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Abstract The United Farm Workers of America (predecessor name, United Farm Workers Organizing Committee) is a 20th Century union, created when the National Farm Workers Association and Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee merged to form UFWOC, to further the rights of farm workers. As the union developed, it led strikes and organizing campaigns to advance their efforts. Parts 1 and 2 of the Agricultural Workers History Collection are comprised of articles, publications, crop and migrant...
Dates: 1949 - 1977
Abstract AWOC was chartered by the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) to organize farm workers in California. During its seven-year existence, AWOC called many strikes against growers and farm labor contractors and achieved some success in raising wages of farm laborers.
Dates: 1959 - 1966
Collection — Box: Small Processed Collections: A - Bo, Box 1, Folder: 5
Abstract Carolyn Ashbaugh worked with the Maricopa County Organizing Project and the Centro Adelante Campesino farm worker center in El Mirage, Arizona. Her papers include publications of the Centro Adelante Campesino and a letter to Cesar Chavez from G. L. Sanchez regarding the plight of undocumented workers.
Abstract In 1968, the Citizens' Crusade Against Poverty merged with several other organizations to form the non-profit Center for Community Change (CCC). It began operations by working with six community groups across the United States. The Center provides a wide range of assistance in program and organizational development for local community development groups in low-income communities, both urban and rural. In addition to its drive to promote self-sufficient community organizations in impoverished...
Dates: 1960 - 1979
Abstract David Burciaga worked with many farm worker movement leaders, including Cesar Chavez, Dolores Huerta and Gilbert Padilla in various capacities, from the 1950s to the 1980s. He served as the United Farm Workers’ top contract negotiator, working with both farm workers and growers. Prior to his involvement with the UFW, Burciaga worked with the American Friends Service Committee as the El Porvenir community development advisor from 1964 to 1970 and for the Community Service Organization (CSO)....
Dates: 57 - 1970
Abstract Originally serving as a minister to migrant workers through the Congregational and Christian Churches (CCC) Board of Missions, David Burgess became a labor organizer for the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO), where he was appointed labor attaché to India’s American Embassy in 1955. This appointment led to various senior positions with United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Peace Corps program in Indonesia and with the United Nation’s Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in...
Dates: 1936 - 1944
Abstract Dolores Huerta champions the rights of farm workers and Latinos. As a young teacher her experiences in classrooms filled with hungry children of migrant farm workers led her to believe that an even greater need was organizing farm workers. Dolores first met Cesar Chavez in the late 1950s while organizing farm workers under the name of the Agricultural Workers Association. In 1962 they founded the National Farm Workers Association in Delano, California. Today, Dolores Huerta continues to place...
Dates: 1970 - 1995
Abstract Founded in Toledo, OH in 1967 by Baldemar Valasquez, the Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC) represents migrant workers in the agricultural industry, and seeks to promote and protect the right of farm workers to actively participate in decisions that affect their conditions. FLOC centered their efforts not on growers, who the organization realized were relatively powerless, but on the large food processing companies who ran the agricultural business and ultimately controlled farm workers...
Dates: 1967 - 2005; Majority of material found within 1979 - 1989
Abstract The work of Cesar Chavez, former President of the United Farm Workers, on behalf of farm migrants, resulted in his being closely examined by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He was seen as possibly subversive in the 1960s for several reasons, such as his empowerment of minorities against a powerful and Anglo-controlled agribusiness and association with Alinsky, a known radical. The FBI records are microfilm copies published in cooperation with the FBI, and released under the Freedom of...
Dates: 1960 - 1969
Abstract The Industrial Workers of the World was founded in 1905 and is a member-run union for all workers. The IWW organizes all workers producing the same goods or services into one union instead of pooling them by skill or trade. Numbered among its members (known popularly as Wobblies) are lumberjacks, miners, farmhands (especially migrant workers), sailors, and workers in textile mills. Since their founding, the IWW has made significant contributions to labor struggles around the world. The union is...
Dates: 1903 - 1996
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...
Dates: 1980 - 2009; Majority of material found within 1982 - 2009
Abstract In 1956 Larry Itliong founded the Filipino Farm Labor Union in California. With the formation in 1967 of UFWOC (United Farm Workers Organizing Committee) Larry Itliong became Assistant Director to Cesar Chavez in the union that would eventually become the UFW. In January, 1970 he was appointed National Boycott Coordinator of the UFWOC. Itliong resigned from the Union on October 15, 1971. He devoted the rest of his life to improving the lives of retired Filipino farm workers, and to a wide...
Dates: 1942 - 1976; Majority of material found within 1963 - 1974
Abstract Marc Grossman became involved with the United Farm Workers in 1969 while an undergraduate student at the University of California, Irvine; where he graduated with a B.A. degree in American History in 1972. During that time he helped organize the Grape Boycott. From there he went on to obtain a Master’s degree in journalism at UCLA in 1973. 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...
