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Finding Aid to the Bertha Metro Papers, 1936-1973 MS 3422
MS 3422  
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Description
Correspondence, negotiations for contracts, copies of contracts, organizing documents, strike leaflets, and other union documents, together with transcripts of oral history interviews of Metro and her daughter, Phyllis Foley, also a union official; ephemera; and some personal correspondence. Includes material relating to the hotel strikes of 1937 and 1941-1942. Correspondents include Hugo Ernst, labor official who represented culinary workers.
Background
Bertha Metro was born in England. Her father, a socialist, imbued her with some of his ideals and principles. While still a young girl, the family emmigrated to Canada where her father was killed in a tragic mining accident. In her early teens she went to work to help support the family, eventually obtaining employment at the Empress Hotel in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.
Extent
3 boxes (1.25 Linear feet)
Restrictions
Copyright has not been assigned to the California Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director of Research Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the California Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.
Availability
Collection open for research; researchers must sign an agreement of use form. Photocopying is prohibited.