Cynthia and Lee Theorin Papers, 1980-1996 (bulk 1982-1989)

Summary Information
Title: Cynthia and Lee Theorin Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1980-1996 (bulk 1982-1989)

  • Theorin, Cynthia
  • Theorin, Lee
Call Number: Mss 1205

Quantity: 0.4 cubic feet (1 archives box)

Archival Locations:
Wisconsin Historical Society (Map)

Papers of Cynthia “Cindy” and Lee Theorin, documenting activism related to support for family farms, farmland preservation, faith-based advocacy of rural life, farm bill legislation, and other issues related to their involvement with Wisconsin Farm Unity Alliance (WFUA), Wisconsin Farm Conservancy (WFC), and other organizations.


Forms part of the Organic and Sustainable Agriculture Collection.

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Language: English

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Cynthia “Cindy” and Lee Theorin began farming in the 1970s in Boyceville, Wisconsin, and became actively involved in a local food cooperative as well as issues surrounding the farm crisis of the early 1980s. They were involved in the Groundswell Coalition, a grassroots coalition of farmers and others who advocated for support of the Farm Policy Reform Act of 1985. Cindy Theorin served as a board member (1983) and office manager of Wisconsin Farm Unity Alliance; Lee Theorin also served on the WFUA board (1986). Both Cindy and Lee Theorin participated in the founding of the Wisconsin Farmland Conservancy, a farmland preservation organization, and served on its Board of Directors at different times in the 1980s and 1990s. Lee Theorin also served as President (1989) of Farmer to Farmer, a program that offered technical assistance to Nicaraguan dairy farmers.

Scope and Content Note

The Cynthia and Lee Theorin papers provide fragmentary documentation of the Theorins' involvement in a grassroots response to the farm crisis of the 1980s through service on the Board of Directors of organizations such as Wisconsin Farm Unity Alliance and the Wisconsin Farm Conservancy (currently West Wisconsin Land Trust), farm bill legislation, and other issues such as the controversy over bovine growth hormone (BGH), nuclear arms freeze rallies, faith-based advocacy of rural life, and coalitions with African American farmers. Also included are a speech at a rally and testimony at a bill hearing by Cindy Theorin, letters to the editor from the Theorins, memorial articles on WFUA founder Tom Saunders, and papers relating to Pam Saunders' involvement with an organic meat marketing cooperative.

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Administrative/Restriction Information
Acquisition Information

Presented by Cynthia Theorin, Boyceville, Wisconsin, July 24, 2016. Accession Number: M2017-085

Processing Information

Processed by Julia Wong, September 2017.

Contents List
Mss 1205
Box   1
Folder   1
1985 Farm Bill, 1985
Box   1
Folder   2
Farm Policy Reform Act of 1985, 1985-1986
Box   1
Folder   3
American Lutheran Church (ALC), 1984-1987
Box   1
Folder   4
Black and White Farmers Together conference, 1985 August 22-24
Box   1
Folder   5
Bovine growth hormone (BGH), 1987-1988
Note: Includes materials from WFUA and other organizations.
Farm Aid
Box   1
Folder   6
Brochure, thank you note, undated
Box   1
Folder   7
United Farmer and Rancher Congress, 1986 September
Box   1
Folder   8
Farm brochures, undated
Box   1
Folder   9
Groundswell Coalition, 1985 February-June, undated
Box   1
Folder   10
Harvesting Our Potential: A Midwestern Rural Women's Conference (January 16-18, 1987), 1987 January
Box   1
Folder   11
Letters to the editor, 1985 February, August
Box   1
Folder   12
National Family Farm Coalition (NFFC), Farm Bill, 1995
Box   1
Folder   13
National Save the Family Farm Coalition (NSFFC), legislative update, 1987 November 20-21
Box   1
Folder   14
News clippings, 1980, undated
Note: Connorsville Co-op Grocery and Farmer to Farmer project.
North American Farm Alliance (NAFA)
Box   1
Folder   15
Brochures, undated
Box   1
Folder   16
Conference to Save Our Farms and Communities and Campaign Strategy Conference (September 1-2, 1984), 1984 September
Box   1
Folder   17
1985 Farm Bill, 1984-1985
Box   1
Folder   18
Rallies for nuclear arms freeze, 1982 June, October
Wisconsin Farm Unity Alliance (WFUA)
Box   1
Folder   19
General, 1983-1987, 1991
Box   1
Folder   20
By-laws, 1983 September 11
Box   1
Folder   21
Barron County Hay Lift flyer, 1986?
Box   1
Folder   22
Brochures, 1984, undated
Box   1
Folder   23
Farm credit advocacy program, 1985
Box   1
Folder   24
"Foreclosure or Forced Out: An Education in Injustice" / compiled by Paul Schaefer: booklet, 1984
Wisconsin Farmland Conservancy (WFC)
Box   1
Folder   25
Board materials, 1995-1996, undated
Box   1
Folder   26
Brochures, undated
Box   1
Folder   27
Land trust and community investment articles, 1980-1987
Box   1
Folder   28
News clippings, 1990
Box   1
Folder   29
Organic meat marketing cooperative, 1995-1996
Box   1
Folder   30
Project proposals, summaries, 1987, undated
Box   1
Folder   31
Saunders, Tom: obituaries, 1989