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Guide to the Joan Preiss Papers, 1970-2006

Abstract

Community and labor movement organizer in Durham, N.C.; chair of the Triangle Friends of the United Farm Workers; board member of the National Farm Worker Ministry; member of the Farmworker Ministry Commission, N.C. Council of Churches.

Accession (2009-0279) (40,500 items; 54.0 lin. ft.; dated 1970-2006) includes Preiss's personal papers as well as organizational records from her role in the Triangle Friends of the United Farm Workers (TFUFW), the National Farmworker Ministry (NFWM), the Farmworker Ministry Commission, and the AFL-CIO's Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC). Each of these organizations worked to improve the lives of farmworkers through unionizing, educating the public about the origins of food, and pressuring farms and companies through boycotts, petitions, and publicity. Includes materials from UFW campaigns and boycotts that Preiss helped organize in Durham, such as Campbell's, Gallo wines, Prime mushrooms, strawberries, California grapes, and Mt. Olive pickles. Includes publications and photographs from visits from labor organizers such as Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta. Also present are materials from labor issues such as pesticide use, migrant education, the H-2 Workers program, child labor, slavery, and farmworker health.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Preiss, Joan Papert
Title
Joan Preiss papers 1970-2006
Language of Material
English
Extent
54.0 Linear Feet, 40,500 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

Materials in this collection represent both Joan Preiss's personal papers as well as organizational materials from the various groups that she worked with throughout her career. Heavily represented are the activities of the Triangle Friends of the United Farm Workers, which Preiss managed from her house in Durham, N.C. Materials from the TFUFW include meeting minutes, administrative files, publicity and flyers, newsletters, and other miscellaneous papers. Preiss's own organizational notes and agendas are heavily mixed in with official materials from the organization, reflecting the large role that she played in its activities. The majority of files center around the TFUFW's various campaigns and boycotts, which included California grapes, Gallo wine, Prime brand mushrooms, Driscoll and other brands of strawberries, Campbell's products, Red Coach lettuce, and Mt. Olive pickles. Of these, the largest amount of material appears to be from the Mt. Olive boycott, presumably because it lasted for about five years and was one of the last boycotts that Preiss participated in. Materials from these boycotts include leaflets, news clippings, flyers, posters, petitions, endorsements, and photographs of TFUFW members (including Preiss) demonstrating and distributing literature at area grocery stores, frequently wearing costumes or tiaras to draw attention. Along with protesting to the companies themselves, TFUFW frequently targeted the sellers of boycotted products, resulting in a plethora of material about various North Carolina grocery stores and supermarket chains, including Kroger, Wellspring/Whole Foods, Harris Teeter, and Food Lion. Preiss's correspondence with store owners and managers, copies of customer petitions, and information about the various chains are present in the collection. In a similar vein are the materials regarding Duke University's participation (or lack thereof) in both the Red Coach lettuce and the Mt. Olive pickle boycotts, and the Preiss's lobbying towards both students and Duke administration to stop selling and serving boycotted products.

Other labor advcocacy groups are also well-represented in the collection, and frequently the materials from different organizations are mixed together, as Preiss worked with each of them. The Farm Labor Organizing Committee was another organizer of consumer boycotts and protests, and TFUFW activities were often in support of FLOC's goals. FLOC was heavily involved in the Mt. Olive pickle boycott. Also included in the collection are administrative and organizational materials from the National Farm Worker Ministry, such as board meetings, conferences, and publications. In addition, Preiss was very involved in the Farmworker Ministry Committee, and its publications, newsletters, and meeting minutes are also present in the collection.

Aside from boycotting products, these labor groups were active in attempting to improve working conditions for farm workers, through petitions, educating the public through publications and protests, lobbying for legal protection, and marching and organizing to gain attention from the media. Farmworker issues heavily represented in the collection include the use of pesticides and its harmful effects on farm workers and consumers; the H-2A program, undocumented workers, and the abuse of immigrants on North Carolina farms; the attempts to establish a North Carolina anti-slavery law; child labor, particularly of migrant children; occupational safety and hazards in agriculture; violence towards farmworkers attempting to unionize; and obtaining fair contracts for farmworkers to prevent employer abuse. Material formats for documenting these campaigns include newspaper clippings, brochures and leaflets, copies of proposed laws, reports from farm bureaus and other government authorities, and other administrative files such as meeting minutes. Along with Preiss's local organizations, she frequently received updates on these issues from national groups like the UFW, and those newsletters and correspondence are present in the collection as well.

Along with her involvement in different local and national labor organizations, the collection also reflects Preiss's interests in the city of Durham. Although materials from her community involvement in Durham revitalization, Duke Campus Ministry, political campaigns, community health, and human rights issues are not overwhelmingly large, they are substantive enough to offer insights into her activities outside of (or in parallel to) the labor movement.

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Contents of the Collection

There are two subject file series in this collection--Subject Files A, and Subject Files B--reflecting the organization that Preiss maintained in her home office. Subject Files A appears to be better organized and the majority of materials date from the mid-1980s through 2006. Subject Files B is more loosely organized and dates largely from the 1970s-1980s. Subjects are repeated in both series and elsewhere throughout the collection.

