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Inventory of the Tim Sampson Photograph Collection No. 8, 1969-1981
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Introduction
  • History
  • Scope and Content
  • Negatives
  • Cross Referencing
  • Key

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Tim Sampson Photograph Collection No. 8,
    Date (inclusive): 1969-1981
    Accession number: 1987/59
    Creator: Sampson, Tim
    Repository: San Francisco State University. Labor Archives & Research Center
    San Francisco, California 94132
    Shelf location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Center's online catalog.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Labor Archives & 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 & 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], Tim Sampson Photograph Collection No. 8, 1987/59, Labor Archives & Research Center, San Francisco State University.


    This series of photographs is related to the 1968-1969 San Francisco State University Student and Faculty strike. Included in this collection are photographs of the United Professors of California (UPC) members and activities during the early 1980's. In 1987 Tim Sampson, instructor of Social Work Education at SF State and former President of the San Francisco State UPC Local #1352, donated four boxes of documents relating to Union activity between 1967 and 1982. Upon arrival to the Labor Archives the photographs were removed from the collection and placed in the LARC photographic collection.


    The San Francisco Strike officially began on November 6, 1968 when the Black Student Union in conjunction with the Third World Liberation Front called for a mass student strike in protest to the suspension of English instructor and Black Panther Party member George Murray. San Francisco State AFT faculty went on strike on January 6, 1969. Strike issues ranged from long standing grievances over workloads to more immediate matters of threatened civil liberties and academic freedom. The faculty strike lasted two months and was the longest teacher's strike in the history of California to that date. For further information on the history of the UPC or other UPC/AFT documents relating to the strike please refer to the Timothy J. Sampson Collection Accession no. 1987/59 in the Descriptive Guide for the textual collections.

    Scope and Content

    This collection is arranged in sixteen folders with attention paid to original order and grouping upon arrival to the Labor Archives. Each folder lists a subject heading and contains several subheadings listed in the descriptive guide. Photographers and identified individuals are also documented in each folder. Subheadings are provided to aid researchers in a more detailed description of images in each folder.
    The first portion of the photographs #1 though #208 (folders 1 though 13) consists of prints and contact sheets documenting the days of the strike. These photographs were taken roughly between November 1968 to February 1969. The second portion of the collection #209 to #362 (folders 14 through 16) document UPC participants and organizing activities in the late 1970's and early 1980's.
    Folders 1 through 5 are photographs that had previously belonged to the UPC and AFT archives. Folder 6 was grouped separately upon arrival but also documents the strike. Folders 7 through 13 are contact sheets of the strike documented by 13 photographers. Folders 14 through 16 are of UPC members and are grouped into original order.


    There are 19 sets of negatives that correspond with photographic prints in the collection. These negatives are housed in a separate location in the Labor Archives and can be found in box NEGATIVES 1987/59 #1-19. Each photograph that corresponds with a negative will have the negative grouping listed on the lower right corner on the back of the photograph.

    Cross Referencing

    Negative group = Located lower right corner on back of photograph. Indicates negative group # where photograph can be matched.
    Contact Print # = Located in lower right corner on back of photograph and refers to the contact sheets in folders 7 through 13 where print can be matched.
    Print # = Located in lower right corner on back of Contact Prints and indicates location of enlarged images on contact sheet. This number only refers to prints in photographic collection 8.


    • PC Photographic Collection
    • NG Negative group
    • a this letter following an individual print # indicates a duplicate of the original print.
    • " " all information in quotes represents information supplied on back of photograph. All other descriptive information or subheadings are added by the archivist
    • UPC United Professors of California
    • BSU Black Student Union
    • AFT American Federation of Teachers
    • TWLF Third World Liberation Front
    • SCAB students who did not recognize the strike
    • SLU Student Liberation Union