Save the Date: “Past Forward: The Legacy of Left Coast Militant Unionism and Lessons For Today’s Struggles” Reception and Labor Archives of Washington Annual Event

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SAVE THE DATE!

“Past Forward: The Legacy of Left Coast Militant Unionism and Lessons For Today’s Struggles”

Reception and Labor Archives of Washington Annual Event

Free Event

5:30-7:30 PM, June 24, 2017

Mary Gates Hall, University of Washington Seattle Campus

An evening devoted to the dramatic and powerful labor history of the West Coast waterfront, the importance of preserving that history, and the inspiration it can provide us in our present political moment. This three-part program features segments with labor archivists, ILWU activists, and political scientists putting the history and present into perspective.

Part 1: Labor Archives History Panel

“Under the Hook, in the Hall, on the March, and upon the Shelves: ILWU-Related Collections at Pacific Coast Labor Archives”

Presenters:

  •          Robin Walker, Librarian and Archivist,    ILWU Library and Archives
  •          Catherine Powell, Director, Labor Archives and Research Center, SFSU
  •          Conor Casey, Labor Archivist/Director, Labor Archives of Washington, UW

In this panel, labor archivists will talk about the ILWU’s rich and often colorful history preserved in archives in California, Oregon, Washington, and Hawaii.

Featuring the directors of three labor archives — the Labor Archives and Research Center at San Francisco State University, the Labor Archives of Washington at the University of Washington, Seattle; and the Anne Rand Library at the International Longshore and Warehouse Union in San Francisco — this panel will discuss the ways in which unions, universities, scholars, and activists have worked together to preserve and promote the legacy of the left coast maritime labor movement.  The presentations will highlight collections from this history, which relate directly to today’s struggles for workers’ rights, immigrant rights, social justice, civil rights, and other causes. Topics will include the Harry Bridges Deportation trials, the deportation and defense of progressive Filipino American cannery union officers and members, and other episodes in the union’s long history of activism.

Part 2: ILWU Activists Panel

“How History Informs Current Struggles”

Presenters:

  •          Rich Austin, Jr., President of ILWU, Local 19
  •          Dean McGrath, President of ILWU , Local 23
  •          Terri Mast, National Secretary Treasurer Inlandboatmen’s Union of the Pacific
  •          George Lovell, Harry Bridges Center Chair (Moderator)

ILWU officers consider how the militant history and guiding principles of the union relate directly to today’s struggles and how those lessons can help suggest a path for current and future efforts.

Part 3: “The Legacy of ILWU Activism in the Current Political Context”

 

  • Michael McCann, Harry Bridges Center Director

Professor of Political Science and Harry Bridges Center Director Michael McCann will consider the history of the ILWU and social justice unionism on the Pacific Coast with issues such as immigration, civil rights, and social justice history and current struggles within the current political context. What lessons from the ILWU’s history inform current can and future actions?  
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Help document May 1 marches, strikes, and actions by donating photos, video, signs

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The UW Libraries Special Collections and its Labor Archives of Washington are documenting and collecting items from the upcoming May 1, 2017, marches in the Puget Sound region.

We are interested in your:

Photographs and video of signs and crowd scenes. High-resolution files from DSLR cameras are preferred, but they will accept camera phone images. Please review your images and edit out blurry or repetitive images. To make submissions, email Ann Lally, UW Libraries digital collections curator, and in the email title or text:

  • Tell her your submissions are for a labor or labor-related organization and name the organization/banner you marched behind
  • That they are destined for the Labor Archives of Washington’s digital collections.

Labor-related physical signs and flyers used in the march. Email me, UW Libraries Labor Archivist Conor Casey, to arrange for delivery pickup of your items.

► Signs without any labor or working class/immigrant worker focus can be sent to Anne Jenner, UW Libraries Pacific Northwest curator. Email her for details.

You will be required to sign a donor form for any materials given to the UW Libraries. This form allows future researchers to use your images or materials in books, documentaries, etc. If you have questions about the donor form or copyright, email Conor Casey.

For general questions, email Ann Lally, UW Libraries digital collections curator.

New Episode of “Learn Yourself”: The Seattle General Strike of 1919

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The latest episode of the Labor Archives of Washington’s regular segment on the KSVR radio show, We Do the Work, will air April 11th and stream online via KSVR and Public Radio International’s Exchange thereafter! This Learn Yourself will be about the Seattle General Strike of 1919, the first city-wide strike in US history. This strike presaged a wave of postwar organizing and strikes as well as anti-labor and anti-radical repression and continues to inspire as a model for collective action today.

The regular segment, “Learn Yourself,” features Labor Archivist Conor Casey (Labor Archives of Washington, University of Washington Libraries Special Collections), being interviewed about a history topic by host Mike Dumovich, with an emphasis on archival collections and secondary sources related to the topic in the hopes that it will inspire people to learn more about labor history on their own.

