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Guide to the Robert E. Burke Collection
1892-1994



Manuscript Collection No.: 2874, 4128
Creator: Burke, Robert E. (Robert Eugene), 1921-1998
Title: Robert E. Burke collection
Date Span: 1892-1994
Quantity: 60.43 cubic feet (68 boxes plus two oversize folders and one oversize vertical file)
Languages: Collection materials are in English.




Biographical Note

Professor of history, University of Washington; collector, author. 1921- .

Robert E. Burke was a history professor at University of Washington from 1958 until 1993. Burke acquired this collection during his research, which often focused on studies of progressive and radical politics in California and the United States during the New Deal.

The Washington Commonwealth Federation was created in 1935 from efforts of the Commonwealth Builders. It was a coalition of organized labor, local Democratic Party clubs, advocates of technocracy, and old-age pension supporters. It operated as a left-wing political organization that sought to control the Democratic Party of of Washington state. For most of its history, it focused on drafting, supporting, and endorsing candidates for local, state and federal public offices, and lobbying public officials in pursuit of its own policy agenda. The Federaton was often a center of controversy because of the dominant role played by the Communist Party in setting Federation policy, and because many of its members were also members of the Communist Party. Hugh DeLacy, the Federation's president from 1938 to 1945, was elected to Congress from Seattle in 1944. His election was a high point for the organization, but also left it with a leadership crisis. Having achieved some of its goals in effecting Democratic Party unity and change, the WCF dissolved in 1945.

