Labor History Displays Available for Loan
Stunning exhibits portray California labor history


Ten different labor history displays are available for use during Labor History Month or other times. All exhibits may be combined with video screenings. Below are brief descriptions of the exhibits with information about how to obtain them.

California Labor History

The California State Library has 12 panels of museum-quality displays with images and text depicting California labor history, pre-conquest to the UFW. The panels are from the Labor History Map project.

View murals: California Labor History
Copies: Two
Contacts: California Labor Federation, Rosemarie Boothe-Bey, 916-444-3676
California State Library, Kathleen Correia, 916-653-0771

Golden Lands, Working Hands

A freestanding convention display (10 ft x8 ft) with 25 laminated images and text of California labor history from mid-19th century through today. he images are 10 in x 12 in with velcro backing. This exhibit is part of the CFT’s landmark video series, Golden Lands, Working Hands, which can be shown with the exhibit. Comes in two bins on wheels, shipped by UPS.

Copies: One 
Contact: CFT Bay Area office

Labor Heroes

Poster set of 30 labor heroes mounted on foam core (17 in x 22 in). Each poster contains a  portrait by Bay Area artist Jos Sances and a text biography by CFT member Bill Morgan. This is a project of the CFT Labor and Climate Education Committee.

Copies: Three
Contact: CFT Sacramento Office

Miguel Contreras Legacy

The UCLA Labor Center has two triptychs in five thematic areas: UFW, labor revitalization, political mobilization, immigrant rights, and the legacy of Miguel Contreras, the late leader of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor. 

Copies: One
Contact: UCLA Labor Center, Kent Wong, 310-794-5983

One Hundred Years

The California Labor Federation has 36 images of California labor history from the founding of the state federation to present. The images with text are various sizes (two dozen are 11 in x14 in, one dozen are larger) and mounted on foam core.

Copies: One
Contact: California Labor Federation, Rosemarie Boothe-Bey, 916-444-3676

Our Work Life

Visual stories of historic Northern California work and labor struggles by Bay Area artists and union members Kate Connell and Oscar Melara. Contains 24 laminated panels (11 in x 27 in) originally made for above window advertising in San Francisco public buses. Connell is a member of AFT Local 2121.

View murals: Our Work Life
Copies: Three
Contact: CFT Sacramento Office

Raoul Teilhet Life & Legacy

A set of 18 panels (24 in x 36 in) with images and text describing the life and inspiration of former CFT President Raoul Teilhet. Mounted on foam core. 

Copies: One
Contact: CFT Sacramento Office

1934 San Francisco General Strike

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union has a 1934 General Strike exhibit that is 50 feet long and seven feet high, with smaller poster-sized pieces also. Minimum space required is 60 feet by 9 feet. 

Copies: One
Contact: ILWU, Robin Walker, 415-775-0533

1946 Oakland General Strike – We Called It A Work Holiday

The 1946 Oakland General Strike exhibit comprises several dozen mounted images including some large mural photos, various ephemeral items, posters, and a video.

Copies: One
Contact: UC Berkeley Labor Center, 510-642-0323

1948 Bay Area Warehouse Strike

The ILWU has the Warehouse Strike exhibit in two sizes: eight feet high, by combined 20 feet long; and smaller poster-sized pieces. 

Copies: Two
Contact: ILWU, Robin Walker, 415-775-0533