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Preliminary Guide to the Merle Daniel Adlum Papers



Manuscript Collection No.: 2050
Creator: Adlum, Merle Daniel, 1919-1986 , creator
Title: Merle Daniel Adlum papers
Date Span: 1945-1986
Quantity: 67.56 cubic feet
Languages: Collection materials are in English.




Biographical Note

Born in 1919, Merle Adlum was active in Seattle and Pacific Northwest union and civic affairs from the early sixties to his death in 1986. Among the most important positions held by Adlum were the presidency of the Inlandboatmen's Union of the Pacific from 1968-1979 and commissioner on the Seattle Port Commission from 1964-1983. Consequently, he had a major impact on the development of Puget Sound's maritime economy. Adlum worked for the Washington State Ferry System before joining the Inlandboatmen's Union. Among some of the civic organizations Adlum served were the Maritime Advisory Committee, the Interstate 90 Task Force (which was renamed the Committee for Balanced Regional Transportation), the Seattle-King County Development Council, a director of the San Francisco Branch of the Federal Reserve Board, 1979-1983; Seattle Opportunities Industrial Council, 1967-1984; the Washington Committee for Responsible Environmental Policy, 1970-1972; etc.

Adlum was born February 21, 1919 in Friday Harbor, Washington. His father was a purser who sailed the area around Seattle and the San Juan Islands, but he left the family when Merle was barely a year old. His mother, aptly named Oceana, was born at sea just two days after her Norwegian sea captain father anchored off Ballard. Adlum, himself, went to sea with an uncle at the age of twelve. He joined the Navy at seventeen, but was discharged after he broke his back during a storm. Returning to the Puget Sound area, Adlum recovered sufficiently to resume his maritime career working for the Washington state ferry system.

Captain Adlum was involved in numerous other organizations, but since his activites did not result in large quantities of material these records have been placed among the subject series of Adlum's personal papers. Adlum's personal filing system made little distinction between the organization he was representing. For instance, IBU or Port of Seattle stationary is routinely used for other business and material in one sub-group often relates to another. Subject files among his personal series also might relate to more than one function.

