Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Found in 25 Collections and/or Records:
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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.
Abstract United Farm Workers grew out of several farm workers organizations of the 1960s and was led by Cesar Chavez for over thirty years. The Administration Department records reflect the wide range of people and groups with whom the UFW corresponded. The work of the union itself is well represented, including U.S., Canada, and Europe boycott files, El Malcriado files, and negotiations with southern California grape growers. Part 3 of the records represent the second decade of the union’s progress...
Abstract The primary mission of the UFW California boycott offices was to alert the nation that farm laborers were looking for civil rights, as well as fairer wages. Cesar Chavez, president of the United Farm Workers Union believed that a non-violent boycott of grapes and lettuce would convey the message. The two main city offices were located in Los Angeles and San Francisco. These offices were primarily concerned with organizing letter-writing campaigns to growers, distributors (with special attention...
Abstract The UFW grew out of several farm workers organizations in the 1960s and was led for over thirty years by Cesar Chavez. The Information and Research Department serves as the research center for the union, collecting materials of interest in many areas importantin to the organization. Their records reflect the range of services which the union provided for its members, including legal and immigration assistance, workman's compensation claims, healthcare, and grievance mediation. Other subjects...
Abstract The UFW Massachusetts Boycott Office: Boston opened in 1967, one of several regional branch offices of the UFW formed to organize communities to participate in a consumer boycott of lettuce, grapes, wines, and other agricultural products. The primary activity of the office involved outreach efforts (mailing letters, hosting rallies and events) aimed at prominent members of the greater Boston area, including political leaders, church leaders, and business leaders, as well as college campuses...
Abstract The UFW Michigan Boycott collection contains materials specific to the state, and the activities of the UFW within the state. The largest boycott in Michigan was of California grapes, and this is reflected in the numerous store surveys which the UFW conducted in an attempt to ascertain the amount of non-UFW wine available. In addition, the collection contains a small amount of material about the lettuce boycott. It must also be noted that there are a large quantity of materials...
Abstract The records of the UFW Missouri Boycott Office relate to the various strikes and boycotts that occurred nationally during the period of the 1970s. The Missouri Boycott Offices were located in two locations, Kansas City and St. Louis. The people directing these boycott offices worked on petitions, boycotts of grocery store chains and agricultural products, and raising awareness about the UFW’s dispute with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.The majority of material in this...
Abstract The National Farm Workers Association (NFWA) was founded in 1962. In 1966 it affiliated with the Agricultural Workers Committee to form the United Farm Workers Organizing Committee (UFWOC). In 1973, the UFWOC became the United Farm Workers, AFL-CIO. Cesar Chavez led the farm workers from 1962 until his death in 1993. The activities of this office included working toward a state wide boycott of California iceberg lettuce, and gathering information about farm labor in the state itself. Several...
Abstract The activities of the New York Boycott office focused on the national consumer boycotts of California table grapes and lettuce initiated by the United Farm Workers Organizing Committee, UFWOC (predecessor of UFW) in 1967 and 1971 respectively. The boycotts were in support of striking California farm workers seeking union recognition under the leadership of Cesar Chavez, Dolores Huerta and the UFW. The records consist of files from various New York boycott offices that include: New...
Abstract Peter Velasco has served in a number of positions in the UFW. He worked as the Stockton, California Field Office Director, as the director of the Strike Defense Fund, was a board member of the Farm Workers Credit Union, and was a member of the National Executive Board member since 1973. He and his wife Dolores Ann also worked on the US Senate campaign of Tom Hayden in 1976. Peter Velasco died in 1995. His records consists of office files, largely from the time when Velasco was...
Abstract After college, Jocelyn Sherman started at the United Farm Workers (UFW) as a public relations representative and has been with the UFW for over 20 years. Sherman served as a documentary photographer for the UFW and as manager of the UFW’s public relations department before becoming the UFW’s Internet Communications Director.Sherman’s records consist of the UFW public relations department’s files from 1988 to 2001 and reflect her work with UFW campaigns during that era, including...
Abstract The UFW Support Committee of the World Justice and Peace Center was formed in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1971 to lend religious support to the Wisconsin boycott. The committee was set up by the Capuchin Order of Franciscans and consisted of five Milwaukee-based religious communities that worked closely with the UFW Wisconsin state coordinators to publicize the plight of the striking farm workers. The support committee’s primary purpose focused on donation solicitation and picket and rally...
Abstract Part 1 of the UFW Texas Records contains boycott papers from the late 1960s and early 1970s, when the UFW was organizing boycotts against companies like Safeway Supermarkets, and against products like Heublein wines and California grapes and lettuce. They also consist of office files of the UFW which document the establishment of the UFW, particularly the Service Center in Mc Allen, Texas and the UFW's involvement with a variety of local organizations including STACO (South Texas Association of...
Abstract The National Farm Workers Association (NFWA) was founded in 1962. In 1966 it affiliated with the Agricultural Workers Committee to form the United Farm Workers Organizing Committee (UFWOC). In 1973 the UFWOC became the United Farm Workers, AFL-CIO. Cesar Chavez led the farm workers from 1962 until his death in 1993. The papers of the Washington State Boycott Office of the United Farm Workers primarily record the 1970s activities of the UFW's Seattle support groups. These activities included the...
Abstract The National Farm Workers Association (NFWA) was founded in 1962. In 1966 it affiliated with the Agricultural Workers Committee to form the United Farm Workers Organizing Committee (UFWOC). In 1973 the UFWOC became the United Farm Workers, AFL-CIO. Cesar Chavez led the farm workers from 1962 until his death in 1993.The papers of the Wisconsin Boycott Office record the activities of the UFW primarily in Milwaukee during the mid 1970s, including several director's records. The office worked to...
Abstract The National Farm Workers Association (NFWA) was founded in 1962. In 1966 it affiliated with the Agricultural Workers Committee to form the United Farm Workers Organizing Committee (UFWOC). In 1973, the UFWOC became the United Farm Workers, AFL-CIO. Cesar Chavez led the farm workers from 1962 until his death in 1993.
Collection — Small Processed Collections: W-Z, Box 15, Folder: 15-18
Abstract Winthrop Yinger served as the Executive Director of the Fresno Area Council of Churches and the Fresno Area Migrant Workers and in the English Department of Fresno State College, where he established a repository of materials related to the farm worker movement. Mr. Yinger's papers relate to Cesar Chavez and the San Joaquin Valley Farm Workers Collection of Fresno State College.