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Mid-Atlantic Food Processors Association, Inc. records


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Several state-level groups of food processing firms formed a trade organization in the early twentieth century, eventually expanding to add Maryland and Virginia firms in the middle of the century. Known as the Mid-Atlantic Food Processors Association (MAFPA) since 1964, changes in the food industry led to the group's dissolution in 2002.

At the dawn of the twentieth century, food preservation had become one of the major industries of the Mid-Atlantic region. In order to better address common issues such as government regulations, consumer education, and dissemination of information regarding new technologies, several state trade associations merged to create a regional association. The Tri-State Packers Association was founded on February 3, 1904 by the members of the New Jersey Canned Goods Association and the Peninsula Canned Goods Packers Association. While fifty-five firms comprised the original membership, the organization expanded to include 111 firms within a year. The Tri-State Packers Association represented large national companies such as Campbell’s (based in New Jersey) as well as hundreds of small, independent food processors in the region. The Association’s affiliation with the Maryland Canners Association began with the 1919 convention held in Philadelphia. The Association was incorporated in Maryland in 1929.

The leadership of the Tri-State Packers consisted of three full-time employees: the executive secretary, the assistant secretary, and the treasurer. The presidency was a temporary position, filled by sixty-nine men over the ninety-eight years of the organization’s existence. The board of directors and a number of committees worked with the leadership to address issues relating to the food processing industry through legislative and educational activities. Virginia processors were added to the Tri-State Packers Association in 1963, necessitating a name change. In 1964, the organization became the Mid-Atlantic Food Processors Association or MAFPA.

The Association focused on governmental and regulatory issues as well as conducting agricultural research to improve crop yield and raw product. It also reviewed pending legislation at both the nation and local levels so firms could address the issues of food processing with Congress and state representatives. MAFPA sponsored seminars and classes designed to improve general knowledge in the fields of management, mechanical engineering and bookkeeping. The Lansing Warner Company of Chicago provided a group insurance plan for the Association’s member firms and their employees until the 1970s.

In the late twentieth century, competition from other agricultural and food processing regions (particularly California), a change in American eating habits, and diminishing supplies of seafood from the Chesapeake and Delaware bays caused significant financial difficulties for smaller processors. The Mid-Atlantic region’s processors found it difficult to survive in an extremely competitive marketplace and by 2000 only four members were left in MAFPA. The Association formally dissolved in 2002 after ninety-eight years of support for member processors in the Mid-Atlantic region.

Budd, Nelson H.History of the Mid-Atlantic Food Processors Association Inc.[1967]. (Box 1, Folder 7) Kee, Ed.Saving our Harvest: The Story of the Mid-Atlantic Region’s Canning and Freezing Industry. Timonium, Md.: CTI Publications, Inc. 2006.

The records of the Mid-Atlantic Food Processors Association, 1917-2006, documents the structure and services of a regional trade organization. The collection contains 5 linear feet of material organized topically into four series, including founding documents, administrative records, meeting minutes, bulletins, financial statements, correspondence, convention programs, photographs, and other printed material relating to the organization. The material contained collection was used extensively by Ed Kee in research toward

Saving Our Harvest: The Story of the Mid-Atlantic Region’s Canning and Freezing Industry (2006). Many of the items used, such as directories and minutes, are referenced in Kee’s bibliographic essay in Saving Our Harvest .

Series I. consists of printed material related to the founding of the Association, board of directors membership lists, member obituaries, and correspondence to and from MAFPA executive secretaries Frank and Nina Schales (1979-1999).

Series II. consists of the organizational newsletter, the General Bulletin (1972-2000), and meeting minutes (1928-1998).

Series III. contains the financial information of the Association and includes financial statements, receipts, tax returns, insurance policy reviews, and ledgers.

Series IV. contains material related to various MAFPA meetings such as convention programs, as well as directories.

Series V. consists of the notebooks of C. W. Mowbray, executive secretary of MAFPA 1974-1978, as well as environmental/agricultural research, pamphlets, material dealing with migrant labor, news articles, and several trade publications.

  1. Boxes 1-5: Shelved in SPEC MSS record center cartons

Gift of Ed Kee, June 2006.

Processed and encoded by Evan Echols, February 2007.

