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UFW Peter Velasco Records

Identifier: LR002077
Part 1: The collection is divided into two sections: the first series is office files, largely from the time when Velasco was Stockton Area Director. The largest portion of the collection is Velasco's personal files from the early 1960s to the late 1970s.
Part 2: This collection includes materials relating to both the United Farm Workers movement and to Peter Velasco’s life more broadly, covering the span of 1942-2000. Though Velasco passed away in 1995, more recent materials, largely concerned with honoring his life, are also included. The portion of the collection given over the UFW materials includes minutes from various organizational boards, copies of their newsletters, legal files, files relating to international labor guests, personnel files, and files pertaining to the day-to-day running of the Union, the movement more broadly, and La Paz headquarters. Materials within the Velascos’ personal files largely consist of correspondence and photographs from their extensive network of friends, many of whom were also involved with the UFW. Also included is material relating to Velasco’s personal interests and hobbies, work history, membership in other organizations, and an extensive collection of audio-tapes, most of which relate to the UFW cause.

Series 1: United Farm Workers Administrative Files, 1947-1997 Subseries A: General Administrative Files, 1947-1997 Subseries B: Legal Department Files,1977-1986 Subseries C: La Paz Guest Program Files, 1978-1998 Subseries D: Allied Unions Files, 1972-1988 Subseries E: Personnel Files, 1972-1986

Series 2: Peter and Dolores Velasco's Personal Files, 1942-2000 Subseries A: Correspondence, Interests and Journals, 1942-2000 Subseries B: Audiovisual Materials and Ephemera, 1960-1999


  • 1942 - 2000
  • Majority of material found within 1965 - 1995


Language of Materials

Material primarily in English. Spanish materials also present.


Collection is open for research. Researchers must indicate Part # on call slip.


Part 1 and 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.


24.75 Linear Feet (21 SB, 1.5 MB, 2 OS)


Peter Velasco has served in a number of positions in the UFW. He worked as the Stockton, California Field Office Director, as the director of the Strike Defense Fund, was a board member of the Farm Workers Credit Union, and was a member of the National Executive Board member since 1973. He and his wife Dolores Ann also worked on the US Senate campaign of Tom Hayden in 1976. Peter Velasco died in 1995.

His records consists of office files, largely from the time when Velasco was Stockton Area Director and personal files from the early 1960s to the late 1970s.

Part 2 of this collection includes materials relating to both the United Farm Workers movement and to Peter Velasco’s life more broadly, covering the span of 1942-2000.


Part 1 and Part 2: In 1965, Peter Velasco was among the leaders of the 1,500 Filipino Americans involved in touching off the five-year strike and boycott of grapes in Delano, California – the incident that became the impetus of the United Farm Workers’ creation. A member of the Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee, Velasco and other union strikers were joined eight days after their strike began by the Mexican-American National Farmworkers Association, led by Cezar Chavez. After a year of successful cooperation, the two groups merged into the new United Farmworkers, of which Velasco would become a leading and long-lasting member. Becoming a member of the executive board in 1971, Velasco remained with the Union until 1988, at which time he retired as a “secretary-treasurer emeritus.” Thereafter, in spite of his retirement, he and his wife remained closely involved with the UFW community, and actively volunteered in the running of the Cause’s La Paz headquarters, with Velaco serving on the board of a number of the UFW’s corporations. Velasco would remain a valued and contributing member of the UFW family until the time of his death in 1995.


Part 1: Folders are computer-arranged alphabetically within each series, but may actually be dispersed throughout several boxes in the collection. Note carefully the box number for each folder heading.


Part 1 and Part 2: Records were donated to the Reuther Archive by Peter Velasco or his wife Dolores Velasco in a series of installments between 1986-2001.

Related Materials

Refer to all United Farm Workers collections.


Part 2: 1 box of cassette tapes transferred to AV department.

Processing History

Part 1: Processed and finding written in 1997.
Part 2: Processed and finding aid written by Kris Kniffen on February 2, 2016.


Guide to the UFW Peter Velasco Records
Processed by Heidi Christein.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description

Revision Statements

  • Part 1 was processed in 1997.: Finding aid to Part 1 covers Peter Velasco's role as UFW's Vice-President, as well as personal files.
  • Part 2 was added and the finding aid revised on February 2, 2016 by Kris Kniffen.: Finding aid to Part 2 covers Peter Velasco's role as UFW official and includes personal files.

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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Detroit MI 48202 USA