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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 : California Labor Federation television advertisement in opposition to Proposition 18, a 1958 right-to-work California state ballot initiative supported by Republican candidate for governor William Knowland ; documents relationship of labor unions to state politics and role of media in shaping perceptions regarding labor issues. Source : 1 Reel of 1: Film: 16mm Digitized by the  California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) .
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Description : California Labor Federation television advertisement in opposition to Proposition 18, a 1958 right-to-work California state ballot initiative supported by Republican candidate for governor William Knowland ; documents relationship of labor unions to state politics and role of media in shaping perceptions regarding labor issues. Source : 1 Reel of 1: Film: 16mm Digitized by the  California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) .
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Description :   California Labor Federation television advertisement in opposition to Proposition 18, a 1958 right-to-work California state ballot initiative supported by Republican candidate for governor William Knowland ; documents relationship of labor unions to state politics and role of media in shaping perceptions regarding labor issues. Source : 1 Reel of 1: Film: 16mm Digitized by the  California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) .
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Description : California Labor Federation television advertisement in opposition to Proposition 18, a 1958 right-to-work California state ballot initiative supported by Republican candidate for governor William Knowland ; documents relationship of labor unions to state politics and role of media in shaping perceptions regarding labor issues. Source : 1 Reel of 1: Film: 16mm Digitized by the  California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) .
Topic: californiarevealed
Labor Archives and Research Center, J. Paul Leonard Library, San Francisco State University
Apr 11, 2018 California Labor Federation, AFL-CIO
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Description : California Labor Federation television advertisement in opposition to Proposition 18, a 1958 right-to-work California state ballot initiative supported by Republican candidate for governor William Knowland ; documents relationship of labor unions to state politics and role of media in shaping perceptions regarding labor issues. Source : 1 Reel of 1: Film: 16mm Digitized by the  California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) .
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Labor Archives and Research Center, J. Paul Leonard Library, San Francisco State University
Apr 11, 2018 California Labor Federation, AFL-CIO
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Description : California Labor Federation television advertisement in opposition to Proposition 18, a 1958 right-to-work California state ballot initiative supported by Republican candidate for governor William Knowland ; documents relationship of labor unions to state politics and role of media in shaping perceptions regarding labor issues. Source : 1 Reel of 1: Film: 16mm Digitized by the  California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) .
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Labor Archives and Research Center, J. Paul Leonard Library, San Francisco State University
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Description : California Labor Federation television advertisement in opposition to Proposition 18, a 1958 right-to-work California state ballot initiative supported by Republican candidate for governor William Knowland ; documents relationship of labor unions to state politics and role of media in shaping perceptions regarding labor issues. Source : 1 Reel of 1: Film: 16mm Digitized by the  California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) .
Topic: californiarevealed
Description : California Labor Federation television advertisement in opposition to Proposition 18, a 1958 right-to-work California state ballot initiative supported by Republican candidate for governor William Knowland ; documents relationship of labor unions to state politics and role of media in shaping perceptions regarding labor issues. Source : 1 Reel of 1: Film: 16mm Digitized by the  California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) .
Topic: californiarevealed
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Description : California Labor Federation television advertisement in opposition to Proposition 18, a 1958 right-to-work California state ballot initiative supported by Republican candidate for governor William Knowland ; documents relationship of labor unions to state politics and role of media in shaping perceptions regarding labor issues. Source : 1 Reel of 1: Film: 16mm Digitized by the  California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP) .
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Description :   Audio recordings of conference on women and work held in May 1973 by the California Labor Federation ; largely planned by the Bay Area feminist labor organization Union Wage;  recordings include presentations and group discussions on the role of women in the labor movement, working women and U.S. law, and efforts to organize workers who did not have union representation ; one outcome of the conference was a call for a national conference on women, which led to the founding of...
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Source: 8 Tapes of 8: 1/8 inch audiocassette