Finding Aid to the David F. Selvin Photograph Collection

Finding aid prepared by Frances Wratten Kaplan
Labor Archives and Research Center
2000, revised 2016.
San Francisco State University
J. Paul Leonard Library, Room 460
1630 Holloway Ave
San Francisco 94132-1722

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
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.


Collection is open for research.


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.


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.


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


Series 1: Unions 1915-1980 1960-1980

Physical Description: 118 foldersBox 1, folders 1-42; Box 2, folders 1-22, Box 3, folders 1-20; Box 4, folders 1-14; Box 5, folders 1-20


Arranged alphabetically by union name.

Scope and Contents

Photographs of union officials and members at various events, meetings, protest rallies and picket lines, as well as in the workplace.
box 1, folder 1

Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union circa 1970s

Scope and Contents

Includes photographs of Jane Fonda with local union representatives protesting the labor practices of J.P Stevens Company, a non-unionized textile firm.
box 1, folder 2

American Federation of Labor (AFL) convention 1915 November 13

Scope and Contents

Includes a photograph of Samuel Gompers and his wife at the Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, 1915.
box 1, folder 3

American Federation of Teachers (AFT) undated

Scope and Contents

Over 500 teachers, led by Ballard and Dolsen, picket in front of the Board of Education, San Francisco.
box 1, folder 4

American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) undated

Scope and Contents

Jack Klugman, Ricardo Montalban and Loretta Switt at the SAG and AFTRA strike.
box 1, folder 5

Bindery Workers undated

box 1, folder 6

Butchers' Union undated

box 1, folder 7

Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW) undated

box 1, folder 8

Communication Workers of America (CWA) undated

box 1, folder 9

Farm Labor Union Galena Unit No. 26 (Kansas) 1936 May

Scope and Contents

Wives of farmer laborites in Columbus, Kansas. Image reproduced from the exhibition Workers and Allies circulated by the Smithsonian Institution.
box 1, folder 10

Farm Workers Union undated

box 1, folder 11

Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees International Union (HERE) undated

box 1, folder 12

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Local 1501 undated

box 1, folder 13

International Brotherhood of Teamsters undated

box 1, folder 14

International Chemical Workers Union (ICWU), Local 882 undated

box 1, folder 15-17

International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (ILGWU) 1964-1977, undated

Scope and Contents

Includes group portraits of the Executive Board of Local 8, Local 101, Local 213 and Local 214.
box 1, folder 18

International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) 1977

box 1, folders 19-20

International Typographical Union (ITU) undated

box 1, folder 21

International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) undated

box 1, folder 22

Mailers Union 1977 March

box 1, folder 23

Marine Cooks and Stewards, AFL-CIO hiring hall 1978

box 1, folder 24

National Association of Broadcast Employees & Technicians (NABET) undated

box 1, folder 25

Office and Professional Employees International Union, Local 3 undated

Scope and Contents

Includes two photographs of San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) striking workers.

Retail Clerks International Union (RCIA)

box 1, folder 26

Local 373 (Vallejo) undated

box 1, folder 27

Local 410 undated

box 1, folder 28-33

Local 428 (San Jose) undated


Local 648 (San Francisco)

box 1, folder 34

Safeway strike 1980

box 1, folder 35

Picketing Liquor Barn undated

box 1, folder 36

San Francisco Grocery Clerks circa 1970-1980

box 1, folder 37-39

Officers and Members circa 1970-1980


Local 1100 (San Francisco)

box 1, folder 40

Events undated

box 1, folder 41

Meeting with Jane Fonda undated

box 1, folder 42

Member portraits, identified 1977-1979

Scope and Contents

Individuals are identified on the back of each print.
box 1, folder 43

Member portraits, unidentified circa 1970-1980

box 2, folder 1

Members at their stores, GET circa 1970s

box 2, folder 2-3

Members at their stores, Gumps circa 1970s

box 2, folder 4

Members at their stores, Macy's 1978

box 2, folder 5

Members at their stores, Weinstein's circa 1970s

box 2, folder 6

Members at their stores, Woolworths circa 1970s

box 2, folder 7

Members at their stores, Zukors circa 1970s

box 2, folder 8-9

Members at their stores circa 1970s

Scope and Contents

Photographs of workers in various stores including Diamond Palace, Getz Hardware, Gucci, Emporium, Liberty House, Milan's, Lightstone's, Livingston's, National Dollar, Sherman-Clay, Zacks, and The Sandwich Place.
box 2, folder 10

