The collection includes correspondence, reports, and reference materials generated or compiled by the association. There are also many photographs, primarily created in the 1930s but including some produced in the following decades. These images include prints of fish and furniture packed in barrels and the filling of barrels in distilleries. In addition to the printed photographs, the collection contains 1760 photographic slides depicting barrel-making and associated subjects as well as two films. A nearly complete run of the industry's monthly publication The Wooden Barrel, dating from 1932 to 1974, is also present. Other printed material includes the association's weekly bulletin and miscellaneous booklets and pamphlets. Scrapbooks comprise the final series of the collection.
The Associated Cooperage Industries of America was incorporated in 1934 and serves the interests of cooperages and other industries (e.g., distillers and vintners) related to the use of wooden barrels. The association succeeded other groups, the Tight Stave Association, the Tight Barrel Stave Manufacturers, the National Coopers Association, and the National Slack Cooperage Manufacturers Association. These associations merged in 1915 and 1916 to form the Associated Cooperage Industries of America.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The records of the Associated Cooperage Industries of America were given to the University of Louisville Archives in April 1982 and January 1983 by the executive director of the Louisville headquarters.
Associated Cooperage Industries of America records. University of Louisville Archives and Special Collections. https://archivescatalog.library.louisville.edu/repositories/2/resources/324 Accessed December 13, 2019.