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United Farmworkers of America, Atlanta Office:

A Guide to Its Records at Georgia State University Library

Georgia State University
Georgia State University
Special Collections and Archives
100 Decatur St., SE
Atlanta, GA 30303-3202
Fax: 404-413-2881

June 2001

Profile Description

Creation: Text converted and initial EAD tagging provided by Apex Data Services, June 2001.
Language: English

Collection Summary

Repository: Georgia State University Library, Special Collections and Archives, Atlanta
Creator: United Farm Workers of America, Atlanta Office
Title: United Farmworkers of America, Atlanta Office, records
Dates: 1974
Quantity: 1 linear foot
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.
Identification: 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 non-union 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 fund-raising 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 nation-wide support committees. Included are publicity and fund-raising 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 fund-raising activities, and personally visited the Atlanta office of Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance Company (1977).

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.

Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the Georgia State University Library online catalog (GIL). Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

Larson, K. K.
Mackoviak, John.
Mackoviak, Nancy.
Tramutt, Larry.
Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance Company.
International Brotherhood of Teamsters.
United Farm Workers of America, Atlanta Office--Archives.
Agricultural laborers--United States.
Boycotts--United States.
Labor unions--Agricultural laborers--United States.
Labor unions--United States--Jurisdictional disputes.
Labor unions--Georgia.


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.

Administrative Information


[item], [folder title], [series title], United Farmworkers of America, Atlanta Office Records, [accession number], Southern Labor Archives. Special Collections Department, Georgia State University, Atlanta.

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).

Processing Information

Inventoried by Alice Gernazian: October 10, 1975 (L1974-33) and February 12, 1980 (L1979-01). EAD finding aids created by Apex Data Services, June 2001; revised and edited together by William Hardesty, December 2005.

Separated Material

Separated material: During processing, oversize records and printed material were separated to other Southern Labor Archives collections. See List of Separated Material following Detailed Description of the Collection.

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