Cottontop Cooperative Society Records, 1976-1984

Collection Overview

Title: Cottontop Cooperative Society Records, 1976-1984

Record Series: MsC-15

Record Group:


Creator: Cottontop Cooperative Society

Date: 1976-1984

Extent: 4 boxes (2.36 linear feet)

Repository: Special Collections and University Archives, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

Language: Materials entirely in English.

Information for Users

Accessing the Collection:

No restrictions. Materials are open for research.

Physical Access: Box 1 is located in Manuscripts Oversized 1.

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Preferred Citation: [Identification of item] in the Cottontop Cooperative Society Records, 1976-1984, [folder number], University Archives, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

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Historical Note

The Cottontop Cooperative Society was formed in 1974 by five individuals. The society's goal was to encourage healthy eating, the consumption of organic and natural food, and provide educational services to its membership. The Co-op specialized in the sale of inexpensive organic food and was located at 202 Main Street in Cedar Falls. 

Scope and Content

This collection contains financial records of the Cottontop Cooperative Society as well as newsletters, by-laws, and its articles of incorporation.



Cash receipt books

  • Folder 1: January 1979

  • Folder 2: January 1980

  • Folder 3: June 1981


Folder 1: Single entry ledger book, March 1, November 9, 1977

Folder 2: Day book (business diary)

Folder 3: Ledger book, 1979

Folder 4: Cash disbursements journals, 1976-1978

Folder 5: Cash receipts journals, 1976-1977

Folder 6: Receipts and disbursements, 1981-1982

Folder 7: Payroll, 1980-1982

Folder 8: Cottontop Cooperative Society newsletters, 1976-1981


Folder 1: Sales projections, 1979-1982


Folder 1: Income statements, 1983-1984

Folder 2: Profit centers

Folder 3: Blooming Prairie Cooperative Warehouse analysis and recommendations, 1983

Folder 4: Miscellaneous reports and correspondence

Folder 5: Newsletters; By-laws; Articles of Incorporation

Processing Information

Collection processed and finding aid created by Library Associate Dave Hoing, March 2017. Updated by Dave Hoing, October 2017 and Archival Processor Tessa Wakefield, December 2021. Linear feet count updated on August 9, 2017.