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Accession No. 2874-002
Robert E. Burke collection, 1934-1945
9.06 cubic feet (9 boxes, one oversize vertical file)
Scope and Content
Correspondence, convention and campaign files, minutes, financial records, resolutions, speeches and writings, and lists, of the Washington Commonwealth Federation; 1934-1945.
Restrictions on Access
Open to all users.
Restrictions on Use
Creator's literary rights not transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.
Acquisition Info
Donated by Robert E. Burke, Prof. UW History Dept., September 22, 1978
Box/FolderDate
Washington Commonwealth Federation
1/1Organizational Features1941, 1943; undated
1/2Constitution1938, 1940; undated
1/3Charters, License, Etc.1942, 1944; undated
General Correspondence
1/4Abel, Donundated
1/5American Federation of Labor. King County1941
1/6American Red Cross1944
1/7Becker, Ray1938
1/8Bone, Homer T.1936-44
1/9Central Labor Council of Seattle and Vicinity1936
1/10-14Coffee, John M.1937-44
1/15Devin, William F.1943, 1944
1/16Dill, Clarence C.1942
1/17Hill, Knute1939-42
1/18Holmes, Hal1943, 1944
1/19Horan, Walt1943, 1944; undated
1/20International Labor Defense1944; undated
1/21International Woodworkers of America. Sub-Local #2, Pacific County1941
1/22International Woodworkers of America. Washington State Local 3-47 Salkum, WA1940
1/23Jackson, Henry M.1941-44
1/24Japanese American Committee for Democracy1942
1/25Ku Klux Klan. Seattle Realm No. 11937; undated
1/26Labor’s Non-Partisan League1938-41
1/27Leavy, Charles H.1938-42
1/28Levine, David1939
1/29-32Magnuson, Warren G.1937-44
1/33Marcantonio, Vito1941
1/34Miles, W.M.1942
1/35National Conference on Constitutional Amendment1937
1/36-41National Federation for Constitutional Liberties1941-43; undated
1/42Rosellini, Albert D.1941
1/43Rosellini, Hugh J.1941
1/44Ross, J. D. (U.S. Bonneville Power Project)1938
1/45Schuster, Joseph E.1942
1/46Smith, Martin F.1937-42
1/47Tyler, Richard G.1940
1/48U.S. Treasury Department1939
1/49 U.S. Week (News Journal) 1941
1/50Wallace, Henry A. (U.S. Vice President)1942; undated
1/51Wallgren, Monrad C.1938-42
1/52Washington Commonwealth Federation. 31st District1939, 1940
1/53Washington Liberal Coalition1938
1/54Washington State Federation of Labor1940-42
1/55Wheeler, Burton K.1941
1/56Willkie, Wendell1942
1/57-61Miscellaneous1938-44
General Correspondence By Geographical Location
1/62Aberdeen1939, 1940
1/63Alaska1936-39; undated
1/64Cowlitz County1939
1/65Grays Harbor County1937-41
1/66Kelso, Longview1940-42
1/67King County. Miscellaneous1941-42
1/68Kitsap County1940
1/69, 70Mason County1940-42
1/71Olympic Peninsula1940-41
1/72Onalaska1940, 1941
1/73Pend Oreille County1938
1/74, 75Pierce County1938, 1941
1/76Ryerwood1942
1/77Skagit County1940-42
1/78Snohomish County1940-42
1/79Spokane1942
1/80Thurston County1937-42
1/81Utah1939
1/82Vancouver1941
1/83Wenatchee1942
1/84, 85Whatcom County1939-42
1/86Yakima1941
1/87Yakima County1940
General Correspondence Regarding
1/88International Woodworkers of America Claims1938
1/89La Follette Committee1936, 1939; undated
1/90Maritime Unions1941, 1942
1/91National Defense Firings (Navy Yard)1941, 1942; undated
1/92Natural Resources1941
1/93Public Welfare1937, 1938; undated
1/94Rejection of Washington Commonwealth Federation1935
1/95Sawyer, Harold M.1938
1/96Soviet Relations1941, 1942; undated
1/97Victory Fighters1944
Subject Series
2/16th Congressional District1941
2/2, 3Aberdeen (Laura Law Murder Case)1940
2/4Academic Freedom1941
2/5Aeronautical Mechanics Union Local 7511940, 1941
2/6-10Affiliates1935-44
2/11Affiliates. Congress of Industrial Organizations1944
2/12Affiliates. Disaffiliates1937-40
2/13Affiliates. Labor1935-37
2/14Affiliates. Letters to1941-42
2/15Affiliation. Application for1940
2/16America First Committeeundated
2/17American Civil Liberties Union1937-40
American Committee for Protection of Foreign Born
2/18General Correspondence1942-44
2/19Minutes1942-44
2/20American League for Peace and Democracy1937-39
2/21Anchor Press1938
2/22Anti-Fascist Washington Commonwealth Federation Meeting1941
2/23Anti-Fascist1939, 1943; undated
2/24Associated Farmers1938-39
2/25Atlantic Charter Rally1942
2/26Blackout Ordinanceundated
2/27-31Bridges, Harry1939-44
2/32Browder, Earl1942
2/33California1938, 1939
2/34, 35Canada1938-42; undated
2/36Christian Party1936; undated
2/37Civilian Defenseundated
2/38, 39Civil Liberties1939-44; undated
2/40Civil Liberties (Re: Vincent Noga)1920-44; undated
2/41Civil Liberties (Wapato Race Riot)1939
2/42Colorado Progressive Federation1939