About Us (TFUFW)
Box 1
Accommodations/application forms (for UFW retreats and meetings)
Box 1
Advertising information
Box 1
Advocacy information
Box 1
AFL-CIO film series, 1990s
Box 1
Agriculture
Box 1
Agriculture clippings
Box 1
Agriculture Resource Center: PESTed News, 1992-1999
Box 1
Alambrista (film) correspondence
Box 1
Luis Alvarenga
Box 1
Activities reports of the UFW, 1981-1985
Box 1
Americans for Safe Food
Box 1
Amnesty
Box 1
APPLES program, UNC
Box 1
Applicants and interviews for UFW
Box 1
Artwork
Box 1
Articles that are anti-Cesar Chavez/UFW (plus responses)
Box 1
Articles on child labor
Box 1
Articles on Cesar Chavez
Box 1
Articles on Cesar Chavez's death, 1993
Box 1
Articles on farm workers elsewhere
Box 1
Articles on food, food companies, and growers
Box 1
Articles on farm workers in North Carolina (2 folders)
Box 1
Articles, general
Box 1
Articles about labor issues
Box 2
Balloons (used in boycotts)
Box 2
Bibliographies and booklets about boycotts
Box 2
Biographical information (about Preiss and other UFW officers)
Box 2
Boycott of Ste. Michelle wines
Box 2
Famous people boycott grapes (paintings)
Box 2
Endorsements of UFW work and its boycotts
Box 2
Boycott Project plan, 1979
Box 2
Grape boycott, 1984-1985
Box 2
Grape boycott at Duke, 1988-1995
Box 2
Wrath of Grapes/A&P campaign
Box 2
Grape boycott, Mt. Olive boycott, and Prime mushroom boycott endorsements, 1985-1999
Box 2
Pavich grapes papers, 1988-1992
Box 2
Boycott Strategy Committee meetings, 1984-1986
Box 2
Brainstorming with Matt, 2001
Box 2
Button design, Mt. Olive boycott, 2002
Box 2
A&P, 1981-1988
Box 2
A&P research campaign, 1988
Box 2
Byrds and the Fresh Market, 1989
Box 2
Coop (PICF-Durham), 1986-1998
Box 2
Food Towne (pre-Food Lion) lettuce boycott, 1981-1982
Box 2
Food Lion: infant formulas and Mt. Olive boycotts, 1982-2003 (2 folders)
Box 2
Foster's
Box 2
Food World/Harris Teeter, 1981-1998
Box 2
Harris Teeter and shopping centers, 1999-2003
Box 2
Kroger's, 1977-2003
Box 2
Weaver Street Market
Box 2
Wellspring/Whole Foods (regarding grapes, worker conditions at farms), 1991-2005 (3 folders)
Box 2
Winn Dixie, 1998-2004
Box 2
Cablevision, 1996
Box 2
Campus talk strategies, 1989 and undated
Box 2
Canciones por la Causa-Mt. Olive pickles, 2001
Box 2
Cartoons by Preiss, 1981-1997
Box 2
Catalogues, 1995-2005
Box 3
CBS Evening News, 1991
Box 3
Cesar Chavez stamp, 2003
Box 3
Child labor, 1991-1997
Box 3
Church congregations, 1980-1995 (2 folders)
Box 3
Methodist-UMC information
Box 3
Lutherans
Box 3
Church Women United, 1983-1989
Box 3
Christian disaster response, Hurricane Fran, 1996
Box 3
Duke Chronicle, other newspapers, covering protests and the UFW, 1974-1976
Box 3
Commission on Agricultural Workers hearings, 1990
Box 3
Contracts and coverage plans, 1975-1985
Box 3
Course at UNC (HEED 232), 1987
Box 3
Creative Organizing workshop, 2001
Box 3
Cultivator, 1995-2001
Box 3
A Day Without Sunshine, 1976-1981
Box 3
DMV picket and meeting, 1994-1995

Regarding Preiss's involvement in a protest against the NC Department of Motor Vehicles discrimination against immigrants, especially Spanish-speaking populations.

Box 3
Delegation visits to farms, 1995-1999 (2 folders)
Box 3
Duke Campus Ministry, 1975-1998 (6 folders)
Box 3
Durham Central Labor Union, 1994-1997
Box 3
Election results, 1975
Box 3
Episcopal diocese meeting of farmworker ministries and groups, 1994
Box 3
ETG specialty advertising
Box 3
Facts about farmworkers
Box 3
FAN designs, Mt. Olive
Box 3
Farm Bureau, 1982-1985
Box 3
Grape Workers and Farmers Coalition, 1995
Box 3
Chronicle article on GWFC and the grape boycott, 1994
Box 3
NC Farmworker Council, 1984-1999
Box 4
NC Farmworker Council annual reports, 1985-1989
Box 4
Farmworker festival, 1989
Box 4
NC Farmworker information: NC Council of Churches FMC, 1977-1989
Box 4
Farmworker legal services, 1977-2004
Box 4
The Fight in the Fields (biography of Cesar Chavez), 1996
Box 4
Films and film premieres, 1980-1992
Box 4
Duke Campus Ministry, 2003
Box 4
Department of Labor meetings, 1992
Box 4
FMC, 1990-2005 (12 folders)

Includes expense reports, meeting minutes, and handouts/flyers/brochures.

