Guide to the Helen Hosmer Papers, 1937-1969

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Guide to the Helen Hosmer Papers, 1937-1969

Collection number: MS 149

The University Library

Special Collections

University of California, Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, California

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  • Special Collections and Archives
  • University Library
  • University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Santa Cruz, California, 95064
  • Email: specoll@library.ucsc.edu
  • URL: http://library.ucsc.edu/speccoll/
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July 2002
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This file last updated: December 2005.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Helen Hosmer Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1937-1969
Collection number: MS 149
Creator: Hosmer, Helen
Extent: .5 linear ft.

1 digital object
Repository: University of California, Santa Cruz. University Library. Special Collections
Santa Cruz, California 95064
Abstract: This collection consists of a small incomplete run of the Rural Observer, a newsletter put out by the Simon J. Lubin Society, published and edited by Helen Hosmer, a letter to Carey McWilliams and miscellaneous papers from the Simon J. Lubin Society.
Physical location: Stored offsite at NRLF: Advance notice is required for access to the papers.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Access

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permission to publish or to reproduce the material, please contact the Head of Special Collections.

Preferred Citation

Helen Hosmer Papers, MS 149. Special Collections, University Library, University of California, Santa Cruz.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Helen Hosmer & Randall Jarrell, 2002.

Biography

Helen Hosmer was a writer, activist, and historian of California agribusiness. Her knowledge of California's agriculture dated back to the 1930s when, as a student at the University of California, Berkeley she worked at the Poultry Division, College of Agriculture. Later she worked for the Information Division of the Farm Security Administration (FSA), which established camps for migrant workers in California. During this period, Hosmer came to know FSA photographer Dorothea Lange, agricultural economist Paul S. Taylor, and many important figures in the labor movement in San Francisco. Because of her conviction that labor organizing was essential among agricultural workers, Hosmer resigned her government position at Farm Security in 1935 in order to have the freedom to work in behalf of her political beliefs. She co-founded the Simon J. Lubin Society, an organization that promoted unity between family farmers and migrant laborers and exposed the antiprogressive political activities of California agribusiness. From 1935 to 1941 she published and edited the Lubin Society's Rural Observer. The Society also issued special publications, such as Who Are the Associated Farmers? and John Steinbeck's Their Blood is Strong.
After World War II, Hosmer temporarily put aside her political activism and spent over 25 years living in Mill Valley as a housewife, mother, pianist, and gardener. In the early 1960s she resumed her research and writing. Once again she turned her attention to California agriculture, writing articles for American West magazine, and serving as director for the research committee for the California Farm Reporter.

Collection Scope and Content Summary

This small collection includes a letter from Helen Hosmer to Carey McWilliams, [1969?] describing the demise of the newsletter and an incomplete run of the Rural Observer, along with miscellaneous reports and balance sheets from the Lubin Society.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

Subjects

Hosmer, Helen
Agricultural industries--Citizen participation--California
Agricultural industries--California--History
Agricultural laborers--California
Migrant labor--California
Political activists--California

Index Terms Related to this Collection

McWilliams, Carey
Simon J. Lubin Society of California

Related Material

  • Their blood is strong by John Steinbeck. San Francisco, Calif., Simon J. Lubin Society of California, Inc., 1938. UCSC Spec Coll HD1527.C2S74 1938 Library has: c. 1-2.
  • Helen Hosmer: A Radical Critic of California Agribusiness in the 1930s, interviewed and edited by Randall Jarrell. UCSC Spec Coll HD1491.C2H6 1992

Container List

Box-folder 1:1

Correspondence

Box-folder 1:1

Letter to Carey McWilliams from Helen Hosmer, 9 pg. copy, February 25, [1969]

Box-folder 1:1

Response from Carey McWilliams to Helen Hosmer, March 3, 1969

Box-folder 1:2-4

Simon J. Lubin Society, Inc.

Box-folder 1:2

Balance Sheet, business reply envelope, and notes,

Box-folder 1:3

Reports:

Box-folder 1:3

Report submitted to the President's Farm Tenancy Committee at it's Hearing in San Francisco, January 12, 1937 by Simon J. Lubin Society of California , January 12, 1937

Box-folder 1:3

A Portrait of California Power, Report submitted to California Labor Federation, August 17, 1967

Box-folder 1:3

Report on how to improve California agricultural conditions, 66 pgs. [title page missing], October 23, 1938

Box-folder 1:3

Mechanization in agriculture and its effect on farm labor,

Box-folder 1:3

Fact sheet with business listings by product,

Box-folder 1:3

California Agriculture, 1940

Box-folder 1:4

Articles:

Box-folder 1:4

"Farmers Who Broke Grasp of Desert on Imperial Valley Favor Ousting All Radicals", Christian Science Monitor, May 11, 1934

Box-folder 1:4

2 pages from "Who are the Associated Farmers", The Rural Observer, v.1:9, pg.3-4, September/October 1938

Box-folder 1:4

Propaganda Analysis, v.2:12, August 1, 1939

Box-folder 1:5

Rural Observer 1937-42

Box-folder 1:5

San Francisco at Bay, undated

Box-folder 1:5

v.1:2, December 15, 1937

Box-folder 1:5

v.1:3, February 4, 1938

Box-folder 1:5

v.1:5, April 1938

Box-folder 1:5

v.1:6, April-May 1938

Box-folder 1:5

v.1:7, June 1938

Box-folder 1:5

v.1:8, July-August 1938

Box-folder 1:5

v.1:9, September-October 1938

Box-folder 1:5

v.1:11, March 1939

Box-folder 1:5

v.1:12, April-May 1939

Box-folder 1:5

v.2:1, June 1939

Box-folder 1:5

v.2:2, July 1939

Box-folder 1:5

v.2:4 "What is the Simon J. Lubin Society?", undated

Box-folder 1:5

v.2:5, November 3, 1939

Box-folder 1:5

v.2:6, November 18, 1939

Box-folder 1:5

v.2:7, December 2, 1939

Box-folder 1:5

v.3:1, January 5, 1940

Box-folder 1:5

v.3:4, March 8, 1940

Box-folder 1:5

v.3:6, April 10, 1940

Box-folder 1:5

v.3:7, April 27, 1940

Box-folder 1:5

v.3:10, June 20, 1940

Box-folder 1:6

Unidentified writing #1 (pg.2-11), undated

Box-folder 1:6

Unidentified writing #2 (2 unnumbered pages), undated