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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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Call Number : Oral History Collection Description : Member, Shipwrights Local 1149 and highly skilled boat builder by 1941; describes boat building in military, World War II; master boat builder for Pacific Dry Dock/Crowley Maritime in East Bay, 1950-1979; traces great changes in shipbuilding over time; master model ship builder whose replicas are widely known in maritime circles. Collection Guide : Red Alexander Oral History Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by Labor Archives and Research...
Topics: californialightandsound, Alexander, Red (Robert), 1916-, Schwartz, Harvey,...
Source: 5 Tapes of 5: 1/8 inch audio cassette
Call Number : Oral History Collection Description : Service Employees International Union (SEIU) research director; received a Ph.D. in economics from UC Berkeley in 1942; became staff member of the Labor Bureau and Building Service Employees International Union (later renamed the Service Employees International Union) beginning in 1943; describes his work with the War Labor Board during World War II, his four decades with the SEIU, and the first Kaiser strike in 1968. Collection Guide :...
Topics: californialightandsound, Bakalinsky, Adah, Liebes, Richard, 1912-, Labor unions--United...
Source: 3 Tapes of 3: 1/8 inch audio cassette