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Guide to the Millie Moser Smith Papers, 1971-2002
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  • Overview of the Collection
  • Biographical Information:
  • Access Terms
  • Administrative Information
  • Scope and Contents

  • Overview of the Collection

    Collection Title: Millie Moser Smith Papers
    Dates: 1971-2002
    Identification: URB/MAMS
    Creator: Moser Smith, Mildred, 1919-
    Physical Description: 0.92 linear feet
    Language of Materials: English
    Repository: Urban Archives
    Abstract: Millie Moser Smith devoted much of her time to social causes, especially those involving farm workers, which she came into contact with through her church membership. The collection consists of articles, booklets, correspondence, ephemera, fliers, journals, membership directories, newsletters, newspaper clippings, pamphlets, photographs, posters, reports, and videocassettes from the National Farm Workers Ministry and related groups that worked on behalf of farm workers.
    Note:
    The collection was processed in part under a U.S. Department of Education Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) Grant.

    Biographical Information:

    Mildred Alice Ross Moser Smith was born in Iowa on August 11, 1919. Graduating from the University of Iowa in 1936, Millie went to work as a teacher at a junior high school in Dysart, Iowa. After joining her sisters in California, she found employment at Lockheed, where she met and married Ray Moser in 1943. The couple had three children. Ray Moser died in 1979.
    For the next ten years, living as a single woman, Moser Smith was able to devote much of her time to social causes in addition to substitute teaching. She came into contact with some of these causes through her church membership and eventually became the representative of Church Women United for the National Farm Worker Ministry (NFWM).
    In the 1980s the NFWM supported the Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC) in a campaign against the Campbell Soup Company. By 1987, the recent increase in birth defects and childhood cancers found in the children of migrant workers forced the NFWM to change its focus once more, this time to an emphasis on the issue of toxic pesticides. In the late 1980s, Moser Smith met and married Sydney Smith, farm worker advocate and author of The Grapes of Conflict. The couple continued to be active in their local chapter of Habitat for Humanity, both serving as officers of the organization.

    Access Terms

    This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

    Corporate Name:

    National Farm Worker Ministry (U.S.)
    United Farm Workers of America

    Genre/Form of Material:

    Paper records
    Photographic material
    Publications
    Video recordings

    Personal Name:

    Chavez, Cesar, 1927-1993
    Moser Smith, Millie (Mildred), (1919)-
    Smith, Sydney D., 1915-

    Topical Term:

    Agricultural laborers -- California
    Boycotts -- California
    Church work
    Fasts and feasts
    Strikes and lockouts -- California

    Administrative Information

    Processing Information:

    Rebecca S. Graff, 2003

    Conditions Governing Use:

    Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has not 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.

    Conditions Governing Access:

    This collection is open for research use.

    Preferred Citation:

    [Identification of item], [date], Millie Moser Smith Papers , Special Collections and Archives, Oviatt Library, California State University, Northridge.

    Scope and Contents

    The Millie Moser Smith Papers consist of articles, booklets, correspondence, ephemera, fliers, journals, membership directories, newsletters, newspaper clippings, pamphlets, photographs, posters, reports, and videocassettes from the National Farm Workers Ministry and related groups that worked on behalf of farm workers. Two typescripts by Sydney Smith are also included in this collection, as are items documenting César Chávez’s 1988 Fast for Life, and an oral history interview conducted with Moser Smith in 2003.