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Accession No. 2050-001
Adlum, Merle Daniel, 1919-1986
Merle Daniel Adlum papers, 1945-1986 (Bulk: 1963-1986)
63.28 cubic feet
Scope and Content
Correspondence, reports, invitations, clippings, photos, ephemera.
Papers cover Adlum's civic, union and personal activities
The papers in this accession have been arranged in subgroups reflecting Adlum's most important union and civic activities. After going to work for the Ferry Service, Adlum joined the Inlandboatmen's Union of the Pacific and in 1954 he went to work as special assistant to John M. Fox, president of the union. From then until 1966 he held this job as well as that of Assistant Business Agent of Local #6 of the Masters, Mates and Pilots which bargained jointly with the I.B.U. From 1966 to 1968 he served as Secretary of the I.B.U.'s Puget Sound Division and in 1968, following Fox's retirement, Adlum was elected president of the entire union. He held that position until 1979. His union activities led to the position of vice president of the Seafarers International Union of North America, which he held concurrently with his I.B.U. presidency. He was also the president of the Puget Sound Division of the A.F.L.-C.I.O.'s Maritime Trades Department from 1968 until 1983 and served as a member of the board of trustees of the Northwest Marine Retirement Trust Fund from 1968-1979.
Even after Adlum no longer held union office he continued to have a strong interest in the activities of organized labor. Thus a subject series called "Union Materials" has been created within Adlum's personal papers for union pursuits in the later years of his life.
Other subgroups resulted from Adlum's civic activities. In 1964 Adlum was appointed to the Seattle Port Commission. He was reelected in 1967 and continued in that position until 1983, when he failed to be retained for a fifth time.
Between the mid-sixties and the mid-seventies Adlum acted as chairman of the Maritime Advisory Committee for four different Seattle mayors and was also appointed to the Mayor's Convention Center Task Force.
He was a member of a number of committees created by the Seattle Chamber of Commerce, including the Alaska Resources Development Committee and the Interstate 90 Task Force. The I-90 Task Force was expanded in 1979 t o include more broad based participation and re-named the Committee for Balanced Regional Transportation with Adlum as president.
Similarly, Adlum served on the Board of Trustees of the Seattle-King County Development Council, later renamed the Central Puget Sound Economic Development Council.
On a state level Adlum was a commissioner on the Washington State Canal Commission from 1967-75 and on a regional level he served as a Director of the San Francisco Branch of the Federal Reserve Board from 1979-83.
Among the many private organizations with which he was affiliated, Adlum was most prominent in the Seattle Opportunities Industrial Council (1967-84), Washington Committee for Responsible Environmental Policy (1970-72), Alternatives for Washington (1974-75) , the Steamer Virginia V Foundation (1985-86), the Western Environmental Trade Association of Seattle (1973-78), the Washington Public Ports Association (1962-84) and the Shorewood Osteopathic Hospital (1981-83).
Also included in the subgroups are the papers relating to the Transportation Institute(1974-84) where Adlum was employed as a consultant.
The personal papers includes election materials relating both to Adlum's Port of Seattle campaigns as well as political campaigns of others. After his Port reelection records, the most extensive of the election series relates to the 1976 and 1980 gubernatorial campaigns of Dixie Lee Ray. The political material and Adlum's subject series comprise most of the personal papers, although there is some general correspondence, and significant numbers of newspaper clippings, invitations, photographs and ephemera.
Captain Adlum was involved in numerous other organizations, but since his activites did not result in large quantities of material these records have been placed among the subject series of Adlum's personal papers. Adlum's personal filing system made little distinction between the organizations he was representing. For instance, I.B.U. or Port of Seattle stationary is routinely used for other business and material in one sub-group often relates to another. Subject files among his personal series also might relate to more than one function.
Restrictions on Access
Open to all users.
Records stored offsite; advance notice required for use.
Restrictions on Use
Creator's literary rights not transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.
Acquisition Info
Donated by Merle Adlum, 1/1/1972.
Separated Material
During processing some personal financial records were discarded as were numerous Port of Seattle publications and, to a lesser degree, publications of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. Some of the Port of Seattle and government publications were selected for retention by the Government Publications Division. About 3 cubic feet of union records from the fifties and sixties were transferred to the Inlandboatmen's records where they more properly belonged.
BoxDate
1-14Merle D. Adlum Personal Papers1945-1986
1Biographical Features
1General Correspondence ca. 1945-1986
2-3Invitations
3Speeches and Writings
Speeches and Writings by Merle Adlum
Speeches and Writings by Others
4-7Campaign Materials
4-5Campaign Materials: Merle Adlum Seattle Port Commission Campaigns 1967-1983
6-7Campaign Materials: Others, including Dixie Lee Ray and Henry M. Jackson