Negotiations meeting at Orpheum Theater 1975 July 27

box 2, folder 11-22, box 3, folder 1-6

Officers, staff and members undated

box 3, folder 7

Contact sheets of officers, staff and members undated

box 3, folder 8-9

Pensioners undated



box 3, folder 10

Bullock's 1977, November 11

box 3, folder 11

Debs department store 1974

box 3, folder 12

Doubleday 1975

box 3, folder 13

J.C. Penney Co. 1960

box 3, folder 14

Joseph Magnin undated

box 3, folder 15

Sears Roebuck Co. undated

box 3, folder 16

Zack Electronics undated

box 3, folder 17

San Francisco Federation of Teachers undated

box 3, folder 18-20, box 4, folder 1-2

San Jose local union members and leaders undated

Scope and Contents

These photographs were selected by David Selvin for the Santa Clara edition of the labor publication, Northern California Labor.

Service Employees International Union (SEIU)

box 4, folder 3-5

Classified School Employees (CSE) undated

box 4, folder 6

Classified School Employees, Locals 390, 400, 715 undated

box 4, folder 7

Clerical conference undated

box 4, folder 8

BSEIU offices in San Francisco undated

box 4, folder 9

Hospital worker's union 1970 January

box 4, folder 10-11

Member events 1958-1975, undated

box 4, folder 12

Members at work 1956-1958

Scope and Contents

Includes janitors, window cleaners, school gardeners and school cooks.
box 4, folder 13

Member's portraits undated

Scope and Contents

Names of individuals are written on the back of each photograph.
box 4, folder 14

New York locals undated

box 5, folder 1

Pensioners undated

box 5, folder 2-3

Pension and welfare office and staff undated

box 5, folder 4

Picketing, Los Angeles undated


Local 250

box 5, folder 5

Hospital workers on strike undated

box 5, folder 6

Kaiser workers on strike undated

box 5, folder 7-8

Meetings and member events 1968, undated

box 5, folder 9-10

Picketing undated


Local 400

box 5, folder 11

Members and officials undated

box 5, folder 12

Picketing undated

box 5, folder 13

Local 535 picketing undated

box 5, folder 14

Stationary Engineers undated

box 5, folder 15

Transport Workers Union undated

box 5, folder 16

Union Label & Service Trades Department, AFL-CIO 1969

box 5, folder 17

United Farm Workers of America circa 1970s

Scope and Contents

Photographs of Dolores Huerta, César Chávez, Joan Baez, Charlie Weirs, Water Johnsen, Jack Crowley, George Moscone and others at various UFW strikes and boycotts.
box 5, folder 18

United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) undated

box 5, folder 19

United Telegraph Workers undated

box 5, folder 20

Western Graphic Arts Union (WGAU) 1977 March


Series 2: General Subjects 1861-1991 1950-1991

Physical Description: 30 foldersBox 5, folders 21-23; Box 6, folders 1-27


Arranged alphabetically by subject.

Scope and Contents

Photographs from articles published in Northern California Labor. Includes picket line and protest rally photographs from various strikes and boycotts in the San Francisco Bay Area. Also includes a 1966 photograph of grape strikers marching from Delano to Sacramento. The bulk consists of black and white prints, with some color prints and 35mm negatives.
box 5, folder 21

Apprenticeship programs 1972, undated

Scope and Contents

Photographs of cook's apprenticeship programs at the San Francisco Hilton Hotel and the Sir Francis Drake Hotel.
box 5, folder 22

Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) undated

box 5, folder 23

Conferences and meetings circa 1950-1970

box 6, folder 1

San Francisco State College, Local 1352 of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) 1968-1969

Scope and Contents

Three photographs of San Francisco State College faculty, possibly at Labor Council meetings. In December 1968, the campus American Federation of Teachers (AFT) Local 1352 sought strike sanction from the San Francisco Labor Council. In January 1969, about 350 teachers from San Francisco State College went out on strike. Photocopies of photographs from the San Francisco State Strike Collection were added to this folder as a reference for identifying faculty members.
box 6, folder 2

