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Anna Andreini-Brophy Papers

Identifier: LP002659

Scope and Content

This collection covers Anna Andreini-Brophy’s involvement with Spectemur Agendo, Inc., Stewart R. Mott, Cesear Chavez, the United Farm Workers, and different people and organizations that she came in contact with through her work. The materials in the collection include correspondence, meeting materials, newspaper clippings, reports and papers, programs, doodles by Cesar Chavez, flyers, transcripts, disc, photographs, and reflections and writings by Anna. There are also notes in the collection from Marc Grossman regarding some of the items in it.


  • 1965 - 2017
  • Majority of material found within 1968 - 1974


Language of Materials

Material is in English and Spanish.


Collection is open for research.


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.


Anna Andreini-Brophy was born on February 6, 1934. After graduating from Suffern High School in New York, Anna attended Rockland Community College, New York University, and Columbia University. Some of her early jobs include being assistants to Si Litvinoff, Terry Southern, and Jack Gelber and working for the Advance Claims Bureau. Anna came to be the Executive Director of Spectemur Agendo, Inc. along with working for Stewart Mott, one of the General Motors Mott family, as a Philanthropic Analyst. Spectemur Agendo, Inc. was founded in 1966 and was a philanthropic organization. This foundation is a separate foundation from the Mott Foundation started by Charles S. Mott in 1935. During her time in the organization, Anna met Cesar Chavez and learned of the United Farm Workers [UFW].

Anna left Spectemur Agendo, Inc. and eventually was employed by UFW. She assisted Cesar Chavez, worked on mass mailings, and headed numerous fundraising events. In addition to her considerable work with the UFW over the decades, Anna also performed pioneering labors with the National Farm Workers Service Center Inc. (now the Cesar Chavez Foundation), which Cesar and his colleagues also founded in the 1960s with encouragement and inspiration from Walter Reuther. In time she moved on to Arizona and began working in real estate.

There are a few different names for Anna in this collection. The earliest materials have the name Ann Israel, when she was married to Irving Israel. At the end of 1969 or in 1970 she married again and her last name became Puharich. This relationship ended around 1975-1976 and her name changed to Anna Andreini. In 1981, Anna married Frank Brophy and changed her last name to Andreini-Brophy.


2 Linear Feet (2 SB)


This collection contains the papers of Anna Andreini-Brophy. It covers her time working with Stewart Mott at Spectemur Agendo, Inc., to assisting Cesar Chavez and working for the United Farm Workers movement, and then to her later life as a real estate agent.


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.


This collection was deposited to the Walter P. Reuther Library by Marc Grossman, who acquired the materials from Anna Andreini-Brophy, in 2017.

Related Materials

UFW Collections, including UFW Information and Research Department collection (LR002435) that contains Anna Andreini-Brophy correspondence.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Danielle Gollling in December, 2017-January, 2018.
Guide to the Anna Andreini-Brophy Papers
Processed by Danielle Golling
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Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

5401 Cass Avenue
Detroit MI 48202 USA