Biographical Note

Arrangement

Scope and Content

Restrictions on Access

Restrictions on Use

Acquisition Info

Processing Info

Inventory   [ + ]

Subject Terms


Guide to the John S. Daschbach Papers
1936-1957



Manuscript Collection No.: 3050
Accession No.: 3050-001
Creator: Daschbach, John S. , creator
Title: John S. Daschbach papers
Date Span: 1936-1957
Quantity: 3.78 cubic feet (9 boxes)
Languages: Collection materials are in English.
Hand-drawn cover design for a Pacific Northwest Labor School pamphlet, 1947. Special Collections, UW Libraries

Funding for encoding this finding aid was partially provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.



Biographical Note

John S. Daschbach was a salesman, teacher, and civil rights worker from Seattle, Washington. He chaired the Washington Civil Rights Congress, the local branch of a national organization organized in 1946 as an association for the "defense of the constitutional rights and civil liberties of the American people, including Communists and Negroes." The Civil Rights Congress, accused of being a Communist front organization, was investigated by the Subversive Activities Control Board and a grand jury. In 1956 the organzation and its branches dissolved. The Civil Rights Congress took an interest in cases which involved Communists or Black Americans whom the National Congress supported with legal assistance, fund raising, and publicity. Daschbach was one of seven defendants who were arrested in 1952 as accused Communists and tried in 1953 under the Smith Act in U.S. vs. Huff et. al. Daschbach was also a board member, extension director, and teacher at the Seattle Labor School (also known as the Pacific Northwest Labor School). His wife, Marjorie Daschbach, was also a board member.

Arrangement

Arranged in 4 series:

  • Civil Rights Congress (Washington State) records, 1948-1956
  • Seattle Labor School records, 1936-1949
  • Personal papers, circa 1940-1941, 1956-1957
  • Marjorie Daschbach correspondence, circa 1951-1955

Scope and Content

The John S. Daschbach papers document Daschbach's activities as chair of the Washington State Civil Rights Congress and as extension director and teacher at the Seattle Labor School. In addition to organizational records, the Civil Rights Congress (Washington State) series includes files concerning a number of civil rights cases in which the Civil Rights Congress took an interest, for example, the Foley Square Trial and the Seattle Smith Act case. Most cases involved Communists or African Americans whom the National Congress supported with legal assistance, fund raising, and publicity. The series also includes information about the the Washington State House of Representatives' Committee on Un-American Activities, commonly known as the Canwell Committee. The Seattle Labor School series includes minutes, correspondence, teaching materials, newsletters, and ephemera from the school. The Personal Papers series includes collected documentation on the Boeing Strike in 1941.

Restrictions on Access

The papers are open to all users.

Restrictions on Use

The creator's literary rights have been transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

Acquisition Info

Gift of John Daschbach, December 1979 and March 1980.

Processing Info

Accessions No. 3050-001 and 3050-002 were merged when the papers were processed in 1980.


