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.
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 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.
Andrew 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.
Eleanor 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!