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Women & Labor: Personal Papers: Labor Union Leaders and Members

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Personal papers of labor leaders and rank-and-file workers. These collections were selected because they are the papers of female leaders or because they contain information on issues, events, or organizations that involved issues relating to women at work. 

E. Raymond Attebery papers, 1913-1979

Pastor of Grace Methodist Episcopal Church in Seattle (renamed Grace Methodist Church ca. 1939). Attebery was active in civic causes. In 1929 he played an active role in the effort to free Industrial Workers of the World members jailed after the 1919 Armistice Day clash between workers and veterans in Centralia. He was also a vocal advocate of Prohibition and a critic of American isolationism. Attebery joined the Washington National Guard as a chaplain in 1929. He was called to active duty in September 1940, and sent overseas the following year. He died while landing with his division on Biak Island, New Guinea, in May 1944. Scope and Content The E. Raymond Attebery Papers document the Seattle pastor's activities as a civic leader, soldier, and military chaplain. Accession 3176-1 includes correspondence with his family. The bulk of the letters are to his wife, Miriam, written while Attebery was serving as a chaplain during World War II. There are also letters to his children, Eliot, Jerry, Edgar, and Gay. (Edgar also served in World War II and would be killed in action just months after his father's death.) Letters to his mother, Betty, date largely from his time in France during World War I. A scrapbook containing letters and clippings documents Attebery's career from the early 1930s. The Class Notes were made while Attebery was attending Harvard Divinity School. Accession 3176-2 includes additional personal and church-related correspondence. Of note is a letter from President Franklin D. Roosevelt asking for Attebery's comments on local social conditions. His stance on Prohibition is outlined in the Writing file. The Friends of City Light subgroup includes correspondence and minutes of the organization, which was formed to support municipal ownership of Seattle's electric utility. The Committee on the Centralia Armistice Day Tragedy subgroup documents the efforts of Washington State church groups and individuals to exonerate International Workers of the World members imprisoned after the 1919 confrontation. The committee was established by the Puget Sound Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1929 to investigate the Centralia shootings and was part of a local movement that eventually led to a joint investigation by several national religious organizations. Attebery served as secretary of that special committee. The correspondence files document Attebery's requests to national organizations to join the effort. The report issued by the national groups in 1930 is also found in this subgroup.

Harry E.B. Ault (b. 1883-d.1961) papers , 1899-1956

Journalist, editor, and publisher of the Seattle Union Record, a trade union daily. Lived in socialist colony Equality. Became involved with various socialist newspapers and was co-founder of the Socialist Amateur Press Association. From 1912-1928, editor of Seattle Central Labor Council's Seattle Union Record. After the Seattle Union Record dissolved, Ault went into the commercial printing business and continued to write and publish political pamphlets throughout the 1930s. Deputy United States marshal for Tacoma, Washington 1938-1953.

Samuel B. Bassett papers, 1926-1965

Bassett was a Seattle plaintiffs lawyer who practiced with George Vandeveer from 1924-1942 and represented the Joint Council of Teamsters, No. 28 and various Teamster locals.

Franklin F. Behm papers, 1943-1946

Papers of a member of the Washington Federation of Teachers.

Antonia Bohan 1995 AFL-CIO Convention Delegate Collection, 1995-1996

Antonia "Toni" Bohan, the retiring Director of the Everett Contract Administration Office of Service Employees International Union, Local 925 Former president of SEIU Local 120, which merged into Local 925 around 2001. She collected this material as a Service Employees International Union delegate to the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) convention that elected John Sweeney president of the in 1995.

Jackie Boschok papers, 1979-2001 

Jackie Boschok (b. April 24, 1952) was a 30-year member, employee, and officer of the International Association of Machinists (IAM) 751. Boschok was also an officer in the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW) Puget Sound chapter as well as a member of the organization's national board. Boschok first became active in the union as soon as she started working at Boeing in 1980, working in a variety of positions and holding a variety of offices including steward and local lodge offices including recording secretary; treasurer; and auditor. Boschok served for seven years on the IAM District Council and worked as a Business Representative beginning in 2001, Union Organizer, and Health and Benefits Representative beginning in 2009.

Boschok also served on the Snohomish County Labor Council from 1993-2010, serving on their Executive Board for 10 years and serving on its Community Services Committee. Boschock was a member and leader of the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW) beginning in 1979 and in 1991 became a member of the national Executive Board. Boschok also served on the Washington State Labor Council’s Women’s Committee from 1994 to 2008, chaired the District 751 Women’s Committee beginning in 2006, and served on the United Way of Snohomish County Board of Directors for six years.

