Marc Grossman Papers
Important correspondents: Jack Anderson; Cesear E. Chavez; Wayne C. Hartmire; H. L. Mitchell
Important Subjects: 1971 UFW Oral History Project, Farm Labor Legislation 1980 UFW boycotts, and libel suits brought by the UFW against NBC Prime Time, columnist Jack Anderson, and Patty Newman and Reason Magazine.
Series Description: Series I, Personal Files, 1969-1981: Personal files including correspondence, papers, class materials, research notes, most of it relating to Grossman's undergraduate years at UCI and his graduate study in journalism at UCLA.
Series II, UFW General Office Files, 1969-1981: Correspondences, clippings, memos, releases, articles and drafts relating to Grossman's work as a UFW staffer, and especially to his tenure as administrative assistant to Cesar Chavez; also his UFW oral history project.
Series III, UFW Legislative and Political Files, 1972-1980: Correspondence, reports, flyers, testimony, and clippings related to various political and legislative campaigns involving the UFW.
Series IV, UFW Boycott, Stike and Negotiation Files, 1970-1981: Materials relating to boycotts and strikes in which Grossman was involved.
Series V, UFW Libel Suits, 1979-1980: Materials relating to suits brought by or threatened by the UFW against Jack Anderson, NBC Prime Time, Patty Newman, Reason Magainze, and others.
Series VI, Telephone Messages and Journals, 1976-1981: Telephone message slips and journals kept in stenographic notebooks are a record of Grossman's daily activities.
Series VII, Clippings, 1970-1981: Clippings collected by Grossman concerning many aspects of farm labor but particularly those in which he was directly involved.
Important Correspondents: Cesar Chavez, Richard Alatorre, Charles Calderon
Important Subjects: UFW, UFCW, Farm Labor Legislation, Democratic Campaigns,UFW Publications: El Macriado and Food and Justice
Series Description: Series 10, Political Campaigns and Speeches, 1981-1994: Correspondence, News Clippings, photographs, press packets, direct mailers, ghost written speeches and other materials that Marc Grossman wrote for Democratic Campaigns, various Unions, and prominent people in the Farm Labor and Political arenas.
Series 11, Legislation and Related Materials, 1978-1990: Correspondence, reports, testimonies, hearings, news clippings, research, photographs, press work, and other materials related to various political and legislative campaigns.
Series 12, Boycotts, Strikes, and Publicist Work, 1970-1999: Correspondence, photographs, articles written for the UFW's El Macriado and Food and Justice publications, pieces edited by Marc Grossman, and materials related to work he did for the UFW and UFCW.
Series 12, Audiovisual Material, 1981-1989: VHS tapes and audio cassettes relating to political campaigns, boycotts, Cesar Chavez addresses, legislative initiatives and hearings, and political campaign interviews.
- 1969 - 1999
- Majority of material found within 1980 - 1993
Language of Materials
Part 2 is primarily in English with some materials in Spanish
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29 Linear Feet (20 MB, 19 SB) : Pt. 1 Includes: 8 audiocassettes, 2 open reel tapes, and 4 printed time-coded indexes. Pt. 2 includes: 4 VHS tapes and 8 audio cassette tapes.
With his degree in journalism, Mr. Grossman went to work for the UFW and its President, Cesar Chavez. Marc Grossman knew Chavez the last 24 years of his life, serving most of that time as his press secretary, speechwriter, and personal aide. Among his duties was responsibility for the UAW’s press relations, writing public statements, crafting press releases, commentary pieces, and public relations and publicity material. Although he resigned from this position in 1981, he continued working closely with the legendary civil rights and farm labor leader on all his major speeches, writings, and news events until Chavez’s death in 1993.
In 1981 Grossman joined the staff of California State Senator Richard Alatorre. In that same year he transitioned from the staff of the Assembly Majority Consultants to the position of Legislative Aide for the Capitol Office. His duties included legislative research and political analysis for Democratic Assemblymen. By 1984 he was writing over 300 pieces of mail for every Democratic campaign in California by himself; and he advanced on to schedule nationwide and statewide media tours and news events, prepared press packets for numerous legislative candidates, created direct mail fundraising and political campaign packages, was a copywriter for TV commercials and brochures, and ghosted numerous speeches and Op Ed pieces all for major labor and political leaders.
In 1987, he became associated with Ross Communications as a writer and publicist. Over his career, he has written more than a dozen books and has worked on other projects such as being the technical advisor for Diego Luna’s major motion picture, Cesar Chavez, in 2014. Today Grossman still serves as spokesman for the Cesar Chavez Foundation and the United Farm Workers of America.
His papers mainly reflect his tenure with Chavez, but also include his early involvement with the UFW, including the oral history project he conducted in 1971.
Part 2 of his papers reflect his time as a legislative aide, writer and publicist, and his continuing work with the UFW up through 1999.
While a student at UCI, Grossman became a boycott organizer for the UFW in Los Angeles. In 1971 he conducted an oral history project for the UFW, and then became a legal investigator for the UFW general counsel. In 1972 he acted as a legislative representative and also assisted in the UFW campaign against Proposition 22, which concerned secondary boycotts and right-to-work laws. Grossman was a student in the UCLA Graduate Department of Journalism from 1972 until 1973 when he performed an internship at the "L.A. Times" and earned his M.A. in journalism.
In 1974, Grossman assisted in the management of Assemblyman Art Torres' campaign. He then became legislative assistant to Assemblyman Richard Alatorre, writing speeches, releases and newsletters.
From 1975 to 1981, Grossman acted as press secretary and administrative assistant to Cesar Chavez, president of the UFW. During this time he was responsible for all dealings with the press; research and writing of speeches, addresses and articles; scheduling and advance work for Chavez's tours and visits, testimonies, and preparation of the "President's Newsletter".
Grossman resigned from the UFW staff in March 1981, to join the staff of State Senator Richard Alatorre.
Arrangement of the Records
- Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee
- Agricultural laborers
- California Politics and government
- Community Service Organization
- Democratic Party (U.S.)
- Labor leaders--United States
- Labor unions
- National Farm Workers Association
- Oral histories
- Pesticides--Health aspects--California.
- Sound recordings
- Strikes and lockouts
- United Farm Workers
- United Food and Commercial Workers International Union
- Guide to the Marc Grossman Papers
- Pt. 1 Processed by Patricia Painter; revised by Rebecca Bizonet. Pt. 2 processed by Elizabeth Nicholson, February 12, 2018.
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- 2016-11-21: Added and expanded oral history information.
- 2018-02-12: Pt. 2 processed by Elizabeth Nicholson