David Selvin oral history

San Francisco State University. Labor Archives and Research Center
San Francisco State University. Labor Archives and Research Center
J. Paul Leonard Library, Room 460
1630 Holloway Ave
San Francisco, California 94132-1722
(415) 405-5571
larc@sfsu.edu
http://www.library.sfsu.edu/about/depts/larc.php
2014


Descriptive Summary

Title: David Selvin oral history
Dates: 2000
Collection Number: Oral History Collection
Creator/Collector: Selvin, David, 1913-
Extent: 7 audio cassettes
Repository: San Francisco State University. Labor Archives and Research Center
San Francisco, California 94132-1722
Abstract: Sound recording of interview with David Selvin conducted by Harvey Schwartz. Selvin's parents immigrated from Russia to Tooele, Utah in 1909, drawn by family ties to the Jewish agricultural community which had settled in the central part of that state. Selvin's father maintained a store in predominately Mormon township of Tooele and also served as a senator in the Utah state legislature. David moved to California to attend college, receiving his undergraduate degree in Commerce and Master's in Labor Economics at the University of California, Berkeley. An observer of the 1934 Pacific Coast longshore and general strikes, David authored a definitive history of those events, A Terrible Anger in addition to many other works on labor history. A career as a labor journalist, author and public relations consultant spanned decades and brought Selvin in contact with many key figures in the West Coast labor movement. The oral history also includes a discussion of his World War II service and work on the Berkeley Interracial Committee and the California Federation for Civic Unity.
Language of Material: English

Access

Collection is open for research.

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Preferred Citation

David Selvin oral history. San Francisco State University. Labor Archives and Research Center

Acquisition Information

Interview conducted by Harvey Schwartz, 2000.

Biography/Administrative History

Labor journalist, author and public relations consultant.

Scope and Content of Collection

Sound recording of interview with David Selvin conducted by Harvey Schwartz. Selvin's parents immigrated from Russia to Tooele, Utah in 1909, drawn by family ties to the Jewish agricultural community which had settled in the central part of that state. Selvin's father maintained a store in predominately Mormon township of Tooele and also served as a senator in the Utah state legislature. David moved to California to attend college, receiving his undergraduate degree in Commerce and Master's in Labor Economics at the University of California, Berkeley. An observer of the 1934 Pacific Coast longshore and general strikes, David authored a definitive history of those events, A Terrible Anger in addition to many other works on labor history. A career as a labor journalist, author and public relations consultant spanned decades and brought Selvin in contact with many key figures in the West Coast labor movement. The oral history also includes a discussion of his World War II service and work on the Berkeley Interracial Committee and the California Federation for Civic Unity.

Indexing Terms

Schwartz, Harvey
Audiocassettes.
Oral histories.