Box 4
FMC, 1972-1994 (5 folders)
Box 5
Migrant Ministry Committee meeting, 1985
Box 5
Farmworker Services Coordination Committee, 1995-1998
Box 5
HR 4029, 1986
Box 5
HR 329, 1986
Box 5
HR 3295, 1985
Box 5
Copies of messages to Brooks and legislators
Box 5
1981-1988 (6 folders)
Box 5
Field Sanitation Act: Illinois, 1983
Box 5
FLOC, 1988-1993 and undated (8 folders)

Includes reports, resolutions, human billboarding, and press articles.

Box 5
FLOC mailings, 1983-1986 (3 folders)
Box 6
Perspectives on Food and Hunger course, 1979-1999 (20 folders)
Box 6
Hunger and malnutrition among farmworkers, 1978-1979
Box 6
Fund raising, 1980s
Box 6
Carmelo Fuentes lawsuit, 1999-2000
Box 6
Fund for Southern Communities, 1986-1990
Box 6
Funding for Southern Communities, 1986
Box 6
Fund raising/Resist, Inc. grants, 2001
Box 6
Fund raising/pennies, 1996
Box 6
Gift catalogue, 1980
Box 6
Grapes of Wrath, 1990
Box 6
Grassroots fund, 2002
Box 6
H-2A Program/GAO, 1997
Box 6
H-2A legislation, 1998 (2 folders)
Box 6
H-2A article, Mother Jones, 2001
Box 6
H-2A fact sheets/labor information, 1989-1991
Box 6
Health information
Box 6
Harvest of Shame
Box 6
Heinz U.S.A., 1986
Box 6
Raymundo Hernandez's death, 1996
Box 6
Hispanic articles, 1998
Box 6
Hispanic Association, 1983
Box 6
House Course, NC Action for Farmworkers, undated
Box 6
House meeting, 1978-1979
Box 6
Housing regulations, 1977-1990 (3 folders)
Box 6
House meeting, 2000
Box 7
How to Support NC Farmworkers
Box 7
Dolores Huerta, 1983
Box 7
Hunger/poverty, 1980-2003
Box 7
Ideas, 1983
Box 7
H-2A information, 1989-1992
Box 7
Inglehart Designs, 1985
Box 7
Images and dialogue, 1990
Box 7
IHM retreat
Box 7
Images of Labor exhibit, 1985
Box 7
Immigration
Box 7
Independent Advertisements
Box 7
Investigative research manuals
Box 7
IRS information, 1993
Box 7
Job orders, 1990
Box 7
Labor Heritage Foundation, 1986-2002
Box 7
Arts Exchange, 2002
Box 7
La Paz mailings, 1974-1980
Box 7
Leadership program (Duke), 1987
Box 7
Leafletting celebration, 2000
Box 7
Leaflets and leafletting, 1980s
Box 7
Leaflets (new) boycotts: grapes and mushrooms
Box 7
Leaflets in Spanish
Box 7
Legal
Box 7
Legislators, 1980s-2002
Box 7
Letters to the editor/published, 1992-1994
Box 7
Letters to the editor, 1992-1994
Box 7
Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, Documentary Studies, Duke, 1992
Box 7
Charlotte phone trees and lists, undated
Box 7
Master mailing lists, 2000
Box 7
Mailing list information, 1998
Box 7
Mailing list newsletter/media lists, 1991-1997
Box 7
Mailing lists (early), 1980s
Box 7
Martyrs
Box 8
Mechanization
Box 8
Media information (2 folders)
Box 8
Media seminar, 1994
Box 8
Methodist Committee meeting, 2000
Box 8
Michigan Farm Worker Ministry, 1981-2001
Box 8
Migrant information, NC, 1978
Box 8
Migrant Health Program, 1983
Box 8
Migrant Housing bulletin, 1994
Box 8
Urbano Ramiriz Miranda, 2001
Box 8
Migrant Legal Action Program, Inc., 1980-1983
Box 8
National Farmworkers Service Center, 1990
Box 8
Migrant Clinicians Network
Box 8
National Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice, Faithworks newsletter, 1997-2004
Box 8
NC Council of Churches, 1978-2003 (3 folders)
Box 8
NCCoC House of Delegates, 2000
Box 8
NC DMV campaign, 1993
Box 8
NC Independent, 1994
Box 8
NC Growers Association news conference, 1999
Box 8
NCGA, 1999
Box 8
NC Occupational Safety and Health, 1990-2002
