University of Texas Arlington

Food, Tobacco, Agricultural, and Allied Workers' Union of America Texas Region Records:

A Guide



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Food, Tobacco, Agricultural, and Allied Workers' Union of America. Texas Region.
Title: Food, Tobacco, Agricultural, and Allied Workers' Union of America, Texas Region Records
Dates: 1937-1947
Abstract: The Food, Tobacco, Agricultural, and Allied Workers' Union of America Texas Region Records document the activities of the Texas regional office of the labor union from 1937-1947. Materials include correspondence, clippings, news releases, and printed material concerning labor organization and issues in Texas. Many materials pertain to the San Antonio Pecan Workers' strike of 1938 and the imprisonment of union member Christopher Clarich.
Identification: AR36
Extent: 14 folders (0.4 linear ft.)
Language: Materials are in English with some items in Spanish.
Repository: Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library

Historical Note

The United Cannery, Agricultural, Packing, and Allied Workers of America was renamed the Food, Tobacco, Agricultural, and Allied Workers Union of America in December 1944. The Texas Regional Director's office was located in Houston, Texas and served to coordinate communication and activities amongst local labor unions in Texas. Some significant issues the office kept abreast of included the San Antonio Pecan Workers' strike of 1938 and the imprisonment of Texas union member Christopher Clarich.


Scope and Contents

Records consist of correspondence, clippings, printed material, proceedings, and press releases. Much of the correspondence is between Donald G. Kobler, Texas Regional Director, and W.M. Aiken and P.F. Kennedy, of the Texas State Industrial Union Council, and the officers of the national union. Records also include correspondence of the Pecan Workers Union of San Antonio, Local 172. Many materials including correspondence, articles, essays, clippings, flyers, and publicity materials pertaining to San Antonio pecan shellers and the San Antonio Pecan Workers' strike of 1938 are present. The organization of labor and the imprisonment of Christopher Clarich are other frequent topics of correspondence. Also included are the 1937 proceedings of the first national convention and a 1938 program for the second national convention of what was then the United Cannery, Agricultural, Packing and Allied Workers of America.


Organization

Materials are arranged according to document type and by subject type in 14 folders.
Series I. Correspondence, 1938-1947 (3 folders)
Series II. Pecan Workers' Strike, 1939-1940 (7 folders)
Series III. U.C.A.P.A.W.A. Records, 1937-1938 (2 folders)
Series IV. Miscellaneous and Typescripts, 1952, undated (2 folders)

Restrictions

Access

Open for research.


Index Terms

These materials are indexed under the following headings in the catalog of The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Persons
Kobler, Donald G.--Archives.
Clarich, Christopher, Sr., 1895-1967--Archives.
Aiken, W. M.--Archives.
Kennedy, P. F.--Archives.
Organizations
Food, Tobacco, Agricultural, and Allied Workers Union of America. Texas Region--Records and correspondence.
United Cannery, Agricultural, Packing, and Allied Workers of America--Records and correspondence.
Pecan Workers Union of San Antonio. Local No. 172--Records and correspondence.
Subjects
Strikes and lockouts--Texas--San Antonio--History--Sources.
Strikebreakers--Texas--San Antonio--History--Sources.
Agricultural laborers--Labor unions--Organizing--Texas--San Antonio--History--Sources.
Labor unions--Organizing--Texas--History--Sources.
Labor leaders--Texas--History--Sources.
Labor unions and socialism--Texas--History--Sources.
Mexican American agricultural laborers--Texas--San Antonio--History--Sources.
Legislators--Texas--History--Sources.
False imprisonment--Texas--San Antonio--History--Sources.
Places
San Antonio (Tex.)--History--Sources.
Alternate Titles
Texas Labor Archives

Administrative Information

Citation

Food, Tobacco, Agricultural, and Allied Workers Union of America, Texas Region Records, AR36, Box Number, Folder Number, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries.

Acquisition

Gift, 1968.


Administrative Information

Grant Support

The retrospective updating and conversion of this finding aid was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications & Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Special Collections "Documenting Democracy: Access to Historical Records" project, 2014-2015.


Container List

Series I. Correspondence, 1938-1947

Box Folder
1 1 Correspondence, General - 1938-June, 1942
2 Correspondence, General - July, 1942-1947
3 Correspondence, Pecan Workers Union of San Antonio, Local 172, U.C.A.P.A.W.A.-C.I.O., 1938-1942



Series II. Pecan Workers' Strike, 1938-1940

Box Folder
1 4 Pecan Workers' Strike: Board of Arbitration Decision, April, 1938
5 Pecan Workers' Strike: Clippings, 1938-1939
6 Pecan Workers' Strike: Miscellaneous articles (Includes article by George Lambert, 7-2-38: "Toledano Speaks in San Antonio), 1938-1943, undated
7 Pecan Workers' Strike: News Releases, 1939
8 Pecan Workers' Strike: Publicity Materials, 1938
9 Pecan Workers, Local 172: Proposed Constitution (in Spanish), undated
10 Menefee, Selden C., and Cassmore, Orin C. The Pecan Shellers of San Antonio (Washington, D.C.: Federal Works Agency, Work Projects Administration, Division Research), 1940



Series III. U.C.A.P.A.W.A. Records, 1937-1938

Box Folder
1 11 Official Proceedings: First National Convention of U.C.A.P.A.W.A., Denver, 1937
12 Yearbook, U.C.A.P.A.W.A., 1938



Series IV. Miscellaneous and Typescripts

Box Folder
1 13 Miscellaneous, 1932-1967
14 Typescripts - "The Pecan Shellers' Strike," (includes a photocopy of San Antonio: The Cradle of Texas Liberty and Its Coffin, and "The Pecan Shellers of San Antonio, " by George N. Green, UTA History Department, 1952, undated