Biographical Note

Scope and Content

Digital Content

Restrictions on Access

Restrictions on Use

Acquisition Info

Subject Terms


Preliminary Guide to the Eugene Barnett Oral History Collection



Manuscript Collection No.: 4553
Accession No.: 4553-001
Creator: Barnett, Eugene, 1891- , creator
Title: Eugene Barnett oral history collection
Date Span: 1940-1961
Quantity: .21 cubic feet (1 box)
3 sound cassettes (circa 154 min.)
1 transcript (24 pages)
Languages: Collection materials are in English.




Biographical Note

Born in 1891 in North Carolina, Barnett worked as a mineworker from the age of eight. After moving to Southwest Washington sometime after 1908, he joined the Industrial Workers of the World. On November 11, 1919, he witnessed the attack on the IWW union hall in Centralia, was arrested, tried, and imprisoned for eleven years. After his release to care for his ill wife, he worked as a miner and in various other occupations. He died in 1973.

Scope and Content

Oral history interviews with Eugene Barnett (1940 and 1961), transcript. In a self interview or speech, Barnett describes his life as a miner and his witnessing the attack on the Industrial Workers of the World union hall in Centralia, Washington on November 11, 1919; the aftermath, his imprisonment, and his later life. In the 1960 interview Archie Green interviews Barnett about additional details of his life and his strong belief in the labor union movement.

Digital Content

Listen to the audio recording of this interview on the Libraries Digital Collections site.

Restrictions on Access

Access to archival recordings: Due to the fragility of archival tape recordings, potential users may be required to arrange for transfer to digital format before the material can be accessed. Please contact Special Collections for further information.

Restrictions on Use

Creator's literary rights not transferred to the University of Washington Libraries

Acquisition Info

Donated by William Friedland, 11/21/1995


Subject Terms

Personal Names:
Barnett, Eugene, 1891- --Archives.
Friedland, William H., creator.
Green, Archie, creator.
Last modified: May 17, 2013
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