An active advocate for migrant farm workers, Father Victor Salandini assisted in the organizing efforts of the United Farm Workers (UFW), American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), and served as a legislative representative for California farm workers and as the UFW Research Director. Father Salandini’s papers reflect his work with the UFW, AFL-CIO, and its predecessors, as well as his dissertation research on California farm labor issues and Public Law 78, the Bracero Program.
At the time his papers were deposited in the Archives, Father Salandini was still living in California, was teaching Mexican- American Studies at San Diego State University, and was still actively involved in the farm worker movement. His papers reflect his work with the United Farm Workers of America, AFL-CIO, and its predecessors, as well as his dissertation research on Public Law 78 and the California farm labor situation in general. Series 1: 1965-1971 Correspondence, clippings, leaflets and notes relating to Father Salandini's work for the farm worker movement in Washington, D.C., California, Montreal and New York City. Included are copies of articles written by Father Salandini depicting the plight of the farm worker. This series also contains materials relating to his doctoral studies and dissertation. Series 2: Montreal Boycott Office, 1965-1970 Correspondence, notes, clippings, leaflets and other materials relating to Father Salandini's assignment to Montreal to work on the intensification of the grape boycott effort in Canada. Of particular note are the materials directed to the city's various ethnic groups. These files cover the years from 1965 to 1970, but are predominantly concerned with the latter two years. Series 3: New York Boycott Office, 1968 - 1970 Correspondence, notes, clippings, leaflets and other materials relating to Father Salandini's work on the boycott effort in New York City. Of particular interest are the materials he has collected regarding the Farm Workers Freedom Bell ("A Bell for Delano"), a symbol of the farmworkers' struggle, which was displayed in various cities across the country. The files in this series cover the years 1968 to 1970, with a predominant focus on 1970. Series 4: Material on Huelga, 1964-1973 Notes, leaflets, clippings and correspondence related to Father Salandini's research and boycott activities regarding the farm worker movement. The materials in this series encompass the years 1964 to 1973, but the dominant focus is on the years from 1969 to 1970. Series 5: Personal Research Materials and Correspondence, 1954-1972 Correspondence, notes, clippings and other materials collected by Father Salandini. These files reflect his long-standing interest in farm workers, Catholic social action movements and the field of agricultural economics. Of special note is the work that Father Salandini did with the Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee, AFL-CIO. These files span the years from 1954 to 1972, but most originated between 1968 and 1972.