Phil Lelli papers, 1933-2004, bulk 1965-2002

Phil Lelli
Phil Lelli

If you are interested in labor history in the Pacific Northwest, then you will be delighted by the rich history of International Longshoremen’s and Warehousemen’s Union  (ILWU), National and Local #23 (Tacoma), documented in Phil Lelli papers.

Lelli was president of the Local #23 for 17 years, from 1966-1969, 1971-1975, and 1977-1986. He attended his first ILWU Longshore, Shipclerk, and Walking Boss Caucus in 1966. He served on various ILWU committees, including the Coast Negotiating Committee (elected in 1989), and the Pacific Coast Safety Committee as a representative of the Washington area. He also served as an ILWU delegate to New Zealand and Australia in 1983.

The papers include nicknames from the Local #23, photographs of the Propeller Club (Port of Tacoma Chapter)  “Chowdown,” and a wonderful drawing of the Lelli grocery in the Edgewood area of Tacoma.

The link to the finding aid is:


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Blynne is a second year Master's degree student in the Library and Information Science program at the University of Washington. Blynne holds an M.A. in Art History, also from UW, specializing in art of the exploration and discovery of the Pacific Northwest. Since June 2006, Blynne has worked in a graduate student position at UW Libraries, Special Collections.

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