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Elaine Graves Papers

Identifier: LP000911

Scope and Content

The papers, news-clippings and other materials gathered by Ms. Graves during her period of employment with AFSCME reflect her continuing interest in the United Farm Worker movement and the boycott effort. The most informative materials in this collection are the news-clippings and published articles that illustrate further developments within the UFW after her period of employment with that Union ended.

Series Description: Series I: Published Materials, 1974 - 1978 This Series consists of various articles, news-clippings, newsletters and propaganda leaflets dealing with the United Farm Worker movement, the Texas Farm Worker Union, and migratory labor in general. The major focus is on problems of integrating Hispanic Americans into the general American culture and the role played by illegal aliens in the development of agricultural unionism.

Series II: Correspondence, 1976 - 1977 This is a very minimal Series and consists primarily of correspondence to and from government leaders in trying to effect general policies regarding migrant laborers.

Series III,: El Malcriado Anthology: Manuscripts The materials in this Series are the actual working papers utilized by Ms. Graves in composing her Master's Project. They include her research notes, an account of an interview with Cesar Chavez regarding the founding and function of El Malcriado, and a draft copy of her analysis of the effectiveness of the newspaper vis-a-vis the Union movement. Selected excerpts from El Malcriado are also a part of this Series.


  • 1972 - 1978
  • Majority of material found within 1976 - 1978


Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.


Collection is open for research.


Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials.


Elaine Graves served on the staff of the United Farm Workers of America, AFL-CIO, until she transferred to the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees in 1976. She worked for the AFSCME Information Center in Washington, D.C., until 1979.

She received a Master of Arts from Fairfield University in 1973. Her Master's Project was entitled El Malcriado Anthology: 1965 - 1972. An edited version of this anthology was also published by the United Farm Worker Press in 1973. Copies of both of these publications are available in the Archives.


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Elaine Graves served on the staffs of both the United Farm Workers and the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees. Her papers, while gathered during her tenure with AFSCME, reflect her continued interest with the UFW boycott effort.

Arrangement of the Records

Arranged in 3 series - Series 1 (Boxes 1-2), Series 2 (Box 2), and Series 3 (Box 3).

Materials in series 1 and 2 arranged alphabetically.


The papers and published materials in the Elaine Graves Collection were deposited in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs in 1973 and 1979.

Processing History

Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Guide to the Elaine Graves Papers
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Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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