California Agricultural Workers’ History Center

The California Agricultural Workers’ History Center (CAWHC) is a developing research center focused on the diverse and multicultural ongoing history of the people who work in California agriculture.

The room houses the CAWHC circulating and reference collections, the Californiana reference collection, microfilm of the Register-Pajaronian and other papers dating from circa 1865, and the Genealogy reference collection.

The room is used for research and quiet study. It faces the “By the Strength of Our Hands” display which covers the timeline of agriculture in our area from Early Agriculture to the New Millennia.

Photograph courtesy of Tarmo Hannula, Register-Pajaronian

Community Resources

Agricultural History Project
The Agricultural History Project “educates, preserves, exhibits, collects and builds community awareness about the economic, cultural, ethnic and historical significance of agriculture in the area.”

Pajaro Valley Historical Association
“In 1940, the Pajaro Valley Historical Association was established to preserve, interpret, and promote the history of the diverse cultures that shaped California’s Monterey Bay area. “

Santa Cruz County Farm Bureau
“The Santa Cruz County Farm Bureau is a vital part of our community, providing an important voice for the Santa Cruz County and Pajaro Valley agriculture industry.”

UC Santa Cruz Regional History Project
“The Regional History Project has been documenting the history of the Central Coast of California and the institutional history of UC Santa Cruz since 1963, through oral history.”

Focus Agriculture
“Focus Agriculture is Agri-Culture’s “first-in-the-nation” educational program.”

The National Steinbeck Center
“The Center offers three distinct visitor experiences in literature and history, agriculture and art, as well special events and educational programs.”

Agricultural Research Sites

The Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety
“The Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety is a comprehensive, multidisciplinary program dedicated to the understanding and prevention of illness and injury in Western agriculture.”

The National Center for Farmworker Health
“The National Center for Farmworker Health, established in 1975, is dedicated to improving the health status of farmworker families by providing information services and products to a network of more than 500 migrant health center service sites in the United States as well as organizations, universities, researchers, and individuals involved in farmworker health.”

Agricultural Labor Relations Board
“The California Agricultural Labor Relations Board was created in 1975 to ensure peace in the fields of California by guaranteeing justice for all agricultural workers and stability in agricultural labor relations.”

Agricultural Worker Health Project
“Protecting Farm Worker Health And Safety”

California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc.
“California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. has been a leading advocate for the rights of farmworkers and other low wage workers in California since 1966.”

United States Department of Agriculture

Migration Dialogue
“Migration Dialogue provides timely, factual and nonpartisan information and analysis of international migration issues”