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UFW Michigan Boycott Records

Identifier: LR000221_MI

Scope and Content

The UFW Michigan Boycott collection contains materials specific to the state, and the activities of the UFW within the state.

Important subjects in the collection: Agriculture Boycotts Migrant labor

Important correspondents: Lupe Anguiano, Sam Baca, Mayor Jerome P. Cavanaugh, Shirley Charbonneau, Cesar Chavez, Richard Chavez, Senator Roger Craig, John Conyers, Jr., John Dingell, Gerald R. Ford, Robert P. Griffin, Senator Philip A. Hart, Rev. Wayne C. Hartmire, Erma L. Henderson, Dolores Huerta, Mildred Jeffrey, William Michael Johnston, Tom Kay, Senator Ted Kennedy, Father Clement Kern, Janice Lien, Maryann Mahaffey, Bill Masterson, Emil Mazey, Blair McGowan, Eliseo Medina, John Oleck, Daniel O’Rourke, Patricia Proctor, Hijinio Rangel, Donald W. Riegle, Arturo Rodriguez, Bishop James J. Sheehan, Leonard Woodcock, Mayor Coleman Young

Series Description: Series 1: Michigan Boycott Files, 1964-1981 Series 2: Grand Rapids Boycott Files, 1968-1979


  • 1964 - 1981


Language of Materials

Material in English with some Spanish.


Collection is open for research.


Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials. Restrictions: Researchers may encounter records of a sensitive nature – personnel files, case records and those involving investigations, legal and other private matters. Privacy laws and restrictions imposed by the Library prohibit the use of names and other personal information which might identify an individual, except with written permission from the Director and/or the donor.


11 Linear Feet (11 SB)


The UFW Michigan Boycott collection contains materials specific to the state, and the activities of the UFW within the state. The largest boycott in Michigan was of California grapes, and this is reflected in the numerous store surveys which the UFW conducted in an attempt to ascertain the amount of non-UFW wine available. In addition, the collection contains a small amount of material about the lettuce boycott.

It must also be noted that there are a large quantity of materials which focus on agriculture and migrants, and their living and working conditions in the state. (In the 1970s Michigan had the third largest migrant population in the nation.) Additionally, staff activities (other than the boycott) such as fundraising are documented. There is a significant amount of correspondence to Michigan businesses about UFW concerns, and correspondence which shows support for UFW by a wide range of groups including Michigan colleges and universities, churches, and unions, notably the UAW.


Arranged in 2 series - Series 1 (Boxes 1-8), and Series 2 (Boxes 9-11). Folders in each series are simply listed by their location within each box. They are not arranged, so any given subject may be dispersed throughout several boxes within each series.


The records of the UFW Michigan Boycott Office were placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs on May 25, 1979.

Related Materials

United Farm Workers collections


Issues of the Farm Workers paper El Malcriado were transferred to the Archives library. A number of color and black and white photographs, and a few slides as well as a public service announcement tape by Cesar Chavez were transferred to the Archives Audiovisual collection.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library.


Guide to the UFW Michigan Boycott Records
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
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Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

5401 Cass Ave.
Detroit MI 48202 USA