Biographical Note

Arrangement

Scope and Content

Restrictions on Access

Restrictions on Use

Acquisition Info

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Subject Terms


Guide to the Hugh DeLacy Papers



Manuscript Collection No.: 3915
Accession No.: 3915-001
Creator: DeLacy, Hugh, 1910-1986
Title: Hugh DeLacy papers
Date Span: 1938-1985
Quantity: 4.87 cubic feet (11 boxes, 1 map tube, 1 package)
Languages: Collection materials are in English.

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



Biographical Note

Hugh Emerson DeLacy was born May 9, 1910, in Seattle. Raised in Seattle, he attended public schools on Queen Anne Hill and graduated from the University of Washington in 1932. While teaching English at the University of Washington from 1933 to 1937, he helped organize a teachers' union, Local 410 of the American Federation of Teachers, and served as its delegate to the Seattle Central Labor Council. In 1937 DeLacy ran for a seat on the Seattle City Council. Denied a leave of absence from the university, DeLacy decided to resign in order to pursue a political career. He won the election and served until 1940.

In the 1940s, DeLacy was active in the Democratic Party and the Washington Commonwealth Federation, a coalition of left-wing political organizations. After war was declared, he went to work as a machinist in the shipyards. In 1944 DeLacy ran successfully as a New Deal Democrat for the First District Congressional seat vacated by Warren Magnuson. During the 79th Congress, DeLacy was an outspoken and active member of the left wing of the Democratic Party. He was a member of the Naval Affairs Committee and took an interest in labor legislation, public housing, and U.S. foreign policy, particularly in regard to China. He took stands against the elimination of price controls and the formation of the House Committee on Un-American Activities but supported the development of the aluminum and light metals industry in his home state.

DeLacy ran for re-election in 1946 against stiff opposition from business and the Republican Party. Accused of being anti-American and a communist, DeLacy was defeated in an electoral backlash that swept most of the Democrats from the state's delegation.

After his defeat, DeLacy worked as an organizer for the Progressive Party and Henry Wallace's presidential campaign. The campaign took him to Ohio as the party's state director. DeLacy subsequently made an unsuccessful run for the Ohio state legislature as an independent candidate. In the mid-1950s he was called to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee. During this time, DeLacy worked as a carpenter and contractor and continued in this profession after he moved to Los Angeles in 1959. In 1960 DeLacy married Dorothy Baskin Forest, previous marriages to Betty Jorgensen and Hester Sondergaard having ended in divorce.

Following his retirement in 1967, DeLacy began to study philosophy and was admitted to the graduate program in philosophy at San Fernando Valley State College in 1969. He joined the Society for the Philosophical Study of Dialectical Materialism in order to further his study of Marxist and communist theories.

In 1971 Hugh and Dorothy DeLacy relocated to the town of Soquel, in Santa Cruz County on the central coast of California, where he lived the last 17 years of his life. In 1975 the DeLacys were invited by the government of the People's Republic of China to visit that nation, which had interested DeLacy since his first visit as a young merchant seaman. DeLacy remained active in political issues and progressive causes in the Santa Cruz area and continued his interest in international affairs until his death on August 19, 1986.

The Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors, recognizing DeLacy's considerable impact on local community affairs as well as his history of advocating peace and justice nationally and internationally, dedicated a memorial garden in his name on the county courthouse grounds. DeLacy's large collection of tools was shipped to a vocational training school in Nicaragua.

Arrangement

The DeLacy papers have been arranged into nine series reflecting DeLacy's activities. Within these series, papers are arranged in chronological order.

  • Seattle City Council
  • Washington Commonwealth Federation
  • Congressional campaign
  • United States House of Representatives
  • Re-election campaign
  • Progressive Party of Ohio
  • American Committee for Protection of Foreign Born, Los Angeles
  • Philosophy papers
  • Personal papers

Scope and Content

The papers consist of writings, correspondence, campaign material, newsletters, class notes, tape recordings, and autobiographical materials from 1938 to 1985.