Inventory

  
Box/FolderDate
Civil Rights Congress (Washington State) Records1948-1956
1/1Organizational Features1949, 1954-1955
1/2Outgoing Letters - Appeal LettersMay 1954
1/3General Correspondence1949-1955
1/4Memoranda1949-1955, undated
1/5Court Papers1949, undated
1/6Speeches and Writings1949-1950, undated
1/7Speeches and Writings - William Patterson1955, undated
1/8-9Petitions1949
Conferences and Conventions
1/10State Conference of Washington State Civil Rights Congress1949, 1951
1/11Chicago Chapters Secretaries ConferenceJune 4-5, 1949
1/12Washington State Peace Crusade Peace ConferenceNovember 11, 1951
1/13National Executive Board Meeting1950, 1952
1/14St. Louis Leadership ConferenceJune 12-13, 1954
1/15Congressional Reports1948
1/16News Releases1948
Newsletters
1/17 Civil Rights Congress Newsletter 1949
1/18-19 Chapter Bulletin 1952, 1954
1/20Miscellaneous1949-1952, undated
1/21-22Publications1949-1950, 1952, undated
2/1Directories1949, 1951, undated
2/2Lists1954, undated
2/3-5Clippings1949-1957
2/6-7Ephemera1950-1955, undated
2/7aPhotographs of Tule Lake Relocation Center1952
Subject Files
2/8American Committee to Protect the Foreign Born1955, undated
Canwell Committee
2/9Historical Featuresundated
2/10General Correspondence1948
2/11University of Washington Hearingsundated
2/12Writingsundated
2/13Court Papers1950
2/14Petitionsundated
2/15Clippings1948-1949
2/16Ephemeraundated
Civil Rights Congress (Connecticut)
2/17General Correspondence1954-1955
2/18-19Court Papers[1954?]
2/20Ephemera
Civil Rights Congress (Pennsylvania)
2/21General Correspondence1953-1955
2/22Newsletters1954-1955
Civil Rights Congress (Pittsburgh)
3/1Newsletters1954-1955
3/2Memoranda1954, undated
Civil Rights Congress (Massachusetts)
3/3Ephemera1952-1954, undated
Donaldson (Margaret) Case
3/4Historical Features1950
3/5General Correspondence1950
3/6Court Papers1950
3/7Miscellany1950
3/8Clippings1950
Foley Square Trial (Trial of the Twelve)
3/9Historical Features1949, 1951
3/10General Correspondence1948-1949
3/11Memoranda1948-1949
3/12Reports (Trial Summaries)1949
3/13-14News Releases1949
3/15Speeches and WritingsOctober-November 1949, undated
3/16Resolutions1949
3/17PetitionsOctober-November 1949
3/18Clippings1949
3/19Ephemera1948-1949
Foley Square Trial -- Rehearing
3/20General Correspondence1950-1951
3/21Court Papers1949-1951, undated
3/22Newsletters1950-1951
3/23Ephemera1950-1951
3/24Forgeries (Crank File)1951-1955
3/25-26Forgeries (False Want Ads)1950-1951
Internal Security Act of 1950 (McCarran Act)
3/27Historical Features1950, 1955
3/28-30General Correspondence1950-1952, 1955
3/31Minutes (ILUW Protest)1950
3/32Memoranda1950-1952, undated
4/1Speeches and Writings1950, undated
4/2News Releases1952, 1955
4/3Court Papers1950, 1955, undated
4/4Clippings1950-1954, undated
4/5Ephemera1951, undated
4/6Jones, Mindel, Davis and Other Cases1955
Metaline Miners Strike
4/7General Correspondence1949
4/8ClippingsMarch-April 1949
4/9Ephemera1949
Nelson (Steve) Case
4/10General Correspondence1952-1955
4/11Memoranda 1952-1955, undated
Scope and Content: Including petitions.
4/12Court Papers1955, undated
4/13Speeches and Writings1952-1953
4/14News Releases1954
4/15Clippingsundated
4/16Ephemera1955, undated
Patterson (William L.) Case
4/17Historical Features1950
4/18-19General Correspondence1951-1954
4/20Petitionsundated
4/21Court PapersApril 1951
4/22News Releases1954
4/23Clippings1950-1952
4/24Ephemera1950, 1954, undated
Patterson (William L.) Tour
4/25Organizational Features1951
4/26General CorrespondenceDecember 1950-February 1951
4/27Lists1951
4/28MiscellanyJanuary 1951
4/29Ephemera1951
Rosenberg Trial
4/30General CorrespondenceJanuary-February 1953, undated
4/31ClippingsDecember 1952-January 1953
4/32Ephemera1953, undated
Seattle Six
5/1General Correspondence1950
5/2Petitionsundated
5/3Clippings1950
Seattle Smith Act Case
5/4General Correspondence1952-1955
5/5General Correspondence with John Caughlin 1952-1956
5/6General Correspondence regarding Appeal Drive1954
5/7MinutesSeptember 1952, undated
5/8Financial Records1952-1955, undated
5/9Conferences and Conventions - Emergency Civil Liberty ConferenceJune 5, 1954
5/10Memoranda1952-1955, undated
5/11Speeches and Writingsundated
5/12News Releases1952-1953
5/13Newsletters1953, undated
5/14Court Papers1952, undated
5/15Petitionsundated
5/16Notesundated
5/17Lists[1951-1955?], undated
5/18Clippings1952-1954
5/19Ephemera1953, undated
Smith Act
5/20Historical Features1949, 1951, undated
5/21-24General Correspondence1950-1955
5/25Resolutions1950-1951, undated
5/26News Releases1950-1953
5/27Memoranda1951-1955
5/28Court Papers1950-1951, undated
5/29Petitions1951, undated
5/30Speeches and Writings1950-1951, 1954, undated
5/31Lists1950-1951, undated
5/32Newsletters1950-1954, undated
6/1Reportsundated
6/2-3Clippings1950-1956, undated
6/4-5Ephemera1952-1955, undated
6/6Sobell (Martin) Case1955
6/7Till (Emmett) Case1955
Velde Un-American Activities Hearings, Seattle
6/8Publicity1954
6/9Appeals1955
6/10Clippings1955