Dates: 1969 - 1999; Majority of material found within 1980 - 1993
Abstract Marion Moses served as United Farm Workers (UFW) Health Program Administrator and as Medical Director and Administrator for the National Farm Health Group. Dr. Moses’ papers reflect her interest in farm labor health concerns and document her work with the UFW; included are materials related to the Grape Boycotts of the 1960’s.
Dates: 1960 - 1970; Majority of material found within 1966 - 1968
Abstract Mark Sharwood was as a full time volunteer for the United Farm Workers from 1976 until 1982. He worked towards passing Proposition 14, for which he traveled through California, Texas, Mid-west states and New York, assisting with various boycotts and campaigns. Beginning in 1978, Sharwood handled the propaganda for the Imperial Valley election. He created graphic fliers in order to communicate ideas that did not translate into words. Sharwood's records consist of leaflets, pamphlets and flyers...
Dates: 1974 - 1979; Majority of material found within 1977 - 1978
Abstract Subjects include: United Farm Workers; Cesar Chavez; organizing farm workers; agricultural labor relations cases; boycott in Canada; UFW National Executive Board; Jessica Govea; medical programs
Dates: 1968 - 1980
Abstract The Michigan Farm Worker Ministry Coalition, active from 1978 through the 1990s, worked to assist farm workers’ organizing efforts and to improve their access to health care and education. This collection consists of photographs documenting their activities and the activities of related organizations, as well as audio recordings, posters, banners, and other ephemera.
Dates: 1953 - 1993
Abstract In 2000, Fred Stielow interviewed "labor priest" Monsignor George Higgins. Collection consists of an audio recording. Higgins talks about his long involvement, through his leadership in the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, with the United Farm Workers and association with Cesar Chavez. He offers his perspectives on Chavez's legacy, the need for a thorough history of the man and the movement, and the importance of open access to relevant archival material.
Abstract The National Farm Worker Ministry (predecessor name California Migrant Ministry) is an agency of the Southern and Northern California Councils of Churches and is affiliated with the Migrant Ministry of the National Council of Churches. It carries on a direct and active ministry of service to farm workers and their families in the following areas: Education, health services, worship, recreation, literacy classes, voter registration, community development, and vocational counseling and training....
Dates: 1959 - 1995; Majority of material found within 1965 - 1980
Abstract The National Sharecroppers Fund grew out of the "National Sharecroppers Week," an annual event to rally support for the fledgling Southern Tenant Farmers Union. It was founded to provide financial assistance and information on government aid programs to organizations dedicated to improving living conditions for the rural poor. Their records include the papers of Fay Bennett and her work with the NSF, the National Advisory committee on Farm Labor, the Migrant Children's Fund, the National...
Dates: 1937 - 1985; Majority of material found within 1955 - 1972
Abstract The Orange County Interfaith Committee to Aid Farm Workers was a branch of the National Farm Workers Ministry. NFWM began in 1920 as a ministry of charity and service, providing food, clothing and day care to the farm workers. When United Farm Workers founder César Chávez began organizing in the 1960's, he called on the religious community to change its emphasis from charity to justice. NFWM became the vehicle for people of faith to respond to that call.The collection consists of...
Dates: 1963 - 1991; Majority of material found within 1982 - 1988
Abstract Philip Vera Cruz (Dec 25, 1904 – June 12, 1994) was born in Saoag, Ilocos Sur, Philippines. He worked on farms in the Philippines before traveling to the United States in 1926. Vera Cruz worked several odd jobs around the Midwest, but was not active in any union before moving to California in 1943 and becoming a farm worker. He joined the Agricultural Worker Organizing Committee (AWOC) and soon became a leader in farm workers rights. In 1965 he was an active force in the AWOC decision to...
Dates: 1966 - 1979; Majority of material found within 1969 - 1975
Abstract Richard Alatorre was born and raised in Los Angeles, graduating from James A. Garfield High School in 1961. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, Los Angeles, in 1965. He later went on to earn a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Southern California. Alatorre taught in several California universities before becoming an aide to California Assemblyman Walter Karabian and State Senator Alfred Song in 1968. Before this he was Western...
Dates: 1969 - 1976; Majority of material found within 1973 - 1974
Abstract Robert J. Thomas is a professor at Brandeis University and Executive Director at the Accenture Institute for High Performance. He was formerly a professor of Organizational Studies at MIT. Thomas' area of interest lies in leadership and transformational change. He has written books, such as Citizenship, Gender, and Work: Social Organization of Industrial Agriculture, with the UFW as subject matter. The Robert Thomas collection reflects his previous research for his book in organizational...
