Central Coast Farm Labor Organizing Collection, MS 098
Scope and Content Note
Central Coast Farm Labor Organizing Collection (MS 098) contains strike ephemera, secondary sources, reports, and oral histories chronicling the farm labor movement on the Central Coast of California, from 1960 to 2003. Strike ephemera contains UFW flyers from the early 1970s and a strike song on CD with lyrics. Secondary sources include articles about Dolores Huerta's visit to Cal Poly and controversy over the César Chávez holiday. Central Coast immigration and discrimination school scandals are documented in pages from a scrapbook of newspaper clippings, reports and correspondence. Subject files include oral history interviews Cal Poly Professor Victor Valle and Cal Poly Ethnic Studies students conducted in 2001 and 2002. The Subject Files compiled by Victor Valle include clippings and correspondence on the Manuel Echavarria Photograph Archive. The collection also includes photographs by Manuel Echavarria documenting migrant worker conditions and activities in Santa Maria, California circa 1960 to 1973, and ephemera from the traveling exhibit ¡Viva la Causa! A Decade of Farm Labor Organizing on the Central Coast.
The Central Coast Farm Labor Organizing Collection is divided into four series:
- Preservation Prints By Photographer Manuel Echavarria, circa 1960-2003
- Subject Files and Secondary Sources on the Manual Echavarria Photograph Archive, 1995-2001
- Files on the Exhibit ¡Viva la Causa! A Decade of Farm Labor Organizing on the Central Coast, 2000-2003
- Central Coast Farm Workers Subject Files and Secondary Sources, circa 1970-2002'
The Central Coast Farm Labor Organizing Collection is housed in seven boxes, with Preservation Prints By Photographer Manuel Echavarria and Central Coast Farm Workers Subject Files containing the most extensive portions of the collection.
Where possible, the provenance, or original organization, of the papers has been preserved. However, in order to simplify access to the collection for researchers, some materials in specific formats and topics were reorganized and refoldered to more accurately reflect their contents.