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UFW Canadian Boycott: Toronto Office Audio-Visual Collection

Identifier: LAV002473
The audio-visual collection consists of a number of posters, bumper stickers, audio tapes and a few photographs that document UFW activities in Toronto during the time of the UFW Grape Boycott in the 1970s.


  • 1973 - 1978


Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.


Collection is open for research. Patrons must make an appointment with the AV Department prior to visiting


Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials. For audio or image reproduction, contact the Audiovisual Department.


1 Linear Feet (1 OS)


One of the largest boycott offices in Canada was located in Toronto. Coordinated by Bill Masterson, Jessica Govea, Marshall Ganz and others, the Toronto boycott staff and volunteers, including church and student groups, led a successful campaign against the sale and shipment of non-union grapes in Canada.


The UFW Canadian Boycott was part of a series of U.S. nation-wide boycotts that the United Farm Workers spearheaded during the mid 1960s and 1970s. These boycotts alerted the national consumer of the grape and lettuce strikes that had erupted in California, Texas, Arizona and other states. The main duties of the Toronto Boycott office were to enlist support for the striking farm workers by soliciting donations, spreading information and organizing marches and rallies. Boycott activities were focused mainly in the Toronto area, however there were coordinated activities in cities in other Canadian provinces.


Folders are grouped by format.


The audio-visual collection was placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs in 1977.

Related Materials

UFW Canadian Boycott: Toronto Office Records, UFW Canadian Boycott: Montreal Office Records, UFW Canadian Boycott: Winnipeg Office Records

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Kathy Schmeling on July 1, 2016.
Guide to the UFW Canadian Boycott: Toronto Office Audio-Visual Collection
Processed by Kathy Schmeling.
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Repository Details

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