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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 : Sound recording of teamster Bert Vestnys and ironworker Walter Vestnys (father and son). To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the building of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Labor Archives received a grant from the California Council for the Humanities to conduct interviews with nine bridge workers, two wives of bridge workers, and two nurses who cared for workers hurt on the job. Bert Vestnys and Walter Vestnys discuss their experiences working on the Golden Gate Bridge. Call...
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Description : Sound recording of the interview with ironworker John V. Urban conducted by Harvey Schwartz. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the building of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Labor Archives received a grant from the California Council for the Humanities to conduct interviews with nine bridge workers, two wives of bridge workers, and two nurses who cared for workers hurt on the job. Urban joined the Ironworkers as an apprentice in 1935. He worked on the Golden Gate Bridge from...
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Description : Sound recording of the interview with elevator worker John Noren conducted by Harvey Schwartz. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the building of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Labor Archives received a grant from the California Council for the Humanities to conduct interviews with nine bridge workers, two wives of bridge workers, and two nurses who cared for workers hurt on the job. John Noren for worked for a short time as an apprentice elevator mechanic on the Golden Gate...
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Description : Sound recording of Alvina McIntyre and Mary Louise Vestnys, wives of Golden Gate Bridge workers Glenn McIntyre and [ ] Vestnys, conducted by Harvey Schwartz. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the building of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Labor Archives received a grant from the California Council for the Humanities to conduct interviews with nine bridge workers, two wives of bridge workers, and two nurses who cared for workers hurt on the job. Alvina and Mary Lousie briefly...
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Description : Sound recording of ironworker Glenn McIntyre conducted by Harvey Schwartz. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the building of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Labor Archives received a grant from the California Council for the Humanities to conduct interviews with nine bridge workers, two wives of bridge workers, and two nurses who cared for workers hurt on the job. After the completion of the Oakland Bay Bridge, Glenn McIntyre joined the Ironworkers Union as a journeyman and began...
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Description : Sound recording of the interview with laborer Slim Lambert conducted by Harvey Schwartz. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the building of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Labor Archives received a grant from the California Council for the Humanities to conduct interviews with nine bridge workers, two wives of bridge workers, and two nurses who cared for workers hurt on the job. Slim Lambert moved to San Francisco where he worked as a laborer on both the Bay and Golden Gate...
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Description : Sound recording of the interview with nurses Sister Mary Zita Feliciano and Sister Pat De Weese. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the building of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Labor Archives received a grant from the California Council for the Humanities to conduct interviews with nine bridge workers, two wives of bridge workers, and two nurses who cared for workers hurt on the job. In this interview the sisters discuss their backgrounds, their memories of the Bridge workers...
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Description : Sound recording of interview with laborer Fred Devita conducted by Harvey Schwartz. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the building of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Labor Archives received a grant from the California Council for the Humanities to conduct interviews with nine bridge workers, two wives of bridge workers, and two nurses who cared for workers hurt on the job. After graduating with a degree in engineering in 1934, Fred Devita began work on the Golden Gate Bridge as a...
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Description : Sound recording of interview with electrician Fred Brusati conducted by Harvey Schwartz. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the building of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Labor Archives received a grant from the California Council for the Humanities to conduct interviews with nine bridge workers, two wives of bridge workers, and two nurses who cared for workers hurt on the job. In this interview Brusati discusses his early life, his professional work as an electrician in Marin...
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Description : Sound recording of interview with laborer and pile driver Martin Adams conducted by Harvey Schwartz. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the building of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Labor Archives received a grant from the California Council for the Humanities to conduct interviews with nine bridge workers, two wives of bridge workers, and two nurses who cared for workers hurt on the job. In his interview Adams discusses his early life, his work on the Bay and Golden Gate...
Topics: californiarevealed, Golden Gate Bridge (San Francisco, Calif.) -- Design and construction,...
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Call Number : larc.aud.0007 Description : Labor Archives program celebrating 50th anniversary of Golden Gate Bridge featuring several bridge workers. Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by Labor Archives and Research Center (LARC), J. Paul Leonard Library, San Francisco State University. Copyright Holder has given Institution permission to provide access to the digitized work online. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the...
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Source: 2 Tapes of 2: 1/8 inch audio cassette