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Mid-Atlantic Food Processors Association.

Mid-Atlantic Food Processors Association, Inc. records

1917–2006


Descriptive Summary

Identification: MSS 552


Creator: Mid-Atlantic Food Processors Association.


Title: Mid-Atlantic Food Processors Association, Inc. records


Inclusive Dates: 1917–2006


Extent: 5 linear feet (5 boxes)


Abstract: The records of the Mid-Atlantic Food Processors Association, 1917–2006, document the structure and services of this regional trade organization. The collection includes founding documents, administrative records, meeting minutes, bulletins, financial statements, correspondence, convention programs, photographs, and other printed material relating to the organization.


Language: Materials entirely in English.



Citation

MSS 552, Mid-Atlantic Food Processors Association, Inc. records, Special Collections, University of Delaware Library, Newark, Delaware.

Shelving Summary

Boxes 1-5: Shelved in SPEC MSS record center cartons

Location

Special Collections Department, University of Delaware Library / Newark, Delaware 19717-5267 / Phone: 302-831-2229 / Fax: 302-831-6003 / URL: http://www.lib.udel.edu/ud/spec/

Source

Gift of Ed Kee, June 2006.

Processing

Processed and encoded by Evan Echols, February 2007.


The collection is open for research.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

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Historical Note

Several state-level groups of food processing firms formed a trade organization in the early twentieth century, eventually expanding to add Maryland and Virginia firms in the middle of the century. Known as the Mid-Atlantic Food Processors Association (MAFPA) since 1964, changes in the food industry led to the group's dissolution in 2002.

At the dawn of the twentieth century, food preservation had become one of the major industries of the Mid-Atlantic region. In order to better address common issues such as government regulations, consumer education, and dissemination of information regarding new technologies, several state trade associations merged to create a regional association. The Tri-State Packers Association was founded on February 3, 1904 by the members of the New Jersey Canned Goods Association and the Peninsula Canned Goods Packers Association. While fifty-five firms comprised the original membership, the organization expanded to include 111 firms within a year. The Tri-State Packers Association represented large national companies such as Campbell’s (based in New Jersey) as well as hundreds of small, independent food processors in the region. The Association’s affiliation with the Maryland Canners Association began with the 1919 convention held in Philadelphia. The Association was incorporated in Maryland in 1929.

The leadership of the Tri-State Packers consisted of three full-time employees: the executive secretary, the assistant secretary, and the treasurer. The presidency was a temporary position, filled by sixty-nine men over the ninety-eight years of the organization’s existence. The board of directors and a number of committees worked with the leadership to address issues relating to the food processing industry through legislative and educational activities. Virginia processors were added to the Tri-State Packers Association in 1963, necessitating a name change. In 1964, the organization became the Mid-Atlantic Food Processors Association or MAFPA.

The Association focused on governmental and regulatory issues as well as conducting agricultural research to improve crop yield and raw product. It also reviewed pending legislation at both the nation and local levels so firms could address the issues of food processing with Congress and state representatives. MAFPA sponsored seminars and classes designed to improve general knowledge in the fields of management, mechanical engineering and bookkeeping. The Lansing Warner Company of Chicago provided a group insurance plan for the Association’s member firms and their employees until the 1970s.

In the late twentieth century, competition from other agricultural and food processing regions (particularly California), a change in American eating habits, and diminishing supplies of seafood from the Chesapeake and Delaware bays caused significant financial difficulties for smaller processors. The Mid-Atlantic region’s processors found it difficult to survive in an extremely competitive marketplace and by 2000 only four members were left in MAFPA. The Association formally dissolved in 2002 after ninety-eight years of support for member processors in the Mid-Atlantic region.

Sources:

Budd, Nelson H. History of the Mid-Atlantic Food Processors Association Inc. [1967]. (Box 1, Folder 7)

Kee, Ed. Saving our Harvest: The Story of the Mid-Atlantic Region’s Canning and Freezing Industry. Timonium, Md.: CTI Publications, Inc. 2006.


