Posts filed under 'Exhibits'

Labor Archive Photo Exhibit

Marching Through History
with Cesar Chavez and
the Farm Workers

A Photo Documentary
by Cathy Murphy

This powerful exhibit captures life in the fields and on the line for Cesar Chavez and members of the United Farm Workers (UFW). An official UFW photographer, Cathy Murphy was also very close to Chavez and her intimate images offer a human portrait of this iconic hero.

April 2 to September 30, 2013

Opening April 2, 5:00 to 7:00pm

J. Paul Leonard Library Gallery
San Francisco State University
1630 Holloway Avenue, Room 460
San Francisco, CA 94132

Add comment March 22nd, 2013

Labor Archive Photo Exhibit

labor photo

Photo: Phiz Mezey

Economic Justice as a Civil Right in San Francisco, 1963-1964
Opening Reception November 16, 4-7 pm

Rosenberg Library & Learning Resource Center
Second Floor Atrium (Madeline Haas Russell Gallery)
City College San Francisco, 50 Phelan Avenue
November 15, 2010 – April 15, 2011

Beginning in 1963, massive civil disobedience actions swept through San Francisco. Demonstrations focused on discriminatory hiring practices that excluded African-Americans from employment equal to white workers and shook the city’s liberal image of itself.

Featuring photographs by Phiz Mezey, this collaborative exhibit presents selections from the Labor Archives and Research Center and the archives at the San Francisco History Center. Curated by Nancy Arms Simon.

Labor Archive home page

Add comment November 9th, 2010

LARC Union Label Exhibit

Look for the Union Label: A Celebration of Union Logos and Emblems

Online Exhibit by Jeff Rosen and Susan Parker Sherwood

union label
This collection of over 150 images surveys union labels, their history, and related artifacts. American Union labels evolved from the seals and coats of arms of European craft unions and were a great source of tradition and pride. Beginning as early as 1880, the union label movement became an important economic tool as organized workers looked for ways to support union jobs and to protest unfair working conditions through tactics other than strikes.

Labor Archives & Research Center


Add comment February 22nd, 2008

Library of Congress experimenting with Flickr

Door and window in a Spanish-American home, Costilla, New Mexico (LOC)Here’s a great example of a major cultural organization experimenting with Web 2.0. The Library of Congress has recently started using Flickr to expand awareness of their collections, and to solicit the more active engagement of viewers.

“The Library of Congress invites you to explore history visually by looking at interesting photos from our collections. Please add tags and comments, too! More words are needed to help more people find and use these pictures.”

Initial photo sets include “1930s-40s in Color” (with photos from the Farm Security Administration and the Office of War Information) and “News in the 1910s.” The URL for the Library of Congress pilot project on flickr is:

We are exploring putting some images from our special collections in Flickr as well. Stay tuned.

5 comments February 1st, 2008

Opening Reception for Labor Archive Photo Exhibit

You are invited to attend an opening reception for Spanning the Gate an exhibit of photographs from the Labor Archives and Research Center on display at the J. Paul Leonard Library.

November 7, 2007
5 to 7 p.m.
J. Paul Leonard Library, 6th floor
San Francisco State University, 1630 Holloway Avenue

The reception will feature John van der Zee author of The Gate: The True Story of the Design and Construction of the Golden Gate Bridge.

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge, a stupendous feat of engineering and design that has been called one of the seven wonders of the modern world. Spanning the Gate offers a behind-thescenes look at the complex construction process of this amazing landmark.

Add comment October 30th, 2007

Exhibit: Blueprint for the Lake Merced Campus

Blueprint for the Lake Merced Campus

Courtesy Special Collections/Archives, J. Paul Leonard Library, San Francisco State UniversityOctober 4 – December 21, 2007. Frank V. de Bellis Reading Room display cases located on the Sixth floor of the library. Open to the public Monday-Friday 1:00-5:00.

A photographic exhibit depicting the building of the current campus using historic photographs from the library Archives Collection.

Add comment October 8th, 2007

Spanning the Gate

Photo of worker on bridgeSpanning the Gate (Photography Exhibit)
September 4 – December 21, 2007.

A photographic essay depicting the building of the Golden Gate Bridge using historic photographs from the Labor Archives and Research Center Collection.

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge, a stupendous feat of engineering and design that has been called one of the seven wonders of the modern world. Spanning the Gate offers a behind-the-scenes look at the complex construction process of this amazing landmark. The project required a multitude of skilled workers–carpenters, electricians, pile drivers, divers, ironworkers–along with many laborers who provided back breaking support work to these craftsmen.

This exhibit salutes the working class heroes whose skill and dedication brought the dream of spanning the Gate to fruition.

On display on the First floor of the Library.

Add comment September 25th, 2007

Cultivating Creativity (Online Exhibit)

Andrew ZermenoCultivating Creativity: The Arts and the Farm Workers’ Movement During the 1960s and ’70s

The Labor Archives & Research Center (LARC) is pleased to announce its first online exhibit. “Cultivating Creativity” uses images and artifacts from LARC collections to explore the outpouring of artwork that accompanied the farmworkers’ movement during the 1960s and ‘70s. The work of more than 30 artists and photographers is included in the exhibit.

Add comment September 15th, 2007

Christopher Columbus Admiral of the Open Seas

The Frank V. de Bellis Collection presents


February 16 through March 26, 2007

The collection is commemorating the 500 year anniversary of the death of Christopher Columbus with an exhibit of images and information produced by the National Committee for Celebrations of Christopher Columbus, by the Fondazione Regionale Cristoforo Colombo, and by the Regione Liguria.

The exhibit consists of 40 illustrated panels that cover the life and history of the great Genovese explorer.

Curated by Gabriella Airaldi, University of Genoa.

Free and open to the public: Monday-Friday, 1:00-5:00pm

On loan courtesy of the Italian Cultural Institute, San Francisco

Add comment February 9th, 2007


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