Box 8
Newsletters, 1973-2004 (3 folders)
Box 8
Newsletters from other cities, 1977-2004
Box 8
NC notecards, undated
Box 8
Conference call, 2002
Box 8
2001
Box 8
Board meeting, 2004 July
Box 8
2003-2004 (2 folders)
Box 8
Board meeting, 2003 June
Box 8
Conference call and meeting, 2001
Box 8
Board meetings, 2000-2002 (2 folders)
Box 8
Board meetings, 1999 (2 folders)
Box 9
Delegation report on labor camps, 1999
Box 9
Press releases, 1978-1992
Box 9
Materials, 1997-1998
Box 9
Board meeting, 1997 December
Box 9
Quincy mushrooms march/rally, 1997 June
Box 9
Board meeting, 1997 April
Box 9
Brochure and correspondence, 1995
Box 9
Board meeting, 2003 December
Box 9
Board meeting, 1996 December (2 folders)
Box 9
Executive director David Crumps visit, 1996
Box 9
Board meetings, 1992-1996 (5 folders)
Box 9
Newsletters, 2001-2002
Box 9
Nickel/pickle campaign, Mt. Olive boycott
Box 9
Nonviolence
Box 9
Notes and quotes from other speakers
Box 9
Notecards
Box 9
Daniel Opukac
Box 9
Organizing: materials and ideas, 1977
Box 9
Edward Owen, 1992-1995
Box 9
News conference, H-2A
Box 9
Michael Paredes, 2000-2001
Box 9
Peregrinacion, 1994
Box 9
Pesticide board, 1994-1997
Box 9
Pictsweet (mushrooms), 2000-2001
Box 9
PCUN Oregon farmworkers, 1992-2003
Box 9
Pesticides protests (2 folders)
Box 9
Pesticide Advisory Commission (PAC), 1994-1997
Box 10
Pesticide conferences and meetings, 1988-1994
Box 10
Meg Phipps, Commissioner of Agriculture, 2000
Box 10
Pesticides/TFUFW (2 folders)
Box 10
Photographs (2 folders)
Box 10
Photographs of migrant housing camps
Box 10
Prime mushrooms/Quincy Farms boycott, 1995-1997
Box 10
Police department information, Raleigh, 2002
Box 10
Policy Action Task Force, Farmworker Health Alliance, 1996-1998
Box 10
Purrington designs
Box 10
Quincy Farms boycott, 1996-1998
Box 10
Religion (2 folders)
Box 10
Resources, 1980s
Box 10
Retreat, 1981
Box 10
Right to Know, 1983-1985
Box 10
Know Your Rights
Box 10
Robies, Ann
Box 11
Sample forms used by TFUFW
Box 11
Seagle, Murl, 1986
Box 11
Season of Suffering notes, 1980-1992
Box 11
Sew-In, 1980-1981
Box 11
Shareholder Action Info., 2004
Box 11
Simpson/Mazzoli Roybal, 1984-1988
Box 11
Slavery case, 1991
Box 11
Slavery trial information, 1993-1994 (4 folders)
Box 11
Baldemar Valasquez visit, 1986
Box 11
Special events, 1986-1988 (3 folders)
Box 11
15th anniversary, 1988 (2 folders)
Box 11
Artie's visit and Episcopal Convention, 1989 January
Box 11
Special events, 1990-1991
Box 11
Earth Day, 1992
Box 11
Hamlet, 1992
Box 11
Earth Day, 1993
Box 11
Evening of fellowship in remembering Cesar Chavez, 1993 June
Box 11
Earth Day, 1994
Box 11
Dolores Huerta visit, 1994 (2 folders)
Box 11
20th anniversary, 1994
Box 11
Earth Day, 1995
Box 11
Baldemar Valasquez visit, 1995 May
Box 11
La Fiesta del Pueblo, 1995 September
Box 11
SEAC Convention, 1995 October
Box 11
NC AFL-CIO, Convention, 1996
Box 11
Potluck, 1997
Box 11
Earth Day, 1997
Box 11
Arturo Rodriguez at Duke, 1998 November
Box 11
Town Hall forum, 2000 October
Box 11
Special events, 2000
Box 11
Special events, 2004
Box 11
Celebration of Mt. Olive victory, 2004 November
Box 11
Another South is Possible, 2005
Box 11
Special events, 1974-1985 (9 folders)
Box 12
SAF, 2005
Box 12
Taco Bell boycott
Box 12
Tour de Carolinas, 2001
Box 12
WCPE, 2001
Box 12
WUNC 91.5 FM information, 2000-2002
Box 12
Xerox, 1999
Box 12

