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Shoppers at Jenkins' Groceteria, [ca. 1950]
Shoppers at Jenkins' Groceteria, [ca. 1950]
PA-2453-245

Jenkins' Groceteria Ltd. fonds

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Table of Contents

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Series 1 Annual reports, shareholders, company organization. -- 1947-1960
Series 2 Histories of the company. -- 1952-1960
Series 3 Grocery price lists and mail order catalogues. -- 1913-1939
Series 4 Staff relations, events and newsletters. -- 1929-1974, predominant 1936-1959
Series 5 Newspaper clippings. -- 1920s-1960s
Series 6 Jenkins' Groceteria miscellany. -- 1931-1958
Series 7 Ron Jenkins' personal papers. -- 1944-1973
Series 8 Architectural plans. -- 1950, 1959
Series 9 Photographs and slides. -- 1909-1963, predominant 1950s

Inventory

Series 1 Annual reports, shareholders, company organization. -- 1947-1960
M-6494-1 Annual reports. -- 1947, 1954, 1957
M-6494-2 Prospectus for 5.5% bond series. -- 1951
M-6494-3 Report on the operations of the chain by R.H. Jenkins. -- [ca. 1952]. -- Note: the first page is missing.
M-6494-4 Shareholders' list. -- 1959
M-6494-5 Organization chart. -- 1960
Series 2 Histories of the company. -- 1952-1960
RAD-15-(1-2) "The Calgary Story, Chapter 19: Jenkins' Groceteria". -- October 8, 1952. -- 2 audio discs. -- Consists of a program broadcast by CFAC radio. -- Audio tape copy availalbe at RAT-31-1.
M-6494-6 "Historical Sketch of Jenkins' Groceteria Limited.". -- January 18, 1955. -- Includes a copy of the October 1951 souvenir issue of the company newsletter, The Gold-n-Rule.
M-6494-7

Golden Jubilee articles. -- 1959-1960. -- Consists of:

"Fifty Years of Progress - 1909-1959"

"Time Doesn't Stand Still and Neither Does Jenkins" in Canadian Grocer, vol. 73, no. 13 (June 1959), pp 18-21

"Fifty Years of Progress. Herein Lies the Story" (March 8, 1960).

M-6494-8 "Behind the Scenes in Business: Jenkins' Jubilee". -- March 25, 1959. -- Consists of the script for a radio broadcast by CKXL radio.
RAT-31-2 "Talk of the Town: Mr. R.H. Jenkins, Fifty Years with Your Hometown Food Store". -- April 8, 1959. -- 1 audio reel. -- Consists of a program broadcast by CFAC Radio.
Series 3 Grocery price lists and mail order catalogues. -- 1913-1939
M-6494-9 Grocery price lists. -- June 1913 and November 1915
M-6494-10 Grocery price lists. -- August and December 1919
M-6494-11 Grocery price lists. -- 1920. -- Note: January through March are missing.
M-6494-12 Grocery price lists. -- January-December 1921
M-6494-13 Grocery price lists. -- January-December 1922
M-6494-14 Grocery price lists. -- January-December 1923
M-6494-15 Grocery price lists. -- March-December 1924. -- Note: January through February are missing. Partway through the year the lists are renamed "Mail order catalogue".
M-6494-16 Mail order catalogues. -- 1925
M-6494-17 Mail order catalogues. -- 1926
M-6494-18 Mail order catalogues. -- 1927
M-6494-19 Mail order catalogues. -- 1928
M-6494-20 Mail order catalogues. -- 1929
M-6494-21 Mail order catalogues. -- 1930
M-6494-22 Mail order catalogues. -- 1931-1932
M-6494-23 Mail order catalogues. -- 1932-1933
M-6494-24 Mail order catalogues. -- 1933-1935
M-6494-25 Mail order catalogues. -- 1935-1936
M-6494-26 Mail order catalogues. -- 1937-1939
M-6494-27 Fruits for preserving price lists. -- 1923-1929, 1933
M-6494-28 Seeds price list. -- n.d.
M-6494-29 Anniversary sale flyers. -- 1936, 1938, 1939
Series 4 Staff relations, events, and newsletters. -- 1929-1974, predominant 1936-1959
M-6494-30 Programs for special events. -- 1929-1951. -- Consists of programs for annual staff "Anniversary Banquet and Dance" (1929, 1936, 1938, 1940, 1949), and a program for the opening of the new office and warehouse building (1951).
M-6494-31 Christmas cards sent by Jenkins' to staff and others. -- 1948-1959
M-6494-32 Circular letter sent to employees about bonus pay. -- 1941
M-6494-33 "Employees" Benefit Fund" booklet. -- 1949
M-6494-34 Retirement plan for Jenkins' employees. -- 1950, 1962. -- Consists of "Retirement Plan" booklet and newspaper clipping about the instigation of the plan (1950); and a circular letter to employees about the transfer of the plan to Westfair Foods (1962).
M-6494-35 Change Sheet and Gold-n-Drul. -- 1944-1947. -- Consists of a newsletter about Jenkins' employees adn their activities. The name was subsequently changed to The Gold-n-Rule.
M-6494-36 The Gold-n-Rule. -- 1947-1951. -- Includes a special souvenir edition (October 1951). See PD-191-vol.1 for the original photographs which were published in the souvenir edition.
M-6494-37 "Daily letter to all stores". -- March 1, 1950. -- Re proposed new warehouse.
RAD-15-3 "Toast and Marmalade". -- November 20, 1954. -- 1 audio disc. -- Consists of a tribute to long-time Jenkins' employee Alex Shearlaw, broadcast by CFC radio. For photographs related to the "Toast and Marmalade" program, see PA-2453-(129-1930, 144-150).
M-6494-38 Jenkins' reunion dinner. -- February 23, 1974. -- Consists of lists of former employees who were invited, invitation, and newspaper clipping about the event.
Series 5 Newspaper clippings. -- 1920s-1960s. -- Consists of articles about Jenkins' Groceteria, Henry Jenkins, Ron Jenkins, and Jenkins family activities.
M-6494-39 Newspaper clippings. -- 1920s
M-6494-40 Newspaper clippings. -- 1930s
M-6494-41 Newspaper clippings. -- 1940s
M-6494-42 Newspaper clippings. -- 1950s
M-6494-42 Newspaper clippings. -- 1960s
Series 6 Jenkin's Groceteria miscellany. -- [ca. 1911]-1958
M-6494-44 Jenkins & Co. - Everything in Groceries. -- [ca. 1911]. -- Blank letterhead
M-6494-45 Customer accounts book. -- [ca. 1911-1915]. -- Consists of a record of money owed by individuals. Arranged alphabetically.
M-6430 Mrs. H.G. Nolan's grocery receipts. -- 1931. -- Consists of hand-written receipts for purchases from Calgary store #12.
M-6494-46 Circular to customers about service changes. -- May 9, 1952. -- Re cancellation of telephone orders and charge accounts.
M-6494-47 Pamphlets about "Jenkins' Shopping Hostess Service". -- 1958
M-6494-48 Grocery paper bags. -- [ca. 1950s]
Series 7 Ron Jenkins' personal papers. -- 1944-1973
M-6494-49 Vocational course for members of H.M. Forces. -- 1944. -- Consist of material for a correspondence course on "Grocery" taken by Ron Jenkins.
M-6494-50 Birth announcement. -- 1946. -- Consists of a humorous announcement to the birth of Ron and Jeannie's son on March 14, 1946.
M-6494-51 Ronald H. Jenkins vs Western Grocers. -- 1965. -- Consists of the examination for discovery of Ronald Henry Jenkins and Edward S. Cooper for a court case in the Supreme Court of Alberta.
M-6494-52 Rotary Club newsletters with items about Ron Jenkins. -- 1960, 1965
M-6494-53 Tributes. -- 1969, 1973. -- Consists of a Special Service Award from the Calgary Stampede (1969), and a tribute poem by his second wife, Anele (Mumford) Jenkins (1973).
Series 8 Architectural plans. -- 1950, 1959
M-6494-oversize box Plans for warehouse and office building, including sprinkler system. -- 1950, 1959
Series 9

