New episode of Labor Archives of Washington’s radio segment radio segment on Seattle labor, peace, feminist activist Irene Hull

 

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.
Irene Hull (1913-2011) was a working woman, labor leader, communist, and a peace activist. A shipyard worker in World War II, Hull pushed for legislation to provide child care for working women. A lifelong labor activist, Hull was a sister in the Brotherhood of Bookbinders Local 87. She was a peace and anti-nuclear activist who co-founded the Seattle chapter of the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW) in 1973 and the Seattle chapter of Jobs With Justice (JWJ) in the 1980s. Her service to the labor movement of Washington State was legendary and she was honored by both the King County Labor Council and the Washington State Labor Council, which gave her its Lifetime Achievement Award at its 2002 convention. Hull was recipient of the 2008 Mother Jones Award. Seattle Mayor Norm Rice, the city’s first African American mayor, proclaimed Sept. 7, 1996 “Irene Hull Day.”

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 [Listen here: https://beta.prx.org/series/33458%5D:

 

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
  10. The Seattle General Strike of 1919 and its Legacy
  11. Pablo O’Higgins, Chicano Student Activists, and the Ship Scalers’ Mural Conor Casey, Labor Archivist for the Labor Archives of Washington, Gigi Peterson, Author & Historian, Part 1
  12. Pablo O’Higgins, Chicano Student Activists, and the Ship Scalers’ Mural: Conor Casey, Labor Archivist for the Labor Archives of Washington, Gigi Peterson, Author & Historian, Part 2
  13. Conor Casey and Crystal Rodgers, archivists for the Labor Archives of Washington, Part 1 [Crystal Rodgers reports on LAW’s “Women in the Trades Exhibit”]

  14. Labor Journalist and Activist Anna Louise Strong
  15. Seattle labor unionist and labor, peace, feminist activist Irene Hull

For more information, click on the following links:


 

 

Primary Source Collections

Irene B. Hull papers, 1933-2006. Labor Archives of Washington, University of Washington Libraries Special Collection. http://archiveswest.orbiscascade.org/ark:/80444/xv45401/op=fstyle.aspx?t=k&q=WAUHullIreneB3783.xml

Hull, Irene. “Irene Hull Oral History,” Communism in Washington State History and Memory Project

http://depts.washington.edu/labhist/cpproject/hull_interview.shtml

Newspaper Articles

Seattle Times “Irene Hull: 60-plus years of avid political activism”  http://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/archive/?date=20010705&slug=irenehull05m

Obituaries

Seattle Times “Irene Hull, longtime labor-rights advocate, dies at 98”

www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/irene-hull-longtime-labor-rights-advocate-dies-at-98/

People’s Daily World. “Labor stalwart Irene Hull dies at 98”

http://www.peoplesworld.org/article/labor-stalwart-irene-hull-dies-at-9/

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