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Joseph G. Brosmer Collection

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Growers and Affiliated Organizations

Agricultural Workers Unions and Affiliated Organizations



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Collection Overview

Title: Joseph G. Brosmer Collection, 1948-1996Save to your list.

Predominant Dates:1961-1973

ID: URB/JGB

Primary Creator: Brosmer, Joseph G.

Extent: 3.77 Linear Feet

Arrangement:

Series I: Growers and Affiliated Organizations, 1949-1996

Series II: Agricultural Workers Unions and Affiliated Organizations, 1948-1973

Date Acquired: 10/04/2006

Forms of Material: Paper records

Languages: English

Abstract

The Joseph G. Brosmer Collection documents pro-grower, anti-union activities in the agricultural industry, primarily in the state of California during the late 1960s and early 1970s. The types of documents include personal correspondence with growers and other consultants, copies of labor contracts and collective bargaining agreements, anti-union newsletters, notes from grievance meetings, transcripts of court testimony, arbitration case documents, and related records.

Biographical Note

Joseph Gordon Brosmer was born in Norwich, Chenango County, New York on October 17, 1918 to parents, Leon and Helen. Brosmer spent his childhood in New York, then came west to California sometime after 1939.

Brosmer is best known for his work as manager of the Agricultural Labor Bureau and consultant to commercial growers in the state of California during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Brosmer appears on the scene in California’s Central Valley, the San Joaquin Valley, during the latter days of union activity by the Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee, AFL (AWOC) and the emerging United Farm Workers Organizing Committee (UFWOC). Brosmer and the Agricultural Labor Bureau coordinated the response of California growers to the efforts of the unions to obtain collective bargaining agreements.

Brosmer passed away on July 19, 2008 at age 89, in Clovis, California.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Joseph G. Brosmer Collection documents pro-grower, anti-union activities in the agricultural industry, primarily in the state of California during the late 1960s and early 1970s. The types of documents include personal correspondence with growers and other consultants, copies of labor contracts and collective bargaining agreements, anti-union newsletters, notes from grievance meetings, transcripts of court testimony, arbitration case documents, and related records. The Collection is divided into two series: Growers and Affiliated Organizations (1949-1996) and Agricultural Workers Unions and Affiliated Organizations (1948-1973).

Series I, Growers and Affiliated Organizations, consists primarily of Brosmer's consultant case files, including major growers such as DiGiorgio Fruit Corporation, E & J Gallo Winery Ranch, Mont La Salle Vineyards, Schenley Industries, Inc. and Talisman Sugar Corporation. The series also includes materials related to grower support groups. This series is arranged alphabetically.

Series II, Agricultural Workers Unions and Affiliated Organizations, consists of reports, flyers, newsletters, correspondence, pamphlets and other material related to the unionization of agricultural workers in the state of California. This series is arranged alphabetically.

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections & Archives

Access Restrictions: The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions: Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has been transferred to California State University, Northridge. Copyright status for other materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Acquisition Source: California State University, Fresno

Preferred Citation: For information about citing items in this collection consult the appropriate style manual, or see the Citing Archival Materials guide.

