Finding Aid of Ralph W. Hollenberg collection of materials relating to the Farm Security Administration, Region IX, 1924-1949 (bulk 1938-1945)

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Finding Aid to the Ralph W. Hollenberg collection of materials relating to the Farm Security Administration, Region IX,, 1924-1949 (bulk 1938-1945)

Collection number: BANC MSS C-R 1

The Bancroft Library



University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, California

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Processed by:
Linda Jordan and Terence Padden
Date Completed:
November 1997
Encoded by:
James Lake
© 1998 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Collection Summary

Collection Title: Ralph W. Hollenberg collection of materials relating to the Farm Security Administration, Region IX
Date (inclusive): 1924-1949
Date (bulk): (bulk 1938-1945)
Collection Number: BANC MSS C-R 1
Creator: Hollenberg, Ralph W.
Extent: Number of containers: 9 cartons Linear feet: 11.25
Repository: The Bancroft Library
Berkeley, California 94720-6000
Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Abstract: Contains materials collected by Ralph W. Hollenberg chiefly during his tenure as Acting Director of the Farm Security Administration, Region IX, from 1939 to 1941. Contains administrative records, program files, and farm labor research materials relating to FSA activities in Region IX, which included Calif., Arizona, Utah, and Nevada. Administrative files include a small amount of correspondence, reports, speeches, and press releases, along with minutes of meetings, and publications, which includes several bibliographies with a focus on agricultural labor in the west, particularly Calif. The bulk of the collection is dedicated to a variety of agricultural, housing, and social programs created and administrered by the FSA, and may include correspondence, reports, memoranda, statements, and clippings. Farm labor research files focus on farmer organizations and agricultural development in Calif., and includes a few files containing reports, statements, talks, and press releases, with other printed material and clippings from 1942-1945, concerning the evacuation of Japanese Americans from the west coast during World War II.
Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English

Information for Researchers

Access

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library 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.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Materials relating to the Farm Security Administration, Region IX, San Francisco, Calif., BANC MSS C-R 1, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

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Material Cataloged Separately

Photographs have been transferred to Pictorial Collections of The Bancroft Library.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

Materials relating to the Farm Security Administration, Region IX, San Francisco were given to The Bancroft Library by Ralph W. Hollenberg from 1942 through 1945, via Paul Schuster Taylor.

Funding

Funding for processing provided in part by a Library Services and Construction Act (LSCA), Title III: Networking, Preservation and Statewide Resource-sharing grant, 1994-1996.

Administrative History

Ralph W. Hollenberg collected a variety of materials during his tenure as Acting Director, Region IX, U.S. Farm Security Administration, from 1939-1941. The materials range from before and after his tenancy, and cover the period of 1938-1945. The FSA was created on September 1, 1937, as an agency to replace the Resettlement Administration.
The FSA divided the United States into twelve regions, grouping states by agricultural similarities; Region IX included California, Arizona, Utah, and Nevada. The regional office was responsible for making loans and coordinating resettlement projects. Each regional director had the services of advisers in Business Management, Labor Relations, Personnel and Information.
During Hollenberg's tenure, the priorities for Region IX included the Farm Rehabilitation Program, the Tenant Purchase Project and Emergency Relief Grants. Beginning in 1941, the FSA stressed increased food production as part of the War Food Administration. This period was a busy one for the FSA, but their basic philosophy was that the FSA was one program and that one part of the program would not produce results unless complemented by the other parts. The Farm Security Administration believed that farmers must be aided as a whole, whatever their position on the agricultural ladder. They stressed that agriculture can only prosper as a whole, and that low-income farmers must be assisted whether they are owners, tenants, share croppers, or agricultural workers.

Scope & Content

This collection consists of documents collected by Ralph W. Hollenberg during his tenure as Acting Director of the Farm Security Administration, Region IX, from 1939 to 1941. Included are administrative records, program files, and farm labor research materials relating to FSA activities in Region IX, which included California, Arizona, Utah and Nevada.
Administrative files include a small amount of correspondence, reports, speeches, and press releases. Minutes of cooperative meetings and legislative strategy sessions illustrate professional affiliations between the FSA and the La Follette Committee and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Publications includes several bibliographies with a focus on agricultural labor in the west, particularly California.
The bulk of the collection is dedicated to the variety of agricultural, housing, and social programs created and administered by the Farm Security Administration, and may include correspondence, reports, memoranda, statements, and clippings. The farm labor research files, with a focus on farmer organizations and agricultural development in California completes the collection.