Elections 1970, undated

Scope and Contents

Comprises photographs of union members and volunteers preparing for various elections by registering people to vote, canvassing local communities, and creating outreach materials.
box 1, folder 3

Events and award presentations undated

box 6, folder 4

Hawaii undated

box 1, folder 5

Japanese relocation and internment camps 1942-1943

Scope and Contents

Includes two Dorothea Lange prints.
box 6, folder 6

Labor unions, England 1973

box 6, folder 7

Los Angeles 1954

box 6, folder 8

Metal workers 1976-1977

box 6, folder 9

Migrant workers circa 1930

Scope and Contents

Reproductions from The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
box 6, folder 10

National Guard (Law Enforcement Assistance Force) 1955

box 6, folder 11

New York City 1949-1959

box 6, folder 12

Public health workers undated

box 6, folder 13

San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau reproductions 1950-1975, undated

box 6, folder 14

San Francisco Labor Council 1985, undated

Scope and Contents

Portraits of San Francisco Labor Council leaders and members. Includes clippings from Northern California Labor listing members of the Executive Committee.
box 6, folder 15

Social security and the elderly 1961-1971, undated


Picket lines and protest rallies circa 1960-1991

box 6, folder 16

J.P. Stevens Company boycott 1978-1979

Scope and Contents

Includes a photograph of Jane Fonda at a protest rally.
box 6, folder 17-21

Picket lines and rallies circa 1960-1980

box 6, folder 22

Picket lines and violence 1971-1973, undated

box 6, folder 23

Protesting union busting undated

box 6, folder 24

Solidarity Day rally 1991

box 6, folder 25

Women in the trades 1861-1980, undated

Scope and Contents

Photographs of women working in a variety of non-traditional occupations. Includes reproductions from the Women's Bureau at the U.S. Department of Labor.
box 6, folder 26

Workers in Japan 1969

box 6, folder 27

Workers in the United States 1976, undated


Series 3: Individuals and Groups 1951-1986

Physical Description: 120 foldersBox 6, folders 28-35; Box 7, folders 1-60; Box 8, folders 1-32; Box 9, folders 1-15; Box 10, folders 1-5

Scope and Contents

Includes prints, negatives, contact sheets, and half-tone prints of identified and unidentified union members and other individuals at events, meetings, and protest rallies.


Identified individuals are arranged alphabetically by last name.
box 6, folder 28

Actors, writers, singers 1976-1979, undated

Scope and Contents

Scenes from films related to labor, including Norma Rae, and the documentary Harlan County, U.S.A. Also includes portraits of Carl Sandberg, Woody Guthrie, and Studs Terkel.
box 6, folder 29

AFL scholarship winners 1960-1962


Political candidates and union leaders

box 6, folder 30

Adams, Brock undated

box 6, folder 31

Alioto, Joseph 1960-1974

box 6, folder 32

Ames, Fitzgerald undated

box 6, folder 33

Anderson, Glenn Malcolm undated

box 6, folder 34

Avakian, Spurgeon 1959, undated

box 6, folder 35

Bates, Tom undated

box 7, folder 1

Becker, William undated

box 7, folder 2

Belardi, Joseph undated

box 7, folder 3

Berry, Paul undated

box 7, folder 4

Blum, Joseph A. undated

box 7, folder 5

Brann, Frank undated

box 7, folder 6

Bridges, Harry 1951, undated

Scope and Contents

Includes a September 1951 article pertaining to Harry Bridges deportation trial.
box 7, folder 7

