Labor Archives of Washington Event: Public Screening and Talk: One Generation’s Time: The Legacy of Silme Domingo and Gene Viernes, October 31












One Generation’s Time: The Legacy of Silme Domingo and Gene Viernes tells the story of Silme Domingo and Gene Viernes, two Filipino American cannery worker activists who were murdered in Seattle in June 1981.

A free screening* of the one-hour documentary will take place, Thursday, October 31, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Museum of History and Industry, 860 Terry Ave N Seattle, WA 98109 (206) 324-1126 ext 165

Admission to the preview screening is free, however seating is limited. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.; screening at 6:10 p.m.; followed by a post-film discussion led by Seattle Channel Senior Producer.

*The screening is free but does not include museum admission. People attending the event may proceed to the screening; regular admission rates will apply only for those who wish to visit MOHAI’s galleries before the event. People attending the event to proceed to the screening but not MOHAI’s galleries.


Shannon Gee, who wrote, directed, photographed and edited the documentary.
Ron Chew, documentary co-producer, author of the companion book Remembering Silme Domingo and Gene Viernes: The Legacy of Filipino Labor Activism, published earlier this year by University of Washington Press.
Conor Casey, Labor Archivist from the Labor Archives of Washington, will speak about some of the archival collections that were used in the documentary and to talk about the new Cannery Worker Unions section of the Labor Archives Digital Collections Portal.

Domingo and Viernes, two reform officers in Seattle’s Alaska Cannery Workers’ Union, Local 37 of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), were gunned down as they worked in the union offices near Pioneer Square. The men were attempting to reform the union and were calling for better working conditions in the canneries. On the surface, their murders were meant to look like just another gang-related slaying, but later were revealed to be a hit originating from the Marcos regime.

The documentary details the murders, the fight for fair labor conditions, the civil rights movement the murdered men helped foster and the ensuing efforts to seek justice for their killings.

Chew will sign copies of his book, which will be available for purchase, at the screening.

Co-Sponsors: Labor Archives of Washington, the Pacific Northwest Historians Guild, Seattle Channel, Inlandboatmen’s Union of the Pacific, the Museum of History and Industry, and the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies


Connecting Collections, People, and Professionals

White board from inaugural meeting of the Puget Sound Special Collections Interest Group

Today marked the first meeting of the Puget Sound Special Collections Interest Group at the Seattle Public Library, which has been convened in an effort to encourage collaboration and communication among the various stakeholders in the local special collections and archives community.  I didn’t take a head count, but about thirty-five or so people made it to what was a very lively meeting.  As you can see, the group came up with a very ambitious and lengthy “to-do” list.  Thanks to Jodee Fenton of SPL and Sean Lanksbury of the Washington State Library for organizing the meeting.

Tomorrow the rest of you can drop by SPL to take in the annual Archives Fair extravaganza.  Happy Archives Month, everyone (there, got it in, just in the nick of time)!

Seattle Archives Fair: Part Two

Seattle Archives Fair 2009

PNW Blog paid a flying visit last Friday to the Archives Fair, which was held for the first time in the dramatic setting provided by SPL’s Central Library.  By all accounts, the event was even better attended than usual this year and deemed a real success.  Kudos to the organizers and all participants!  And come back soon, Hannah!

Seattle Archives Fair

Poster for 2009 Seattle Archives FairAs previously mentioned, the annual Seattle Archives Fair, sponsored by the Seattle Area Archivists, will take place this Friday, October 30th, 2009, on level 10 of the Seattle Public Library’s Central Branch.  Archivists from a wide range of local repositories will available to answer your questions and share information about the holdings of their institutions.

Representing the University of Washington Libraries Special Collections Division at this year’s event will be Hannah Palin, who will focus on our archival moving image collections.   The fair runs from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM.  Directions and additional information is available on the SPL Web site.

Archives Month 2009


How are you celebrating the American record?  Evidently here in Washington State, the answer is “playfully.”

Yesterday marked the start of what has now become known as “American Archives Month,” an annual national event, which started off on a more modest scale in New York City some twenty years ago.  You can find out more about this year’s Washington State’s Archives Month celebrations on a special Web site.  Activities taking place in the Seattle area include an archives fair to be held at the Central Branch of the Seattle Public Library on October 30th, from 11:00 AM-3:00 PM.

Play on!