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Records of the Colorado Beekeepers Association

 Collection
Identifier: ACBK

Scope and Contents

The Records of the Colorado Beekeepers Association consists of documents dated 1938 to 2009, with the bulk falling from 1964 to 1988. The collection offers records documenting the history, activities, and interactions of the association with its membership and with related organizations. These include meeting minutes through 1981, correspondence, financial records, a fairly complete run of association newsletters since 1979 (except for the years 1989-1993), and subject files.

Dates

  • 1938-2009
  • Majority of material found within 1964-1988

Creator

Restrictions on Access

There are no access restrictions on this collection. However, it is stored off-site, so advance notice is required.

Restrictions on Use

Not all of the material in the collection is in the public domain. Researchers are responsible for addressing copyright issues.

History

The Colorado Beekeepers Association (also known more recently as the Colorado State Beekeepers Association) was organized in Salida, Colorado, in 1938 and has provided information and resources for commercial beekeepers as well as hobbyists. Beekeeping has been practiced in Colorado since 1862, and an earlier organization, the Colorado State Bee Keepers Association, was created in 1880 but ceased operations sometime after 1914.

According to the Colorado Beekeepers Association's 1938 constitution, it was organized for the purpose of "producing better beekeeping methods, better beekeepers, and a more unified system of apicultural work in Colorado." To accomplish those goals, the association invited local and national experts in the field to speak at annual association meetings, promoted legislation related to apiary inspections and honey marketing, and served as an umbrella organization for local beekeeping organizations in the state.

After 1950, the association cooperated with entomologists from the state agricultural college in Fort Collins to produce an informational newsletter called the "B Notes." Updates on bee research and legislation relevant to beekeepers were also disseminated at two association meetings each year: a summer gathering in Salida and a winter meeting held in Denver for many years. Since the 1990s, annual winter meetings have been located in Colorado Springs, Pueblo, Glenwood Springs, and Longmont, and summer meetings have been held in Glenwood Springs and Silt, Colorado.

Extent

2 linear feet (1 record carton, 2 document cases, 1 flat file, 1 pamphlet box)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

The Colorado Beekeepers Association (also known more recently as the Colorado State Beekeepers Association) was organized in 1938 and has provided information and resources for commercial beekeepers as well as hobbyists. To support better beekeeping methods and a more unified system of apiculture in the state, the association invited local and national experts to speak at annual association meetings, promoted legislation related to apiary inspections and honey marketing, and cooperated with agricultural college entomologists to produce the "B Notes" newsletter. The collection consists of minutes, correspondence, financial records, newsletters, and reference files.

Arrangement

The collection consists of 5 series in 1 record carton, 2 document cases, 1 flat file, and 1 pamphlet box:

Series 1: Minutes and resolutions, 1938-1989 and undated

Series 2: Correspondence, 1964-1993

Series 3: Financial records, 1939-1989

Series 4: Association newsletters, 1950-2009

Series 5: Subject files, 1964-2007 and undated

Acquisition

Genevieve Scherbenski, secretary of the association, donated the Records of the Colorado Beekeepers Association to the Colorado Agricultural Archive (now called the Agricultural and Natural Resources Archive) on August 3, 1981. Additional materials were donated by former association president Tom Theobald on March 11, 2010.

Online Materials

Some materials have been scanned and are available through the Colorado State University Libraries website. In the electronic version of this document, direct links appear in context.

Related Collections

The Records of the Northern Colorado Beekeepers, also housed in the Agricultural and Natural Resources Archive, offers additional information related to Colorado beekeeping. The Colorado State University Archive has bound volumes of the "B Notes" newsletter dated 1950-1982 in its catalogued collection.

Processing

Processing was completed in December 2013. Materials were housed in acid-free folders and boxes and arranged in series. Duplicates beyond two copies and metal fasteners were removed, and clippings and other acidic documents were interleaved with acid-free paper.

Title
Guide to the Records of the Colorado Beekeepers Association
Status
Edited Full Draft
Author
Prepared by Linda M. Meyer
Date
Copyright 2015
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the CSU Libraries Archives & Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Fort Collins Colorado 80523-1019 USA
970-491-1844