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Marshall Ganz Papers

Identifier: LP001528

Scope and Content

The Marshall Ganz papers contain many of Ganz’ working notes from his time as an organizer, and from the National Executive Board meetings which he attended. In addition, a significant portion of the files in this collection are those of Jessica Govea, who worked both as an organizer, and directed the UFW boycott operations in Montreal and assisted the boycott in Toronto. She also coordinated the UFW medical programs for a time. She also resigned from the UFW on June 4, 1981. Some of her notes are written in Spanish.

Important subjects in the collection: Agricultural Labor Relations Cases; Boycott in Canada; Calexico, California files; National Executive Board materials; Organizing


  • 1968 - 1980


Language of Materials

Material mostly in English, some in Spanish.


Collection is open for research.


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Marshall Ganz was the son of a Bakersfield, California rabbi. He began working with the UFW in 1965 at the age of 22. He was the coordinator for the UFW boycott in Toronto, Ontario from the late 1960s into the early 1970s. He also conducted major organizing efforts for the UFW in California as the director of the UFW Field Office in Calexico, from the mid 1970s until 1977. Marshall Ganz was also a member of the National Executive Board for eight years. He resigned from the UFW on June 4, 1981.


8 Linear Feet (8 SB)


Subjects include: United Farm Workers; Cesar Chavez; organizing farm workers; agricultural labor relations cases; boycott in Canada; UFW National Executive Board; Jessica Govea; medical programs


PLEASE NOTE: Folders are computer-arranged alphabetically in this finding aid, but may actually be dispersed throughout several boxes in the collection. Note carefully the box number for each folder heading.


Several photographs were transferred to the Audiovisual Department in the Archives, and a Summary Plan Description (1978) of the Robert F. Kennedy Farm Workers Medical Plan was forwarded to the Archives Library.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Guide to the Marshall Ganz Papers
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Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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Detroit MI 48202 USA