Subject Files B is more loosely organized that Subject Files A and dates largely from the 1970s-1980s. Subjects are repeated in both series and elsewhere throughout the collection.

Accident-FLOC, 1987
Box 17
Archives of Labor and Urban affairs, 1974-1983
Box 17
Articles from The Packer
Box 17
Affidavits and evidence (by Joan Papert Preiss), 1980s
Box 17
Beth Belvins, 1979
Box 17
Big Star groceries, 1979-1982
Box 17
Boycott Manual, 1982
Box 17
Boycotts past, 1985
Box 17
Campbell's Soup Company, 1983-1992
Box 17
Hear the Children
Box 17
FLOC campaign, 1985
Box 17
Endorsements
Box 17
FLOC corporate campaign
Box 17
Campbell's dirty tricks, 1984-1986
Box 17
About/from the Campbell's Co., 1983-1984
Box 17
Stock information (2 folders)
Box 17
Label campaign
Box 17
Castle and Cook-Dole boycott, 1981-1983
Box 17
Center for Rural Studies and Change, 1977
Box 17
Inglehook boycott, undated
Box 17
Ralston-Purina boycott, 1981
Box 17
Letters to stores, 1982
Box 17
Survey, 1980-1985
Box 17
Lettuce rally, 1981-1982
Box 17
Bruce Church, 1980-1982
Box 17
Crunchbird, 1979-1980
Box 17
Resources: report on NY boycott, 1981
Box 17
Royal Crown Cola boycott, 1985
Box 17
Fast by Cesar Chavez, 1988-1989
Box 19
Housing board, NCCoC, 1977-1990
Box 19
Florida, 1978-1984
Box 19
Staff correspondence, 1982-1984
Box 19
L.A., 1974-1980
Box 19
Newsletters, 1973-1986
Box 19
Resources
Box 19
St. Louis, 1980
Box 19
National Association of Farmworkers Organizations (NAFO), 1978-1982
Box 19
Ed Norman, 1983
Box 19
Pesticides, 1979-1986 (4 folders)
Box 19
Pesticide board, 1977-1979
Box 19
Pesticide work hazards, 1973-1976
Box 19
Pesticide law and proper use, 1977
Box 19
Mexican-American workshop, 1977
Box 20
Migrant Council, 1980
Box 20
Senator Robert Morgan, 1979
Box 20
Mesa Advisory Council, 1979
Box 20
NC Democratic Party Platform, 1978-1984
Box 20
Connecticut Mutual Life, 1977
Box 20
Child labor, 1979-1981 (2 folders)
Box 20
Farm Worker Week, 1976-1985
Box 20
NFWM Fast Day, 1981-1982
Box 20
Nestle boycott, 1982-1988
Box 20
Forum on Migrants, 1978
Box 20
Gallo boycott (wines), 1975
Box 20
Phoebe Ham, 1980
Box 20
Roger Messer, 1977-1982
Box 20
Delegate calling, NC, 1984
Box 20
Pesticide board (2 folders)
Box 20
Pesticide course
Box 20
Pesticide clippings
Box 20
NC pesticide law report, 1977
Box 20
Joshua Margolis-pesticides, 1979
Box 20
Chloradane/Heptachlor, 1976
Box 20
DBCP and sterility, 1978
Box 20
Dioxin and miscarriages, 1976-1979
Box 20
DDT, 1974
Box 20
Mercurial pesticides, 1976
Box 20
Monitor pesticide
Box 20
PCBs, 1978-1979
Box 20
Integrated Pest Management, 1971-1978
Box 20
Greenville fire/Coastal Chemical Company, 1979
Box 20
Predator control, 1976
Box 20
UFW products and contracts, 1979
Box 23
UFCW, 1979
Box 23
UFW conventions, 1981-1992 and 1998 (12 folders)
Box 23
Violence, 1980-1982
Box 23
Walk-a-thon, 1978
Box 23
WDBS station, 1976
Box 23
Where Mules Outrate Men, 1979
Box 23
White Rock Baptist Church event, 1980
Box 23
Worker protection standards, 1993-1995
Box 23
Workers Defense League, 1982
Box 23
Xerox (drafts of handouts and flyers), 1977-1991 (2 folders)
Box 23
YWCA
Box 23
NC Farmworker Organizing Project (NC FOP), 1991-1993
Box 24
Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA), 1976-1978
Box 24
SACSM, 1977-1980 (2 folders)
Box 24
SACSM recommendations to governor, 1979-1987
Box 24
Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers Association, 1980-1983
Box 24
Prime Time show, 1980
Box 24
60th anniversary, 1980
Box 24
Board and staff meetings, 1979-1985 (5 folders)
Box 24
Accounts, 1981-1984
Box 24
Structure of Agriculture-Public meeting with Secretary of Agriculture Bob Bergland, 1979
Box 24
UFW and NFWM mailings, 1983-1984
Box 24
Child labor, 1972-1978 (2 folders)
Box 24
New York Times articles on child labor, 1979-1982
Box 24
Ms. letters, 1978
Box 24
Child labor distribution leaflet, 1978
Box 24
Child labor in newspapers, 1978
Box 24
Season of Suffering, 1981
Box 12
CBS news coverage (WRAL) of farmworkers, 2000 August
Box 12
FLOC anniversary rally, 2000 March
Box 12
NFWM, Durham: Letter to a GA mother
Box 12
NC Now Pickle Union Story, 1997 July
Box 12
Letter to a GA Mother
Box 12
Photographs, 2000s
Box 31
Audio tapes correspondence, 1990-1992
Box 31
Preiss at NCSEC (Ethical Culture), 1996 November 24
Box 31
Cesar Chavez, undated
Box 31
Steve Jones, 1985
Box 31
News conference, 1990 November 12
Box 31
LSE, 1986 June 9
Box 31
George Carr at Duke, New Slavery in an Old South, 1978 April 2
Box 31
Jim Jett, 1990
Box 31
Talk, Joan
Box 31
Steve Jones, 1983 September 19
Box 31
Dolores Huerta, Durham, 1994
Box 31
Justice is Sweeter by Joan Preiss, 1986
Box 31
FLOC rally, 1999 March 18
Box 31
Baldemar Valasquez visit, 1995 May
Box 32
Dolores Huerta visit, 1994 January 20
Box 32
Farm Workers-UCC photos, undated
Box 32
FLOC-Mt. Olive pickle boycott photos, 1998
Box 32
Photographs of TFUFW, other (2 folders)
Box 32
Photo album with pictures of speakers, activities, etc., 1970s-2000s
Box 32
Mt. Olive pickle boycott stories and photographs
Box 34
Miscellaneous photographs
Box 34
Photographs from the NFWM meeting
Box 34
UFW 14th Constitutional Convention with photos, Fresno, 1998 September
Box 34
Contact sheets and photos, 1994 January
Box 34
Human Rights Week, 1988
Box 34
Photos from the NFWM Quincy march and rally, 1997 June
Box 34
Photos from Boycott of Mt. Olive Pickles march and rally, 1999 March
Box 34
Rally and fiesta dinner, 2000 March (2 folders)
Box 34
Photos, 1974
Box 34

Wide range of materials relating to Preiss's involvement in various organizations, consumer campaigns, and boycotts.

