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Finding Aid to the David F. Selvin Photograph Collection
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  • Availability
  • Restrictions
  • Preferred Citation
  • Aquisitions
  • Processing Information
  • Arrangement
  • Biographical note
  • Scope and Contents

  • Title: David F. Selvin photograph collection
    Date (inclusive): 1861-1991
    Date (bulk): 1960-1980
    Creator: Selvin, David F.
    Extent: 5.5 Cubic Feet (10 boxes and 1 oversize box)
    Collection number: larc.pho.0019
    Accession number: 1985/002
    Repository: Labor Archives and Research Center
    J. Paul Leonard Library, Room 460
    San Francisco State University
    1630 Holloway Ave
    San Francisco, CA 94132-1722
    (415) 405-5571
    larc@sfsu.edu
    Abstract: 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.
    Physical Location: Collection available on site.
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English.
    Material Specific Details: The bulk of the materials comprise black and white prints of various sizes. Also includes negatives, contact sheets, and half-tone prints as well as correspondence pertaining to Selvin's aquisition of some of the photographs.

    Availability

    Collection is open for research.

    Restrictions

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Labor Archives and Research Center. All requests for permission to publish or quote from materials must be submitted in writing to the Director of the Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Labor Archives and Research Center 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], David F. Selvin Photograph Collection, larc.pho.0019, Labor Archives and Research Center, San Francisco State University.

    Aquisitions

    Photographs were donated with the David Selvin papers in 1985, accession number 1985/002.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Labor Archives and Research Center staff; revised by Frances Wratten Kaplan in 2016.

    Arrangement

    Arranged in five series: Series 1, Unions, is arranged alphabetically by union name. Series 2, General Subjects, is arranged alphabetically by subject. Series 3, Individuals and Groups, is arranged alphabetically by individual's last name. Series 4, Published Works, and Series 5, Miscellany, are arranged as received.

    Biographical note

    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 of Northern California Labor, a position he held for nearly 30 years. Selvin authored several books about labor history and labor leaders, including Sky 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.

    Scope and Contents

    This collection consists of photographs gathered by Selvin in his role as editor of Northern Califonia Labor, a labor newspaper he founded in 1951. Other photographs were used in several books and articles Selvin authored related to labor history, in particular, his 1996 book, A Terrible Anger: The 1934 Waterfront and General Strikes in San Francisco.
    Many of the photographs in this collection are reprints from various repositories including the National Archives, the Library of Congress, Wayne State University, the U.S. Bureau of Mines, and the California Historical Society.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Labor unions -- Membership -- Photographs.
    Labor unions -- California -- San Francisco -- Photographs.
    Strikes and lockouts -- California -- San Francisco -- Photographs.
    Strikes and lockouts -- Hospitals -- Photographs.
    Labor union members -- Portraits.
    Picketing -- Photographs.
    International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union -- Pictorial works
    Photographic prints.
    Service Employees International Union -- Pictorial works
    Retail Clerks International Union. Local 1100 (San Francisco, Calif.) -- Pictorial Works
    Retail Clerks International Union. Local 648 (San Francisco, Calif.) -- Pictorial Works
    International Longshore and Warehouse Union--Pictorial works