Links to Other Episodes in the Series:

  1. Labor Archives of Washington Overview
  2. Everett Massacre, also called Bloody Sunday, where a confrontation caused 7 to 12 people to be murdered on November 5, 1916.
  3. SeaTac Seattle Minimum Wage Campaign and History Project
  4. Filipino American Cannery Workers’ Unionism and the Murder of Domingo and Viernes
  5. Farmworkers’ History: The Chateau St. Michelle Grape Boycott and the Labor Archives of Washington’s second annual event Preserving Solidarity Forever: Washington State Farmworkers’ Struggles.
  6. Images of Labor and Social Justice: The Life and Art of Richard V. Correll
  7. Author, Poet, Worker: Carlos Bulosan’s Collections at the Labor Archives of Washington and Eva Urcia’s Quest to Uncover and Preserve Bulosan Family History
  8. The Everett Massacre Centennial Commemoration
  9. The 1934 Pacific Coast Maritime Strike

Related Episodes
1. Former LAW intern Senteara Orwig on the collections she worked on in the Labor Archives of Washington “The Songbird and the Martyr: Katie Phar, Joe Hill, and the Songs of the Industrial Workers of the World”

For more information, go to the following sites and links:

Websites:
Seattle General Strike Project
“The Seattle General Strike and Its Aftermath” Labor Archives of Washington Digital Collections Portal 

Secondary Sources:
• Brecher, Jeremy. 1997. Strike! Boston, MA: South End Press.
• Friedheim, Robert L. 1964. The Seattle general strike. University of Washington Press: Seattle.

Films:
• Ostrander, Lucy, Maria Gargiulo, Anna Louise Strong, John Gilbert, and Marjorie Nelson. 2005. Witness to revolution: the story of Anna Louise Strong. [Seattle, Wash.]: Ostrander Productions.

Primary Sources:
• Seattle. 2009. The Seattle general strike: an account of what happened in Seattle, and especially in the Seattle Labor Movement during the general strike, February 6 to 11, 1919. Seattle, Wash: Left Bank Books and Charlatan Stew.
Robert Friedheim Seattle General Strike Collection, Labor Archives of Washington, University of Washington Libraries Special Collections
IWW Seattle Joint Branches Records, Labor Archives of Washington, University of Washington Libraries Special Collections
Industrial Workers of the World photograph collection, Labor Archives of Washington, University of Washington Libraries Special Collections
King County Central Labor Council Records, Labor Archives of Washington, University of Washington Libraries Special Collections
Broussais C. Beck papers, 1919-1961, University of Washington Libraries Special Collections

New episode of Labor Archives of Washington’s radio show on history of the 1934 Pacific Coast Maritime Strike now streaming online

The latest episode of the Labor Archives of Washington’s regular segment on the KSVR radio show We Do the Work is now streaming online via KSVR and Public Radio International’s Exchange.

This ‘Learn Yourself’ will be about the pivotal 1934 Pacific Coast Maritime Strike, which shut down ports along the West Coast for months, spurred a four-day general strike that shut down San Francisco,  and resulted in the emergence of regional leadership that would form the present day International Longshore and Warehouse Union. The strike also inspired workers for generations and reinvigorated other maritime unions, including the Sailors Union of the Pacific.

The regular segment, called “Learn Yourself”, features Labor Archivist Conor Casey (Labor Archives of Washington, University of Washington Libraries Special Collections) being interviewed about a history topic by host Mike Dumovich with an emphasis on archival collections and secondary sources related to the topic in the hopes that it will inspire people to learn more about labor history on their own.

Links to Other Episodes in the Series:

  1. Labor Archives of Washington Overview
  2. Everett Massacre, also called Bloody Sunday, where a confrontation caused 7 to 12 people to be murdered on November 5, 1916.
  3. SeaTac Seattle Minimum Wage Campaign and History Project
  4. Filipino American Cannery Workers’ Unionism and the Murder of Domingo and Viernes
  5. Farmworkers’ History: The Chateau St. Michelle Grape Boycott and the Labor Archives of Washington’s second annual event Preserving Solidarity Forever: Washington State Farmworkers’ Struggles.
  6. Images of Labor and Social Justice: The Life and Art of Richard V. Correll
  7. Author, Poet, Worker: Carlos Bulosan’s Collections at the Labor Archives of Washington and Eva Urcia’s Quest to Uncover and Preserve Bulosan Family History
  8. The Everett Massacre Centennial Commemoration
  9. The 1934 Pacific Coast Maritime Strike

Marches, rallies & protests: collecting history as it happens

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The election of Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of the United States has catalyzed people both for and against him to rally, march and protest.

The University of Washington Libraries Special Collections is interested in collecting materials from these events – signs, flyers, digital photos and videos – all of which help us document this time in American history. We are interested in materials from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Alaska and British Columbia.

Since the election in November 2016 a number of protests and rallies have been held across the Pacific Northwest both for and against the new President and we are collecting materials from across the spectrum of support.  Whether you agree or disagree with the policies and have taken to the streets to make your voice heard, please get in touch and let us know if you have photos, videos, posters or flyers to donate.

As of this writing in February of 2017 additional marches, rallies and protests are being organized – we want materials from these events as well! There is little doubt that even more events will be organized in the coming years; we will be collecting these materials as well.

