Collection Title: Western Dark Fired Tobacco Growers Association Records
Processed and Cataloged by: Processed by Dieter C. Ullrich in October and November of 2010
Date Listed: November 8, 2010
Size of Collection: 114.0 linear feet.
Number of Boxes: 102 record center boxes; 15 legal size document cases; 2 legal half size document cases; 4 letter sized document cases; 2 letter half sized document cases and 1 oversized case.
Type of Material: Correspondence, financial records, meeting minutes, reports, membership lists and ephemera.
Condition of Material: Good.
Arrangement: Organized into series: I. Meeting minutes. II. Annual audit reports. III. Crop advance schedules and ephemera. IV. Crop certificates V. Oversized materials; Chronological arrangement.
Biographical / Historical Information: The Western Dark Fired Tobacco Growers’ Association was incorporated under the Bingham Cooperative Marketing Act of the Commonwealth of Kentucky on February 10, 1932. The original purpose was to market the crops of its members cooperatively, stabilize markets, handle, process, store and sell dark tobacco and dark tobacco products. The control of the Association was managed by a board of twelve directors, later reduced to eight, elected by the membership of the organization. The Association also administered tobacco programs and lobbied for growers in all the counties within the Jackson Purchase of Kentucky and Tennessee. On December 31, 2006, the Association officially disbanded after federal tobacco price support and supply programs were discontinued with legislation related to the America Jobs Creation Act of 2004.
Scope and Content: Collection consists of board meeting minutes, annual audit reports, crop certificates, market reports, crop advance schedules, membership lists and related organizational materials retained by the Western Dark Fired Tobacco Growers’ Association from 1932 to 2005. Included with the records are the board meeting minutes and annual audit reports of the Western District Warehousing Corporation (1933-1948), Murray Warehousing Corporation (1949-2005) and Western Dark Tobacco Packing Corporation (1951-1981).
Subject Headings / Descriptors:
Western Dark Fired Tobacco Growers’ Association (Murray, Ky.)
Western Dark Tobacco Packing Corporation (Murray, Ky.)
Western District Warehousing Corporation (Murray, Ky.)
Murray Warehousing Corporation (Murray, Ky.)
Tobacco industry – Kentucky.
Tobacco industry – Tennessee.
Tobacco – Kentucky – Cooperative marketing.
Tobacco – Kentucky – Storage.
Warehouses – Kentucky – Murray.