7-13Subject Series1960-1986
7Adlum, Merle. Maritime Man of Year Award 1972
7Airport Property 1984-1986
7Alaska. Railroad 1982
7Alaska-Canada Railroad1976
7Alaska Gas Pipeline - OMAR (Organization for the Management of Alaska's Resources)1975-1976
7Alaska Pipeline1974
7Alaska Pipeline and Natural Resources Seminar 1974-1976
7Alyeska Pipeline Service Co.1976-1985
7American Century Corp.1982-1984
7American National Red Cross1972-1976
8Atlantic Richfield Co.1977
8Berg, Richard. Saudi ArabiaUndated
8Bigler Container Systems1981-1983
8Brevick, Art1981-1982
8Catholic Seamen's Club1974-1985
8Coal1981-1982
8Alaska Coal Marketing Conference
8Coal Ports - General
8Coal Ports - Potential
8Coal Ports - Puget Sound
8Coal Seminar - Puget Sound
8Coal News Clippings
8Coast Guard Academy Foundation Inc.1976-1981
8Coast Guard Museum Northwest1976-1986
8Colman Dock Historical Exhibit1981-1982
8Committee for Seattle International High School 1982
8Council for Washington's Future1973-1979
8Diamond Parking1984
8Energy1973-1977
8Alcan Pipeline
8Crisis
8Electric
8El Paso-Alaska Co.
8Federal Power Commission
9Energy, Miscellaneous
9Energy Clippings
9Energy Systems Transmission Inc. 1981
9Evergreen Safety Council1974-1984
9Export Assistance Center of Washington1986
9Federal Union1976-1977
9Fraser, Clara1980
9Friends of the "Arthur Foss" 1982-1983
9Four Freedoms House of Seattle 1976-1981
9Harbor Club1976-1986
9Haydon, John1969-1974
9Hinchey, Ken1977-1978
9Interaction/Transition1980-1981
9International Association of Ports and Harbors 1974
9Japan-America Society1965-1978
9Jones Act1974-1983
9KCTS Channel 91982-1984
10King County Coalition of Nursing Home Resident Councils1981-1983
10League of Women Voters of Seattle1970-1976
10Lundberg, Harry. School of Seamanship1975-1983
10Luvera, Paul1982
10Magnuson, Warren G. Friends of Committee 1981
10Marine Fire Protection Project1973-1985
10Marion, Arlen1981-1982
10Maritime Alliance of the Pacific Northwest 1985-1986
10Muskoxen1982
10National Governors Conference on International Trade 1979
10National Jewish Hospital1983-1984
10Adlum, Merle. Dinner
10Magnuson, Warren G. Dinner
10Ray, Dixie Lee. Dinner
10National Maritime Council1975-1981
10National Maritime Week1981-1986
10National Symposium on Marine Transportation Management1975
10Navy League of the United States1968-1982
10Nissan Motor Co.1973-1974
10Northern Tier Pipeline1982
10Northwest Center for the Retarded1980-1983
10Northwest Ferry Retirees1982-1985
10Northwest Regional Conference on the Emerging Economic Order1978-1979
10Northwest Seaport1985-1986
11 Ocean Mining1978
11Oil Port Controversy1977-1979
11Pacific Coast Association of Port Authorities 1967-1977
11Pacific Northwest Foundation for Products of Excellence1978-1979
11Pacific Northwest Science Center1977-1984
11Pacific Northwest Waterways Association (formerly Inland Empire Waterways Association)1960-1982
11Public Health Service System
11Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society1971-1983
11Russia. East-West Trade1972
11Russia Trip (Tashkent). City of Seattle1974
12Sea-World Processors Inc.1983
12Seattle. Seattle 20001973
12Smits, Ted1981
12Union Materials1979-1986
12Inland Boatmen's Union of the Pacific
12I.B.U. Case 36-CD-1701982
12I.B.U. Alaska.
12O ' Clary, Greg. Trial.
12Sea Way Express
12Explorer Cruise Line
12Convention Materials
12Collective Bargaining Information
12Clippings
12United States . Labor Department, re Ferry purchase by Washington State Highway Commission1973
12U.S.A. Coalition Advisory Committee1985
12U.S. Fishing Industry1979-1980
12 U.S.S. Oklahoma Association Inc.1981-1984
13United for Washington1979
13Washington. Department of Transportation. Seattle Ferry Terminal Design Study1979-1980
13Washington. University. Higher Education Financing Proposal. Citizens Committee1982-1983
13Washington. University. Political Science Advisory Board1978
13Washington Council on International Trade 1976-1982
13Washington Generals1977-1978
13Washington Highway Users Federation1982
13Washington Public Employees Retirement System 1974-1976
13Washington State Centennial '891986
13Washington State China Relations Council 1979-1983
13Washington State International Trade Fair 1973-1984
13Waterfront Awareness1982-1983
13Weird Order of OozikUndated.
13World Affairs Council1968-1979
14Resumes
14Clippings
14Publications
14Ephemera
14Appointment Calendars
15Alternatives for Washington1974-1975
15-18Central Puget Sound Economic Development District (formerly Seattle-King County Economic Development Council)1971-1982
19-20Seattle Chamber of Commerce1972-1986
19 Health Care Committee1978
19Alaska Resources Development Committee1976-1982
19I-90 Task Force 1978-1986
20Puget Sound Navigational Safety Company1975
20Government Affairs Council1982
20Petroleum Policy Task Force1975-1980
20International Trade Task Force1982
20Committee For Balanced Regional Transportation1980-1983
21Seattle Mayor's Office. Maritime Advisory Committee1956-1976
21Seattle Mayor's Office. Convention Center Task Force1977-1984
22Seattle Opportunities Industrialization Center1967-1984
22Shorewood Osteopathic Hospital1981-1983
22Steamer Virginia V. Foundation1985-1986
23Transportation Institute1975-1980
23Subject Series1977-1980
23Cargo Group1978
23California Crude Oil
23Export Credit Sale Program
23Navy's Use of Private Vessels
23Norwegian Flag Vessels
23P.L. 480 (Food Aid Policy and Cargo Preference
23SRP Program
23Energy1977
23H.R. 1614 (U.S. Crews-Drilling Rigs)1977
23Luciano, Peter1977-1984
23Pacific Sea Power Forum1980
23Railroad Acts1975-1976
23Richardson Associates Transaction1975-1976
