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Brosmer (Joseph G.) Collection
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  • Contributing Institution: Special Collections & Archives
    Title: Joseph G. Brosmer Collection
    Creator: Brosmer, Joseph G.
    Identifier/Call Number: URB.JGB
    Extent: 3.77 linear feet
    Date (inclusive): 1948-1996
    Date (bulk): 1961-1973
    Abstract: The Joseph G. Brosmer Collection documents pro-grower, anti-union activities in the agricultural industry, primarily in the state of California during the late 1960s and early 1970s. The types of documents include personal correspondence with growers and other consultants, copies of labor contracts and collective bargaining agreements, anti-union newsletters, notes from grievance meetings, transcripts of court testimony, arbitration case documents, and related records.
    Language of Material: English

    Biographical Information:

    Joseph Gordon Brosmer was born in Norwich, Chenango County, New York on October 17, 1918 to parents, Leon and Helen. Brosmer spent his childhood in New York, then came west to California sometime after 1939.
    Brosmer is best known for his work as manager of the Agricultural Labor Bureau and consultant to commercial growers in the state of California during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Brosmer appears on the scene in California's Central Valley, the San Joaquin Valley, during the latter days of union activity by the Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee, AFL (AWOC) and the emerging United Farm Workers Organizing Committee (UFWOC). Brosmer and the Agricultural Labor Bureau coordinated the response of California growers to the efforts of the unions to obtain collective bargaining agreements.
    Brosmer passed away on July 19, 2008 at age 89, in Clovis, California.

    Scope and Contents

    The Joseph G. Brosmer Collection documents pro-grower, anti-union activities in the agricultural industry, primarily in the state of California during the late 1960s and early 1970s. The types of documents include personal correspondence with growers and other consultants, copies of labor contracts and collective bargaining agreements, anti-union newsletters, notes from grievance meetings, transcripts of court testimony, arbitration case documents, and related records. The Collection is divided into two series: Growers and Affiliated Organizations (1949-1996) and Agricultural Workers Unions and Affiliated Organizations (1948-1973).
    Series I, Growers and Affiliated Organizations, consists primarily of Brosmer's consultant case files, including major growers such as DiGiorgio Fruit Corporation, E & J Gallo Winery Ranch, Mont La Salle Vineyards, Schenley Industries, Inc. and Talisman Sugar Corporation. The series also includes materials related to grower support groups. This series is arranged alphabetically.
    Series II, Agricultural Workers Unions and Affiliated Organizations, consists of reports, flyers, newsletters, correspondence, pamphlets and other material related to the unionization of agricultural workers in the state of California. This series is arranged alphabetically.

    Arrangement of Materials:

    Series I: Growers and Affiliated Organizations, 1949-1996
    Series II: Agricultural Workers Unions and Affiliated Organizations, 1948-1973

    Conditions Governing Use:

    Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has been transferred to California State University, Northridge. Copyright status for other materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

    Conditions Governing Access:

    The collection is open for research use.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    California State University, Fresno. 10/04/2006.

    Preferred Citation:

    For information about citing items in this collection consult the appropriate style manual, or see the Citing Archival Materials  guide.

    Processing Information:

    Holli Teltoe, 2015

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Documents