Brown, Edmund (Jerry) 1978, undated

box 7, folder 8

Brown, Pat 1966-1980

box 6, folder 8

Brown, Willie L. circa 1970-1980

box 7, folder 9

Burton, John 1960-1980

box 7, folder 10

Burton, Phil 1968-1980

box 7, folder 11

Carberry, Matthew C. undated

box 7, folder 12

Carter, James Earl (Jimmy) circa 1970-1980

box 7, folder 13

Cervantes-Gautschi, Peter undated

box 7, folder 13

Champion, Hale undated

box 7, folder 14

Chavez, Cesar undated

box 7, folder 15

Chin, John undated

box 7, folder 16

Craig, Sam undated

Oversize-box 1, folder 5, box 7, folder 17

Cranston, Alan M. undated

box 7, folder 18

Crowley, John 1976, undated

Scope and Contents

With Joseph Belardi, Jack Hemmings, and Yehoshua Levy.
box 7, folder 19

Davis, George undated

box 7, folder 19

Davis, Joseph Graham (Gray), Jr. undated

box 7, folder 20

Delaurenti, Charlie undated

box 7, folder 21

Dellums, Ronald undated

box 7, folder 22

Dymally, Mervyn undated

box 7, folder 23

Edwards, Don undated

box 7, folder 24

Eu, March Fong undated

box 7, folder 25

Feinstein, Dianne undated

box 7, folder 26

Foran, John Francis undated

box 7, folder 27

Freitas, Joseph undated

box 7, folder 28

Gaffney, Edward, M. 1960, April 11

box 7, folder 29

Gage, Henry undated

box 7, folder 29

Goff, Judy undated

box 7, folder 30

Grosch, Edmund undated

box 7, folder 30

Gregorio, Arlen F. undated

box 7, folder 31

Haggerty, Jack undated

box 7, folder 32

Hardy, George undated

box 7, folder 33

Harris, David undated

box 7, folder 33

Hayden, Richard D. undated

box 7, folder 34

Hayes, Rose undated

box 7, folder 35

Hennings, John undated

box 7, folder 36

Herman, James 1976, undated

box 7, folder 37

Herman, Jerry Richard undated

box 7, folder 37

Humphries, Hubert undated

box 7, folder 37

Hutch, Ella Hill undated

box 7, folder 38

Itliong, Larry 1965, October 6

Scope and Contents

Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee (AWOC) at a rally of striking grape workers in Delano, California.
box 7, folder 39

Jackson, Mattie undated

box 7, folder 40

Johns, George undated

Scope and Contents

Includes a photograph of George Johns, Secretary of the Dan Francisco Labor Council, discussing plans to unionize Chanatown's shops and restaurants.
box 7, folder 41

Johnson, Walter 1973-1977, undated

Scope and Contents

Walter Johnson with labor leaders and politicians, including Barry Silverman, Nancy Walker, Senator Daniel Inoye, Herman Griffin, Dick Williams, Marion Sills, Ed McLaughlin, and Cyril Magnin.
box 7, folder 42