Container List

Carton 1

SERIES 1: ADMINISTRATIVE FILES, 1936-1946.

Scope and Content Note

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically or chronologically, as appropriate, unless otherwise noted.
 

OFFICE FILES, 1938-1946

Ctn. 1, folder 1

Correspondence 1940-44

folder 2

Notes for a talk on the Migrant Problem n.d.

folder 3-6

Reports 1938-40

folder 7

Speeches 1938-41

folder 8-9

Radio talks 1938-39

folder 10-11

Press releases 1939-43

folder 12

History and goals of the FSA 1940

folder 13

Programs 1940-44

folder 14-16

Policies 1940-46

 

AFFILIATIONS, 1939-1945

 

California State Agricultural Planning Committee

Ctn. 1, folder 17

Minutes of meetings 1942

folder 18-19

La Follette Committee 1939

folder 20

Pegler-Dies Committee regarding FSA policies 1944

 

Rural Community Center Project

folder 21

Minutes of meeting 1941

folder 22-24

Tolan Committee 1940-41

folder 25

U.S. Department of Agriculture and the FSA 1939-40

folder 26

Inter-bureau Committee on Post War Programs 1945

 

CONFERENCES, 1939-1940

Ctn. 1, folder 27

Sugar Beet Labor Conference June 8-9, 1939

folder 28

Interstate Conference on Migratory Labor Feb. 1940

 

PUBLICATIONS, 1936-1941

Ctn. 1, folder 29

Adrift on the Land by Paul Schuster Taylor 1940

folder 30

Uprooted Americans by the Federal Council of Churches 1940

folder 31

Miscellaneous publications 1939-41

 

Bibliographies

folder 32

Agricultural Labor in the U.S. - U.S. Bureau of Agricultural Economics 1936-37

folder 33

Agricultural Labor in the U.S. - U.S. Department of Agriculture 1939-40

folder 34

Agricultural Labor in the West - Social Science Research Council 1938

folder 35

Labor and Other Social Problems - Social Science Research Council 1939

folder 36

Our Migrant Problem - by Ethel Blumann 1939

folder 37

Rehabilitation of Low-Income Farmers - by John M. McNeill 1943

folder 38

Miscellaneous Bibliographies - U.S. Department of Agriculture 1938-39

Cartons 2-5

SERIES 2: PROGRAMS, 1930-1949.

Scope and Content Note

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically.
 

AGRICULTURAL WORKERS HEALTH AND MEDICAL ASSOCIATION (AWHMA), 1934-1946

Ctn. 2, folder 1

Organizational documents 1938-39

folder 2

Correspondence 1939-42

folder 3-4

Memoranda 1941-42

folder 5

Case histories 1938-39

 

Reports

folder 6-9

Annual 1936-40

folder 10-12

Health 1937-42

folder 13

Project 1939

folder 14

Statistical 1937, 1941-42

folder 15-18

Statements and testimonies 1938-42

folder 19

Speeches 1938

folder 20-27

Publications 1938-42

folder 28-29

Press releases 1934-40

folder 30

Clippings 1942-46

 

DEFENSE HOUSING COORDINATION, 1941-1942

Ctn. 2, folder 31

Correspondence, reports, and clippings 1941-42

 

EMERGENCY GRANT APPROPRIATIONS, 1938-1942

Ctn. 2, folder 32-33

Correspondence, reports, and clippings 1938-42

 

EXHIBITS PROJECT, 1936-1942

Ctn. 2, folder 34-37

Correspondence 1936-42

folder 38-39

Memoranda 1936-41

folder 40

Newsletters 1938-41

 

FARM REHABILITATION ASSOCIATION, 1942-1946

Ctn. 2, folder 41

Clippings 1942-46

 

HOME MANAGEMENT PROGRAM, 1942-1946

Ctn. 2, folder 42

Reports, clippings 1942-46

 

HOMESTEAD ASSOCIATION, 1935-1942

Ctn. 2, folder 43

Reports 1936

folder 44

Speeches 1935-39

folder 45-47

Publications 1937-40

folder 48

Press releases 1940-42

folder 49

Clippings 1939-41

 

