Guide to the United Farm Workers Information Fair Collection MS.R.015

Processed by Karen Rosen in 2001 and Ernesto Bassi and Audrey Pearson in 2008; machine-readable finding aid created by Audrey Pearson; edited by Sara Seltzer
Special Collections and Archives, University of California, Irvine Libraries
The UCI Libraries
P.O. Box 19557
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, California, 92623-9557
949-824-3947
spcoll@uci.edu
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Title: United Farm Workers Information Fair collection
Identifier/Call Number: MS.R.015
Contributing Institution: Special Collections and Archives, University of California, Irvine Libraries
Physical Description: 2.6 Linear feet (4 boxes and 2 oversize folders)
Date (inclusive): circa 1959-1975 and undated
Languages of Collection Materials: The bulk of the collection is in English. Select materials are in Spanish.
Abstract: This collection comprises fliers, reports, newsletters, photographs, bumper stickers, and ephemera compiled for use at the United Farm Workers Organizing Committee (UFWOC) Information Fair held in San Fernando, California in 1969. The collection is particularly strong in documenting the United Farm Workers (UFW) trade union and its formation; UFW-organized boycotts and strikes, including the Delano Grape Strike from 1965 to 1966; and the working and living conditions of migrant agricultural laborers. Other files document the economic and legal aspects of farm labor, ties between churches and the farm labor movement, and the effect of pesticides on farm laborers. Approximately ten photographs by unidentified photographers depict UFW founder and president Cesar Chavez and others at rallies; agricultural laborers, including children, at work; migrant camps; and medical and dental clinics for laborers.
Collector: Newcomb, Robert L.

Access

The collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

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

Preferred Citation

United Farm Workers Information Fair collection. MS-R015. Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California. Date accessed.
For the benefit of current and future researchers, please cite any additional information about sources consulted in this collection, including permanent URLs, item or folder descriptions, and box/folder locations.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Robert L. and Elizabeth E. Newcomb, date unknown. Additional material was donated by the Newcombs in 2011.

Processing History

Processed by Karen Rosen, 2001. Additional materials processed by Ernesto Bassi and Audrey Pearson, 2008.

Historical Background

The California farm labor movement began in the 1960s when the United Farm Workers Organizing Committee began unionizing California farm workers. The National Farm Workers Association was founded by Cesar Chavez, and later became the United Farm Workers of America (UFW). In 1968 Chavez launched a boycott of California table grape growers and was successful in mobilizing consumer support throughout the United States. In 1970 the UFW, with Chavez as president, became a member union of the AFL-CIO. Chavez made people across the country aware of the struggles of farm workers for better pay and safer living conditions and succeeded by using nonviolent tactics including boycotts, fasting, pickets, and strikes.

Chronology

1962 Cesar Chavez founds the National Farm Workers Assocation.
1966 Cesar Chavez and a band of strikers embark on a 340-mile pilgrimage from Delano to the steps of the state capitol in Sacramento to draw national attention to the situation of farm workers.
1966-1967 A boycott and strike of the DiGiorgio Fruit Corp. forces the giant grape grower to agree to an election among its workers. The workers vote for the United Farm Workers (UFW), led by Chavez.
1966-1967 The UFW strikes the Giumarra Vineyards Corporation, California's largest table grape grower. In response to the boycott other grape growers allow Giumarra to use their labels. As a result, the UFW begins a boycott of all California table grapes.
1967-1970 Hundreds of grape strikers disperse across North America to organize an international grape boycott. Millions of Americans rally to the farm workers' cause, called "La Causa."
1969 United Farm Workers Organizing Committee Information Fair in San Fernando, California.
1970 As the grape boycott grows, most California table grape growers sign UFW contracts.
1972 The UFW is chartered as an independent affiliate by the AFL-CIO, becoming the United Farm Workers of America, AFL-CIO.
1973-1975 According to a nationwide poll conducted by Louis Harris, 17 million Americans are boycotting grapes. Many are also boycotting lettuce and Gallo wine.

Bibliography

Dunne, John Gregory. Delano: The Story of the California Grape Strike . New York: Farrar, Strauss & Giroux, 1967.
Ferris, Susan. The Fight in the Fields: Cesar Chavez and the Farmworkers Movement. New York: Harcourt Brace, 1997.