Photographs and slides. -- 1909-1963, predominant 1950s. -- 657 photographs. -- 60 slides

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PA-2453-(1-568) Jenkins family, stores, staff and activities. -- 1909-1963, predominant 1950s. -- 568 photographs
PB-604-1 Staff picnic. -- Juy 23, 1919. -- 1 photograph
PB-722-(1-12) Louis Petrie warehouse, picnics, sports events, aerial views of stores, etc. -- 1912-1955. -- 12 photographs
PD-191-vol.1 Staff and facilities views, taken for the souvenir edition of The Gold-n-Rule. -- October 1951. -- 38 photographs. -- The photographs were taken by Lorne Burkell. Includes a copy of the souvenir edition, which provides identifications.
PD-191-vol.2 "Outdoor Advertising : Hook Signs Ltd. : Jenkins' Groceteria Ltd.". -- [ca. 1941-1958]. -- 23 photographs. -- Consists of views of billboards advertising Jenkins' Groceteria, extending Christmas greetings to Calgarians, and encouraging the purchase of war savings stamps. Includes a list of the addresses of the billboards, and map showing their location in Calgary.
NA-4467-(1-2) Jenkins delivery truck outside Store No.11. -- 1959. -- 2 photographs
NA-4501-(1-11) Stores, employees, and promotions. -- 1909-1951. -- 11 photographs. -- Consists of views of the Jenkins and Cornfoot store (1909), store interior (1918), staff picnic (1919), and 1950s views of stores, transport truck, Ed Whalen (Jenkins-sponsored television broadcaster) and Ron Jenkins.
NA-5098-1 Jenkins' Groceteria broomball team. -- [ca. 1931-1932]. -- 1 photograph
S-234-(1-60) Jenkins' stores, promotions and advertising. -- [ca. 1956-1959]. -- 60 slides. -- Consists of views of the interiors and exteriors of stores; the warehouse and adjacent railway line; office staff; and meat packing house. Also consists of slides used to announce television features (including Jenkins’ news reporters Ed Whalen, Al Johnson and Ted Bissland, as well as Jenkins Auctionair and Jenkins TV Party) and advertising slides depicting products sold at Jenkins, along with sale price. Includes such products as Olympic wieners, Rupert Brand fish and chips, frying chickens, face clothes, and TV lamps.
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