Scope and Content Note

The records of the Mid-Atlantic Food Processors Association, 1917–2006, documents the structure and services of a regional trade organization. The collection contains 5 linear feet of material organized topically into four series, including founding documents, administrative records, meeting minutes, bulletins, financial statements, correspondence, convention programs, photographs, and other printed material relating to the organization. The material contained collection was used extensively by Ed Kee in research toward Saving Our Harvest: The Story of the Mid-Atlantic Region’s Canning and Freezing Industry (2006). Many of the items used, such as directories and minutes, are referenced in Kee’s bibliographic essay in Saving Our Harvest.

Series I. consists of printed material related to the founding of the Association, board of directors membership lists, member obituaries, and correspondence to and from MAFPA executive secretaries Frank and Nina Schales (1979–1999).

Series II. consists of the organizational newsletter, the General Bulletin (1972–2000), and meeting minutes (1928–1998).

Series III. contains the financial information of the Association and includes financial statements, receipts, tax returns, insurance policy reviews, and ledgers.

Series IV. contains material related to various MAFPA meetings such as convention programs, as well as directories.

Series V. consists of the notebooks of C. W. Mowbray, executive secretary of MAFPA 1974–1978, as well as environmental/agricultural research, pamphlets, material dealing with migrant labor, news articles, and several trade publications.


Selected Search Terms

Corporate Names
Mid-Atlantic Food Processors Association--20th century--Sources.
Topical Terms
Canned foods industry--Middle Atlantic States--20th century--Sources.
Frozen foods industry--Middle Atlantic States--20th century--Sources.
Form/Genre Terms
Correspondence.
Administrative records.
Financial records.
Photographs.
Obituaries.

  • I. Founding Documents, 1929–2002
  • II. Organizational Bulletins and Minutes, 1928–2000
  • III. Financial Information, 1959–2001
  • IV. Directories and Convention Information, 1914–2000
  • V. Research and Related Publication, 1927–2006

Detailed Contents List

Series I. Founding Documents, 1929–2002

Tri-State Packers Certificate of Incorporation, 1929 January 7   [Box 1 F1]

Proposed Resolution Changing Resident Agent, 1957   [Box 1 F1]

Constitution and by-laws, 1937   [Box 1 F1]

Charters and By-laws of the Tri-State Packers Association/Mid-Atlantic Food Processors Association, 1958–1967, 1984, 1990   [Box 1 F2]

Corporate name change from Tri-State Packers Association to Mid-Atlantic Food Processors Association, 1964   [Box 1 F3]

Agreement and Declaration of Trust between Trappe Frozen Foods Corp., Chas. T. Wrightson & Son, inc., and Charles F. Noble Co., 1959   [Box 1 F4]

Agreement and Declaration of Trust between the Trustees. Masonic Temple and Mid-Atlantic Food Processors Association, 1959   [Box 1 F4]

Board of Directors membership lists, correspondence, undated   [Box 1 F5]

Board of Directors minutes and membership reports, 1979–1980   [Box 1 F6]

Budd, Nelson H. History of the Mid-Atlantic Food Processors Association Inc, [1967]   [Box 1 F7]

Articles of Amendment of the Maryland Food Processors Association, 1968 December 5   [Box 1 F8]

Certificates of Honor for MAFPA members, undated   [Box 1 F9]

Photocopies of Tri-State Packers Association mentions in The Trade, undated   [Box 1 F9]

Dissolution of MAFPA, 2002   [Box 1 F10]

Society of Tri-Staters, undated   [Box 1 F11]

Associated New York Food Processors Policy Statement and Membership Directories, 2001–2002   [Box 1 F12]

Obituaries of Tri-State Packers/MAFPA members, undated   [Box 1 F13]

Obituaries of Tri-State Packers/MAFPA members, undated   [Box 1 F14]

Correspondence to Henry P. Cannon of Cannon Foods, Bridgeville, DE, 1979–1999   [Box 1 F15]

Correspondence and various documents relating to Frank and Nina Schales, Executive Secretaries of MAFPA, 1979–1999   [Box 1 F16]

Correspondence to various MAFPA members, 1971–1982   [Box 1 F17]

Series II. Organizational Bulletins and Minutes, 1928–2000
MAFPA General Bulletin, 1972–2000

1972–1978   [Box 1 F1]

1979–1982   [Box 1 F2]

1983–1988 January   [Box 1 F3]