IRRIGATION AND SEWAGE SURVEY, 1942-1944

Ctn. 2, folder 50

Clippings 1942-44

 

LABOR CAMP PROGRAM, 1937-1948

Ctn. 3, folder 1

Constitution July 1939

folder 2

Needs assessment 1940-41

folder 3-5

Correspondence 1939-44

folder 6-7

Case histories 1938-42

 

Reports

folder 8-15

Annual 1938-48

folder 16-18

Employment 1940, 1942

folder 19

Environmental 1939-41

folder 20

Housing 1939-40

folder 21-23

Labor 1938-43

folder 24

Meetings 1940

folder 25

Mobile unit 1941-42

folder 26-29

Narrative 1939-42

folder 30-33

Population 1940-43

folder 34

Supply center 1942-48

folder 35

Newsletters 1941

folder 36-38

Publications 1939

folder 39

Press releases 1939-42

folder 40-41

Clippings 1937-38

 

Labor Camp Centers

folder 42-43

Arizona 1940

folder 44

Idaho 1940-41

folder 45

Oklahoma 1939-40

folder 46-48

Oregon 1938-42

folder 49

Texas 1937-41

folder 50

Washington 1939-42

 

MEXICAN IMPORTATION PROJECT, 1942-1949

Ctn. 4, folder 1

Correspondence 1942-49

folder 2

Memoranda 1942-43

folder 3-4

Reports 1942-47

folder 5-6

Work agreements 1942-43

folder 7

Radio talks 1942-43

folder 8

Regional bulletins 1942

folder 9

Publications 1942

folder 10-11

Press releases 1942-43

folder 12-14

Clippings 1942-43

 

NURSERY SCHOOL PROGRAM, 1936-1941

Ctn. 4, folder 15

Correspondence, reports 1936-41

 

RESETTLEMENT ADMINISTRATION, 1930-1942

Ctn. 4, folder 16-21

Legislative founding documents 1935-36

folder 22

Correspondence 1938

folder 23-24

Memoranda 1939-40

 

Reports

folder 25-26

Annual 1941-42

folder 27-28

Farm labor 1930-37

folder 29-32

Housing 1936-41

folder 33-34

Labor camps 1936-37

folder 35-38

Migration 1938-41

folder 39

Unions and strikes 1935

Ctn. 5, folder 1-7

Statements and speeches 1935-40

folder 8

Newsletters 1939-41

folder 9-16

Publications 1935-42

folder 17-19

Press releases 1937-39

folder 20-22

Clippings 1938-42

 

RURAL HOUSING PROJECT, 1936-1941

Ctn. 5, folder 23

Reports 1938-41

folder 24

Statements 1937-41

folder 25

FSA and Rural Housing 1941

 

Drafts

folder 26-27

Publications 1936-39

folder 28

Press releases 1939-40

 

SERVICE TO VETERANS PROGRAM, 1943-1945

Ctn. 5, folder 29-30

Clippings 1943-45

 

TENANT PURCHASE PROJECT, 1940-1942

Ctn. 5, folder 31

Correspondence 1940-42

folder 32

Reports 1941

 

WARTIME FARM LABOR ASSOCIATION, 1942-1943

Ctn. 5, folder 33-34

Reports 1942-43

Cartons 6-9

SERIES 3: FARM LABOR RESEARCH MATERIALS, 1924-1945.

Scope and Content Note

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically.
 

FARMER ORGANIZATIONS, 1936-1945

Ctn. 6, folder 1-2

Associated Farmers 1939-44

folder 3-5

California Farm Bureau Federation 1936-42

folder 6

California Farmers Union 1944-45

folder 7

California Grange 1937

folder 8

Farm Workers Association 1939

folder 9

Farmers Marketing Legislative Council 1939

 

SUBJECT FILES, 1924-1945

Ctn. 6, folder 10

Acreage production 1939

folder 11-12

Agricultural labor 1932-37

folder 13-15

Agricultural loans 1935-42

folder 16

British program for farm labor 1940

 

California

folder 17

Agricultural population 1930-35

folder 18

California Farmer's Problems by Robert L. Jones n.d.

