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UFW Illinois Boycott: Chicago Office Records

 Collection
Identifier: LR002480
This collection contains flyers, correspondence, newspaper clippings, meeting minutes, legislative reports, newsletters, rosters, and field organizing notes. Additionally, this collection contains some material about the Teamsters.

Important Subjects: Boycotts—United States International Brotherhood of Teamsters Migrant labor—United States United Farm Workers of America

Important Names: Chavez, Cesar, 1927-1993 Huerta, Dolores, 1930- Medina, Eliseo, 1946 -

Dates

  • 1962 - 1982
  • Majority of material found within 1970 - 1974

Creator

Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.

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.

Extent

19.25 Linear Feet (19 SB, 1audiotape)

Abstract

The UFW Illinois Boycott was a part of the nationwide boycotts that the United Farm Workers of America (UFW) spearheaded during the mid 1960s and 1970s. These boycotts aimed to end the sale of non-union grapes and lettuce. The main duty of the Chicago office, which was led by Eliseo Medina, was to enlist support for the striking farm workers by soliciting donations, spreading information, and directing the boycott of specific stores within Illinois.

This collection contains flyers, correspondence, newspaper clippings, meeting minutes, legislative reports, newsletters, rosters, and field organizing notes. Additionally, this collection contains some material about the Teamsters.

History

The UFW Illinois Boycott was a part of the nationwide boycotts that the United Farm Workers of America (UFW) spearheaded during the mid 1960s and 1970s. These boycotts aimed to end the sale of non-union grapes and lettuce. The main duty of the Chicago office, which was led by Eliseo Medina, was to enlist support for the striking farm workers by soliciting donations, spreading information, and directing the boycott of specific stores within Illinois.

Arrangement

Folders are listed by their location within each box. Boxes one through five were arranged alphabetically. Boxes six through eighteen have been kept in original order

Acquisition

This collection was donated to the Reuther Library by Eliseo Medina, Felix Ybarra, and Chester Ruiz between 1970 and 1983.

Related Materials

UFW Boycott Central Records, UFW Office of the President: Cesar Chavez Records, Michigan Farm Worker Ministry Coalition Records, David Cohen Papers; also see individual state boycott collections.

Transfers

An audio cassette, containing Cesar Chavez at a press conference in 1969, has been transferred to the Reuther’s audiovisual department.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Meghan McGowan on July 6, 2015.

Creator

Title
Guide to the UFW Illinois Boycott: Chicago Office Records
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Meghan McGowan.
Date
2015-07-06
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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