The mission of the Welga (meaning "Strike" in Tagalog)! Filipino American Labor Archives is to preserve and ensure access of documentary and ephemera material pertaining to the history of Filipino-American activism, with a greater emphasis on farmworker activism of the 1960s. To ensure access of collections, the Welga! Filipino-American Labor Archives will digitize and make available applicable documents and photographs for academic purposes. A series of oral history interviews will be presented to supplement archival holdings.
Phase 1: Filipino American stories of the Great Grape Strike of 1965.
Although the Welga Archives aims to include various aspects of Filipino American Labor History, the first phase of the project will focus on Filipino American farmworker history.
With the 50th Anniversary of the Delano Grape Strikes looming, many fear that the accomplishments of the Filipino activists will continually be overshadowed. The Welga! Filipino American Labor Archives strives to ensure that the memories of Filipino farmworker activists will be preserved and presented to future generations.
The Welga Filipino American Labor Archives will be located at UC Davis' George Kagiwada Reserves Library (Davis, California) and at the Eastide Arts Alliance center (Oakland, California). Currently, the physical archive is under renovation and is not open to the public. The expected opening date will be September 2015.
The Welga! Filipino American Labor Archives was made possible with support from the University of California Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI) and Cal Humanities.
UCHRI serves all ten campuses in the UC system, interacting with UC campus humanities centers, other campus research centers, and with individual faculty to promote collaborative, interdisciplinary humanities research and pedagogy throughout the University of California system and within the larger communities they inhabit. For more information, please visit www.uchri.org.
Cal Humanities is a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. For more information, please visit www.calhum.org.