This collection consists of 544 modern prints made from original negatives held by The Bancroft Library. The negatives are
part of the photograph archive of the San Francisco News-Call Bulletin newspaper photograph archive (BANC PIC 1959.010) and were taken by staff photographers of the newspaper. For many years, this collection consisted of
only the first 247 items listed in this finding aid. In 1998, an additional 297 original negatives were discovered in the
files of the San Francisco News-Call Bulletin newspaper photograph archive and were printed and added as items 248-544.
The General Strike of San Francisco occurred July 16-19, 1934 as an outgrowth of the International Longshoremen's Association
strike. The ILA strike for control of hiring halls and better pay and hours had closed most Pacific ports except Los Angeles.
The attempt of San Francisco employers to open local docks led to a battle between strikers and police on "Bloody Thursday"
(July 5), which left two dead and many injured. Harry Bridges, head of the city's division of the ILA, got the general support
of other unions, although electricity and food remained available. The four-day strike ended with agreement on arbitration
in which the ILA got most of the demands it had made on behalf of longshoremen.
The Waterfront and General Strikes, San Francisco, 1934; a Brief History.
Hooper Printing Co.,
544 film negatives, 247 4x5 inch black and white copy photographs, and 297 8x10 inch black and white copy photographs.
247 digital objects
Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish photographs must be submitted
in writing to the Curator of Pictorial Collections. 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.
Collection is open for use.