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Labor Archives and Research Center, J. Paul Leonard Library, San Francisco State University

Few regions can rival the rich, lively labor history of the San Francisco Bay Area. This history is preserved in primary source and vintage history materials at the Labor Archives and Research Center (LARC). Founded in 1985 by trade union leaders, historians, labor activists and university administrators, the Labor Archives is a unit of the J. Paul Leonard Library at San Francisco State University.

The Labor Archives collection includes materials from the counties surrounding San Francisco Bay, including Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara. More than 6,000 feet of primary source material is available for research. From the beginning of the twentieth century to the present, a wide scope of Bay Area labor activity is represented.

Many unions have made the Labor Archives the official repository for their historical records -- minutes, office correspondence, membership files, publications and contracts. Labor leaders, attorneys, arbitrators, and rank-and-file workers have donated their personal papers. Personal memorabilia, photographs, ephemera, and oral histories document the lives and stories of working men and women. Visual material, in addition to photographs, includes cartoons, banners, posters, prints, handbills, picket signs, and buttons.

Contact Information:

Labor Archives and Research Center
J. Paul Leonard Library, San Francisco State University
Room 460 - 4th floor
1630 Holloway Avenue

San Francisco, CA 94132
Telephone: (415) 405-5571
Email: larc@sfsu.edu

Hours and Directions

Monday - Friday, 1 - 5 PM, or by appointment.
Please call (415) 405-5571 at least two days in advance to arrange an appointment.

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Description : Member of Operating Engineers Local 3; discusses her experience with physical work, tools, heights, machinery as well as cultural experience working in a male dominated labor force, and how that affects her sense of self, femininity, family, and self-worth ; interview conducted for an aerial dance project by Flyaway Productions, The Ballad of Polly Ann. Digitized by the  California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) .
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Description : Member Carpenters Local 152 ; discusses her experience with physical work, tools, heights, machinery as well as cultural experience working in a male dominated labor force, and how that affects her sense of self, femininity, family, and self-worth ; interview conducted for an aerial dance project by Flyaway Productions, The Ballad of Polly Ann. Digitized by the  California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) .
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Description :   Member Laborers Local 261 ; discusses her experience with physical work, tools, heights, machinery as well as cultural experience working in a male dominated labor force, and how that affects her sense of self, femininity, family, and self-worth ; interview conducted for an aerial dance project by Flyaway Productions, The Ballad of Polly Ann. Digitized by the  California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) .
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Description :   Member Pile Drivers Local 34 ; discusses her experience with physical work, tools, heights, machinery as well as cultural experience working in a male dominated labor force, and how that affects her sense of self, femininity, family, and self-worth ; interview conducted for an aerial dance project by Flyaway Productions, The Ballad of Polly Ann. Digitized by the  California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) .
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Feb 8, 2008 Flyaway Productions
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Description : Member of Iron Workers Local 377 ; discusses her experience with physical work, tools, heights, machinery as well as cultural experience working in a male dominated labor force, and how that affects her sense of self, femininity, family, and self-worth ; interview conducted for an aerial dance project by Flyaway Productions, The Ballad of Polly Ann. Digitized by the  California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) .
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Oct 24, 1997 Flyaway Productions
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Description : Member of Pile Drivers Local 34 ; discusses her experience with physical work, tools, heights, machinery as well as cultural experience working in a male dominated labor force, and how that affects her sense of self, femininity, family, and self-worth ; interview conducted for an aerial dance project by Flyaway Productions, The Ballad of Polly Ann. Digitized by the  California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) .
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Source: 2 Tapes of 2: 1/8 inch audio cassette