Consumer Movement Archives

The Consumer Movement Archives (CMA) were established by K-State Libraries in 1987 through the initiative of Richard L.D. Morse, a prominent leader in the consumer movement for over fifty years.

The CMA preserve and document the history of the consumer movement in the United States by providing a repository for the papers and records of consumer leaders, activists, and organizations, and by promoting the scholarly use of the material. 


The CMA holdings are national in scope. Included are collections from individuals associated with various consumer-related issues as well as records for state and national consumer organizations. Several collections also document consumer activities at the international level. Examples of archival material include correspondence, minutes, reports, policies, administrative and committee files, legal and financial documents, photographs, and electronic records.

Some key issues of interest within the collection include:

Consumer history



Health and safety

Finance (e.g. truth in lending and savings)


Representation in government



Depend consumers (disabled, etc.)

Organizations at all levels

Last updated: 09/16/2014