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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
Overview The Al Barnes Photographs consist of 17 black and white negatives that document life in Norhtern Michigan during the late 19th-century. The negatives include scenes of local landmarks, both man-made and natural, agricultural labors at work in the farms of the Old Mission Peninsula, and portraits of children. Of particular note are negatives concerning the activities of local Native Americans.
Dates: 1880 - 1899
Abstract Albert Verri served as a staff member of the United Auto Workers (UAW) Region 4 Agricultural Implement Department. Mr. Verri’s papers relate his work as a UAW Region 4 officer and provide insight into the agricultural implement industry in the Midwestern U.S.
Dates: 1945 - 1968
Abstract Carl Shier (1917-2007) served in many roles in the labor movement, including as a member of the Shop Committee of UAW Local 6, Melrose Park, Illinois (1950); as financial secretary of UAW International Harvester Council; as a UAW International representative for the Competitive Shop Department (1958). In 1960, he joined the organizing staff of the UAW and was especially active in organizing and servicing local unions in Illinois. His papers, donated in 1967, cover the agricultural implement...
Dates: 1949 - 1966
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 Subjects include: Latino migrant workers; sugarcane industry; UFW; Florida agriculture; rural poverty; black migrant workers
Dates: 1949 - 1975
Abstract Correspondence, reports, newspaper clippings, press releases, and scrapbooks collected by Mr. Wales, who served in the Michigan House of Representatives as a delegate from the Upper Peninsula from 1949 until 1965. Agriculture, conservation, hunting and fishing legislation, education, tourism in the Upper Peninsula, taxes, unemployment, and the minimum wage are discussed. Correspondents include Jerome P. Cavanagh, Philip Hart, Patrick McNamara, Neil Staebler, and G. Mennen Williams.
Dates: 1949 - 1965
Abstract The Ira H. Butterfield Papers were donated by Paul Butterfield, an associate professor in the History Department at Wayne State University. Paul Butterfield joined the faculty of the College of the City of Detroit in 1931 and retired in 1966.Materials in the Ira H. Butterfield Papers relate to his interest and involvement in Michigan’s agricultural history. Correspondence, manuscripts, and a written history of the Michigan State Agricultural Society make up most of the papers. The...
Dates: 1880 - 1930
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 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 The Michigan Migrant Ministry Coalition was organized in 1978 under the leadership of Sr. Theresa Grekowicz. The immediate successor to the Michigan Farm Worker Ministry and the Michigan Migrant Ministry, the MFWMC aimed to assist farm workers in organizing for better wages and working conditions, as well as to improve farm worker access to health coverage and education.The records of part 1 and 2 of the Michigan Farm Worker Ministry Coalition consist of correspondence, reports,...
Dates: 1950 - 1993
Abstract Monsignor Clement Kern was a Roman Catholic Priest at Most Holy Trinity Church in Detroit, MI for 34 years. Under his leadership, Holy Trinity became a major center for Latino American residents of southwest Detroit. Kern became active in the migratory labor arena and helped with the Michigan Committee to Aid Farm Workers. Monsignor Kern's records document the struggle of Detroit area migrant workers and their fight for compensation for their work. The collection also explores his involvement...
Dates: 1945 - 1969; Majority of material found within 1945 - 1950
Abstract The files of this educational and lobbying organization contain correspondence, minutes, reports, news releases, research files, news clippings, leaflets, and public hearing transcripts concerning efforts to obtain legislation and develop public opinion beneficial to agricultural workers.
Dates: 1967 - 1970
Abstract The National Policy Association (NPA)was established in 1934 as the National Planning Association, a nonpartisan, nonprofit research institution founded by prominent business and labor leaders who believed that the private sector should actively participate in the formulation of public policy. The organization’s name was changed to National Policy Association in 1997. Organized with a broad-based structure of committees and an independent research program, the NPA brought together influential...