Dates: 1948 - 1982; Majority of material found within 1979 - 1980
Abstract Ronald B. Taylor’s career as a journalist and photographer spans over forty years. Many of his articles and books focused on the farm labor movement. During Taylor’s working life he had been in the employ of the "Fresno Bee" and "The Los Angeles Times." His free-lance articles have appeared in, "Time," "Nation," "Argosy," "Farm Journal," and other noted publications.In addition, over the course of his writing career, Mr. Taylor published award-winning fiction and other works. His...
Dates: 1950 - 1974; Majority of material found within 1965 - 1974
- Agricultural laborers 40
- Boycotts 29
- Labor unions 23
- Agriculture 21
- Migrant agricultural laborers 21
- Migrant workers 20
- Child labor 16
- Strikes and lockouts 13
- Labor 12
- Labor unions -- Organizing 9
- Pesticides 8
- Collective bargaining 6
- Grape Strike, Calif., 1965-1970 5
- Sound recordings 5
- Strikes and lockouts -- Agricultural laborers 5
- Emigration and Immigration 4
- Oral histories 4
- Civil rights 3
- Contract negotiations 3
- Farm work legislation 3
- Hispanic Americans 3
- Labor leaders -- United States 3
- Church work with migrant labor 2
- Community organization 2
- Labor movement 2
- Minorities 2
- Pesticides -- Health aspects -- California 2
- Picketing 2
- Transcripts 2
- Women in the labor movement 2
- Anti-apartheid movements 1
- California Politics and government 1
- Charity organization 1
- Child migrant agricultural laborers 1
- Child welfare 1
- Communism 1
- Community development 1
- Community-based social services 1
- Demonstrations 1
- Environmentalism 1
- Fair Labor Standards Act 1
- Filipino Americans 1
- Grievance procedures 1
- Human rights 1
- Immigrants -- United States 1
- Janitors 1
- Labor disputes 1
- Mexican American migrant agricultural laborers -- Periodicals 1
- Migrant agricultural laborers -- Housing 1
- Pacifists 1
- Pay equity 1
- Photographs 1
- Posters 1
- Poverty -- United States 1
- Privatization 1
- Radicalism 1
- Service industries 1
- Social history 1
- Strike votes 1
- Unfair labor practices 1
- Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Protest movements -- United States 1
- Wisconsin 1
- Women's rights 1
- Workers' rights 1
- World War, 1914-1918 1 ∧ view less
- Spanish; Castilian 1
- United Farm Workers 41
- National Farm Worker Ministry (U.S.) 6
- Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee 5
- International Brotherhood of Teamsters 5
- National Farm Workers Association 4
- AFL-CIO 3
- Farm Labor Organizing Committee (Ohio) 3
- Beffel, John Nicholas 2
- California Migrant Ministry 2
- Itlong, Larry 2
- National Farm Workers of America 2
- Velasco, Peter 2
- African National Congress 1
- Agricultural Labor Relations Board 1
- Alatorre, Richard 1
- Ashbaugh, Carolyn 1
- Barger, W. K. (Walter Kenneth) 1
- Burciaga, David 1
- Burgess, David S., 1917- 1
- Catholic Church. United States Conference of Catholic Bishops 1
- Center for Community Change 1
- Community Service Organization 1
- Congress of Industrial Organizations (U.S.) 1
- Democratic Party (U.S.) 1
- Filipino American Political Association 1
- Ganz, Marshall 1
- Higgins, George 1
- Industrial Workers of the World 1
- International Confederation of Free Trade Unions 1
- International Labour Organization 1
- Michigan Council of Churches 1
- Michigan Farm Worker Ministry Coalition 1
- Moses, Marion, M.D. 1
- National Sharecroppers’ Fund (U.S.) 1
- North American Free Trade Agreement (1992 December 17) 1
- Orange County Interfaith Committee to Aid the Farm Workers 1
- Orendain, Antonio 1
- Public Services International 1
- Rabinovitz, Samuel 1
- Rodriguez, Arturo S. 1
- Ross, Fred, 1910-1992 1
- Service Employees International Union 1
- Sharwood, Mark 1
- Sherman, Jocelyn 1
- Smith, Sydney D., 1915- 1
- Stielow, Frederick 1
- Taylor, Ronald B. 1
- Taylor, William W. 1
- Thomas, Robert J. (Robert Joseph) 1
- Tussey, Richard B. 1
- United Food and Commercial Workers International Union 1
- United States. Federal Bureau of Investigation 1
- Velasco, Dolores 1
- Workers Defense League 1
- World Bank 1
- Yinger, Winthrop 1 ∧ view less
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