How to donate:

If you have signs, flyers, or other physical materials, please contact Anne Jenner, the Pacific Northwest Curator,  pnwcoll@uw.edu .

If you have digital photos or videos, contact Ann Lally, Digital Collections Curator, digcurat@uw.edu. If you are interested in donating digital items, here are a couple of guidelines:

  • prefer high resolution files from DSLR cameras, but will accept camera phone images
  • please review your images and weed out blurry or repetitive images

 

Ann Lally | Digital Collections Curator

 
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New Exhibit- Partners in Discovery: Student Research Employing University of Washington Special Collections

 February 6-April 21, 2017
 University of Washington Libraries Research Commons,
Allen Library South

This exhibit, co-sponsored by the Research Commons and the Labor Archives of Washington, focuses on recent University of Washington graduate student research projects using primary source materials from the University of Washington Libraries Special Collections. Primary sources are materials directly related to a topic by time or participation. These materials include letters, speeches, diaries, newspaper articles from the time, oral history interviews, documents, photographs, artifacts, or other sources that provide firsthand accounts about a person or event.exhibit-research-commons

The innovative research of three graduate students from the departments of History and Geography are highlighted, hinting at the broad topical range of the type of scholarly disciplines that employ the unique materials housed in the UW Libraries Special Collections (located below the Research Commons in the Allen Library South Basement).

Similarly, the Research Commons is a central hub of presenting and supporting student research, offering an array of consulting services for UW students and organizing regular forums for presenting research in the quarterly Scholar’s Studio: an informal forum featuring 10 rapid-fire ignite-style presentations given by graduate students and postdocs doing research on topics related to an interdisciplinary theme.

Student Research Projects Featured:

megan-brownMegan Brown is a Ph.D. Candidate in Geography. Megan’s research interests include the modern labor movement and social movements. Brown’s research “investigates the strategic and practical mechanisms through which labor unions, progressive worker and community organizations, and policy makers are spreading $15/hour minimum wages throughout the U.S.” Labor collections used by Brown for her research and featured in the exhibit include the Guillermo “Memo Rivera” Collection of SEIU 775 and Working Washington records as well as oral histories from the SeaTac Seattle Minimum Wage History Project.

andrewAndrew Hedden is Associate Director of the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies and a graduate student in the UW Department of History’s Ph.D. program. His “research explores alternative histories of Seattle that center the experiences of people on the margins of power, documenting the activities and organizations of working-class people and communities of color.” Collections used by Hedden for his research and featured in this exhibit include the Carlos Bulosan papers, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, Lodge 751E records, and the Harold J. Gibson Papers.

mahoneyEleanor Mahoney is a Ph.D. Candidate in United States History. Her dissertation examines the connections between economic change and environmental policy in the period after World War II. She has also researched Depression-era art and politics in Washington State. In the exhibit, Mahoney discusses her use of the Richard Correll prints and papers, for her research. Featured in the exhibit are two prints from the famous artist’s Paul Bunyan series, “Clearing Tacoma Flats, 1938” and “Creation of San Juan Islands, 1938” which Mahoney feels “vividly capture not only Correll’s unique style, but also the ethos of much public art created in the 1930s.”

We hope you’ll come by and take some time to peruse the exhibit, perhaps leaving inspired about how you can use the UW Libraries Special Collections and Research Commons for your own scholarly pursuits!

 

Labor Archives’ Latest Exhibit Features The Art of Richard V. Correll

Images of Labor and Social Justice: The Art of Richard V. Correll
February 1, 2017 – March 31, 2017
Odegaard Undergraduate Library, Second Floor Gallery Display Wall

Back by popular demand as a teaser for an upcoming online exhibit and web archives of the newly-digitized Richard Correll Prints and Papers, the Labor Archives of Washington presents this traveling exhibit in the Odegaard Undergraduate Library. The original exhibit ran in the UW Libraries Special Collections in 2012-2013, and this version was at the Northwest Folklife Festival in May of 2013.

Richard V. (Dick) Correll (1904-1990), was “one of the leading masters of printmaking in the West.” Best known for his powerful black and white linoleum cuts, etchings and woodblock prints, for most of his life he earned a living as a commercial artist in the book publishing and advertising fields while producing a large body of fine art in his own time. Correll’s themes ranged from landscapes, animals and agricultural scenes, harbors and ships, and music and dance to those which reflected his lifelong concern with political and social issues. This exhibit features selections from several core areas of Correll’s collection at the Labor Archives of Washington, University of Washington Libraries Special Collections: Images of labor, social justice, civil rights, anti-war themes, work for the Great Depression-era Federal Art Project of the Works Projects Administration, and his work for the progressive Depression-era newspaper the Voice of Action.

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Untitled, [Mother and Two Children], c. 1930s
See the YouTube teaser (Created by the UW Libraries’ own AC Peterson) for the original exhibit here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qpw565UDTWQ
Listen to Labor Archivist Conor Casey talk about the exhibit here:

[Work featured at the top is the linocut print, “Cargo Handling in the 1950s”, 1954.]