Kennedy, John F. undated

box 7, folder 43

King, LeRoy undated

box 7, folder 44

Kirkwood, John H. undated

box 7, folder 45

Koka, Drake undated

box 7, folder 46

Lau, Gordon undated

box 7, folder 47

Laursen, Elmer undated

box 7, folder 48

Lochzer, Bill undated

box 7, folder 49

Lohre, Ken undated

box 7, folder 50

Mack, Charles undated

box 7, folder 51

Marks, Milton 1980, undated

box 7, folder 52

Marron, Owen undated

box 7, folder 52

Mazzola, Joseph undated

box 7, folder 53

McAlister, Alister undated

box 7, folder 54

McCarthy, Eugene undated

box 7, folder 55

McCarthy, Leo undated

box 7, folder 56

McCase, Bill 1965

Scope and Contents

Bill McCase with Cesar Chavez, Delano, California.
box 7, folder 56

McCool, Jerry undated

box 7, folder 57

Meany, George undated

box 7, folder 58

Mellon, Tom Jr. undated

box 7, folder 59

Miller, George 1958

box 7, folder 60

Moretti, Bob 1979

box 8, folder 1

Mori, Floyd undated

box 8, folder 2

Morrison, Gus undated

box 8, folder 2

Morrison, Jack undated

box 8, folder 3

Moscone, George undated

box 8, folder 3

Moss, Frank E. undated

box 8, folder 4

Nady, Louis undated

box 8, folder 4

Nixon, Richard undated

box 8, folder 5

O'Connell, John A. undated

box 8, folder 5

Olsen, Jack undated

box 8, folder 5

O'Sullivan, Bob undated

box 8, folder 6

O'Sullivan, Terence J. undated

box 8, folder 6

O'Toole, Tommy undated

box 8, folder 7

Pelosi, Nancy undated

box 8, folder 7

Pelosi, Ronald undated

box 8, folder 8

Petris, Nick undated

box 8, folder 8

Phillips, Wendell undated

box 8, folder 8

Pitts, Thomas undated

box 8, folder 9

Randoll, Rev. W. undated

Abstract: Associate Minister, Little Zion Baptist Church
box 8, folder 10

Reagan, Ronald and Nancy undated

box 8, folder 11

Riordan, John undated

box 8, folder 12

Rose, Don undated

box 8, folder 13

Russell, Newton undated

box 8, folder 14

Sanazaro, Paul J. undated

box 8, folder 15

Selvin, David 1969, undated

Scope and Contents

Includes a photograph of an Award of Merit presented to San Francisco Labor by the International Labor Press Association.
box 8, folder 16

Shelley, John (Jack) 1966, undated

box 8, folder 17

Sills, Marion 1966-1974, undated

box 8, folder 18

Steinberg, Geraldine (Gerry) undated

box 8, folder 19

Torres, Art undated

box 8, folder 19

Tunney, John V. undated

box 8, folder 20

Travers, Richard 1964

box 8, folder 21

Truman, Harry S. undated

box 8, folder 22

Twomey, Tim undated

box 8, folder 23

Udall, Morris 1975

box 8, folder 24

Ussery, Wilfred undated

box 8, folder 24

Vail, Larry undated

box 8, folder 24

Varacalli, Paul undated

box 8, folder 25

Wagner, Jack undated

box 8, folder 25

Waldie, Jerome R. 1974

box 8, folder 25

Walsh, Jackie undated

box 8, folder 26

Watchman, Sandy undated

box 8, folder 26

Ward, Doris M. undated

box 8, folder 26

Williams, Iola undated

box 8, folder 26

Williams, Sanford undated

box 8, folder 27

Wilson, Tom 1976

box 8, folder 28

Members, A-L undated

box 8, folder 29

Members, M-Z undated

box 8, folder 30

Identification photographs, A-L undated

box 8, folder 31

Identification photographs, M-Z undated

box 8, folder 32

Members at events undated

box 9, folder 1

Labor Day parades 1982-1886

box 9, folder 2

Labor Day breakfast undated

box 9, folder 3

Dedication of monument to strikers 1986

box 9, folder 4

Solidarity parade before the Demoratic Convention 1984

box 9, folder 5

Labor exhibits at the San Francisco County Fair 1983

box 9, folder 6

Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers Organizing Committee (UFWOC) 1968

Material Specific Details: 2.25 x 2.25 negatives
box 9, folder 7-15, box 10, folder 1-5

Unidentified individuals and groups undated

Scope and Contents

Bulk consists of black and white prints of unidentified union members, political candidates, and union and community leaders.

Series 4: Published Works 1922-1967

Physical Description: 10 foldersBox 10, folders 6-10; Oversize-box 1, folders 1-5


Arranged as received.

Scope and Contents

Photographs gathered by Selvin for works he authored on the history of the labor movement, including A Terrible Anger: The 1934 Waterfront and General Strikes in San Francisco (1966), Sky Full of Storm: A Brief History of California Labor (1966), The Other San Francisco (1969), A Place in the Sun (1981), as well as several books that featured labor pioneers such as Samuel Gompers, Eugene Debs, John L. Lewis, Terence V. Powderly, George Meany, and others.
Also includes correspondence between Selvin and other organizations related to requests for photographic images.
Oversize-box 1, folder 1-3, box 10, folder 6

A Terrible Anger: The 1934 Waterfront and General Strike in San Francisco 1934

box 10, folder 7-8

American labor leaders 1963-1966, undated

Oversize-box 1, folder 4, box 10, folder 9

John L. Lewis and mine workers 1922-1967, undated

Oversize-box 1, folder 5

Alan MacGregor Cranston undated

box 10, folder 10

Historical reprints of garment workers and forge workers undated


Series 5: Miscellany undated

Physical Description: 2 foldersBox 10, folders 11-12

Scope and Contents

Unidentified prints and negatives.


Arranged as received.
box 10, folder 11-12

Prints and negatives undated