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Marion Moses, M. D. Papers

Identifier: LP001173

Scope and Content

Dr. Moses' collection reflects primarily her administrative work with the United Farm Workers. Much of the correspondence deals with fund-raising efforts on behalf of the union and with several special events. Since she participated in all phases of union activities, the collection also contains papers relating to various programs of the Union including some background on the Farm Workers Clinic.

Important subjects covered in this collection include: Cesar Chavez' fund-raising, New York, 1968 Grape Boycott and Grape Strike, 1965-1969 United Farm Workers Benefit, Carnegie Hall, 1968

Among the important correspondents are: Cesar Chavez, Larry Itliong

Series Description: Series I, Office files of Marion Moses, 1960-1970: Correspondence related to Dr. Moses' work in the New York Office of the United Farm Workers, primarily concerned with fund-raising efforts. Included are letters from many prominent union leaders, government officials and entertainers.

The remainder of the files contain proposals, articles memoranda and clippings concerning United Farm Worker projects such as the clinic, insurance plans, the Grape Boycott and Grape Strike, and the Service Center. Another group of clippings, articles and brochures relates to non-UFW topics of special interest to Dr. Moses.


  • 1960 - 1970
  • Majority of material found within 1966 - 1968


Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.


Collection is open for research.


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Marion Moses was born in Wheeling, West Virginia on January 24, 1936. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1957 from the Georgetown University School of Nursing and pursued her nursing career until 1961 while she was working on a Masters Degree in Education which she received from Columbia University Teachers College in 1960.

From 1966 to 1971, Ms. Moses served as Administrator of the Health Program for the United Farm Workers of America in Delano. She then began studying for an M.D. degree which she received in 1976 from the Temple University School of Medicine. She then served residencies in Internal Medicine at the University of Colorado Medical Center and in Occupational Medicine at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York. Subsequently, she became an instructor at Mt. Sinai until 1983 when she was named Medical Director and Administrator for the National Farm Health Group in Keene, California, a post which she still holds.

Dr. Moses' medical interest and much of her professional writings have been centered on pesticides, herbicides, toxic substances and environmental health, concerns which relate directly to her work with the health problems of farm workers.


1.5 Linear Feet (3 MB)


Marion Moses served as United Farm Workers (UFW) Health Program Administrator and as Medical Director and Administrator for the National Farm Health Group. Dr. Moses’ papers reflect her interest in farm labor health concerns and document her work with the UFW; included are materials related to the Grape Boycotts of the 1960’s.


Arranged in 1 series – Series 1 (Box 1). Folders are arranged alphabetically by subject.


The papers of Marion Moses, M.D. were placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs in July of 1984 by Dr. Moses.


Several strike signs, a Mexican Graphic Arts Calendar, a hand-printed letter to "Mr. Chavez" from a group of second-graders and a hand-drawn (oversize) map of the Farm Workers pilgrimage from Delano to Sacramento have been deposited in the Audiovisual Collection of the Archives. Several copies of Farm Labor and El Malcriado have been added to the Archives Library.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library in February 1985.
Guide to the Marion Moses, M. D. Papers
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
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Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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Detroit MI 48202 USA