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UFW Washington, D. C. Boycott Records

Identifier: LR000221_DC

Scope and Content

The papers of the Washington, D.C. Boycott Office record the activities of the UFW in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia from the late 1960s to the mid 1970s.

Important subjects in the collection: Boycotts: Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia Farm worker legislation

Important correspondents: Cesar Chavez, Gilbert Padilla, Ramon Romero, Pete Valesco


  • 1966 - 1976


Language of Materials

Material in English and Spanish.


Collection is open for research.


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In 1972, the Washington, D.C. Boycott Office fell under the direction of Gilbert Padilla, who in 1961 had been associated with Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta in the Community Service Association. The trio broke off from the CSO to organize farm workers in the National Farm Workers Association prior to the formation of the United Farm Workers Organizing Committee in 1966. Padilla was elected secretary-treasurer of the United Farm Workers at that labor organization's first constitutional convention in 1973.


6 Linear Feet (6 SB)


The Washington, D.C. office focused primarily on the grape and lettuce boycotts coordinated by the United Farm Workers during this span of time. It also dealt with all types of legislation and Washington area organizations concerned with the lives of farm workers.


Folders in each box are simply listed by their location. They are not arranged, so any given subject may be dispersed throughout several boxes within the collection.


The records of the UFW Washington, D.C. Boycott office were placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs in 1977.

Related Materials

United Farm Workers collections


Several photographs were transferred to the Archives Audiovideo collection.

Processing History

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


Guide to the UFW Washington, D. C. Boycott Records
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
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Repository Details

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