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United Farmworkers of America, Atlanta Office records

 Collection
Identifier: L1974-33

Scope and Content of the Records

Series I consists of minutes of weekly staff meetings and reports, March 5-July 4, 1974. Strategies were discussed and planned to obtain the removal of nonunion grapes, lettuce and Gallo products from local grocery stores. These stores were targets for leafletting and for picketing and boycotts. To elicit support from community groups, an Interfaith Committee and a Farmworkers Week were planned and fundraising activities held. The Atlanta Boycott, by Coordinator Chris Byrne, is included.

Series II and Series III, the bulk of the collection, contain printed materials mass-produced by UFWA International and the National Farm Worker Ministry, and sent to nationwide support committees. Included are publicity and fundraising materials, as well as informational items which chronicle the progress of UFWA. Of importance are the national boycotts of non-UFWA lettuce, table grapes, and Gallo wines, because of difficulties in negotiating with California growers. The Connecticut Mutual Insurance Company was subject to boycotting because of its holdings in the Coachella Valley area. Also, one of the growers in this area, K. K. Larson, held secret elections in which the workers voted for Teamster representation, despite the fact that they were currently being represented by the UFWA (1974). The UFWA contested the election in the courts, resulting in lengthy action. The bitter and sometimes violent rivalry between the two unions culminated in a jurisdictional agreement signed in 1977: the Teamsters agreed to let the UFWA organize the farm workers. Correspondents are Larry Tramutt, National Boycott Director, also John and Nancy Mackoviak, Atlanta Coordinators. At the end of 1976, the Southeastern UFWA staff was consolidated in Florida, a strategic agricultural state. The Atlanta office was left in the hands of Lonni Ann Freedan and other volunteers. This group organized picketing in conjunction with national boycotts, coordinated fundraising activities, and personally visited the Atlanta office of Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance Company (1977).

Dates

  • 1967-1978

Creator

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the Worldwide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright. Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult the reference archivist to determine copyright holders for information in this collection. Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original. All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.

Historical Note

Organized as the Farm Workers Committee in 1966, it merged with the Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee the same year. In 1972, it was chartered by the AFL-CIO as the United Farm Workers National Union and adopted its present title, United Farm Workers of America (UFWA), in 1973. In 1976 the Southeastern UFWA staff was consolidated in Florida and the Atlanta office run by volunteers. Joseph Chris Byrne had been director of the Atlanta office.

Extent

0.7 Linear Feet (in 3 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract:

The collection consists of the records of the Atlanta Office of the United Farm Workers of America (UFWA) from 1967-1978. Includes minutes (1974), international office memos and reports (1968-1978), and pamphlets (1967-1977). The bulk of the records are printed materials mass-produced by UFWA International and the National Worker Ministry. Contains publicity and fund-raising materials, boycott materials relating to the nation-wide boycott of non-UFWA lettuce, table grapes, Gallo wines, and the Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance Company. Includes legal documents pertaining to the rivalry between the UFWA and the Teamsters due to secret elections held by California grower K.K. Larson. Also contains news clippings, correspondence, convention reports, and resolutions. Correspondents include National Boycott Director Larry Tramutt and Atlanta Directors John and Nancy Markoviak.

Off-Site Storage

Oversized Materials stored offsite. Contact archivist in advance to view these materials; 24-hour notice is required.

Acquisition Information

Minutes (Series I) donated by Joseph Chris Byrne, July 9, 1974 (accession L1974-33). United Farm Workers International and printed material (Series II-III, and separations) donated by Larry Johnson, January 19, 1979 (accession L1979-01).

List of Separated Materials

During processing, materials were separated to other Southern Labor Archives Printed Collections. For periodicals, see the Southern Labor Archives periodicals collection finding aid or catalog. For oversize and contracts, consult archivist.

Separated to Southern Labor Archives Oversize Location (L1979-01)

  1. Advertisement, N.Y. Times, 1973
  2. 2 posters, Farm Worker Week, 1976
  3. Petition, Farm Worker Initiative to guarantee free elections, 1976
  4. Newsclippings, 1971-1977
  5. "Farmworker Clippings" (American Friends Service Committee), January, 1977

Separated to Southern Labor Archives Contracts Collection (L1979-01)

  1. UFWOC and Teamsters-Jurisdictional, 1970
  2. Teamsters, 1973

Separated to Southern Labor Archives Periodicals Collection (L1979-01)

  1. Christianity and Crisis (John Bennett, ed.) Vol. 33, July 9, 1973
  2. La Voz (UFWA), February 22, 1974
  3. El Malcriadito (Atlanta UFWA Support Committee), April 27, 1977; undated
  4. The Newsletter (UFWA), No. 1, March 25, 1974; 2-3, April 12, 26, 1974; 4, May 16, 1974; 3 undated issues
  5. Newsletter (National Farmworker Ministry), Vol. 4, Dec. 1975; Vol. 5, Dec. 1976; Vol. 6, Spring 1977; Vol. 7, Spring 1978, Sept. 1978
  6. The Southeast Boycott Report (UFWA), Dec. 1976
  7. El Malcriado (UFWA), Vol. 7, April 17, 1974, Dec. 23, 1974; Vol. 9, Sept. 17, 1976 [Oversize]

Processing Information

Inventoried by Alice Gernazian: October 10, 1975 (L1974-33) and February 12, 1980 (L1979-01) at the file level.
Title
United Farmworkers of America, Atlanta Office:
Subtitle
A Guide to Its Records at Georgia State University Library
Status
Completed
Author
Georgia State University Library
Date
June 2001
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Revision Statements

  • June 2001: EAD finding aids created by Apex Data Services.
  • December 2005, February 2014: EAD revised and edited together by William Hardesty.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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