Comprises photographs gathered by Selvin in his role as editor of
Northern Califonia Labor, a labor newspaper he founded in 1951. The photographs were also used in several books and articles Selvin published related
to labor history.
David Selvin (1913-2007) was a noted labor journalist, historian, author and activist. Selvin was working on a M.A. in Labor
Economics at the University of California, Berkeley, when the 1934 Waterfront and General Strike shut down the docks in San
Francisco. He later wrote about this period in his book, A Terrible Anger: The 1934 Waterfront and General Strikes in San Francisco. In 1951, after writing about labor issues for various San Francisco-based newspapers, Selvin took a job at the San Francisco
Labor Council as editor ofNorthern California Labor, a position he held for nearly 30 years.
Selvin authored several books about labor history and labor leaders, includingSky Full of Storm: A Brief History of California Labor, A Place in the Sun: History of Californian Labor,The Other San Francisco, and The Thundering Voice of John L. Lewis. Selvin was also involved in the formation of both the Labor Studies program and the Labor Archives and Research Center at
San Francisco State University.
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