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Ken Barger Papers

 Collection
Identifier: LP002400
The Ken Barger Papers are predominantly FLOC materials. Included are packets from the FLOC Constitutional Conventions, collective bargaining agreements between workers and companies like Vlasic Foods, Heinz U.S.A. and Campbell Soup. Several campaigns are covered with an abundance of material relating to the Campbell Soup Campaign and Mt. Olive Campaign. There are also copies of FLOC publications and Nuestra Lucha.

Important Subjects: Agriculture. Boycotts. Community organization. Agricultural laborers. Hispanics in the United States. Immigration. Labor Unions. Migrant workers. Minorities -- Civil rights. Collective bargaining—Agriculture.

Important Names: Barger, W. K. (Walter Kenneth), 1941- Campbell Soup Company Valasquez, Baldemar

Dates

  • 1980 - 2009
  • Majority of material found within 1982 - 2009

Creator

Language of Materials

Material in English with some 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 SB)

Abstract

Ken Barger (1941-), who was raised in east Tennessee, became active in social change after his experiences serving in the Vietnam War. He was a professor of Anthropology for thirty years at Indiana University Indianapolis focusing professionally on social change. Through these professional interests, he got involved with the farm labor movement and the immigrant rights movement. Barger has been an active member of the FLOC movement since 1979. He participated in many activities, such as building boycotts, farm labor education, immigrant rights, and public education about migrant worker justice. He was the vice president of the Farm Labor Research Project and the community organizer for FLOC. As of 2011, he serves on the board of directors for the Campaign for Migrant Worker Justice as secretary. The Ken Barger Papers are predominantly FLOC materials. Included are packets from the FLOC Constitutional Conventions, collective bargaining agreements between workers and companies like Vlasic Foods, Heinz U.S.A. and Campbell Soup. Several campaigns are covered with an abundance of material relating to the Campbell Soup Campaign and Mt. Olive Campaign. There are also copies of FLOC publications and Nuestra Lucha.

History

Ken Barger (1941-), who was raised in east Tennessee, became active in social change after his experiences serving in the Vietnam War. He was a professor of Anthropology for thirty years at Indiana University Indianapolis focusing professionally on social change. Through these professional interests, he got involved with the farm labor movement and the immigrant rights movement. Barger has been an active member of the FLOC movement since 1979. He participated in many activities, such as building boycotts, farm labor education, immigrant rights, and public education about migrant worker justice. He was the vice president of the Farm Labor Research Project and the community organizer for FLOC. As of 2011, he serves on the board of directors for the Campaign for Migrant Worker Justice as secretary.

Arrangement of the Papers

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 Ken Barger Papers were donated to the Walter P. Reuther Library on January 1, 2010.

Related Material

Farm Labor Organizing Committee Records (FLOC)

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Katelyn Jedro on June 18, 2013.
Title
Guide to the Ken Barger Papers
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Katelyn Jedro.
Date
2013-06-18
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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