Processing Information: Holli Teltoe, 2015


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Series II: Agricultural Workers Unions and Affiliated Organizations, 1948-1973Save to your list.
Box 4Save to your list.
Folder 24: A. Philip Randolph Institute/United Farm Workers, AFL-CIO, "Right to Work Laws"Save to your list.
Folder 25: Agriculture Workers Freedom to Work Association (AWFWA) Flyers, Newsletters, and Business Cards, ca. 1968-1969Save to your list.
Folder 26: Agriculture Workers Freedom to Work Association (AWFWA) United States Department of Labor Notes, Correspondence, and Documents, 1968-1969Save to your list.
Folder 27: Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee (AWOC) Brosmer's Correspondence, 1959-1962Save to your list.
Folder 28: Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee (AWOC) Pamphlet, Receipts, Annual Report, and Minutes, 1964-1966Save to your list.
Folder 29: Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee (AWOC) Newsletters, Flyers, and Newspaper Clippings, 1959-1963Save to your list.
Folder 30: Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee (AWOC) Reports and Studies, October-December 1959Save to your list.
Folder 31: Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee (AWOC), "The Wage Price Squeeze in Agriculture and the Way Out", 1959 September 1Save to your list.
Folder 32: Alta Vista Farms Correspondence, 1967 May 19, 25Save to your list.
Folder 33: Amalgamated Meat Cutters & Butcher Workmen, AFL-CIO, "The Forgotten Farm Worker"Save to your list.
Folder 34: American Friends Service Committee Aid Seasonal Farm Labor, 1965-1969Save to your list.
Folder 35: Associated Farmers of California, Incorporated Newspaper Clippings, 1960 February 29Save to your list.
Folder 36: Brotherhood of Teamsters Committee Meetings, Correspondence, and Western Agriculture Master Agreement, 1971, 1973Save to your list.
Box 5Save to your list.
Folder 1: Brotherhood of Teamsters Press Releases, Flyer, and Agreement, 1966-1972Save to your list.
Folder 2: Brown, Harold H., Correspondence and United Farm Workers Contract Proposals, 1971Save to your list.
Folder 3: California Agricultural Workers Union Brochure and Newspaper Clippings, 1964Save to your list.
Folder 4: California Community Workers Union and Farm Workers Union Correspondence, 1967 October 6Save to your list.
Folder 5: California State Federation of Labor Correspondence, 1951-1953Save to your list.
Folder 6: Campaign for Human Development, 1971Save to your list.
Folder 7: Central Labor Council of Fresno & Madera Counties FlyerSave to your list.
Folder 8: El Malcriado Newspaper Clipping, 1969 March 1Save to your list.
Folder 9: Farm Workers Cooperative Incorporated Articles of Incorporation and Correspondence, July 1966, April 1967Save to your list.
Folder 10: Federation of Agricultural Workers Correspondence and Contract Agreements, September 1970Save to your list.
Folder 11: Fresno Bee Newspaper Clippings, 1995 June 10, 1996 March 8, April 12Save to your list.
Folder 12: Illinois Citizen Farm Workers Committee LetterSave to your list.
Folder 13: International Affairs Labor Coordinating Committee Flyer, 1968 June 25Save to your list.
Folder 14: International Longshoreman's and Warehouseman's Union Statement and Correspondence, January 1969Save to your list.
Folder 15: National Agricultural Workers Union Press Release, Correspondence, and Meeting Notes, 1948, 1958-1960Save to your list.
Folder 16: National Agricultural Workers Union, "The Blight on the Countryside"Save to your list.
Folder 17: National Catholic Social Actor Conference, Cesar Chavez Speech, 1967 August 25Save to your list.
Folder 18: National Farm Labor Union Constitution, 1949 April 1Save to your list.
Folder 19: National Farm Labor Union Newspaper Clippings, Press Release, and Flyers, 1949-1951Save to your list.
Folder 20: National Farm Workers Association Annual Report, Constitution, and Newspaper Clippings, 1963-1966Save to your list.
Folder 21: National Farm Workers Organizing Committee Statement, 1967 October 11Save to your list.
Folder 22: Salamdini, Victor, "More Grapes of Wrath", 1968 August 17Save to your list.
Folder 23: Stiern, William, State Senator Radio Broadcast, 1967 March 6Save to your list.
Folder 24: Students Committee for Agricultural Labor Flyer, 1960 August 24Save to your list.
Folder 25: Union Flyer, Activities, and Supervisor Exclusion ContractSave to your list.
Folder 26: United Farm Workers Bargaining Agreement and Notes, 1970Save to your list.
Folder 27: United Farm Workers Flyer, Annual Reports, Example Agreements, and Memoranda, 1967-1971Save to your list.
Folder 28: United Farm Workers FlyersSave to your list.
Folder 29: United Farm Workers Newsletter, 1971 July 30Save to your list.
Folder 30: United Farm Workers vs. Josephine, May 1972Save to your list.
Folder 31: United Packinghouse Workers of America Flyer, Press Release, Newspaper Clippings, 1956, 1959Save to your list.
Folder 32: United States Treasury Department, IRS Tax Exemption for National Farm Workers Service, 1967 April 26, 1972 April 10Save to your list.
Folder 33: United Students for School Justice FlyerSave to your list.
Box 6Save to your list.
Folder 6: Farm Labor News, February 1950Save to your list.
Folder 7: Steel Labor Newspaper Clipping, January 1968Save to your list.
Folder 8: United Farm Workers Bumper StickerSave to your list.
Folder 9: Valley Labor Citizen Newspaper Clipping, 1960 September 2Save to your list.

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