The Retail Clerks Union, Local 770 Scrapbook Collection documents the union’s organizational activities, including union strikes, labor disputes, and worker-oriented political activity. The collection consists of scrapbooks containing national and local newspaper clippings, correspondence, pamphlets, magazines, photographs, campaign flyers, conference documentation, and other materials. Scrapbooks roughly cover the years 1942 to 1959, however some overlap dates and content with regards to union activities, pivotal events, and salient figures.
Los Angeles and other Southern California unions and union activities are prominently featured. Scrapbooks include news reportage on local strikes, wage and salary negotiations, and the activities of particular union bodies (i.e., retail workers, garment workers, and food clerks). Events such as the Los Angeles General Food Store Clerks Strike in 1947, the 63rd District Assemblymen Election of 1947, the 9th Union Industries Show in L.A., the 23rd Convention of the Retail Clerks International Association, and the proclamation of Retail Clerks International Association Week in June, 1959 are included. News clippings documenting Joseph T. DeSilva’s labor contributions are accompanied by personal correspondences, photographs, and organizational memos. Researchers, historians, and scholars broadly interested in the history of labor unions in America and granularly in union activity in Southern California will find this collection rich in historical content.