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Guide to the Anne Loftis Papers, 1953-1978
Special Collections M0306  
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Anne Loftis Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1953-1978
    Collection number: Special Collections M0306
    Creator: Loftis, Anne.
    Extent: 4.5 linear ft.
    Repository: Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

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    Publication Rights

    Property rights reside with the repository. Literary rights reside with the creators of the documents or their heirs. To obtain permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Public Services Librarian of the Dept. of Special Collections.


    Gift of Anne Loftis, 1978.

    Preferred Citation:

    [Identification of item] Anne Loftis Papers, M0306, Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

    Biographical Note

    Anne Loftis was born in New York City in 1922 to Mary R. Nevins and the late historian Allan Nevins. She graduated from Smith College in 1944, then worked as a journalist and free-lance writer. She is the author (or co-author) of three books published by Macmillan:
    The Great Betrayal: The Evacuation of Japanese-Americans During World War II, written with Audrie Girdner. 1969.
    California, Where the Twain Did Meet. 1973.
    A Long Time Coming: The Struggle to Unionize America's Farm Workers, written with Dick Meister. 1977.
    She is also the author of numerous articles on ethnic groups and farm labor organizing. She is married to John Loftis, emeritus member of the Stanford English Department.

    Scope Note

    Papers consist of research materials gathered by Anne Loftis and compiled for the book which she co-authored with Dick Meister, A Long Time Coming. The collection includes correspondence, interviews and oral histories, notes, photographs, and printed material such as brochures, handbills, newsclippings, and pamphlets.
    The papers document the various efforts to unionize America's farm workers during the twentieth century and include materials on major unions such as the National Farm Labor Union, the Southern Tenant Farmers Union, and the United Farm Workers of America.
    In most instances, the original titles of folders have been retained.

    Administrative Information

    Selected Index

    Governor Jerry Brown (6/1, 2, 3, 4)
    Cesar Chavez (1/8; 5/12)
    Dr. Ernesto Galarza (1/10, 16, 26)
    H.L. Mitchell (1/4, 21-26; 4/4-12)
    Jean Simpson (1/3)
    Reverend James L. Vizzard (1/4-7, 11)
    Henry Wallace (1/12)
    Senator Williams (5/9-12)

    Abbreviations Used in Guide

    • AAA Agricultural Adjustment Administration
    • ACLU American Civil Liberties Union
    • AFL - CIO American Federation of Labor
    • AWOC Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee
    • IWW Industrial Workers of the World
    • NFLU National Farm Labor Union
    • STFU Southern Tenant Farmers Union
    • TFU Tenant Farmers Union
    • UFW United Farm Workers of America
    • USDA U.S. Department of Agriculture