Dates: 1930 - 2003; Majority of material found within 1970 - 2003
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 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 Sydney Smith was active in the California Migrant Ministry (later known as the National Farm Worker Ministry) and served as the founding director of Pasadena’s Community Housing Service. The papers of Mr. Smith document his research conducted for his book on the migrant ministries entitled Grapes of Conflict: The Faith Community and Farm Workers.
Dates: 1940 - 1986; Majority of material found within 1960 - 1986
Abstract The United Auto Workers Agricultural Implement Department records cover primarily the activities of the International Harvester Department, concerning grievances, contract negotiations, local unions, and the assistant director. Also covered are the UAW's association with the John Deere Company and the Caterpillar Tractor Company.
Dates: 1945 - 1969
Abstract UAW Local 6 represents the workers at the International Harvester Company diesel engine plant in Melrose Park, Illinois. Subjects include, UAW Agricultural Implement Division, UAW Harvester Council and International Harvester.
Dates: 1947 - 1969
Abstract Subjects include: International Harvester (Portland, Oregon); agricultural implement industry workers
Dates: 1948 - 1961; Majority of material found within 1952 - 1958
- Subject: Agriculture X
- Labor unions 26
- Agricultural laborers 21
- Boycotts 19
- Migrant workers 14
- Child labor 10
- Migrant agricultural laborers 7
- Strikes and lockouts 7
- Labor unions -- Organizing 6
- Emigration and Immigration 5
- Labor 5
- Pesticides 5
- Hispanic Americans 4
- Automobile industry and trade 3
- Collective bargaining 3
- Farm work legislation 3
- Grape Strike, Calif., 1965-1970 3
- Strikes and lockouts -- Agricultural laborers 3
- Civil rights 2
- Community organization 2
- Contract negotiations 2
- Michigan 2
- Michigan -- History 2
- Minorities 2
- African Americans 1
- Agricultural implement industry 1
- Communism 1
- Education 1
- Environmentalism 1
- Fair Labor Standards Act 1
- Filipino Americans 1
- Government policy 1
- Grievance procedures 1
- Immigrants -- United States 1
- Labor movement 1
- Medical care 1
- Oral histories 1
- Pesticides -- Health aspects -- California 1
- Politics, Practical 1
- Race relations 1
- Radicalism 1
- Social history 1
- Sound recordings 1
- Transcripts 1
- Transportation 1
- Wisconsin 1
- Women in the labor movement 1
- Work environment 1 ∧ view less
- Spanish; Castilian 2
- United Farm Workers 25
- International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America 6
- International Brotherhood of Teamsters 3
- AFL-CIO 2
- Farm Labor Organizing Committee (Ohio) 2
- International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America. Region 10 2
- National Farm Worker Ministry (U.S.) 2
- Agricultural Labor Relations Board 1
- Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee 1
- Barger, W. K. (Walter Kenneth) 1
- Butterfield, Ira Howard, 1840-1928 1
- California Migrant Ministry 1
- Filipino American Political Association 1
- Florida Christian Migrant Ministry 1
- International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America. Local 492 (Portland, Or.) 1
- International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America. Region 5 1
- Itlong, Larry 1
- Kern, Monsignor Clement 1
- Kitzman, Harvey 1
- Majerus, Raymond E. (Raymond Edward), 1924-1987 1
- Michigan Migrant Ministry 1
- Michigan State Agricultural Society 1
- Montgomery, Donald E. 1
- National Campaign for Agricultural Democracy 1
- National Policy Association (U.S.) 1
- Orange County Interfaith Committee to Aid the Farm Workers 1
- Orendain, Antonio 1
- Rodriguez, Arturo S. 1
- Ross, Fred, 1910-1992 1
- Sharwood, Mark 1
- Sherman, Jocelyn 1
- Shier, Carl 1
- Smith, Sydney D., 1915- 1
- Thomas, Robert J. (Robert Joseph) 1
- United States. Federal Bureau of Investigation 1
- Velasco, Dolores 1
- Velasco, Peter 1
- Verri, Albert 1
- Wales, Gilbert 1
- Wayne State University 1
- World Justice and Peace Center. UFW Support Committee 1
- Yinger, Winthrop 1 ∧ view less
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