Latest Episode of Labor Archives’ TV Segment Focuses on Intersection of Labor, Civil Rights, and Art

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In Fall 2016, the Labor Archives of Washington, University of Washington Libraries Special Collections, launched a 10-episode segment on UW360, a University of Washington television program.  These stories, which highlight LAW’s collections and researchers, air on KOMO, UWTV, and are available on various online media channels thereafter.  Each segment in designed to highlight the collections and activities of the Labor Archives and of the UW Libraries Special Collections, as well as the students, researchers, and communities we serve.

The most current episode focuses on the story of Mexican muralist Pablo O’Higgins mural “The Struggle Against Racial Discrimination” on the second floor of Kane Hall and how it relates to the racially progressive Ship Scalers’ Union and Chicano activists at UW. Follow one researcher’s dive into the Labor Archives of Washington to uncover the story of how a mural came to hang in UW’s Kane Hall.

Featuring: Gigi Peterson, associate professor, History, SUNY Cortland
Erasmo Gamboa, associate professor, American Ethnic Studies, adjunct professor, History, UW

See full list of episodes below!

List of Episodes
Labor Archives of Washington Overview

The UW library system is ranked in the top ten of all public research universities in the country with more than five million users every year. So when it comes to researching life in our region, there’s no better place to learn than a UW library.

This story takes us to one small area of UW Special Collections that’s dedicated to the rich history of the labor movement in the Pacific Northwest and is devoted to preserving the records of working people.

Silme Domingo and Gene Viernes, Cannery Workers Scholarship [Segment Starts at 00:13:00]
The Cannery Workers and Farm Laborers Union has been a powerful voice for working people since 1933. And the fight for fair employment hasn’t always been peaceful. UW alumnus Silme Domingo found himself, along with fellow labor organizer Gene Viernes, at the center of a tragic event that shook Seattle in 1981. Now a scholarship from the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies is carrying forward their legacy and turning a tragic loss into a potential future for a UW Student.

The Everett Massacre Centennial [Segment Starts at 00:13:37]
Washington state has a rich history of progressive activism – and that history has just hit a significant milestone. Relive the one hundredth anniversary of the Everett Massacre and learn how that tragic event helped shape the labor history of Washington.

Labor Archives: Minimum Wage Archivists  (The SeaTac Seattle Minimum Wage History Project)

Grunge, espresso carts, fiberglass skis and international companies like Boeing and Microsoft were of course all home-grown. Seattle is also getting a lot of credit for another movement that’s gaining ground around the country: the battle to raise the minimum wage. Meet a group of UW student researchers who are recording the detailed history of this idea that may be coming to a ballot box near you.

Riddhi Mehta-Neugebauer, graduate student researcher, SeaTac & Seattle Minimum Wage History Project, UW
Rod Palmquist, graduate teaching assistant, Geography, graduate student researcher, SeaTac & Seattle Minimum Wage History Project, UW
Labor Archives: Progressive Art (Pablo O’Higgins and the Ship Scalers’ Mural in Kane Hall)

Dozens if not hundreds of works of art are displayed throughout the UW campus. Each one has a story to tell and many tell a story from Washington’s history. In the case of one piece, that story is also a bit of a mystery. In this UW 360 story, follow one researcher’s dive into the Labor Archives of Washington to uncover the story of how a mural came to hang in UW’s Kane Hall.

Gigi Peterson, associate professor, History, SUNY Cortland
Erasmo Gamboa, associate professor, American Ethnic Studies, adjunct professor, History, UW

 

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