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UFW Texas Records

 Collection
Identifier: LR002511
Part 1: Series I, Boycott Files, 1964-75, Boxes 1-4; Series II, Office Files, 1960-81, Box 4-12. Series 1 relates to the boycott papers from the late 1960s and early 1970s, when the UFW was organizing boycotts against companies like Safeway Supermarkets, and against products like Heublein wines and California grapes and lettuce. Series 2 comprises the office files which document the establishment of the UFW, particularly the Service Center in McAllen, Texas and the UFW’s involvement with a variety of local organizations including STACO (South Texas Association of Community Organizations) and La Raza Unida, a Chicano political group.

The files show the Texas farm workers concern with the environment and the health of their members when one of their organizations, Nutritional Enrichment, Inc. became involved with a legal struggle against the Texas Air Control Board (TACB) over the issue of sugar cane burning. In addition, An extensive portion of these files involve Texas organizer Tony Orendain’s radio program "La Voz Del Campesino."
Part 2: The records of the UFW Texas office reflect the activities of the Union’s coordinators and staff from the years 1975 to 1999. Files cover correspondence and grape boycott related activities, community organizing in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas convention records, pesticide regulation, Texas legislation and documents relating to the death of Cesar Chavez in 1993.

Dates

  • 1960 - 1999

Creator

Language of Materials

Material is in English and Spanish.

Access

Collection is open for research.

Use

Part 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.
Part 2: 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

54 Linear Feet (54 SB)

Abstract

Part 1 of the UFW Texas Records contains boycott papers from the late 1960s and early 1970s, when the UFW was organizing boycotts against companies like Safeway Supermarkets, and against products like Heublein wines and California grapes and lettuce. They also consist of office files of the UFW which document the establishment of the UFW, particularly the Service Center in Mc Allen, Texas and the UFW's involvement with a variety of local organizations including STACO (South Texas Association of Community Organizations) and La Raz Unida, a Chicano political group. The files show the Texas farm workers concern with the environment and the health of their members when one of their organizations, Nutritional Enrichment, Inc. became involved with a legal suit against the Texas Air Control Board (TACB) over the issue of sugar cane burning. Included is material from Texas organizer Tony Orendain's radio program La Voz Del Campesino.

Part 2 covers the period from 1975 to 1999 and consists of files primarily relating to the UFW boycott of the 1980s, pesticide usage and reports, crop information, organizing in the Rio Grande Valley, and UFW conventions.

History

Part 1: Part 1 of the UFW Texas Records contains boycott papers from the late 1960s and early 1970s, when the UFW was organizing boycotts against companies like Safeway Supermarkets, and against products like Heublein wines and California grapes and lettuce. They also consist of office files of the UFW which document the establishment of the UFW, particularly the Service Center in Mc Allen, Texas and the UFW's involvement with a variety of local organizations including STACO (South Texas Association of Community Organizations) and La Raz Unida, a Chicano political group. The files show the Texas farm workers concern with the environment and the health of their members when one of their organizations, Nutritional Enrichment, Inc. became involved with a legal suit against the Texas Air Control Board (TACB) over the issue of sugar cane burning. Included is material from Texas organizer Tony Orendain's radio program La Voz Del Campesino.
Part 2: Part 2 covers the period from 1975 to 1999 and consists of files primarily relating to the UFW boycott of the 1980s, pesticide usage and reports, crop information, organizing in the Rio Grande Valley, and UFW conventions.

Arrangement

Part 1: The collection is arranged into 2 series. Series 1: Boycott Files, 1964-1975, Box 1-4, Series 2: Office Files, 1960-81, Box 4-12.

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.



LEVEL 3****************************************** 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 2: Some materials in this collection have been minimally arranged by the Reuther Library, and reflect its original order as received. Subjects may be dispersed throughout the collection.

Acquisition

Part 1: Papers were acquired by the Walter P. Reuther from 1968 to 1975.
Part 2: Six shipments of records were received from the UFW Texas offices from 1988 to 2004.

Related Materials

Part 1: UFW Office of the President: Cesar Chavez Records; UFW Arizona State Records
UFW Office of the President: Cesar Chavez Records; UFW California Boycott Records; UFW Publications Collection; UFW Arizona State Records; UFW Boycott Central Records

Processing History

Part 1: Processed and finding aid written by Heidi Christein on December 22, 1994.
Part 2: Processed and finding aid written by Kathy Schmeling on April 18, 2014.

Creator

Title
Guide to the UFW Texas Records
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Heidi Christein.
Date
1994-12-22
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Revision Statements

  • 2014-04-18: Part 2 added and finding aid revised by Kathy Schmeling.

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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