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UW archive gathers story of state's labor history

Terri Mast, National Secretary-Treasurer, IBU

Terri Mast, IBU National Secretary-Treasurer, was photographed among union archives. Click on the image to read the full Seattle Times article.

The University of Washington is making a special place for the documents of this state’s labor history in its University Libraries Special Collections. The labor archive is a compendium of letters, meeting minutes, rally posters, newspaper stories and photographs — a sort of day-by-day record of the business of running a union.

The UW has received money to grow and organize its already robust collection from local labor leaders themselves. Unions have raised $250,000 — including a $150,000 matching grant from the International Longshore and Warehouse Union’s longshore division — to help pay for an archivist. The university also is working with local unions to gather more material.

Using the collection: The UW Libraries’ Special Collections is open to the public. To find out how to view organizational records and personal papers relating to labor history, go to this link or call 206-543-1929.

From the Seattle Times

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