Articles and letters, 2002
Box 13
Correspondence and information, 1999-2003
Box 13
Endorsers list, 1999-2003
Box 13
Leafletting event, 2000 October
Box 13
Rally plans, 1999
Box 13
FLOC rally media coverage
Box 13
William Bryan ethical culture program, 2000
Box 13
Consignment records
Box 13
Conference calls
Box 13
Contract information
Box 13
Endorsement lists, 1999
Box 13
Pickle boycott PR booklet
Box 13
Boycott graphics
Box 13
Correspondence, resolutions, 1999
Box 13
Mailing lists
Box 13
Meetings and minutes, 1999
Box 13
Correspondence,1991-1999
Box 13
Demonstration and rally, 2nd anniversary, 2001
Box 13
3rd anniversary plans, 2002
Box 13
Newsletters and newspapers, 2001-2003
Box 13
Presbyterian agenda
Box 13
Mailing, 2000
Box 13
Mt. Olive media, 1996-1998
Box 13
Media coverage of rally, 1998 June
Box 13
Media coverage and opinions
Box 13
NC/Mt. Olive campaign
Box 13
Retreat notes, 2000-2001 (2 folders)
Box 13
Mt. Olive materials
Box 13
News conference, 2002
Box 13
Reception and fundraiser, 2001
Box 13
Boycott retreat, 1999
Box 13
Interviews/applications, 2000
Box 13
Juneteenth, 2001 June 16
Box 13
Information, 1999
Box 13
Coverage at Duke, 1999
Box 13
Correspondence, 1999
Box 13
Mailings (pro-Mt. Olive), 2000
Box 13
Meeting with William Bryan (Mt. Olive president), 1998 January
Box 13
Research and resources
Box 13
TV program, 2000
Box 13
Resolutions
Box 13
Chateau Ste. Michell/Columbia Crest, 1992-1993
Box 14
Grape-free zones campaign, 1990
Box 14
Wrath of Grapes campaign, 1977
Box 14
It Won't Wash campaign, 1984
Box 14
No Grapes video campaign, 1992
Box 14
Coca Cola-Florida growers, 1992-1993
Box 14
Dole campaign, 1994
Box 14
Letters to Kroger, 1980
Box 14
Hi-tech mailings, 1984-1985
Box 14
Executive order/Environmental justice, 1994
Box 14
1998-1999
Box 16
Participants
Box 16
Articles, 1998 (2 folders)
Box 16
Jamila communications, 1998-1999 (2 folders)
Box 16
Correspondence and conversations with others
Box 16
Delegation visits
Box 16
Leaflets (4 folders)
Box 16
Miscellaneous
Box 16
Recruitment calls and records
Box 16
Survey forms
Box 16
Coalition Against the War, 1972
Box 21
Farm Worker Week, 1980
Box 21
Consumer task force, 1981
Box 21
NC Consumers Council item pricing campaign, 1976-1985 (2 folders)
Box 21
FMC, 2003
Box 21
Kroger DV and records, 2000-2003
Box 21
Store check-Kroger's, 1980
Box 21
Endorsements of Mt. Olive boycott, sent to Kroger, 2001
Box 21
Kroger comment cards regarding the Mt. Olive boycotts, 2001
Box 21
TFUFW newsletters, 1974-2004
Box 21
Services for Migrants, NC, reports, 1975-1979
Box 21
AFL-CIO legislative reports, 1991-1995
Box 21
FLOC publications
Box 21
Darrow show
Box 22
FLOC NC Campaign, 1995
Box 22
FLOC march, 1998
Box 22
Grant information and guidelines
Box 22
UFW strawberry campaign, 1997
Box 22
Carolina Shareholder Action Coalition, 2004 (2 folders)
Box 27
Cesar Chavez celebration, 2003
Box 27
4th anniversary of Mt. Olive boycott, 2003 (2 folders)
Box 27
End of Mt. Olive boycott, 2003 (3 folders)
Box 27
Duke and Mt. Olive, 2001-2003 (2 folders)
Box 27
Sister Evelyn Mattern, 2003
Box 27
Farmworker facts, 2003
Box 27
FLOC committee meetings, 2003 February
Box 27
Witness for Justice, 2004
Box 27
Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride, 2003 October
Box 27
Race Relations Week, UNC, 2003
Box 27
Kroger research techniques, 2003
Box 27
Kroger shareholding, 2003
Box 27
Music, 1986 and undated (2 folders)
Box 27
Monie Health files (3 folders)
Box 27
Julie McCall correspondence, 2005
Box 27
Presidential candidates, 2004 (2 folders)
Box 27
Aerial spray/pesticide hearings and regulations, 1976-2004 (4 folders)
Box 27
Pilgrammage and rally, 2003
Box 27
FMC policy meetings, 2003
Box 27
Quotations
Box 27
Arturo Rodriguez in Greensboro, 2005
Box 27
Rolling Thunder tour, 2002-2003
Box 27
September 11 aftermath
Box 27
TFUFW signs inventory
Box 27
Strategy report, 2003
Box 27
Mt. Olive boycott street theater script and resources
Box 27
Taco Bell boycott, 2002
Box 27
Walmart (re: Mt. Olive), 2001-2002
Box 27
War and Peace, 2004
Box 27
WUNC radio, 2003
Box 27
Lori-NFWM, 2003-2004
Box 27
King Kullen (re: Mt. Olive), 2001
Box 27
Red Coach lettuce boycott, 1980s
Box 28
Loose publications: NAFO, Migrant Education Program, etc., 1970s-1980s
Box 28
NAFO conferences, 1977-1978 (2 folders)
Box 28
Reports and publications (pro-union), 1990s-2000s
Box 33
Kroger scanner protests
Box 33
Workers compensation and Know Your Rights booklets, 1980s-1990s
Box 33
Miscellaneous TFUFW materials, 1970s-2000s
Box 33
NFWM materials, 2004-2006
Box 33
UFW fabric flag for Preiss, signed by Helen Chavez, 2004
Box 33
Food and Justice newsletters, 1986-1996
Box 33
Mt. Olive boycott ephemera, including tiaras
Box 33
UFW resolutions, 1977-1983
Box 33
SACSM, 1985-1986
Box 33
Gary Chodorow
Box 33
Violation and election investigation reports
Box 33
John Brooks, labor commissioner
Box 33
Lettuce strike, 1979
Box 33
Remembering Cesar Chavez
Box 33
Programs farmworkers have made
Box 33
NC anti-slavery bill, 1983 (2 folders)
Box 33
Artwork of farmworkers, undated
Box 33
TFUFW media clippings, 1972-1979 (3 folders)
Box 34
Media clippings, 1980-1990 (2 folders)
Box 34
Principles of Vegetative Control, by Dr. Chisler L. Foy (2 folders)
Box 34
Human Rights Week, 1988
Box 34
TFUFW, 1988-1989
Box 34
Labor Heritage Foundation's 4th Annual Conference on Creative Organizing, 2001 June
Box 34
Ephemera: bumper stickers and buttons

