TABLE OF CONTENTS


Overview of the Collection

Historical Background

Scope and Contents

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Detailed Description of the Collection

Associated Wholesale Grocers Collection



Overview of the Collection

Accession No.: MA08.1
Repository: Texas/Dallas History & Archives, Dallas Public Library1515 Young St Dallas, TX 75201
Creator: Associated Wholesale Grocery
Title: Associated Wholesale Grocers Collection
Dates: 1960-1965
Quantity: 1 cubic feet
Language: The records are in English.

Historical Background

In 1946, 50 independent grocers banded together for the purpose of mass buying, and established the Associated Wholesale Grocers of Dallas. With corporate chains dominating the retail grocer business, and independent grocers paying more wholesale prices, the AWG expanded, from 50 members in 1946 to 500 in 1961, to over 900 in 1964. To handle the growth of the AWG in Dallas and to further decrease the wholesale cost of its member stores, a massive warehouse was built in 1955 in the Brook Hollow Industrial District, now Stemmons Business Corridor. Originally built, it was five acres large but soon doubled by 1960 to ten acres due to the expansion of business in the area. In 1960 D.A. Keener was appointed General Manager of the food distribution company headquartered out of the warehouse. Under his administration, the company's warehouse doubled in size and utilized the latest technology necessary to handle the growth of the AWG in Dallas.

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Scope and Contents

This collection consists of materials documenting D.A. Keener's career as general manager of the AWG Warehouse, as well as the warehouse's growth. David Keener started work for Associated Wholesale Grocers (later Affiliated Food Stores) when it opened in 1946. After fourteen years in its bookeeping department, he became general manager. Information includes stockholders materials, company publications, news paper clippings, and company photographs of the warehouse.

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Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Persons:

D.A. Keener

Organizations:

Associated Wholesale Grocers of Dallas

Places:

Dallas (Tex.)

Titles:

Associated Wholesale Grocers

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

MA08.1 Associated Wholesale Grocers Collection, Texas/Dallas History & Archives Division, Dallas Public Library

Processing Information

Processed by Bryan McKinney

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Detailed Description of the Collection

1 1 P.R. Release announcing the appointment of D.A. Keener general manager November 29, 1960
2 Letters of Congratulations 1960-1961
3 Newsletter, AWG Newsletter. April 6, 1962 and AWG Warehouse groundbreaking flier, January 31, 1955
4 Publications - All feature stories about AWG Warehouse
Barker March 1961
Tele-Log February 1962
Journal of Machine Accounting October 1963
1 5 Stockholders Meetings 1961-1965
6 Newsclippings
7 Photograph - Early AWG Warehouse
8 Photographs - Aerials of Warehouse in Stemmons Business Corridor
9 Photographs - Shipping Docks and External shots of Warehouse
10 Photographs - Warehouse - Internal operations
11 Photographs - J.D. Simril, former GM previous to Keener
12 Photographs - David Keener
13 Photographs - David Keener and other executives and Board Members
14 Photographs - D.A. Keener and City Councilmen Abe Meyer
15 Photographs - Nat Gibbs, GM after Keener
16 Photographs - Howard Meenach, biscuit manufacturer
17 Photographs - Presidents Banquet 1961
18 Photographs - AWG Displays
19 Photographs - Office staff and IBM computers
20 Photographs - Miscellaneous