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Document Details


Title: Helen Hosmer: A Radical Critic of California Agribusiness in the 1930's
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: University of California, Santa Cruz. University Library. Special Collections and Archives
Collection: Agricultural History Santa Cruz County
Description: Helen Hosmer was a writer, activist, and historian of California agribusiness. Her knowledge of California's agriculture dated back to the 1930s when, as a student at the University of California, Berkeley she worked at the Poultry Division, College of Agriculture. Later she worked for the Information Division of the Farm Security Administration (FSA), which established camps for migrant workers in California. During this period Hosmer came to know FSA photographer Dorothea Lange, agricultural economist Paul S. Taylor, and many important figures in the labor movement in San Francisco. Because of her conviction that labor organizing was essential among agricultural wokers, Hosmer resigned her government position at Farm Security in 1935 in order to have the freedom to work in behalf of her political beliefs.
Extent: 89 pages
URL: http://library.ucsc.edu/library/reg-hist/hosmer.pdf
Original Language: English
Speaker: Hosmer, Helen, 1904-
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker date of birth: 31-Mar-1904
Speaker place of birth: Philadelphia, PA; Pennsylvania; United States; North America
Speaker race: White
Speaker occupation: Activist; Historian; Writer
Document location: Summerland, CA
Document date: Undated
Interviewer: Jarrell, Randall
Organizations discussed: University of California, Berkeley, CA
Locations discussed: California; North America; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Agriculture; California; Education; Family--History; North America; Oral history; Political activists; United States; University of California, Berkeley, CA
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0023906-25437