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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 2137

Marion Bernstein photographs of an El Teatro Campesino performance


Photographs taken by Marion Bernstein of actors performing at the Village Theatre (New York, N.Y.).


  • circa 1965-1969


Condition Description

In good condition.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.


.04 linear feet (7 items in 1 folder)
Seven black and white photographs taken by Marion Bernstein of actors in scenes in performance at the Village Theatre (New York, N.Y.).
Each photograph is stamped "Marion Bernstein - PIX" with a label for PIX Incorporated covering Bernstein's address. Each one also has a pencil notation, either "men-action" or "minorities".

Biographical / Historical

From a pasted-down slip on the verso of each photograph: "EL TEATRO CAMPESINO: MEXICAN-AMERICAN FARM WORKERS THEATRE BERNSTEIN/G0801---El Teatro Campesino originated shortly after the strike began against grape growers in 1965 in Delano, California [Cesar Chavez’s United Farmworkers Union]. Luis Valdez, born into a farm family, studied at San Jose State [University] and returned to Delano at strike time to form the theatre. All actors are farm workers--the cast changes from time to time. The idea of skits and songs about and by farm labor was to help organize the laborers into a more cohesive union. The theatre has performed in many towns and cities for raising funds for the union. They have performed at the Village Theatre in New York and a few days later for the Senate Sub-Committee on Migratory Labor where a bill is being considered to make a minimum wage for farm laborers. Most of the members are in their early 20s. The programs and rehearsals do not follow a strict script. There is much room for ad lib and spontaneous action. The Teatro Campesino is photographed here at the Village Theatre in New York."
From the archive of the PIX Agency, a photograph distribution house that connected emigre photographers and Europeans to American magazine and newspapers from 1935-1969.


Arranged as received.

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Custodial History

Previously owned by the Westport Public Library, Westport, Conn. as shown in a stamp on the verso of each photograph. Prior to that, they were created and owned by the PIX Agency.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

2022MT-11. Purchased from Royal Books Inc. with the Beatrice, Benjamin and Richard Bader Fund in the Visual Arts of the Theatre, 2021 June 15.

Processing Information

Processing Information Processed minimally by Melanie Wisner, 2021 August.
Link to catalog


Bernstein, Marion, photographer. Marion Bernstein photographs of an El Teatro Campesino performance, circa 1965-1969 (MS Thr 2137): Guide
Houghton Library, Harvard University
2021 August 26
Description rules
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

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