This collection documents the life,
work, and engaged scholarship of William Herbert Friedland, covering his early education and
work as a labor organizer with the United Auto Workers (UAW), his role founding the
Community Studies program at UC Santa Cruz, and his scholarship on the sociology of
agriculture. The collection contains writings from his undergraduate years, along with
notes, pamphlets, reports, and an FBI file from Friedland's time as a labor organizer with
the UAW while he was employed by the Hudson Motor Company in Detroit, MI. The collection
also documents his interest and work on labor songs. The bulk of the collection pertains to
Friedland's turn to academia in the mid-1950s, and especially his dedication to
socially-relevant research and engagement of students. The collection contains writings and
diaries from his dissertation fieldwork, as well as detailed field notes from students and
researchers involved in the Cornell Migrant Labor Project. The collection has materials
related to the founding of the UCSC Community Studies Program, including teaching files,
syllabi, student life information, and administrative correspondence. It also contains memos
and certificates regarding the founding and institutionalization of the Center for
Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS) at UCSC, in which Friedland was involved.
The collection contains field notes, research interviews, project proposals, manuscripts,
and other contents that pertain to his work in the sociology of agriculture.
William Herbert Friedland was a labor organizer, educator, researcher of the sociology of
agriculture, and founder of the Community Studies program at UC Santa Cruz, which he
established in 1969. While at UCSC, Friedland conducted groundbreaking research in what is
now considered the sociology of agriculture, for which he is considered one of the founders.
In his earlier life, he worked as a labor organizer with the United Auto Workers in
automobile assembly plants in Detroit, Michigan. In 2005, Friedland received a lifetime
achievement award from the Rural Sociological Society, and in 2012 he was named
Distinguished Rural Sociologist by the Rural Sociological Society. Friedland also received
the UC's first Distinguished Social Sciences Emeriti Faculty Award in 2007 in recognition of
his impact as an educator and scholar. William Friedland passed away in 2018.
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information see UCSC Special Collections and Archives policy on Reproduction and Use. Note:
Upon donation of his field notes, William Friedland requested for "anyone using the material
in any way to assign pseudonyms to any person(s) mentioned in the field notes."
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