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Finding Aid to the Dorothy Elizabeth De Losada Oral History MS 3522
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  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
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  • Related Collections
  • Indexing Terms
  • Donor
  • Biographical Information
  • Scope and Contents

  • Title: Dorothy Elizabeth De Losada oral history
    Date: 1976
    Collection Number: MS 3522
    Creator: De Losada, Dorothy Elizabeth, 1921-
    Extent: 1 folder (0.1 Linear feet)
    Repository: California Historical Society
    678 Mission Street
    San Francisco, CA, 94105
    415-357-1848
    reference@calhist.org
    URL: http://www.californiahistoricalsociety.org/
    Physical Location : Collection is stored onsite.
    Language of Materials: Collection material is in English.
    Abstract: Contains a transcribed copy of Lucille Kendall's 1976 interview with labor organizer Dorothy Elizabeth De Losada documenting her involvement in the International Longshoremen's and Warehousemen's Union (ILWU), Local 6, in San Francisco, beginning in the 1940s.

    Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has been assigned to California Historical Society. Materials in these collections are protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) and may not be used without permission of California Historical Society. Use may be restricted by terms of CHS gift or purchase agreements, privacy and publicity rights, licensing terms, and trademarks. All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Director of the Library and Archives, North Baker Research Library, California Historical Society, 678 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105. Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Dorothy Elizabeth De Losada Oral History, MS 3522, California Historical Society.

    Separated Materials

    Photographs have been removed to the California Historical Society's Photograph Collection, filed in PC-SF: Strikes--General.

    Related Collections

    Dorothy Elizabeth De Losada Papers, MS 582
    The following oral histories were prepared by Lucille Kendall in her effort to document the lives of women labor activists and radicals for the California Historical Society's "Women in California Collection":
    Clemmie Barry Oral History, MS 3251
    Elaine Black Yoneda Oral History, MS 3524
    Helene Powell Oral History, MS 3518
    Katherine Rodin Oral History, MS 3517
    Louise Lambert Oral History, MS 3520
    Marion Brown Sills Oral History, MS 3525
    Mildred Edmondson Oral History, MS 3523
    Violet Orr Oral History, MS 3516
    The following oral histories were prepared under the auspices of "The Twentieth Century Trade Union Woman: Vehicle for Social Change," a project of the Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations, The University of Michigan-Wayne State University:
    Angela Ward Oral History, MS 3536
    Caroline Decker Gladstein Oral History, MS 3025

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    International Longshoremen's and Warehousemen's Union. Local 6 (San Francisco, Calif.).
    Oral histories.
    Women labor leaders--California.

    Donor

    This oral history was transcribed from an interview with Dorothy Elizabeth De Losada conducted by Lucille Kendall for the California Historical Society in 1976.

    Biographical Information

    Dorothy Elizabeth De Losada was born in San Francisco in 1921. She attended the University of California, Berkeley, in the late 1930s and early 1940s. While she was a college student, De Losada participated in the "Fair Bear" movement to secure equitable wages for student restaurant workers. In 1942, De Losada dropped out of college and went to work in the Richmond shipyards in support of the war effort. She began her career as a labor organizer in the early 1940s at the Army Medical Depot on Folsom Street in San Francisco, where she organized civil service workers for the International Longshoremen's and Warehousemen's Union (ILWU), Local 6. In 1945, De Losada moved to Tennessee to teach public speaking and grievance procedure at the Highlander Folk School. She returned to San Francisco in 1945, serving as shop steward for the ILWU, Local 6, at the Hiram Walker distillery. As shop steward, De Losada secured maternity leave benefits for women workers. In 1948 she acted as chairman of the union's negotiating committee; she was the first woman to fill that position in Local 6 history. In addition, she served on the union's publicity committee and board of trustees. Eventually, De Losada completed her bachelor's degree at the University of California, Berkeley, and went on to earn a master's degree in social work. She changed careers later in life, becoming a social worker for the San Francisco Unified School District.

    Scope and Contents

    This oral history collection consists of a transcribed copy of Lucille Kendall's 1976 interview with International Longshoremen's and Warehousemen's Union (ILWU) organizer Dorothy Elizabeth De Losada; and an interview history. The De Losada interview was conducted under the auspices of the California Historical Society's "Women in California Collection" as part of an oral history project documenting the lives of women labor activists and radicals in California.
    The bulk of the De Losada interview concerns her involvement in the ILWU, Local 6 (San Francisco), as an organizer and officer, beginning in the 1940s. In particular, De Losada emphasizes the changing role of women in the ILWU and the labor movement as a whole, as well as the ILWU's participation in early civil rights efforts in San Francisco. She also discusses her experiences as a college student at the University of California, Berkeley, in the late 1930s and early 1940s; a teacher at the Highlander Folk School in Tennessee in 1945; and a social worker for the San Francisco Unified School District later in life.