23Sail Cargo Concept1980-1981
23Sea Use Council1978
23Shipping Forecasts 1976
23State Legislation1977
23Steering Committee1977
23Towing and Dredging1975-1979
23U.S. Merchant Marine-Navy Utilization1976-1978
23U.S. Transportation DepartmentUndated
23Users Tax1977
23Virgin Islands1977
23Wheelhouse Personnel1978
23Speeches, Writings, and Testimony1977-1982
24Publications of Transportation Institute
24-25Washington State Canal Commission1966-1975
26Washington Committee For a Responsible Environmental Policy1970-1972
26 Washington Public Ports Association1962-1984
26Petroleum Facilities Committee 1974-1975
26Subject Series1981-1982
23Jones Act1982
23Washington Legislature1981
26Western Environmental Trade Association of Seattle1973-1978
27Inlandboatmen's Union of the Pacific1968-1978
27Correspondence1972-1978
27Presidentca. 1974-1978
27Inlandboatmen's Unionca. 1972-1977
28Reading File
28Speeches, Writings, and Testimony
28Speeches, Writings, and Testimony by Adlum
28Speeches, Writings, and Testimony by Others
29Executive Council1966-1978
29Strikes
29Dues Increases
29Grievances
29Pensions
29Financial Records
30Insurance
30Legal Documents and Matters
31-32Negotiations and Contracts
33-34Subject Series
35-37Legislation
35Regional Divisions of the Inlandboatmen's Union-Correspondence
35Alaska
36Columbia River
36Puget Sound
36Hawaii
37San Francisco
37Southern California
38-40Elections
40-41Conventions1972-1979
43Publications
43Photos
43Ephemera
44Clippings
45-48AFL-CIO Maritime Trades Department1971-1986
45-47General Correspondence
46Subject Series
47-48Conferences and Conventions
48Speeches and Writings
48Speeches and Writings by Merle Adlum
48Speeches and Writings by Others
48Financial Records
48Ephemera
49-50Seafarers International Union of North America, AFL-CIO 1968-1979
51-55Northwest Marine Retirement Trust Fund1968-1979
56-57U.S. Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, Seattle Branch, Directors Board1979-1983
58-64Seattle Port Commission1964-1983
58General Correspondence
58Speeches and Writings
58Speeches and Writing by Merle Adlum
58Speeches and Writing by Others
59-62Subject Series1964-1983
59Port of Seattle History
59Airport. Sea-Tac International Airport1964-1969
59Name Change1983
59Operators Council1965-1966
59Property1983
59Sea-Tac Task Force1983
59Sea-Tac Taxis1981-1983
59 Alaska1964-1966
59Alaska Ferry Terminal1975-1978
59Alaskan Way Street Car1981
59Anchorage Harbor Shoal1975
59Associations1964-1967
59Block, Jack. Port Commissioner1975-1976
59Boat Basin, Seattle1969-1974
59Bulk Loading Facility1964-1965
60Capital Improvements Committee1964-1966
60Central Association1964-1965
60China
60Bo Yibo - Vice Premier1980
60Potential Trade1971
60Coal1982
60Container Jurisdiction - Teamsters vs. Longshoremen 1969
60Cranes1966
60D-2 Lands Claim1977-1979
60Duwamish Basin1966-1983
60Eastside Airfield - Bellevue1980-1983
60
60Energy1977
60Energy Education Workshop1982
60Federal Maritime Commission1964-1965
60First Avenue Bridge1981
60Fish Processing Relocation1965
60Fishermen's Terminal1965-1967
60Foreign Trade Zone1964-1983
60Goldmark, Peter C.1982
60Grain1964-1965
60Grain Terminal1966
60Harbor Area Leases1964-1966
60Industrial Development1964-1966
60Industrial Revenue Bond Program1982
60Insurance1966
60Japan1966-1967
60Kellogg Island1976-1983
60King County1964
60Kotkins, Henry - Port Commissioner1980-1983
60Kotkins, Henry. Bicycle Path1974-1975
60Legal Counsel1964-1966
60Log Exports1965
60Little, A. D. Report1964
60Lysen, King1972-1978
60McManus, Tom1982
60Magnolia Club versus Port of Seattle1982
60Memberships1964-1966
60Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee1980
60
60Non-Discrimination1964-1965
60Northwest Marine Terminal Association1965
60Olympic Steam Ship Co., 1965-1966
60Pacific Northwest-Southwest Air Service1965-1966
61 Pacific Coast Association of Port Authorities 1965-1967
61Personnel1964-1970
61 Piers1964-1983
6151966
6118 - Todd Shipyard's Plant "A"1964-1966
6120 and 211965-1967
61251965
6128 and 291965-1966
61301964
6136, 37, 38, and 39 - Proposed1964-1967
6146 - Alaska Steamship Co.1964-1966
6146 - Matson Navigation1964-1965
61481964-1966
61661966
6190 and 911981-1983
61Miscellaneous1964-1967
61Pilfering1980
61Port Watch1983
61Ports. Miscellaneous1964-1966
61The Preston1982
61Puget Sound Port Authority - Proposed1982
61Publicity1964-1966
61Railroad "Excess Crew" Law1965
61Rembold Corp.1983
61Risedorf-Lewis, James. Request to table agenda item #111981
61Seattle1964-1966
61Seattle. Port
61Industrial Development Corporation of the Port of Seattle1982
61Finances1964-1966
61Purposes and Objective1959-1980
6170th Anniversary1981
61Walking Tour1979-1980
61General1965-1966
61Seattle Marine Business Coalition1982-1983
61Sea-Land Service Inc.1964-1966
61Sea-Land Lease1982
61Sea-Land versus Tote1975-1976
61Scarbrough, Dwight1975-1977
62Shilshole Bay Marina1965-1981
62Sister Port Cities - Kobe, Japan and Seattle 1966-1967
62Statistical1964-1966
62Tacoma, Port of. Container Terminal1981-1983
62Tardiff, Anthony - $1. Boat Auction1982-1983
62Trade Promotion and Development1964-1982
62Uhlman, Wes1975
62U.S. Economic Development Administration. Project Application1966
62U.S. Government1965-1966
62U.S. Navy. Home Port. Carrier Task Force Group. 1983
62Vessel Information1975-1978
62Washington. State1965-1967
62Washington Public Ports Association1965-1967
62West Seattle1970-1983
62West Seattle Boat Marina1977-1982
62West Seattle Bridge1977-1983
62World Trade Center1965-1967
63Expense Receipts
63Promotional Hosting
63Travel
63Conventions and Conferences 1967-1983
63Clippings
63Photos
64Publications

