Photographs and Documents
Here are collections of photographs, documents, and newspapers that show the history of cannery workers and their unions. Each image below leads to a separate collection.
Fred and Dorothy Cordova’s FANHS Collection
Dozens of 1930s-40s pictures of cannery work and activities of Cannery Workers and Farm Laborers Union. Also images of the Filipino Youth Association (FYA) 1950s-60s; copy of Bamboo (1952); newsletters of the Demonstration Project for Asian Americans 1981
KDP and Committee for Justice Documents and Newsletters (Cindy Domingo Collection)
The Union of Democratic Filipinos (KDP) emerged in the Filipino American Community in 1973. The KDP embraced the dual goal of establishing socialism in the US, as well as supporting the National Democratic Movement led by the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP). Here are newspapers, leaflets, and documents produced by the KDP and organizations affiliated with the KDP.
**Oral Histories: Cannery Union leaders and members **(FANHS Collection)
Transcripts of interviews with activists who built the union in the 1930s and 1940s, including Antonio Rodrigo, Bruno Tapang, Carlos Malla, Gerald Laigo, Josefa Barrazona, Paul Tabayoyan, Perry Woodall, Roman and Hazel Simbe, Sinsorso and Fell Ordona, Santiago (Jim) Beltran. And also Filipino community builders Rufina Clemente Jenkins, Francesca Robinson, and Fred Cordova.
Oral Histories: Alaska Cannery Workers Association Activists (Cindy Domingo Collection)
Transcripts of interviews with Josephine Patrick, Michael Woo, David Della, Emma Caatgue, Andy Pascua, Bing Ardanas, Helen Torbio, Nemesio Domingo, Rick Bonus, Daniel Schirmer, John Caughlan.
Carlos Bulosan, the renowned Filipino-American author, became publicity director of Local 37 in 1952, editing the 52-page Yearbook, now a collector’s item. The 1952 Local 37 yearbook
is reproduced here in pdf. format courtesy of FAHNS.