folder 19

Crop and range land 1942

folder 20

Fruit and nut acreage 1936-42

folder 21

Small loan legislation 1939

 

California agricultural development

folder 22-23

Imperial Valley 1934-36

folder 24-25

Kern County 1940

folder 26

Lake County 1938

folder 27

Napa County 1939

folder 28

Placer County 1937

folder 29

Santa Clara County 1938

folder 30

Santa Cruz County 1939

folder 31

Sonoma County 1939-40

folder 32

Tulare County 1936-37

folder 33

Yolo County 1937

folder 34

Yuba County 1941

folder 35

Canneries 1936-37

folder 36-47

Child labor 1924-42

folder 48-53

Cotton 1928-41

folder 54

Crop values 1940-41

folder 55

Crops and markets 1942-43

folder 56

Dairy workers and products 1942-43

folder 57

Defense needs and agriculture 1941

folder 58

Distribution of labor 1937

folder 59-62

Drought 1930-38

Ctn. 7, folder 1

Education 1942

folder 2-3

Employment 1940

folder 4

Employment services 1940-41

 

Farm labor

folder 5

Farm Labor by R. L. Adams 1937

folder 6

Developments 1937

folder 7-8

Placement 1938-41

folder 9

Leases 1940

folder 10

Migrants 1941

folder 11-13

Populations 1935-40

folder 14-15

Farm Size 1939-40

folder 16

Food production and distribution 1942-45

folder 17-22

Health 1937-45

folder 23

Hops industry 1938

folder 24-28

Housing 1934-42

folder 29

Internal migration 1939-40

folder 30

Irrigation 1938-40

 

Japanese Evacuation

folder 31

Bibliography of Japanese in America, compiled by the War Relocation Authority 1942-43

folder 32

Conference on Interracial Cooperation Jan. 10-11, 1945

folder 33

Reports 1942-45

folder 34

Statements 1942-45

folder 35

Radio talks 1942-45

folder 36

Publications 1942-45

folder 37-38

Press releases 1942

folder 39-44

Clippings 1942

Ctn. 8, folder 1-4

Clippings 1943-45

 

Labor

folder 5

Contractors 1940

folder 6-7

Populations 1930-39

folder 8

Relations 1937

folder 9-10

Shortage 1942

folder 11

Land ownership 1945

folder 12

Large farms vs. small 1944

folder 13

Low income 1940

folder 14

Man power 1942

folder 15-16

Mechanization 1942-43

folder 17

Mexicans 1934-36

 

Migratory labor

folder 18

Crops 1937-38

folder 19

Downey National Committee 1942-43

folder 20

Economic study 1940

folder 21-24

Families 1936-40

folder 25-28

Migration between states 1930-41

folder 29

[in the] Pacific Northwest 1930-38

folder 30

Transient studies 1936-39

folder 31

[in the] Western States 1937

folder 32-36

Clippings 1938-44

folder 37

National labor situation 1940

folder 38

Natural resources 1939

folder 39

Negroes 1943

folder 40

Population redistribution 1940

folder 41

Public Law #45 [Farm Labor Bill] 1943

 

Rural

folder 42

Assistance 1940

folder 43

Migration 1940

folder 44-45

Population mobility 1928-41

 

Seasonal

Ctn. 9, folder 1

Agriculture 1937-41

folder 2-3

Employment 1935-42

folder 4-9

Sharecroppers 1938-42

folder 10

Small farms 1938

folder 11

Social displacement 1940

folder 12

South African farm labor 1941

 

Southern farm labor

folder 13-14

Arkansas 1937-40

folder 15

Florida 1940

folder 16

Labor organizations 1939

folder 17

Louisiana 1937-41

folder 18

Negroes 1940

folder 19

Rural youth 1939-42

folder 20

Statistics relating to farm labor 1940

 

Strikes

folder 21

California 1936-39

folder 22

Orange County citrus June 1936

folder 23-24

Salinas Lettuce 1937

folder 25

Ventura citrus 1941

folder 26-27

Sugar beet laborers 1935

folder 28

Transients 1939

folder 29-32

Transportation 1942-43

folder 33

Truck patch troopers 1942

folder 34

Under-consumption 1940

folder 35-38

Unemployment 1932-39

folder 39

Volunteer workers 1943

folder 40-42

Wages 1938-41