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Ben Yellen correspondence with Arthur Brunwasser
MSS 0305  
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Description
This small collection of correspondence contains approximately fifty letters and notes consisting mainly of correspondence (most covering the period 1987-1991, with attachments dating back to 1972) that Imperial Valley physician and social activist, Dr. Ben Yellen, sent to others, and then copied to San Francisco attorney Arthur Brunwasser, hoping to entice Brunwasser to join in additional litigation.
Background
Ben Yellen, Imperial Valley physician and social activist, brought a lawsuit against the Imperial Irrigation Water District (IID) that asserted that the IID was violating reclamation law by giving project water to landowners owning more acres of land than the law permitted. In the mid-1960s, he was able to persuade attorney Arthur Brunwasser to join him in a lawsuit against the IID. Yellen reportedly found Brunwasser's name in a newspaper that stated Brunwasser was defending one of Cesar Chavez' union organizers arrested for entering a rancher's land to organize the farmworkers.
Extent
0.20 linear feet (1 archive box)
Restrictions
Publication rights are held by the creator of the collection.
Availability
Collection is open for research.