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UFW Information and Research Department Records

 Collection
Identifier: LR002435

Scope and Content

Part I: The Information and Research Department of the UFW collects the materials of the union and retains them for research purposes. In addition to union generated materials, the department also collects papers of interest to Farm Workers from other areas.

Important subjects in the collection: Agriculture Legislation and Elections concerning Boycotts Farm Labor California Negotiations for Contracts Farm Labor Philippines Grapes Strikes Immigration Teamsters Union Lettuce

Important correspondents in the collection: Joan Baez; Edward F. Kennedy; Governor Edmund Brown; Coretta Scott King; Jimmy Carter; Mack Lyons; Marshall Ganz; Fred Ross; Dolores Huerta; Larry Tramutt; Larry Itliong; Pete Velasco
Part II: Significant files in this collection include Service Center and Field Office correspondence. These materials reflect the range of services which the union provided for its members, including legal and immigration assistance, workman’s compensation claims, and grievance mediation. Other important materials in this collection include papers concerning the difficulties the UFW had with the United Brotherhood of Teamsters relating to the 1973 dispute over “sweetheart contracts” that the Teamsters signed with many California growers. National Labor Relations Board reports about that dispute are also included herein.

There are also a significant number of files relating to UFW membership: questions from membership as to how the Union worked, members Union histories, and other services the Union provided, including health care. Legal files constitute another important area in this collection, especially legal action versus various growers and companies, and files about illegal aliens.

Important subjects in this collection: Boycott Illegal Aliens Farm and migrant labor Legal and legislative files Field Office Membership files Foundation grants and fundraising Service Center Grower correspondence and contracts Teamsters Health and Pesticides

Important correspondents in this collection: Rudy Ahmuda; Gilbert Padilla; Cesar Chavez; Ann Israel Puharich; Dolores Huerta; Al Rojas
Part III: The UFW Information and Research Department collected the materials of the union and retained them for research purposes. In addition to union generated records, the department also collected papers of interest to farm workers from other geographical areas.

Important Subjects: California Agricultural Labor Relations Board United Farm Workers Organizing Committee--Periodicals Immigration issues in the United States Legal documents Media Organizing, Labor

Important Names: Chavez, Caesar 1927-1993 Huerta, Dolores 1930- Jackson, Jesse, 1941- Brown, Jerry 1938- Carter, Jimmy, 1924- Gallo, Robert, John Burciaga, David John Paul II, Pope, 1920-2005 Fitzsimmons, Frank, E., 1906-1981 Nixon, Richard M. (Richard Milhous), 1913-1994 Mohn, Einar Kuhfuss, William, J.

Dates

  • 1939 - 1978
  • Majority of material found within 1968 - 1977

Creator

Language of Materials

Majority of material in English; some in Spanish.

Access

Collection is open for research.

Use

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.

History

Part I: In 1962 The National Farm Workers Association (NFWA) was founded at a convention called by Cesar Chavez. This organization affiliated with the Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee in 1966 to become the United Farm Workers Organizing Committee (UFWOC). In 1972 the UFWOC became independent of the AFL-CIO and in one year later changed its name to the United Farm Workers, AFL-CIO. The UFW has been led by Cesar Chavez since 1962.
Part II: The United Farm Workers (UFW) began as the National Farm Workers Association (NFWA) in 1962. In 1966 the NFWA joined the Agricultural Workers Committee (AWC) to form the United Farm Workers Organizing Committee (UFWOC), under the auspices of the AFL-CIO. In 1973 the UFWOC gained full union status and became the United Farm Workers, AFL-CIO. Cesar Chavez led the farm workers from 1962 until his death in 1993.

The Information and Research (I & R) department of the UFW serves as the research center for the Union, collecting materials of interest in many areas important to the organization. In addition, I & R collects the files of the various departments of the Union.
Part III: In 1962 The National Farm Workers Association (NFWA) was founded at a convention organized by Cesar Chavez, a former farm laborer, community activist and organizer. This organization merged with the Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee in 1966 to become the United Farm Workers Organizing Committee (UFWOC). In 1972 UFWOC affiliated with the AFL-CIO, and one year later changed its name to the United Farm Workers, AFL-CIO. From 1962 until his death in 1993, Cesar Chavez headed the union. In 1993, Chavez's son-in-law, Arturo Rodriguez was elected the UFW’s successor.

Extent

67.5 Linear Feet (67 SB, 1 MB)

Abstract

The UFW grew out of several farm workers organizations in the 1960s and was led for over thirty years by Cesar Chavez. The Information and Research Department serves as the research center for the union, collecting materials of interest in many areas importantin to the organization. Their records reflect the range of services which the union provided for its members, including legal and immigration assistance, workman's compensation claims, healthcare, and grievance mediation. Other subjects include: boycotts; contract negotiations; strikes; Teamsters dispute.

Arrangement

Parts I and II: Folders are listed in the order they appear.
Part III: Folders are arranged by subject and then chronologically by calendar year, unless otherwise noted.

Related Materials

National Farm Worker Ministry Records, Dolores Huerta Papers, UFW Organizing Committee Records, UFW New York Boycott Office Records, UFW Washington State Boycott, UFW Michigan Boycott Records, UFW Office of the President: Cesar Chavez Records, UFW Organizing Committee: Boston Boycott Office Records

Transfers

Part I: Some photographs, audio tapes and posters have been placed in the Archives Audiovisual Collection, and a few copies of El Malcriado may be found in the Archives Library.
Part II: A number of photographs and a record album Las Voces de Los Campesinos: Francisco Garcia and Pablo and Juanita Saludado Sing Corridos about the Farm Workers and their Union have been placed in the Archives Audio-Visual collection. In addition, books and serials, including copies of the Farm Workers’ newspaper El Malcriado, have been placed in the Archives library.

Processing History

Part I: Processed and finding aid written by H. Christein on June 29, 1994.
Part II: Processed and finding aid updated by H. Christein on October 17, 1994.
Part III: Processed and finding aid updated by Dorothy Jean Hamilton on February 8, 2010. Edited by William Dawson on June 13, 2013.

Creator

Title
Guide to the UFW Information and Research Department Records
Status
Completed
Author
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Date
1994-04-08
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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