University of Delaware Library Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
University of Delaware Library, Special Collections
Finding Aid Date
2007 February 22
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Collection Inventory

Tri-State Packers Certificate of Incorporation, 1929 January 7.
Box 1 Folder F1
Proposed Resolution Changing Resident Agent, 1957.
Box 1 Folder F1
Constitution and by-laws, 1937.
Box 1 Folder F1
Charters and By-laws of the Tri-State Packers Association/Mid-Atlantic Food Processors Association, 1958-1967, 1984, 1990.
Box 1 Folder F2
Corporate name change from Tri-State Packers Association to Mid-Atlantic Food Processors Association, 1964.
Box 1 Folder F3
Agreement and Declaration of Trust between Trappe Frozen Foods Corp., Chas. T. Wrightson Son, inc., and Charles F. Noble Co., 1959.
Box 1 Folder F4
Agreement and Declaration of Trust between the Trustees. Masonic Temple and Mid-Atlantic Food Processors Association, 1959.
Box 1 Folder F4
Board of Directors membership lists, correspondence, undated.
Box 1 Folder F5
Board of Directors minutes and membership reports, 1979-1980.
Box 1 Folder F6
Budd, Nelson H. History of the Mid-Atlantic Food Processors Association Inc, [1967].
Box 1 Folder F7
Articles of Amendment of the Maryland Food Processors Association, 1968 December 5.
Box 1 Folder F8
Certificates of Honor for MAFPA members, undated.
Box 1 Folder F9
Photocopies of Tri-State Packers Association mentions in The Trade, undated.
Box 1 Folder F9
Dissolution of MAFPA, 2002.
Box 1 Folder F10
Society of Tri-Staters, undated.
Box 1 Folder F11
Associated New York Food Processors Policy Statement and Membership Directories, 2001-2002.
Box 1 Folder F12
Obituaries of Tri-State Packers/MAFPA members, undated.
Box 1 Folder F13
Obituaries of Tri-State Packers/MAFPA members, undated.
Box 1 Folder F14
Correspondence to Henry P. Cannon of Cannon Foods, Bridgeville, DE, 1979-1999.
Box 1 Folder F15
Correspondence and various documents relating to Frank and Nina Schales, Executive Secretaries of MAFPA, 1979-1999.
Box 1 Folder F16
Correspondence to various MAFPA members, 1971-1982.
Box 1 Folder F17

Box 1 Folder F1
Box 1 Folder F2
1983-1988 January.
Box 1 Folder F3
1988 May-1993 February.
Box 1 Folder F4
1993-2000 October.
Box 1 Folder F5
MAFPA Board of Directors meeting minutes, 1967-1977.
Box 1 Folder F6
Box 1 Folder F7
Box 1 Folder F8
Box 1 Folder F9
Box 1 Folder F10
Box 1 Folder F11
Box 1 Folder F12
Box 1 Folder F13
Box 2 Folder F14
Box 2 Folder F15
Box 2 Folder F16
Box 2 Folder F17
Box 2 Folder F18
Box 2 Folder F19
Box 2 Folder F20
Box 2 Folder F21
Budget and minutes [1 of 2], undated.
Box 2 Folder F22
Budget and minutes [2 of 2], undated.
Box 2 Folder F23

Memos and various financial documents. Note: Contains two issues of the official newsletter of The American Frozen Food Institute (April 12, 1999 and May 10, 1999), 1998-1999.
Box 2 Folder F1
MAFPA balance sheets and income statements, 1964-1972.
Box 2 Folder F2
MAFPA budget, 1978-1980.
Box 2 Folder F3
Box 2 Folder F4
Box 2 Folder F5
Box 2 Folder F6
Box 2 Folder F7
Box 2 Folder F8
Box 2 Folder F9
Box 2 Folder F10
Box 2 Folder F11
Box 2 Folder F12
1997-1998, 2001.
Box 2 Folder F13
Cash Receipts and Bank Deposits, 1970.
Box 3 Folder F14
Cash Receipts and Bank Deposits, 1971.
Box 3 Folder F15
Cash Receipts and Bank Deposits, 1972.
Box 3 Folder F16
Guidelines for the Mid-Atlantic Food Processors Association Members Hospitalization Program, undated.
Box 3 Folder F17
MAFPA mailing list subscription forms, 1986.
Box 3 Folder F18
Maryland Employer Withholding Tables, 1999.
Box 3 Folder F19
Tri-State Packers' Association Operation Manual, [1950].
Box 3 Folder F20
Box 3 Folder F21
Box 3 Folder F22
Box 3 Folder F23
Box 3 Folder F24
Box 3 Folder F25
Agreement and Declaration of Trust between Trappe Frozen Foods Corp., Chas. T. Wrightston Son, Inc, and Charles F. Noble Co., and Gordon K. Calvert, Francis H. Wrightson, and Charles F. Noble, as trustees, 1959.
Box 3 Folder F26
MAFPA insurance trust fund experience reviews, 1967-1970.
Box 3 Folder F27
MAFPA insurance trust fund experience reviews, 1971-1973.
Box 3 Folder F28
Insurance trust fund financial statements, 1978-1980.
Box 3 Folder F29
Insurance trust fund financial statements, 1981-1983.
Box 3 Folder F30
Notebook containing miscellaneous insurance documents, undated.
Box 3 Folder F31
Warner Insurance Group staff correspondence, 1968-1983.
Box 3 Folder F32
Insurance policy reviews, 1978-1983.
Box 3 Folder F33
MAFPA Administrative Services insurance payments, 1985-1991.
Box 3 Folder F34
Physical Description