  
Accession No. 2050-019
Adlum, Merle Daniel, 1919-1986
Merle Daniel Adlum papers, 1964-1986 (Bulk: 1979-1986)
4.28 cubic feet
Scope and Content
Correspondence, minutes, campaign files, ephemera, photos, tape recordings.
Photographs are of Inlandboatmen's Union of the Pacific gatherings, and partially identified cassette tapes are of Inlandboatmen's Union conventions as well as Adlum's Seattle Port Commission radio ads.
Restrictions on Access
Open to all users.
Records stored offsite; advance notice required for use.
Restrictions on Use
Creator's literary rights not transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.
Acquisition Info
Donated by Miriam Adlum, 4/4/1990.
BoxDate
1-5Merle Daniel Adlum papers
1Correspondence
1Campaign Files
1 Ephemera and Related Series
2, 3 Photographs
3 Clippings
4 Tape Recordings
5Clippings
5Sailor's Union of the Pacific Historical Booklet 1985
AFL-CIO. Martime Trades Department Puget Sound District1972-1978
Includes Minutes and Correspondence

Subject Terms

Personal Names:
Adlum, Merle Daniel, 1919-1986--Archives.
Jackson, Henry M. (Henry Martin), 1912-1983.
Ray, Dixy Lee, creator.
Wright, James Arlington, 1927-
Organizations:
AFL-CIO. Maritime Trades Dept.
Inland Boatmen's Union of the Pacific.
Seattle Port Commission.
Subjects:
Civic leaders--Washington (State)--Seattle.
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