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Guide to the Paul Scharrenberg Papers, 1893-1960
BANC MSS C-B 906  
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  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Paul Scharrenberg Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1893-1960
    Collection Number: BANC MSS C-B 906
    Creator: Scharrenberg, Paul, b. 1877
    Extent: Number of containers: 4 boxes, 5 cartons, 24 volumes Linear feet: ca. 10
    Repository: The Bancroft Library
    Berkeley, California 94720-6000
    Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
    Abstract: Correspondence and papers relating primarily to Scharrenberg's career in the labor movement and his other positions. Includes letters to and from Scharrenberg; subject files containing committee reports, memoranda, copies of correspondence, notes, printed material, clippings, etc.; scrapbooks containing newspaper clippings re Scharrenberg, other labor leaders and public officials, seamen, legislation, etc., as well as photographs, notices and programs of meetings, correspondence etc. A few items relate to family matters
    Languages Represented: English

    Information for Researchers

    Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Preferred Citation

    [identification of item], Paul Scharrenberg Papers, BANC MSS C-B 906, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Biography

    Paul Scharrenberg was born in Hamburg, Germany on August 21, 1877. He came to New York as a young boy and went to sea in his early teens. In 1898 he was an able seaman on the American square-rigger New York, which was wrecked off Half Moon Bay, California. After working briefly on coastal ships Scharrenberg went to work in San Francisco for the American Seamen's Union and soon became editor of its Seamen's Journal. He was an active member of the California Federation of Labor from about 1904 and served as Secretary from 1910 to 1936. In addition, he was a member of the Commission of Immigration and Housing from 1913 to 1922, the San Francisco City Planning Commission from 1917 to 1926, and the State Board of Harbor Commissioners from 1927 to 1931. Scharrenberg served as legislative representative for the American Federation of Labor in Washington, D.C. from 1937 to 1943, when he was called back to California by Governor Earl Warren to serve as Director of the California State Department of Industrial Relations. He retired in 1955 and died in 1969.

    Scope and Content

    Scharrenberg gave his papers to The Bancroft Library in 1964. They relate primarily to his career in the labor movement and to his other positions.
    A key to arrangement and partial list of correspondents follows.