The programs of the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union (RMFU) have supported the successful operation of family farms and ranches for over a century. The first Colorado local chapter of the Farmers Educational and Cooperative Union of America was created near Green Mountain Falls on May 17, 1907, followed that year by several additional Colorado local chapters. Organized in 1908 as the Colorado Farmers Educational and Cooperative Union (CFU), the association changed its name to the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union in 1942 to include members in neighboring states. The items of the Records of the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union provide insights into the economic, political, technological and environmental issues confronting family farms in Colorado and adjacent states. This archival collection offers a rich variety of historic documents, such as meeting minutes, charters, correspondence, convention records, publications and newsletters. Other materials in the collection include photographs, phonograph records, audio cassettes and videotapes documenting RMFU activities. For more information about the collection, see https://lib2.colostate.edu/archives/findingaids/agriculture/armf.html.

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  • Torchbearers ceremony, 1950 convention 

    Contributor:Unknown
    Date:1950
    Torchbearers ceremony with high school seniors and graduates, at the Shirley Savoy Hotel, Denver, Colorado, late 1940s or early 1950s. Front row, on right, is Edna Buchanan. The three women on the right were leaders. Back ...
  • Torchbearers ceremony, 1973 convention 

    Contributor:Unknown
    Date:1973
    Torchbearers ceremony at Rocky Mountain Farmers Union annual convention in Cheyenne, Wyoming, 1973.
  • Volleyball at county day camp 

    Contributor:Unknown
    Date:1996
    Five young people playing volleyball in a meadow with two red A-frame cabins in the background.
  • RMFU junior youth camp, Bailey, Colorado 

    Contributor:Unknown
    Date:1995
    Three boys posing by an old wooden wagon in a mountain meadow.
  • Volleyball time at camp 

    Contributor:Unknown
    Date:1996
    A group of teenagers playing volleyball in a mountain meadow near Bailey, Colorado.
  • RMFU junior camp group 

    Contributor:Unknown
    Date:1996
    A large group of children posing in three rows for a group photograph in a mountain location.
  • Fun and games at the RMFU junior youth camp, Bailey, Colorado 

    Contributor:Unknown
    Date:1995
    Three young girls playing on a board and rope game in a mountain meadow.
  • Convention registration, Cheyenne, Wyoming 

    Contributor:Unknown
    Date:1999
    RMFU annual convention registration, Hitching Post Inn, Cheyenne, Wyoming. Pictured from left to right, Judy Pappenheim, Andrea Box, and unidentified person, 1999. A sign attached to the registration table has, "Rocky ...
  • RMFU junior youth camp, Bailey, Colorado 

    Contributor:Unknown
    Date:1995
    A boy and a girl posing by an old wooden wagon in a mountain meadow.
  • Roasting marshmallows at summer camp, 1995 

    Contributor:Unknown
    Date:1995
    Three young girls roasting marshmallows around a fire pit at the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union junior youth camp, Bailey, Colorado, 1995.
  • Convention speaker 

    Contributor:Unknown
    Date:1999
    Unidentified woman speaking at the RMFU annual convention, Hitching Post Inn, Cheyenne, Wyoming, 1999.
  • John Deere tractor pulling cultivator 

    Contributor:Unknown
    Date:1996?
    John Deere tractor pulling a cultivator with a young boy in the foreground, circa 1996.
  • Raptor demonstration at RMFU senior camp 

    Contributor:Unknown
    Date:1997
    A woman holding an owl next to a teenage girl (Paige Ferguson) inside a building.
  • Education Center at camp, Bailey, Colorado 

    Contributor:Unknown
    Date:1997
    Signed entrance to the Farmers Union Education Center youth camp, Bailey, Colorado.
  • Fun and games at camp, 1994 

    Contributor:Unknown
    Date:1994
    Fun and games at the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union junior youth camp, Bailey, Colorado, 1994.
  • Heading home from camp 

    Contributor:Unknown
    Date:2000
    School bus leaving the Farmers Union Education Center near Bailey, Colorado.
  • Robert Kissell and calf 

    Contributor:Unknown
    Date:1999
    Robert Kissell reaching across a fence to touch a black calf.
  • Dwight Palser at farmers market, holding a bunch or radishes 

    Contributor:Unknown
    Date:2003?
    Dwight Palser is shown holding a colorful bunch of produce at a local farmers market.
  • Farmers market squash 

    Contributor:Unknown
    Date:2001?
    Organic zucchini squash featured at a farmers market with a sign pricing the squash at 50 cents each or three for a dollar, undated.
  • RMFU senior camp group 

    Contributor:Unknown
    Date:1996
    A large group of teenagers standing in in front of a large brown A-frame building near Bailey, Colorado.

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