2/43Communism (Communist Party U.S.A.)1938; undated
2/44Congress of Industrial Organizations1939-42; undated
2/45Conscription Bill1940
2/46Consumer’s Action1941; undated
2/47Defense Work1941, 1942; undated
2/48Democratic Questionnaire1937
Dies Committee1942
2/49General Correspondence1942
2/50Miscellany1942
2/51Fair Employment Practices1942, 1942
2/52Farley, James A.1938, 1939; undated
2/53Fascism1936; undated
3/1Food for Victory1942, 1943; undated
3/2Fund and Sub Drive1940
3/3Health1938-40
3/4Hootenannies1944; undated
3/5Housingundated
3/6Initiative 1301938
3/7Initiative 1511942
Japan Boycott
3/8General Correspondence1937-40
3/9Minutes1938
3/10Speeches and Writings1937-40; undated
3/11Clippings1937-39
Misc.Oversize. Box 5Posters    OVERSIZEundated
3/12Ephemera/Miscellanyundated
3/13King County Political Action Committeeundated
3/14 King County Sentinel 1937; undated
3/15Langlie, Arthur B.undated
3/16Lease1941-44
3/17, 18Legislative1934-44; undated
3/19Legislative. State1941-42 undated
3/20Legislative Miscellaneous1942-44
3/21Martin, Charles E.undated
3/22Martin, Clarence D.1936; undated
3/23Migratory Labor1938; undated
3/24Milk Survey1939, 1942; undated
3/25Monopoly1938, 1942
3/26Moral Rearmament1939
3/27Nazi1937; undated
3/28Negro1937-42; undated
3/29New Order of Cincinnatus1937, 1938; undated
3/30Nursery Schools1942; undated
3/31Oklahoma Criminal Syndicalism Cases (International Labor Defense)1941, 1942
Old Age Pension Unions (Seattle Old Age Pension Union and Washington Pension Union)
3/32General Correspondence1938-42; undated
3/33Membership Listsundated
3/34Miscellany1937-44
3/35Pacific County1937; undated
3/36Peace1939; undated
3/37Philippines and Filipinos1939; undated
3/38Precinctsundated
3/39Price Control1942-44; undated
3/40Public Power1941, 1942; undated
3/41Radio License1940; undated
3/42Relief Crisis1939
3/43Renter’s Protective League of Washington1937; undated
Rents
3/44General Correspondence1941, 1942; undated
3/45Speeches, Writings and Reports1941, 1942; undated
3/46Regulations (Federal)1942
3/47Miscellany1942; undated
3/48Roosevelt, Franklin .D.1941-44; undated
Russian War Relief, Inc.
3/49General Correspondence1941, 1942; undated
3/50Listsundated
3/51Schwellenbach, Lewis B.1937-39
3/52Seattle. City Council1943, 1944; undated
3/53 Seattle Post-Intelligencer undated
3/54 Seattle Star 1937-39
3/55Smith, Tom1939
3/56Sound Truck1939, 1940; undated
3/57Sponsoring Committeesundated
3/58 Sunday News 1935-38; undated
3/59Third Term for FDR1940; undated
3/60Trade Unions. AFL1943-45; undated
4/1Trade Unions. CIO1942-44
4/2, 3Trade Unions. Lists1937-44; undated
4/4Trotsky, Leon1942; undated
U.S. Farm Security Administration
4/5General Correspondence1939
4/6Reports1938, 1939
4/7U.S. National Labor Relations Board1937-41; undated
4/8U.S. Supreme Court Conferenceundated
4/9U.S. Works Projects Administration1938-40; undated
4/10Voters Aid League Serviceundated
4/11War1935-38; undated
4/12Washington State Social Security Council1944
4/13Whatcom County1937, 1938
4/14Women1939; undated
4/15Workers Alliance of Washington1936, 1937; undated
4/16Zioncheck Memorial Library and Fund1937, 1939; undated
Campaigns And Conventions
1936 Campaign
4/17General Correspondence
4/18Miscellany
4/19Union Party
1936 (July) Convention
4/20Delegate Roll Call
4/21-23Miscellany
4/24Legislative Proposals
4/25Resolutions
1936 (April) Everett Committee
4/26Minutes
4/27Adopted Resolutions
4/28Constitution Committee Report
1936 (November) Convention
4/29Minutes
1937 (September) Convention
4/30Applications
4/31Committees
4/32Convention Calls
4/33General Correspondence
4/34, 35Credentials
4/36Delegates
1938 Campaign
4/37Affidavits
4/38General Correspondence
4/39Miscellany
4/401938 Campaign (Seattle Mayoralty)
1938 (February) Convention – City-County
5/1General Correspondence
5/2Miscellany
5/3Credentials
5/4Minutes
5/5Resolutions
1938 (November) Legislative Conference
5/6Minutes
5/7, 8Credentials
5/9Platform Committee
5/10Proceedings
5/11, 12Miscellany
5/13Resolutions
1940 (February) Convention
5/14General Correspondence
5/15-18Miscellany
5/19-21Credentials
5/22State Board Resolutions
5/23Resolutions
1941 (February) Legislative Convention and Conference
5/24General Correspondence
5/25Delegates, Resolutions
5/26Delegates and Credentials
5/27Delegate Statistics
5/28Resolutions
5/29, 30Miscellany
1942 Campaign
6/1District Reports
6/2District Worker Lists
6/3Precinct Workers
6/4City Primaries
1942 (September) Convention
6/5General Correspondence
6/6Credentials
6/71942 (February) Washington’s Birthday Conference
