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UFW Administration Department Records

 Collection
Identifier: LR000221_admin
Part 1 and Part 2: This collection is especially rich in the correspondence, agreements, negotiations, and grievances that the UFW had with the southern California grape growers in the early 1970s.
Part 3:

Series I: Correspondence Includes Cesar Chavez’s personal correspondence.

Series II: Legal Files Important cases include the UFW vs. Teamsters, UFW vs. DiGeorgio, and the Blythe Massacre.

Series III: Subject Files Subjects range from RFK Health Centers and Clinics to UFW Policies and Procedures.

Series IV: Boycotts Important boycotts include: Lettuce Boycott and Grape Boycott.

Dates

  • 1955 - 1984
  • Majority of material found within 1968 - 1978

Creator

Language of Materials

Material is in English and Spanish.

Access

Collection is open for research.

Use

Researcher must indicate part # on call slip. Part 3 begins box numbering over at Box 1.

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

166 Linear Feet (166 SB)

Abstract

United Farm Workers grew out of several farm workers organizations of the 1960s and was led by Cesar Chavez for over thirty years. The Administration Department records reflect the wide range of people and groups with whom the UFW corresponded. The work of the union itself is well represented, including U.S., Canada, and Europe boycott files, El Malcriado files, and negotiations with southern California grape growers. Part 3 of the records represent the second decade of the union’s progress toward the goals of improving wages and working conditions for farm workers. Included are major legal cases, including UFW vs. Teamsters, UFW vs. DiGeorgio, and the Blythe Massacre; boycotts, including the Lettuce Boycott and Grape Boycott; and correspondence, including Cesar Chavez personal correspondence.

History

Parts 1-3: The National Farm Workers Association (NFWA) was founded in 1962. In 1966 it affiliated with the Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee to form the United Farm Workers Organizing Committee (UFWOC). In 1973 the UFWOC became the United Farm Workers, AFL-CIO. Cesar Chavez led the Farm Workers from the NFWA’s founding until his death in 1993.

The Administration Department files reflect the wide range of people and groups with whom the UFW corresponded. In addition, the work of the union itself is represented, including boycott files from around the United States, Canada, and Europe. There are files from the union’s newspaper El Malcriado, and papers showing the work of the union print shop El Taller Grafico. Some of the files of California Assemblyman Art Torres are also in this collection.

Arrangement

Parts 1 and 2: 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.
Part 3: The collection is arranged into 4 series: Series 1 (Boxes 1-16), Series 2 (Boxes 16-70), Series 3 (Boxes 70-120), and Series 4 (Boxes 121-132).

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

Acquisition

Materials were deposited to the Walter P. Reuther Library in multiple shipments starting in 1978.

Related Materials

Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3:

Collections at the Reuther Library include: Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee Records, Marshall Ganz Papers, Mark Grossman Papers, UFW Central Administration Records, National Farmworkers Association Records, UFW Office of the President: Cesar Chavez Records, UFW Organizing Committee Records

Transfers

Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3: A number of photographs, bumper stickers, buttons, and cloth goods have been placed in the Archives Audiovisual Collection. In addition, copies of El Malcriado have been placed in the Archives library.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library in 1995.

Creator

Title
UFW Administration Department Records
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

Contact:
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