5 items

Quickbooks back up, 1994-1999.
Box 3 Folder F35
Itemized profit and loss, 1996.
Box 3 Folder F35
Processor members, Food Bank history, misc. files, undated.
Box 3 Folder F35
Box 3 Folder F36
Box 3 Folder F37
Box 3 Folder F38

Convention photographs, [1950-1960?], 1986.
Box 4 Folder F1
Virginia Grown guide, 1993-1994.
Box 4 Folder F2
Better Process Control School labels and letters, undated.
Box 4 Folder F3
Customer name lists, undated.
Box 4 Folder F4
The Pennsylvania Packer, 1993-1995.
Box 4 Folder F5
The Pennsylvania Packer, 1996-1997.
Box 4 Folder F6
Brochure for the Old Guard Society Fifty-Forth Annual Party, 1979.
Box 4 Folder F7
Box 4 Folder F8
Box 4 Folder F9
Box 4 Folder F10
Tri-State Packers Association's Fiftieth Annual Convention program, 1953.
Box 4 Folder F11
The Pennsylvania Food Processors Association Membership Directory, 1953.
Box 4 Folder F12
Mid-America Food Processors Association: Convention Program, Membership Information, and Advertising Directory, 1993.
Box 4 Folder F13
The Guard Society of the Food Industries Membership Directory, 1998-1999.
Box 4 Folder F14
Souvenir of the Convention of the National Canners' and Allied Association, 1914.
Box 4 Folder F15
Physical Description


MAFPA Banquet pamphlets, 1975-1980.
Box 4 Folder F16
Tri-State Packers Association Directory, 1927.
Box 4 Folder F17
Canners Directory, 1959.
Box 4 Folder F18
Tri-State Packers Association Directory of Food Processors, 1960, 1962.
Box 4 Folder F19
Box 4 Folder F20
1970, 1973, 1975, 1980.
Box 4 Folder F21
Box 4 Folder F22
Box 4 Folder F23
Box 4 Folder F24
1992, 1995.
Box 4 Folder F25
Box 4 Folder F26
Box 4 Folder F27
Directory of the Canning, Freezing, Preserving Industries, 1982-1983.
Box 4 Folder F28

Ozark Food Processors Association convention information, 1999.
Box 5 Folder F1
C. W. "Kelly" Mowbray notebook 1 [1 of 2], undated.
Box 5 Folder F2
C. W. "Kelly" Mowbray notebook 1 [2 of 2], undated.
Box 5 Folder F3
C. W. "Kelly" Mowbray notebook 2 [1 of 2], undated.
Box 5 Folder F4
C. W. "Kelly" Mowbray notebook 2 [2 of 2], undated.
Box 5 Folder F5
C. W. Mowbray testimony before House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture and Related Agencies, 1975 April 29.
Box 5 Folder F6
Correspondence between C. W. Mowbray and Dean J. M. Beattie, College of Agriculture, The Pennsylvania State University, 1974.
Box 5 Folder F6
Governor's Commission on Migratory and Seasonal Farm Labor, 1981.
Box 5 Folder F7
Studies on migrant labor, 1981-1982.
Box 5 Folder F8
Agricultural research, 1973-1990.
Box 5 Folder F9
Environmental reports, 1975.
Box 5 Folder F10
Agricultural research, 1927, 1974-1999.
Box 5 Folder F11
Requirements of Laws and Regulations Enforced by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, 1989.
Box 5 Folder F12
Public Policy Progress Report, 1998.
Box 5 Folder F13
Industry and Trade Technology Review, 1993.
Box 5 Folder F14
1978 November, 1980 October, 1981 January, May, July.
Box 5 Folder F15
1981 October, 1985 January, June, 2001 June.
Box 5 Folder F16
1999 June.
Box 5 Folder F17
The Food Industry, 1983.
Box 5 Folder F18
Box 5 Folder F19
Box 5 Folder F20
Box 5 Folder F21
Notebook containing misc. documents, undated.
Box 5 Folder F22
Notebook containing bulletins and correspondence, undated.
Box 5 Folder F23
Notebook, 1974-1979, 1992.
Box 5 Folder F24
Notebook, 1974-1979, 1992.
Box 5 Folder F25
Pamphlets, undated.
Box 5 Folder F26
Newsletters, 1998-1999.
Box 5 Folder F27
MAFPA Newsletter and notes, 2002.
Box 5 Folder F28

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