The collection is comprised of documents and photographs from Lathen's labor and political
activities in Vallejo. It ranges from a 1928 Plasterers' & Cement Finishers' Union
Constitution to a 1995 holiday card from Bill and Hillary Clinton. Also included are brief
letters to and from politicians Lathen supported, including Franklin & Eleanor Roosevelt,
Henry Wallace, Estes Kefauver, Edmund "Pat" Brown, and Alan Cranston in the
"Correspondence - Political" folder. "The Plasterer" folder preserves two issues of the
Plasterers' Union publication that contain letters from Stanley Sapp. There are undated papers
opposing the use of sheetrock in construction in the "Lathing and Plastering" folder.
Stanley Lathen is a labor union and political activist living in Vallejo. Lathen (known as
Stanley Sapp until the early 1950s when he changed his name) was the secretary-treasurer, the
executive officer, for the Retail Clerks International Association, Local 373; President of the
Plasterers' Union, Local 631; and one of the founding Directors of the A.F. of L. Ball Park
Board (Athletic Friends of Labor). He was active in Democratic Party politics and with the
Congress of California Seniors. An oral history conducted by Harvey Schwartz is at the Labor
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Collection is open for research.