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UFW New York Boycott Records

 Collection
Identifier: LR002492
Part I: Part 1 covers the period 1965-1970, with material principally confined to the years 1967-1970.

Important subjects are: Agricultural Workers Freedom to Work Association. California Rural Legal Assistance Consumer Suits vs Chain stores U. S. Department of Defense - table grape sales Franzia Brothers Winery - Contract Negotiations, 1967-1968 False Labeling of table grapes Giumarra Strike and Boycott Lettuce Boycott National Labor Relations Act, 1968,1969 New York Boycott of California table grapes Pesticides - Food & Drug Administration, 1969

Among the Correspondents are: Frank O'Connor Cesar Chavez Charles Goodell Wayne Hartmire Dolores Huerta William Kircher John V. Lindsay William F. Ryan

Series Description: Series 1, OFfice Files, 1965-1970: Includes correspondence, reports, memos, leaflets, charts, financial records, some legal papers, notices and clippings. These are arranged alphabetically by topic; alphabetically or chronologically within each topic. Material is confined principally to the years 1967-1970. The most important topic covered is the nationwide boycott of California table grapes with emphasis on its implementation in New York City and the surrounding area. Other topics related to the grape boycott include: Correspondence seeking support from local unions, community and religious organizations; resolutions, migrants' pilgrimage to Washington, 1970; NLRA; Franzia Brothers Winery Contract Negotiations 1967 -1968; California Rural Legal Assistance; pesticides; Department of Defense, 1969; organizations supporting and opposing the boycott; arrests of pickets; and some material from other boycott offices.

Series 2, Legal Deparment, 1965-1970: Correspondence, memoranda, reports, affidavits, complaints, clippings and other legal papers from the legal department. The materials pertain to various court cases involving the UFWOC or its members. Among the subjects included are secondary boycotts, false labeling of table grapes and consumer suits against chain stores.

Series 3, Clippings, 1967-1970: Newspaper and magazine articles about UFWOC, the grape strike and table grape boycott, and other related topics.
Part II: Part 2 covers the period 1967-1979 and covers both the grape and lettuce boycotts with various growers. The records consist of files from various New York boycott offices that include: New York City, Buffalo, Brooklyn and a few others. These records highlight the activities of the New York boycott coordinators efforts to publicize the California farm worker’s strike and boycott.

Important Subjects: Agricultural industries—California--History Agricultural laborers—Labor unions—California Boycotts—United States California Rural Legal Assistance Child labor—Law and legislation—United States Migrant labor—California—History Migrant labor—United States—History—20th century Pesticides—adverse effects—United States Strikes and lockouts—Agricultural laborers—United States United Farm Workers of America United Farm Workers Organizing Committee—History

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

Dates

  • 1966 - 1979
  • Majority of material found within 1970 - 1976

Creator

Language of Materials

Material in English and 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.

Extent

15.5 Linear Feet (17 MB, 7 SB)

Abstract

The activities of the New York Boycott office focused on the national consumer boycotts of California table grapes and lettuce initiated by the United Farm Workers Organizing Committee, UFWOC (predecessor of UFW) in 1967 and 1971 respectively. The boycotts were in support of striking California farm workers seeking union recognition under the leadership of Cesar Chavez, Dolores Huerta and the UFW.

The records consist of files from various New York boycott offices that include: New York City, Buffalo, Brooklyn and a few others. These records highlight the activities of the New York boycott coordinators efforts to publicize the California farm worker’s strike and boycott.

History

The activities of the New York Boycott office focused on the national consumer boycotts of California table grapes and lettuce initiated by UFWOC in 1967 and 1971 respectively. The boycotts were in support of striking California farm workers seeking union recognition under the leadership of Cesar Chavez, Dolores Huerta and the UFW.

In August 1967 the boycott was directed against the Giumarra Corporation California's largest table grape grower. In 1968 the UFWOC launched a boycott of all California table grapes because of the mislabeling practices of Giumarra. In 1970 the lettuce crop was the target of the UFW’s boycott.

New York was the key city of the grape boycott inasmuch as it was Giumarra's largest market through its agent, Dan Joseph of Victor Joseph & Son. In January, 1968 the New York Boycott office headed by Delores Huerta, Vice President of the UFWOC, with branches in the New York area, organized a letter writing campaign directed against Giumarra, Joseph and 30 other struck growers. The office also enlisted volunteers to check and picket chain stores and fruitstands carrying boycotted grapes.

Arrangement

PLEASE NOTE: Material in this collection has been minimally arranged by the Reuther Library, and reflects its original order as received. In some cases a file inventory or box listing is available. Subjects may be dispersed throughout the collection.

Part I: Arranged in 3 series – Series 1 (Boxes 1-13), Series 2 (Boxes 14-15), and Series 3 (Boxes 16-17). Folders are arranged alphabetically, and in series 3 arranged chronologically thereunder.
Part II: Part 2 includes boxes 18-24. Folders are listed by their location within each box. They are not necessarily arranged, so any given subject may be dispersed throughout the entire collection.

Acquisition

The first shipment was deposited to the Walter P. Reuther Library in 1970. Subsequent shipments were acquired in 1973, 1975, 1977 and 1979.

Related Materials

UFW Boycott Central Records; UFW Office of the President: Cesar Chavez Records; See listed UFW State Boycott Collections

Processing History

Part I: Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library int 1971.
Part II: Processed and finding aid updated by Kathy Schmelling on March 12, 2014 by Kathy Schmeling.

Creator

Title
Guide to the UFW New York Boycott Records
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Date
1971
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Revision Statements

  • 2014-03-12: Part 2 processed and finding aid updated by Kathy Schmeling.

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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