6/8, 91943 (February) Washington’s Birthday Conference
1943 Campaign
6/10Election Information (Out of Town)
6/111944 Legislative Candidates
6/121944 Campaign (Spring) – Political Welfare Committee
6/13, 141945 Convention – Dissolution
6/15undated District Work
6/16undated Ephemera
Conferences And Conventions
6/172nd District Conference, Burlington1942
6/18Farm-Labor1940-41
6/19Independent Democrats of Washington Nominations1940
Washington State Emergency Defense Conference
6/20, 21General Correspondence1941
6/22Resolutions1941
6/23Miscellany1941
6/24Washington State Industrial Union Council1940
Campaigns And Candidates
DeLacy, Hugh 1937 City Council Campaign
6/25Campaign Material
6/26Endorsements
Clippings
6/27City Light and other Power Problems
6/28Education
6/29Labor
6/30Miscellaneous Council Issues and City Items
6/31Miscellaneous Legislative Notes
6/32Municipal Health Issues
6/33Municipal Transportation Problems
6/34Pre-Primary
6/35Post-Primary
6/36Relief and WPA
6/37Radio Continuity
7/1Miscellany
7/2, 3Publications
7/4, 5DeLacy, Hugh 1938 City Council Campaign - Miscellany
7/6DeLacy, Hugh 1939 City Council Campaign - Miscellany
DeLacy, Hugh 1940 City Council Campaign
7/7General Correspondence
7/8Endorsements
7/9General Literature
7/10Miscellany
DeLacy, Hugh 1942 City Council Campaign
7/11, 12General Correspondence
7/13Ads and Clippings
7/14Clippings
7/15Campaign Finances
7/16Finances
7/17, 18Literature of Others
7/19Miscellaneous
7/20News Releases
7/21Radio Continuity
7/22, 23Radio Speeches
DeLacy, Hugh 1942 City Council Campaign (Spring)
7/24Lists
7/25Miscellany
7/26Publicity and Statements
7/27DeLacy, Hugh Record 1937-40
Misc. Oversize Box 7DeLacy, Hugh – Campaign Posters    OVERSIZE1942
7/28Kingston, Ross City Council Campaign1939
Pettus, Terry City Council Campaign1944
7/29General Correspondence
7/30District Reports
7/31Literature
7/32Miscellany
7/33Radio Continuity
8/1Finances
8/2Workers
8/3Democratic Party – Convention
Misc. Oversize Box 7Posters and Writings    OVERSIZE
8/4Warner, Joe Campaign (State House)undated
8/5Platform1936-40; undated
8/6-8Public Welfare Resolutions1938, 1941; undated
8/9, 10Resolutionsundated
Speeches And Writings
8/11Coffee, John M.1941-44
8/12DeLacy, Hughundated
8/13Grange1939, 1940
8/14Memoranda (for Richard Neuberger Regarding Democratic Party)1938; undated
8/15Press Releases1941, 1944; undated
Bulletins
8/16, 17Miscellaneous1937, 1938; undated
8/18Industrial Council of Washington, Seattle Division1936
Newsletters
8/19 Seattle Municipal News 1943
8/20 The Week 1938-40
8/21of Others (including Bulletins)1936-41
8/22Publications1936-42
Lists
8/23ADC (Mothers, Blacksmiths, Teachers, etc.)1942
BSEU
8/24Members1942
8/2543rd District1942
8/26Churches1939
8/27Community Clubundated
8/28District Contactsundated
8/29Grange1941, 1944; undated
8/30Laborundated
8/31Legislative Districtsundated
8/32Machinists1943, 44; undated
8/33, 34Miscellaneous1938-45; undated
8/35Newspapersundated
8/36School Teachers1943
8/37Legal Documents1935-40; undated
Case Files
8/38Edwin J. Brown vs. Washington Commonwealth Federation1940
8/39H.J. Parker Suit1940
8/40 New Dealer 1939
8/41Pearsall, R.J. (Federal Writer’s Project, Tacoma)1939
8/42Recall (WA State Senator Joseph Roberts)1941
Financial Records
8/43Miscellaneous1937, 1938
8/44Capital Stock Tax1937-41
8/45Financial Statements1939-44; undated
9/1Accounts Payable1942
9/2Social Security Reports1941, 1942
9/3Taxes1943, 1944; undated
9/4Financial Statements1944
9/5Miscellany1937-40; undated
9/6Ephemera1938; undated
9/7Armed Services Welfare Committee1942
9/8Commonwealth Builders Executive Board (incl. Minutes)1934-36
Executive Committee
9/9General Correspondence1937-41
9/10-13Minutes1936-44
9/14Minutes and Miscellany1942; undated
9/15Actions and Resolutions1944
9/16Miscellany1936
9/17“500” Club1939, 1940
Youth Section
9/18Emergency Youth Committee - General Correspondence1936-41; undated
9/19Miscellany1936, 1937; undated
9/20Rabbitt, Thomas C. (legislative Correspondence)1945
Democratic Party. King County
9/21General Correspondence1936-39
9/22Minutes1938
9/23Resolutionsundated
9/24Miscellany1938, 1940; undated
Democratic Party. Washington
9/25, 26General Correspondence1938, 1940
9/27Minutes And Speeches1938
9/28, 29Platform1936-46
9/30Resolutions1938
9/31Miscellany1938
Democratic Party. Convention, Washington State
9/32General Correspondence1942
9/33Minutes1942
9/34Resolutions And Committee Membership Lists1942
Democratic Party. [U.S.]
9/35General Correspondence1940
9/36Platform1936
9/37Miscellany1940
9/38-40Duplicates