1988 May–1993 February   [Box 1 F4]

1993–2000 October   [Box 1 F5]

MAFPA Board of Directors meeting minutes, 1967–1977   [Box 1 F6]

Meeting minutes, 1928–1998

1928–1930   [Box 1 F7]

1931–1933   [Box 1 F8]

1934–1936   [Box 1 F9]

1937–1939   [Box 1 F10]

1940–1943   [Box 1 F11]

1944–1948   [Box 1 F12]

1949–1952   [Box 1 F13]

1953–1958   [Box 2 F14]

1959–1961   [Box 2 F15]

1962–1964   [Box 2 F16]

1965–1970   [Box 2 F17]

1971–1975   [Box 2 F18]

1976–1978   [Box 2 F19]

1979–1989   [Box 2 F20]

1990–1998   [Box 2 F21]

Budget and minutes [1 of 2], undated   [Box 2 F22]

The first half of a single notebook

Budget and minutes [2 of 2], undated   [Box 2 F23]

The second half of a single notebook

Series III. Financial Information, 1959–2001

Memos and various financial documents. Note: Contains two issues of the official newsletter of The American Frozen Food Institute (April 12, 1999 and May 10, 1999), 1998–1999    [Box 2 F1]

MAFPA balance sheets and income statements, 1964–1972   [Box 2 F2]

MAFPA budget, 1978–1980   [Box 2 F3]

Financial Statements and Insurance Trust Fund, 1973–2001

1973   [Box 2 F4]

1974–1975   [Box 2 F5]

1976–1977   [Box 2 F6]

1978–1980   [Box 2 F7]

1981–1984   [Box 2 F8]

1985–1987   [Box 2 F9]

1988–1990   [Box 2 F10]

1991–1993   [Box 2 F11]

1994–1996   [Box 2 F12]

1997–1998, 2001   [Box 2 F13]

Cash Receipts and Bank Deposits, 1970   [Box 3 F14]

Cash Receipts and Bank Deposits, 1971   [Box 3 F15]

Cash Receipts and Bank Deposits, 1972   [Box 3 F16]

Guidelines for the Mid-Atlantic Food Processors Association Members Hospitalization Program, undated   [Box 3 F17]

MAFPA mailing list subscription forms, 1986   [Box 3 F18]

Maryland Employer Withholding Tables, 1999   [Box 3 F19]

Tri-State Packers' Association Operation Manual, [1950]   [Box 3 F20]

Tax Returns, 1977–1996

1977–1985   [Box 3 F21]

1986–1989   [Box 3 F22]

1990–1992   [Box 3 F23]

1993–1994   [Box 3 F24]

1995–1996   [Box 3 F25]

Agreement and Declaration of Trust between Trappe Frozen Foods Corp., Chas. T. Wrightston & Son, Inc, and Charles F. Noble Co., and Gordon K. Calvert, Francis H. Wrightson, and Charles F. Noble, as trustees, 1959   [Box 3 F26]

MAFPA insurance trust fund experience reviews, 1967–1970   [Box 3 F27]

MAFPA insurance trust fund experience reviews, 1971–1973   [Box 3 F28]

Insurance trust fund financial statements, 1978–1980   [Box 3 F29]

Insurance trust fund financial statements, 1981–1983   [Box 3 F30]

Notebook containing miscellaneous insurance documents, undated   [Box 3 F31]

Warner Insurance Group staff correspondence, 1968–1983   [Box 3 F32]

Insurance policy reviews, 1978–1983   [Box 3 F33]

MAFPA Administrative Services insurance payments, 1985–1991   [Box 3 F34]

3.5 inch floppy disks, 1994–1999 5 items

Quickbooks back up, 1994–1999   [Box 3 F35]

Itemized profit and loss, 1996   [Box 3 F35]

Processor members, Food Bank history, misc. files, undated   [Box 3 F35]

Ledgers, 1962–1994

1962–1979   [Box 3 F36]

1976–1992   [Box 3 F37]

1978–1994   [Box 3 F38]

Series IV. Directories and convention information, 1914–2000

Convention photographs, [1950–1960?], 1986   [Box 4 F1]

Virginia Grown guide, 1993–1994   [Box 4 F2]

