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Guide to the Henry Gaitán International Longshoremen's and Warehousemen's Union (ILWU), Local 13 Collection, 1960-1983
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  • Overview of the Collection

    Collection Title: Henry Gaitán International Longshoremen's and Warehousemen's Union (ILWU), Local 13 Collection
    Dates: 1960-1983
    Identification: URB/ILWU-HG
    Creator: Gaitán, Enrique
    Physical Description: 0.64 linear feet
    Language of Materials:

    English

    Spanish;Castilian
    Repository: Urban Archives
    Abstract: The Enrique "Henry" Gaitán Collection documents the unity between ILWU, Local 13 and their union counterparts throughout the shipping ports of Mexico. The collection contains correspondence between members of various longshore unions in the ports of Colima, Mazatlá, Sonora, Veracruz, and Yucatán, Mexico and the International Longshoremen's and Warehousemen's Union to organize travel itinerary, visas, and contacts for the Mexican workers coming to the Los Angeles waterfront. Several items of correspondence provide insight into the personal friendships that developed between Henry Gaitán and some of the Mexican workers after they completed their training. Documents indicate that upon retiring, Enrique "Henry" Gaitán continued to be actively involved as Treasurer and President with the Southern California Pensioners of the ILWU.
    Note:
    The collection was processed under a Title V Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI) Grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

    Biographical Information:

    The International Longshore and Warehouse Union's Mexican Worker Program was established in the early 1960s by representatives within ILWU, Local 13. Committee members included Henry Gaitán, Tony Cedillo, Tom Motta, and Earl Cordova. ILWU, Local 13 extended invitations to various Mexican longshore unions, inviting their members to work temporarily on the Long Beach/Wilmington docks with the intention of sharing different cargo handling and mechanized methods used by U.S. longshoremen. More importantly, ILWU members hoped to create stronger union relations on the Pacific coast, both north and south of the border.
    The Mexican guest workers that came to Los Angeles were able to observe and participate in hands-on training to learn the various work methods used by one of the largest mechanized ports in the 1960s. The records found in the Gaitán papers exhibit the professionalism, friendships, and solidarity built between union members from both sides of the U.S. – Mexico border during this period.

    Access Terms

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

    Corporate Name:

    International Longshore and Warehouse Union

    Genre/Form of Material:

    Paper records
    Photographic material

    Personal Name:

    Gaitán, Enrique

    Topical Term:

    Labor unions -- Pacific Coast
    Labor unions -- Records and correspondence

    Administrative Information

    Processing Information:

    Rebecca S. Graff, Margarita Zamora; 2004

    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:

    The collection is open for research use.

    Preferred Citation:

    [Identification of item], [date], Henry Gaitán International Longshoremen's and Warehousemen's Union (ILWU), Local 13 Collection , Special Collections and Archives, Oviatt Library, California State University, Northridge.

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    Scope and Contents

    The Enrique "Henry" Gaitán Collection documents the unity between ILWU, Local 13 and their union counterparts throughout the shipping ports of Mexico. The collection contains correspondence between members of various longshore unions in the ports of Colima, Mazatlá, Sonora, Veracruz, and Yucatán, Mexico and the International Longshoremen's and Warehousemen's Union to organize travel itinerary, visas, and contacts for the Mexican workers coming to the Los Angeles waterfront. Several items of correspondence provide insight into the personal friendships that developed between Henry Gaitán and some of the Mexican workers after they completed their training. Documents indicate that upon retiring, Enrique "Henry" Gaitán continued to be actively involved as Treasurer and President with the Southern California Pensioners of the ILWU.