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Consumer Movement Archives

The Consumer Movement Archives was established in 1987 by the Kansas State University Libraries within its Special Collections Department. The CMA:

  • Provides a repository for historic materials of local, regional, national, and international leaders in the consumer movement and for records of consumer organizations.

  • Promotes historical research and scholarship by preserving and making the collections available to scholars.

  • Serves individuals interested in consumer movement activities by facilitating research, issuing publications, holding conferences, sponsoring special projects, and awarding scholarships.

The initial collection contributed to the CMA was that of K-State professor Richard L. D. Morse. Dr. Morse is a nationally recognized consumer expert. His papers document consumer activities for the last 30 years and comprise over 100 linear feet of materials. Other significant research materials have been added to the CMA through the years.

Collections in the CMA provide unique primary materials for the study of a variety of consumer interests including education, protection, policy, and history. The CMA accepts appropriate archival material in all formats (correspondence, memoranda, reports, minutes, photographs, audio and video recordings, printed material, etc.) under contract terms agreed upon with the donor. The donor's name is used to identify the collection, such as the "Currin V. Shields Papers" or the "American Council on Consumer Interests Records."

If you have been involved in some aspect of the consumer movement and wish to preserve your collection for scholarly research, you are invited to contact the CMA for details. Researchers studying the consumer movement and interested in learning more about the holdings of the CMA are encouraged to contact the archives. For information about donating materials or conducting research, please contact:

Anthony Crawford
Curator of Manuscripts
Kansas State University
Hale Library
Manhattan, KS 66506-1201
(785) 532-7466

If you wish to donate funds or other resources in support of the CMA, you may make a tax-deductible contribution to:

Consumer Movement Archives
c/o KSU Foundation
2323 Anderson Ave
Manhattan, KS 66502
(785) 532-6266

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