Better Process Control School labels and letters, undated   [Box 4 F3]

Customer name lists, undated   [Box 4 F4]

The Pennsylvania Packer, 1993–1995   [Box 4 F5]

The Pennsylvania Packer, 1996–1997   [Box 4 F6]

Brochure for the Old Guard Society Fifty-Forth Annual Party, 1979   [Box 4 F7]

MAFPA Annual Convention programs, 1967–1998

1967–1984   [Box 4 F8]

1980–1998   [Box 4 F9]

1986–1998   [Box 4 F10]

Tri-State Packers Association's Fiftieth Annual Convention program, 1953   [Box 4 F11]

The Pennsylvania Food Processors Association Membership Directory, 1953   [Box 4 F12]

Mid-America Food Processors Association: Convention Program, Membership Information, and Advertising Directory, 1993   [Box 4 F13]

The Guard Society of the Food Industries Membership Directory, 1998–1999   [Box 4 F14]

Souvenir of the Convention of the National Canners' and Allied Association, 1914   [Box 4 F15]

photocopy

MAFPA Banquet pamphlets, 1975–1980    [Box 4 F16]

Tri-State Packers Association Directory, 1927   [Box 4 F17]

Canners Directory, 1959   [Box 4 F18]

Tri-State Packers Association Directory of Food Processors, 1960, 1962   [Box 4 F19]

Buyers' Guide and Directory of Food Processors, 1967–2000

1967–1969   [Box 4 F20]

1970, 1973, 1975, 1980   [Box 4 F21]

1982–1986   [Box 4 F22]

1986–1989   [Box 4 F23]

1990–1991   [Box 4 F24]

1992, 1995   [Box 4 F25]

1996–1997   [Box 4 F26]

1999–2000   [Box 4 F27]

Directory of the Canning, Freezing, Preserving Industries, 1982–1983   [Box 4 F28]

Series V. Research and related publications, 1927–2006

Ozark Food Processors Association convention information, 1999   [Box 5 F1]

C. W. "Kelly" Mowbray notebook 1 [1 of 2], undated   [Box 5 F2]

C. W. "Kelly" Mowbray notebook 1 [2 of 2], undated   [Box 5 F3]

C. W. "Kelly" Mowbray notebook 2 [1 of 2], undated   [Box 5 F4]

C. W. "Kelly" Mowbray notebook 2 [2 of 2], undated   [Box 5 F5]

C. W. Mowbray testimony before House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture and Related Agencies, 1975 April 29   [Box 5 F6]

Correspondence between C. W. Mowbray and Dean J. M. Beattie, College of Agriculture, The Pennsylvania State University, 1974   [Box 5 F6]

Governor's Commission on Migratory and Seasonal Farm Labor, 1981   [Box 5 F7]

Studies on migrant labor, 1981–1982   [Box 5 F8]

Agricultural research, 1973–1990   [Box 5 F9]

Environmental reports, 1975   [Box 5 F10]

Agricultural research, 1927, 1974–1999   [Box 5 F11]

Requirements of Laws and Regulations Enforced by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, 1989   [Box 5 F12]

Public Policy Progress Report, 1998   [Box 5 F13]

Industry and Trade Technology Review, 1993   [Box 5 F14]

Food Production Management, 1978–2001

1978 November, 1980 October, 1981 January, May, July   [Box 5 F15]

1981 October, 1985 January, June, 2001 June   [Box 5 F16]

1999 June   [Box 5 F17]

The Food Industry, 1983   [Box 5 F18]

News articles, 1971–2006

1992–2006   [Box 5 F19]

1971–1991   [Box 5 F20]

undated   [Box 5 F21]

Notebook containing misc. documents, undated   [Box 5 F22]

Contents removed and filed in their original order

Notebook containing bulletins and correspondence, undated   [Box 5 F23]

Contents removed and filed in their original order

Notebook, 1974–1979, 1992   [Box 5 F24]

Notebook, 1974–1979, 1992   [Box 5 F25]

Pamphlets, undated   [Box 5 F26]

Newsletters, 1998–1999   [Box 5 F27]

MAFPA Newsletter and notes, 2002   [Box 5 F28]