Collection Scope and Content Summary

This collection comprises fliers, reports, newsletters, photographs, bumper stickers, and ephemera compiled for use at the United Farm Workers Organizing Committee (UFWOC) Information Fair held in San Fernando, California in 1969. The collection is particularly strong in documenting the United Farm Workers (UFW) trade union and its formation; UFW-organized boycotts and strikes, including the Delano Grape Strike from 1965 to 1966; and the working and living conditions of migrant agricultural laborers. Other files document the economic and legal aspects of farm labor; ties between churches and the farm labor movement; and the effect of pesticides on farm laborers. Approximately ten photographs by unidentified photographers depict UFW founder and president Cesar Chavez and others at rallies; agricultural laborers, including children, at work; migrant camps; and medical and dental clinics for laborers.
All items were collected by Robert L. and Elizabeth E. Newcomb. Robert was a senior lecturer at UC Irvine (UCI) in the Department of Social Science until his retirement in 2006. In 1970 he taught a farm labor and business course at UCI. Elizabeth was Coordinator of Volunteers for the UCI Health Education department.

Collection Arrangement

The collection is arranged topically. Materials are arranged alphabetically within each topical grouping.

Separation Note

Select publications were removed from this collection and cataloged separately in Special Collections and Archives.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Chavez, Cesar, 1927-1993 -- Archives.
Newcomb, Elizabeth E., collector.
United Farm Workers -- Archives..
Activists.
Agricultural laborers -- California -- Labor unions.
Agricultural laborers -- California .
Boycotts -- California
Delano Grape Strike, 1965-1966 -- Archives.
Ephemera
Labor leaders -- United States
Migrant agricultural laborers -- California -- Archives.
Photographic prints
Strikes and lockouts -- Vineyard laborers -- California -- Archives.
Vineyard laborers -- California -- Labor unions -- Archives.

 

Church and religious aspects, clippings, letters, press releases, and reports

 

California Migrant Ministry

Box 1, Folder 1

General materials circa 1967-1970

Processing Note

The bulk of the materials were originally housed in a three-ring binder. Select materials received in 2011 were later integrated.
Box 1, Folder 2

The Church and the Emerging Farm Worker's Movement, case study 1967

Box 1, Folder 3

Nonviolence 1968-1969

 

Publications

Box FB-34, Folder 5

The Catholic Worker 1968-1969

Box 2, Folder 12

Presbyterian Life 1968

Box 1, Folder 4

Social problems 1965-1971

 

Health, education, and welfare

Box 1, Folder 5

Clippings 1967-1974

Box 3, Folder 1

Conference packet 1969

Box 3 , Folder 2-4, Box 1, Folder 6

Reports, press releases, and fliers 1968-1969

 

Law and legislation

Box 1, Folder 7

Clippings, general 1967-1970

Box 3, Folder 5, Box 1 , Folder 8

Clippings, pamphlets, and reports on California Rural Legal Assistance 1967-1970

Box 3, Folder 6, Box 1, Folder 9

Clippings, press releases, and reports on labor laws 1965-1969

Box FB-34 , Folder 5

Democracy on the Farm undated

Box 1, Folder 10

Labor legislation reports 1966-1974

 

Miscellaneous

Box 2, Folder 1

Angel, Cheryl. Farm labor and business project, UC Irvine 1970

Box 3, Folder 7

Basta! La historia de nuestra lucha. Enough! The Tale of Our Struggle. 1966

Box 3, Folder 8

La Causa Publications. 1974 Catalog 1974

Box 3, Folder 9

Postage stamps undated

Box 3, Folder 10

UCSB. Mexican-Americans: A Selective Guida to Materials in the UCSB Library undated

Box 3, Folder 11

United Native Americans. "Warpath" 1968

Box 2, Folder 3

Pesticides, clippings, fliers, and reports 1966-1969

 

Socio-economic issues

Box 2, Folder 4

Clippings 1968-1970

Box 2, Folder 5

Farm labor contractors list 1970

Box 3, Folder 12-15, Box 2, Folder 6

Reports 1959-1970

 

UFW boycott materials

Box 2, Folder 7

Articles on Cesar Chavez 1969-1973

Box 3, Folder 16

Audio recording undated

Box 2, Folder 10

Bumper stickers undated

Box 4, Folder 2

Buttons undated

Box 3, Folder 17

Boycott factsheet and pledge 1968

Box 2, Folder 8

Clippings 1968-1970

Box 2 , Folder 9, Box 3, Folder 18

Correspondence, fliers, and reports 1967-1975

Box 4, Folder 4

Flags undated

Box 4, Folder 3, Box 2, Folder 10

Logos undated

Physical Description: Includes logo on cloth banners and printed union labels.
Box 3, Folder 19

Newspapers 1970

Box 3, Folder 20, Box 2, Folder 10

Photographic prints undated

Box XOS1, Box 4, Folder 1

Posters undated

 

UFWOC

Box 2 , Folder 11

Information fair materials 1969

Box 3, Folder 21

Pamphlets 1967