Includes pro-union materials, as well as pro-boycott materials from the grape, Mt. Olive, Gallo, Prime, Taco Bell, and Campbell's boycotts.

Box 35

Includes some overlap with the general subject files and organizational files, but largely relates to Preiss's personal activities outside of her labor activities. Subjects include the improvement of Durham, political campaigns (both local and national Democratic campaigns), anti-tobacco materials, and human rights materials.

Speeches by Preiss, 1975-2004 (19 folders)
Box 25
NC FOP/SAF, 1998-2002 (2 folders)
Box 25
Suspension of Campbell's boycott publicity, 1986
Box 25
Testimony, 1982-1983
Box 25
T-shirt designs, 1978-1988
Box 25
TFUFW board meetings, 1984-2003 (5 folders)
Box 25
Teamsters
Box 25
TV, 1970s
Box 25
Progressive Jewish Network, 1982-1988
Box 26
Tobacco advertising ban, 1986 (2 folders)
Box 26
Durham ACLU, 1980s (3 folders)
Box 26
Durham Visions contest, 1986-1995
Box 26
Durham Central Labor Union, 1987-1991
Box 26
Dukakis campaign, 1988
Box 26
Mark Curtis defense effort, 1989
Box 26
DAC (2 folders)
Box 26
Coalition for Alternatives to Shearon Harris (CASH) nuclear power plant, 1980-1987
Box 26
Anti-war information, 1991
Box 26
AFCSME Union, 1978
Box 26
South Africa, 1986-1987
Box 26
MLK, Jr., 1987
Box 26
Wilbur Hobby defense, 1970s-1992
Box 26
Politics and candidates, 1978-1984
Box 26
Recall of Mayor Gulley, 1986
Box 26
Preiss's agendas and notebooks, 1974-1986 (8 folders)
Box 28
Preiss's notebook, 1992-1997 (2 folders)
Box 32
Expense books, 1978-1986 (5 folders)
Box 32
Financial reports and records, 1978-1986
Box 32

Includes correspondence to and from Joan Preiss and her various organizations, as well as mailings from a variety of labor groups.

