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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.



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Call Number : Oral History Collection Description : Selvin's parents immigrated from Russia to Tooele, Utah in 1909, drawn by family ties to the Jewish agricultural community which had settled in the central part of that state. Selvin's father maintained a store in predominately Mormon township of Tooele and also served as a senator in the Utah state legislature. David moved to California to attend college, receiving his undergraduate degree in Commerce and Master's in Labor Economics at the...
Topics: californialightandsound, Longshoremen's Strike, San Francisco, Calif., 1934, Labor union...
Source: 7 Tapes of 7: 1/8 inch audio cassette
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Call Number : Oral History Collection Description : Community activist, champion of underdogs and labor rights; professor, Social Work, San Francisco State University; describes posts with Avalon-Carver Community Center, Los Angeles; Center for Community Development, Fresno; and National Welfare Rights Organization (NWRO), Washington, D.C.; Administrative Director, NWRO, 1967-1970; analyzes techniques of successful community organizing; recalls Cesar Chavez, Saul Alinsky, and George A. Wiley;...
Topics: californialightandsound, Community organization--California, Political...
Source: 7 Tapes of 7: 1/8 inch audio cassette
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Call Number : Oral History Collection Description : Regional Director, Women's Bureau, Department of Labor (based in San Francisco), 1962-1996, except for two years in mid-1980s; recalls classes from Clark Kerr, UC Berkeley, and work for UC's Heller Committee for research in social economics; contains rich assessment of Women's Bureau leadership in Washington, D.C., 1960s-1970s, and in-depth coverage of own pioneering advocacy of non-traditional job training and placement for women, 1972-1996....
Topics: californialightandsound, Labor laws and legislation--California, Occupational training for women,...
Source: 10 Tapes of 10: 1/8 inch audio cassette
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Call Number : Oral History Collection Description : Former agricultural worker; recalls killing of unionists by growers in Pixley, California, during 1933 Central Valley cotton strike; describes harsh living and working conditions of Central Valley's Mexican American cotton pickers, 1930s, and impact of mechanization, 1938-1941; employed as Richmond shipyard worker, World War II, then union molder, and finally International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers member with PG&E. Collection...
Topics: californialightandsound, Agricultural laborers--California--1930-1940, Agricultural...
Source: 2 Tapes of 2: 1/8 inch audio cassette
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Call Number : Oral History Collection Description : Union activist and official in the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and the California Faculty Association at San Francisco State since 1963, participant in the San Francisco State Strike of 1968-69; describes his own activities with the AFT before the strike, the role of strike activists, leaders and opponents in detail, assessed the strengths and weaknesses of the student and faculty strike movement, and the long-term effects of the...
Topics: californialightandsound, San Francisco State College--Student Strike, 1968-1969, San Francisco...
Source: 4 Tapes of 4: 1/8 inch audio cassette
Call Number : Oral History Collection Description : Union and faculty-rights activist since early 1970s; originally a member of American Federation of Teachers (AFT) local at San Francisco State, switched to California Faculty Association (CFA) in the late 1970s, involved in CFA victory over AFT in 1983, CFA president 1983-1988 and CFA Executive Board member 1985-1999; describes his involvement in the San Francisco State Strike, the evolution of faculty unionism at San Francisco State...
Topics: californialightandsound, San Francisco State College--Student Strike, 1968-1969, San Francisco...
Source: 2 Tapes of 2: 1/8 inch audio cassette