  
Box/FolderDate
Seattle Labor School Records1936-1949, 1945-1949
6/11Organizational Featuresundated
6/12Organizational Information Concerning Committees and Classes1948-1949
Minutes
6/13Advisory BoardFebruary-September 1946
6/14ShareholdersFebruary-July 1948
6/15Board of Directors1948-1949
6/16Staff MeetingsMay 1947-January 1948
6/17Labor School ForumWinter 1948
6/18Incoming Letters -- Board of Advisors1946
6/19-20Outgoing LettersDecember 1945-October 1946
6/21-23General Correspondence
6/24-25International Woodworkers of America (Extension Classes)May-December 1947
6/26-27Bremerton (Extension Classes)January 1946-July 1948
6/28Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers, International Union (and Tacoma Smeltermen)1947-1948
7/1Regarding Proposed AffiliationsDecember 1945-August 1946
7/2Regarding FinancesNovember 1947-January 1948
7/3-6Regarding Courses and InstructorsDecember 1945-October 1947
7/7-10Regarding ForumsAugust 1946-September 1947
7/11-13Regarding Social FunctionsDecember 1945-November 1946
7/14Regarding Dissolution of Seattle Labor School1947-1949
7/15Financial Records1946-1948
7/16-17Financial Records -- Audit Reports1945-1948
7/18Memoranda1945-1947
7/19Resolutions1946, undated
7/20Curriculum1946-1947
7/21Reports on Extension Coursesundated
7/22Speeches and Writings1946, undated
Conferences and Conventions
7/23Seattle Labor School ConferenceOctober 6, 1945
Lists
7/24Seattle Businessmenundated
7/25Board of Advisors, Directors1945, undated
7/26Attendance, Registration1946-1947
7/27News Releases1946-1947, undated
Newsletters
7/28 Seattle Labor School News March 1946
7/29 Labor School News 1946-1947
Teaching Material
7/30Agreements/Grievances1947-1948, undated
7/31Labor History1947-1948, undated
8/1Parliamentary Law1948, undated
8/2Shop Stewards1948, undated
8/3Miscellany1946-1948. undated
8/4Clippings1946-1947
Ephemera
8/5Announcements1946-1948
8/6Seattle Labor School Pamphlets1946-1947
8/7Labor Songsundated
8/8-11Publications and Miscellaneous1936-1948
Subject Files
8/12Cannery Workers, CIO, Local 71948
Labor Education
8/13General Correspondence1946, undated
8/14Ephemera1946, undated

  
Box/FolderDate
Personal Papers1940-1941, 1956-1957, undated
9/1Biographical Featuresundated
Subject Files
Boeing Strike in 1941
General Notes: Despite the fact that Daschbach collected materials about the Boeing Strike in 1971, there is no evidence that he participated in the stike.
9/2Minutes1940
9/3Resolutions1941
9/4Legal PapersFebruary 1941, undated
9/5Bulletins1941, undated
9/6Photograph (Unidentified)undated
9/7-15Clippings1940-1941
9/16Ephemeraundated
International Ladies Garment Workers Union, Local 184: Ephemera1940
9/18-19Clippings1956-1957

  
Box/FolderDate
9/20Marjorie Daschbach Correspondence1951-1955, undated

Subject Terms

Personal Names:
Caughlan, John, 1909-
Daschbach, John S.--Archives.
Daschbach, Marjorie.
Patterson, William L. (William Lorenzo), 1890-1980.
Velde, Harold Himmel, 1910-
Organizations:
Boeing Aircraft Company.
Seattle Labor School (Seattle, Wash.)
United States. Congress. House. Committee on Un-American Activities.
Washington Civil Rights Congress.
Geographic Names:
Seattle (Wash.)--Politics and government--20th century.
Washington (State)--Politics and government--20th century.
Subjects:
Aircraft industry--Washington (State)
Civil rights workers--Washington (State)--Seattle--Archives.
Civil rights--Washington (State)
Civil rights--Washington (State)--Societies, etc.
Communist trials--Washington (State)
Strikes and lockouts--Aircraft industry--Washington (State)--Puget Sound Region.
Teachers--Washington (State)--Seattle--Archives.
Trials (Political crimes and offenses)--Washington (State)
Genre Headings:
Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
Memorandums.
Newsletters.
Pamphlets.
Petitions.
Photographs.
Press releases.
Speeches, addresses, etc.
conferences.
correspondence.
criminal court records.
curricula.
financial records.
minutes.
reports.
writings.
Titles:
Labor School News.
Seattle Labor School News.
Last modified: September 20, 2007
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