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Don Watson Papers

 Collection
Identifier: LP000838
The papers of Don Watson reflect his activities with the ILWU Local 34, and specifically with the United Farm Workers Union’s strikes and boycotts of the 1960s and 1970s. Important Subjects: Agriculture laborers— California Boycotts— California Farm worker food caravans International Longshoremen’s and Warehousemen’s Union Farm worker support committees Strikes and lockouts— Agriculture laborers— California United Farm Workers Union

Important Names: Chavez, Cesar, 1927-1993 Cruz, Jesse de la Watson, Don

Dates

  • 1966 - 1978

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

1 Linear Feet (1 MB, 1 OS)

Abstract

Don Watson was active in community organizations, politics and labor unions most of his life. Before retiring, Watson was an active member of the ILWU Local 34 from 1955 to 1993 serving in a variety of capacities. In the mid-1960s he joined the Five-Dollar-a-Month Club in support of the farm workers organizing drive that was founded by members from ILWU Local 10. Later Watson became head of the organization and continued to collect funds for the striking farm workers from the clerks and longshoremen until the mid 1970s. During this time he became very involved with the farm worker movement, working closely with the San Francisco boycott office and many UFW officials.

The papers of Don Watson reflect his activities with the ILWU Local 34, and specifically with the United Farm Workers Union’s strikes and boycotts of the 1960s and 1970s.

History

Don Watson was active in community organizations, politics and labor unions most of his life. Before retiring, Watson was an active member of the ILWU Local 34 from 1955 to 1993 serving in a variety of capacities. In the mid-1960s he joined the Five-Dollar-a-Month Club in support of the farm workers organizing drive that was founded by members from ILWU Local 10. Later Watson became head of the organization and continued to collect funds for the striking farm workers from the clerks and longshoremen until the mid 1970s. During this time he became very involved with the farm worker movement, working closely with the San Francisco boycott office and many UFW officials. Don Watson’s interest in farm labor history in California prompted him to cofound the Bay Area Labor History Workshop in 1980 along with Margo McBane. For over thirty years thousands have participated in BALHW events that focused on documenting the history of working people in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Arrangement

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.

Acquisition

The papers of Don Watson were deposited to the Walter P. Reuther Library in 1977 and 1978.

Related Materials

Irwin Fletcher Papers, UFW California Boycott Records, UFW Office of the President: Cesar Chavez Records, Boycott Central Papers.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Kathy Schmeling on April 7, 2014.

Creator

Title
Guide to the Don Watson Papers
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Kathy Schmeling.
Date
2014-04-07
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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