Correspondence with UFW, 1978-1996 (6 folders)
Box 14
El Malcriado newspaper (UFW), 1972-1983
Box 14
About Wilbur Hobby, 1974-1981
Box 15
El Taller Grafico, 1977-1981
Box 15
NAFO, 1979-1980
Box 15
New York, 1981
Box 15
Chicago, 1982
Box 15
1989-1990 (3 folders)
Box 15
Thomas Heffner, Boone Support Group, 1990-1991
Box 15
1991-1992 (2 folders)
Box 15
President's office, 1993-1994 (2 folders)
Box 15
Washington state, 1993-1994
Box 15
1995
Box 15
Texas, 1995
Box 15
FLOC, 1983-1993 (2 folders)
Box 15
TFUFW, 1986-1994 (5 folders)
Box 15
Migrant Ministry Committee, 1977-1983
Box 15
Correspondence through 1981
Box 15
Mailings, 1981-1982
Box 15
Correspondence/mailings, Mission Dept., 1982
Box 15
Mailings, 1991-1997 (3 folders)
Box 15
PCUN newsletters and mailings, 1992-1997
Box 15
UFW correspondence, 1979
Box 16
Mt. Olive/FLOC march (includes photos), 1998
Box 16
FLOC correspondence
Box 16
Kroger demonstration and aftermath, 2001 August
Box 16
Duke Campus Ministry, 1999-2004 (5 folders)
Box 16
TFUFW correspondence and board meetings, 2002-2006 (4 folders)
Box 16
TFUFW correspondence, 1974-1990 (12 folders)
Box 18
Correspondence, 1991-1995 (5 folders)
Box 19
Correspondence/fundraising, 1995-2005 (17 folders)
Box 22
UFW mailings, 1981-2004 (2 folders)
Box 22
Letters to the News and Observer, 1989-2000
Box 22
Health issues
Box 29
Housing
Box 29
Immigration
Box 29
NAFO reports
Box 29
Pesticides (3 folders)
Box 29
Reports, multiple issues
Box 29
Reichert report
Box 29
SACSM position papers
Box 29
Statistical information
Box 29
Structure of Agriculture
Box 29
UFW
Box 29
Newspaper
Box 29
H-2A programs (2 folders)
Box 30
Farmworker women
Box 30
Education
Box 30
Food/nutrition
Box 30
Roybal and the GAO report
Box 30
Hazards-pesticides and others
Box 30
Migrants/crew leaders
Box 30
Farmworker data network reports
Box 30
Civil Rights Commission reports
Box 30
Child labor
Box 30
Commission on Agricultural Workers
Box 30
Migrant education
Box 30
Environmental Assessment of Pesticide Regulatory Programs (public response), Volumes 1-5
Box 30
Boycott histories and publications, 1979-2004
Box 31
Food and Justice (UFW), 1984-1988
Box 31
Southern Exposure, 1980 and 1983
Box 31
Pro-Union booklets and pamphlets, 1970s-1980s (2 folders)
Box 31
Curriculum and classroom materials on farmworkers, 1990s
Box 31
Guides, manuals, and publications on migrants, health, and pesticides (2 folders)
Box 31
UFW Resolutions from the 15th Constitutional Convention, 2000
Box 31
Union music and songbooks
Box 31
Migrant Farm Works: A Caste of Despair, by Ronald L. Goldfarb, 1981
Box 31
Grapes of Conflict, by Sydney D. Smith, 1987
Box 31
Circle of Poison, by David Weir and Mark Schapiro, 1981
Box 31
Ecodefense: A Field Guide to Monkeywrenching, ed. by Dave Foreman, 1985
Box 31
NC OSHA Compliance Special Report: Perdue Farms, Inc., 1991
Box 31
Oversize posters and posterboards

Includes boycott posters for the Prime mushrooms, Campbell's, grapes, Mt. Olive, and Gallo wine boycotts, as well as general pro-union materials. Also includes posters addressing Wellspring (Whole Foods) grocery about labor issues and 2 fabric flags (1 FLOC and 1 UFW).

Box 36

Historical Note

Joan Papert Preiss (pronounced Jo-anne Pa-pert Price) was born in New York City on January 4, 1925, and lived throughout the country before settling with her husband, Jack Preiss, in Durham in 1959. She attended an organizational meeting for a United Farm Workers support group on August 23, 1973, that resulted in the formation of the Triangle Friends of the United Farm Workers, which she chaired until her retirement in the 2000s. Preiss also joined the National Farm Worker Ministry as a board member, and was a member of the N.C. Council of Churches' Farmworker Ministry Committee. Other organizations that she and the Triangle Friends have worked with include the Student Action for Farmworkers, the Farm Labor Organizing Committee, and the Farmworkers Advocacy Network.

Abbreviations of organizations frequently found in the collection:

  • FAN: Farmworkers Advocacy Network
  • FLOC: Farm Labor Organizing Committee
  • FMC or FWMC: Farmworker Ministry Committee
  • GWFC: Grape Workers and Farmers Coalition
  • NAFO: National Association of Farmworker Organizations
  • NCCoC: North Carolina Council of Churches
  • NFWM: National Farm Worker Ministry
  • PCUN: Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste/Northwest Treeplanters and Farmworkers United
  • SACSM: NC State Advisory Committee on Services to Migrants
  • SAF: Student Action for Farmworkers
  • TFUFW: Triangle Friends of United Farm Workers
  • UFW: United Farm Workers

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Joan Preiss Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University

Provenance

The Joan Preiss Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 2009.

Processing Information

Processed by Meghan Lyon, January 2010

Encoded by Meghan Lyon, January 2010

This collection is minimally processed: materials may not have been ordered and described beyond their original condition.

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.