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Bob Barber Papers

Identifier: LP001252
Subjects: Boycotts Braceros California Agricultural Labor Relations Board Farm Labor Legislation: California Farm Labor Organizing Gallo Strike Gallo Wine and Grape Industry International Brotherhood of Teamsters Proposition 14 (California) Undocumented migrant labor Union elections United Farmer Workers of America, AFL-CIO


  • 1973 - 1979


Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.


Collection is open for research.


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Bob Barber worked as a journalist, writing for the United Farm Workers publication, El Malcriado, reporting for KSAN and KPFA radio stations in California’s Bay Area, and as a freelance writer. Mr. Barber’s papers center on his work covering California farm labor election issues.


Bob Barber began reporting farm labor issues in Califronia when he was a writer for th eUnited Farm Workers publication, El Malcriado in 1974. After that time, he worked for several years as a freelance writer, reporting for KSAN and KPFA radio stations in the Bay Area of California. During the next two years (1975-1977) Barber covered agricultural issues focusing on a critical period in farm labor organizing under California's Agricultural Labor Relations Board. It was during that time that Cesar Chavez and other UFW officials were battling the powerful Teamsters union and many California growers for secret ballot union elections. The papers of Bob Barber center on his activities as a reporter covering California farm labor election issures durig the years 1973-1977. Barber's collection includes over sixty hours of taped interviews with UFW organizers, union members, Teamsters, growers and others. (See list at the end of this guide.) In addition, the collection contains a unique assortment of leaflets published by the UFW, the Teamsters and some California growers during the first summer of union elections under the NLRB in 1976.


Arranged in 2 series – Series 1 (Boxes 1-11), and Series 2 (tapes). Folders are arranged alphabetically.


The papers of Bob Barber were placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban in 1985 and opened for research in 1995.


Tapes transferred to Reuther's Audiovisual Department.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library in 1995


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Repository Details

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