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Florida Christian Migrant Ministry Records

Identifier: LR000868

Scope and Content

The records of the Florida Christian Migrant Ministry consist of correspondence, reports, minutes, publications, research studies and other material documenting migrant agricultural labor in Florida and the United States.

Important subjects in the collection: Afro-American agricultural laborers Migrant agricultural laborers--Medical care Agricultural laws and legislation National Farm Worker Ministry Boycotts Religious and Community Leaders Concerned Church work with migrant labor Republican Party--Political conventions, 1972 Citrus fruit industry--Florida Sugarcane industry--Florida Farm Workers Organizing Council Trade-unions--Agricultural laborers Florida--Agriculture--Statistics United Church Women of Florida Florida Council of Churches United Farm Workers Migrant agricultural laborers--Florida

Important correspondents in the collection: Reverend Paul M. Cassen Reverend Benjamin Fraticelli Reverend August H. Vandenbosche


  • 1949 - 1975


Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.


Collection is open for research.


Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials. Restrictions: Researchers may encounter records of a sensitive nature – personnel files, case records and those involving investigations, legal and other private matters. Privacy laws and restrictions imposed by the Library prohibit the use of names and other personal information which might identify an individual, except with written permission from the Director and/or the donor.


The Florida Missionary Assemblies created the Florida Christian Migrant Ministry (first called the Florida Ministry to Migrants) in 1939 to assist impoverished migrant agricultural laborers in the state of Florida. During the forties and fifties, the ministry was sponsored by shifting alliances of the Interdenominational Migrant Committee of the Florida Council of Church Women , the Florida Chain of Missionary Assemblies, the Florida Council of Churches, the Home Mission Council of North America, and the Division of Home Missions of the National Council of Churches. Since 1968, it has been an affiliated body of the Florida Council of Churches.


7 Linear Feet (7 MB)


Subjects include: Latino migrant workers; sugarcane industry; UFW; Florida agriculture; rural poverty; black migrant workers


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 have been placed in the Archives Audiovisual Collection.

Processing History

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Repository Details

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Detroit MI 48202 USA