  
Accession No. 2874-004
Robert E. Burke collection, 1892-1960 (Bulk: 1932-1959)
4.53 cubic feet (11 boxes, two oversized folders)
Scope and Content
Ephemera, newsletters and other serial publications, clippings, and scrapbook collected by Robert E. Burke. Subjects include: Franklin D. Roosevelt, the New Deal, labor, the Communist and Socialist parties and the Spanish Civil War.
Restrictions on Access
Open to all users.
Restrictions on Use
Creator's literary rights not transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.
Acquisition Info
Robert E. Burke, January 1, 1960.

  
Accession No. 4128-001
Robert E. Burke collection, 1947-1990
26 cubic feet (26 boxes)
Scope and Content
Correspondence, minutes of meetings, reports, notes, conference and convention files, speeches, writings, and research files; ca. 1947-1990.
Restrictions on Access
Open to all users.
Restrictions on Use
Creator's literary rights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.
Acquisition Info
Robert Burke, 7/25/90; Boxes 5,6,7 received from Mss. 6/23/90, June 23, 1990

  
Accession No. 4128-002
Robert E. Burke collection, 1910-1994
20.42 cubic feet (21 boxes)
Scope and Content
Correspondence, research notes, course history files, conference presentations, indexes, typescripts, typescripts of others, dissertations of others, and research related material; 1910-1994. The bulk of these papers is composed of source material on Hiram Johnson, U.S. Senator from California; the Hearst newspapers; and E.W. Scripps and the Scripps West Coast newspapers. Course history files and correspondence with Garland Publishing regarding Burke's editorial responsibilities are the other major series. Also notable are the indexes compiled for references to Hiram Johnson in the N.Y. Times, Congressional Record, books, articles, theses and in manuscript respositories and archives (1911-1981).
Restrictions on Access
Open to all users, but access to portions of the papers restricted. Contact repository for details.
Restrictions on Use
Robert Burke's literary rights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries; permission is required to quote material created by others.
Acquisition Info
Robert E. Burke, December 24, 1997

  
Accession No. 4128-003
Robert E. Burke collection, 1959
.42 cubic feet (1 box)
Scope and Content
Lecture notes and bibliography for his undergraduate course History of the Pacific Northwest; ca. 1959. Included are Burke's background notes on early collectors of Pacific Northwest historical sources: H.H. Bancroft, Elwood Evans, Daniel Bagley.
Restrictions on Access
Open to all users.
Restrictions on Use
May be copied and quoted.
Acquisition Info
Donated by John Findlay, June 2, 1999.

Subject Terms

Personal Names:
Bone, Homer Truett, 1883-1970, creator.
Bridges, Harry, 1901-1990.
Burke, Robert E.(Robert Eugene),1921-1998--Archives.
Coffee, John Main, 1897-, creator.
Costigan, Howard, creator.
DeLacy, Hugh, 1910-1986, creator.
Dill, Clarence C. (Clarence Cleveland), 1884-1978, creator.
Hicks, John D.
Jackson, Henry M. (Henry Martin), 1912-1983, creator.
Johnson, Hiram, 1866-1945.
Magnuson, Warren G. (Warren Grant), 1905-1989, creator.
Pennock, William J. (William Jonathan), d. 1953, creator.
Pettus, Terry, 1904-, creator.
Rabbitt, Thomas C., 1905-1961, creator.
Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945.
Scripps, E.W.
Smith, Martin F. (Martin Fernard), 1891-1954, creator.
Wallgren, Monrad C. (Monrad Charles), 1891-1961, creator.
Organizations:
American Committee for Protection of Foreign Born, creator.
American Red Cross, creator.
Central Labor Council of Seattle and Vicinity, creator.
Commonwealth Builders (Organization : Wash.), creator.
Democratic Party (King County, Wash.), creator.
Democratic Party (U.S.), creator.
Democratic Party (Wash.), creator.
Hearst Newspapers.
International Labor Defense, creator.
International Woodworkers of America, International. Local 3-47, Salkum, creator.
Japanese American Committee for Democracy, creator.
Ku Klux Klan (1915- ). Crown Point Klan #1 (Seattle, Wash.), creator.
Labor's Non-Partisan League, creator.
National Conference on Constitutional Amendment, creator.
National Federation for Constitutional Liberties, creator.
United States. Farm Security Administration, creator.
Washington Commonwealth Federation., creator.
Washington Old Age Pension Union, creator.
Washington Pension Union, creator.
Washington State Federation of Labor, creator.
Washington State Social Security Council, creator.
Workers Alliance of Washington., creator.
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