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UFW Massachusetts Boycott: Boston Office Records

 Collection
Identifier: LR002436
Part I: Series I, Boxes 1-4 Newspaper and magazine clippings and small publications on the grape boycott.

Series II, Boxes 5-8 Correspondence of the boycott office, including many silent copies from the letter writing campaigns.

Series III, Boxes 9-12 Subjects files covering the various functions of the boycott and the research material.

Series IV, Box 13 Office files from other New England cities.
Part II: Part 2 of the Boston Records document the operations and activities of the Boston branch of the national Organizing Committee’s boycott operations between the years of 1967 and 1982 and primarily concern two major boycotts against non-UFW picked lettuce and grapes. Part of the impetus of those boycott struggles involved jurisdictional disputes with the IBT (Teamsters). Series 1 and 2 include correspondence, meetings minutes, staff reports, newspaper clippings, newsletters and other printed materials, promotional fliers, mailings, pamphlets, and posters, speeches, endorsements, intra-office memos, and press releases.

Dates

  • 1966 - 1982

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

18.5 Linear Feet (13 MB, 12 SB, 1 OS folder)

Abstract

The UFW Massachusetts Boycott Office: Boston opened in 1967, one of several regional branch offices of the UFW formed to organize communities to participate in a consumer boycott of lettuce, grapes, wines, and other agricultural products. The primary activity of the office involved outreach efforts (mailing letters, hosting rallies and events) aimed at prominent members of the greater Boston area, including political leaders, church leaders, and business leaders, as well as college campuses and the general public, urging them to refrain from buying non-union products. Employees and volunteers also performed routine visits to grocery stores and other places where produce was sold to investigate whether or not they were carrying boycotted products. Additionally, the office was also responsible for the distribution of fliers, pamphlets, and posters in support of the boycott and to promote farm worker events and fundraisers.

History

Part I: The UFW Organizing Committee’s Boston Boycott Office opened in 1967, one of several regional branch offices of the UFW formed to organize communities to participate in a consumer boycott of lettuce, grapes, wines, and other agricultural products. The primary activity of the office involved outreach efforts (mailing letters, hosting rallies and events) aimed at prominent members of the greater Boston area, including political leaders, church leaders, and business leaders, as well as college campuses and the general public, urging them to refrain from buying non-union products. Employees and volunteers also performed routine visits to grocery stores and other places where produce was sold to investigate whether or not they were carrying boycotted products. Additionally, the office was also responsible for the distribution of fliers, pamphlets, and posters in support of the boycott and to promote farm worker events and fundraisers.
Part II: The UFW Massachusetts Boycott Office: Boston opened in 1967, one of several regional branch offices of the UFW formed to organize communities to participate in a consumer boycott of lettuce, grapes, wines, and other agricultural products. The primary activity of the office involved outreach efforts (mailing letters, hosting rallies and events) aimed at prominent members of the greater Boston area, including political leaders, church leaders, and business leaders, as well as college campuses and the general public, urging them to refrain from buying non-union products. Employees and volunteers also performed routine visits to grocery stores and other places where produce was sold to investigate whether or not they were carrying boycotted products. Additionally, the office was also responsible for the distribution of fliers, pamphlets, and posters in support of the boycott and to promote farm worker events and fundraisers.

Evidence of the United Farm Workers’ relations with other trade unions is seen in endorsements from other labor organizations in the area, as well as the Trade Union Committee to Support Farm Workers (TUCSFW), a collective of unions that united to support the farm worker cause.

Arrangement

Part 1: Arranged in 4 series - Series 1 (Boxes 1-4), Series 2 (Boxes 5-8), Series 3 (Boxes 9-12), and Series 4 (Box 13). Folders are arranged alphabetically by subject.
Part 2: Arranged in 2 series - Series 1 (Boxes 1-5) and Series 2 (Boxes 6-12). Folders are arranged alphabetically by subject.

Acquisition

Part I: Records were deposited in 1971.
Part II: The United Farm Workers Boston Boycott Office Records were deposited at the Reuther Library in January 1978, with a subsequent deposit in May 1978 and in 1983.

Related Materials

UFW Boycott Central Records; UFW Maryland Boycott Records; UFW Washington D.C. Records; UFW Pennsylvania Boycott Records;

Transfers

3 posters have been placed in an oversized folder and is located in A-V.

Processing History

Part I: Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library in 1972.
Part II: Processed and finding aid written by Todd M. Butkovich and Joseph J. Wasukanis II on August 2, 2010.

Creator

Title
Guide to the UFW Massachusetts Boycott: Boston Office Records
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Date
Part 1, 1972
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Revision Statements

  • 2010-08-02 revision made: Revision to Part 2 created by Todd M. Butkovich and Joseph J. Wasukanis II.

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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