 1949

Box: D Folio 7

Nulaid product banners undated

Box/Folder 5:9

Blank receipt books undated