Arthur F. Broetje papers, 1934-1968

Teacher, president of the Bremerton Federation of Teachers, Local 336. He was also a member of the Bremerton AFL-CIO Labor Council, Washington State American Federation of Teachers Council, and Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO.

Bodil Wiel Campbell Papers, 1983

Teacher, basketball coach. Married women were not allowed to work as teachers, so her career ended when she married a school principal. Seattle Teacher's Union was organized in their home. Bodil "Bo" Cambpell is an activist in many projects on behalf of the elderly. She now lives at Four Freedoms House and is a member of Church of the People.

Robert "Bob" Coder Lockheed Shipbuilding Company Lockout Scrapbook, 1986-1987

Robert "Bob" Coder was a member of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 46--one of 13 maritime trade locals locked out by Lockheed Shipbuilding Company in 1986-1987. Scrapbook of newsclippings, correspondence, flyers, and Rank and File Newsletter from the 1986-1987 of 13 unions by Lockheed Shipbuilding Company.

William and Cecilia Corr papers, 1906-2006

William "Bill" John Corr and his wife Cecilia Genevieve Brodine Corr were activists in Seattle interested in socialism, labor, civil rights, and the environment. Cecilia Corr was also an artist. During World War II Bill worked as a welder and was an active unionizer until his communist associations were revealed in the 1950s.

Cecilia’s participation in peace efforts and civil rights included involvement with the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), Citizens' Train, Washington State Council of American-Soviet Friendship, and the Washington Committee to Protect the Foreign Born. Cecilia contributed to her activism through her artistic skills, illustrating newsletters for the Washington State Council of American-Soviet Friendship.

Clyde W. Deal papers, 1934-1978

Clyde Deal was a founder, president and business manager of the Ferryboatmen's Union of California, later the Inlandboatmen's Union of the Pacific, from 1918 to 1941. He joined the U.S. Conciliation Service in 1941 as a commissioner and served until 1945. For two years he was labor counselor in charge of labor negotions for the "Atlanta Journal." He rejoined the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service from 1948 to 1958. From 1958 to 1969, he was an arbitrator in labor disputes in California and Oregon. From 1965 to 1969, he was a labor consultant at the Tongue Point Job Corps Center in Oregon.

Hugh DeLacy papers, 1938-1985

Taugh English at the University of Washington, helped organize Local 410 of the American Federation of Teachers, and served as its delegate to the Seattle Central Labor Council, and a member of the Seattle City Council. Active in the Democratic Party and the Washington Commonwealth Federation. During World War II, worked as machinist in the shipyards. Congressman for the first district during the 79th Congress; active member of the left wing of the Democratic Party. Member of the Naval Affairs Committee and involved in labor legislation, public housing, and U.S. foreign policy, particularly in regard to China. Opposed the formation of the House Committee on Un-American Activities.

Cindy Domingo Papers, 1978-2010

Cindy Domingo, along with her brothers and sisters, played a key role in the Asian American and Filipino youth movements of the 1970s, and has been a community leader in the Seattle area since then. In the 1970s, she helped lead solidarity campaigns on the University of Washington campus against the Marcos dictatorship in the Philippines. She was active in the Union of Democratic Filipinos (KDP), for which she did organizing in Seattle and Oakland. On June 1st, 1981, Cindy's brother Silme Domingo, a KDP organizer and union reform activist in ILWU Local 37, was assassinated along with fellow union leader Gene Viernes. For the next ten years, Cindy served as the National Chair for the Committee for Justice for Domingo and Viernes. The campaign resulted in the conviction of the former ILWU Local 37 President and family friend Tony Baruso for organizing the assassination, and also proved that the murders had been ordered by the Marcos regime with U.S. government knowledge.

Cindy Domingo was an active member of the Washington State Rainbow Coalition in the 1980s, and served on the boards of the Church Council of Greater Seattle, LELO, and the International Examiner. She has been Board President of the Center for Social Justice and co-chair of U.S. Women & Cuba Collaboration, and currently serves as the Legislative Aide to King County Councilmember Larry Gossett.

Records relating to Cindy's activism and work as an officer in several organizations including Committee for Justice for Domingo and Viernes, Line of March, and the Union of Democratic Filipinos (In Tagalog: Katipunan ng mga Demokratikong Pilipino), or KDP.

Silme Domingo Papers, 1952-1992

Materials related to Silme Domingo's work related the Labor and Employment Law Office (LELO), Alaska Cannery Workers Association, officer in the Cannery Workers, ILWU Local 37, and collective bargaining and lawsuits with the the New England Fish Company, The King Dome in the International Discrict, the Filipino Community of Seattle, Inc. and Pilipino People's Far West Convention.

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