DeLacy's notes and writings as a graduate student in philosophy have been gathered into the Philosophy papers series. The Personal papers series includes autobiographical and other writings, materials documenting DeLacy's later political interests, and papers that did not belong with any other series. The bulk of the papers date from DeLacy's later life, after he left the state of Washington. Although not voluminous, DeLacy's congressional papers provide useful documentation on his campaigns and term in office but include none of his congressional correspondence. DeLacy's first autobiography, which primarily concerns his term in the House of Representatives, provides much detail about his activities as well as events and issues of the 79th Congress. The later autobiography also concentrates on his early life. Additional biographical details can be found in the tape recorded interviews with David A. Williams of Long Beach State University.

DeLacy's papers include little from his presidency of the Washington Commonwealth Federation. Researchers interested in this subject should consult the Robert Burke Collection (Accession No. 4128-001), which consists of the records of the Washington Commonwealth Federation.

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

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

Acquisition Info

Gift of Dorothy DeLacy of Soquel, California (Hugh De Lacy's widow), 1987.


Inventory

  
Box/FolderDate
Seattle City Council1938-1939
Scope and Content: Regarding the Reconstruction Finance Corporation and the rehabilitation of the Municipal Railway and transportation systems.
1/1General correspondence
1/2Ordinances and bills
1/3Miscellaneous

  
Box/FolderDate
Washington Commonwealth Federation
1/4Report to the Washington Commonwealth Federation Convention by De Lacy1941
1/5Investigating Committee regarding the suspension of N.P. Atkinson1942

  
Box/FolderDate
Congressional campaign
1/6Mailing lists and other material1944
1/7Petitions of minor party nominating conventions1944
1/8Incoming letters: endorsements and congratulations1944 August-November
1/9Outgoing letters: thanks for support1944 November-December

  
Box/FolderDate
United States House of Representatives1945-1946
1/10-11"Letter from Your Congressman"
1/12Congressional newsletters1945 February-1946 June
1/13Bills introduced by De Lacy1945 February-1946 July
1/14Speeches in the Congressional Record 1945 January-1946 August
1/15Speeches and news releasesundated
1/16Outgoing letters to Senator Thomas Rabbitt1945
1/17Articles regarding De Lacy and activities1945
1/18Miscellaneousundated
Package
12Scrapbook of clippingsundated
Box/Folder
1/19-2/2Clippingsundated
Subject files
Aluminum and light metals industry
2/3Letters with statements1945
Hearings-Small Business Committee
2/4February-March 19451945
2/5April 10, 19451945
2/6 May 14, 19451945
2/7Informationundated
2/8News releases, clippings, speeches by De Lacyundated
Committee on Un-American Activities
General Notes: Also called the Wood-Rankin Committee.
2/9General correspondence1945-1946
2/10Reports from hearings1946
2/11Related material regarding radio censorship1945-1946
2/12Office of Price Administration, Price Controls1945-1946

  
Box/FolderDate
Re-election campaign1946
2/13-15Radio and other speeches
2/16Voting records and statistical pamphlets, 79th Congress
2/17-18Campaign materials
Scope and Content: Mailings, pamphlets, banners, lists, and data on ethnic minority, labor, and community support.
3/1Court complaint regarding libelous anti-De Lacy publication1946 October
Scope and Content: Includes offending material.
3/2-3Letters of appreciation and endorsement1946 April-October
3/4Political endorsements (non-correspondence)
3/5Election results
3/6Post-election correspondence1946 November-December

  
Box/FolderDate
Progressive Party of Ohio
3/7Mailings and letters1951
3/8Steering Committee minutes1951
3/9 The Independent Weekly Newsletterundated
3/10Legislative newsletters1951, 1954-1955
3/11Policies and platforms1951-1954
3/12Analyses1951, undated
3/13Speeches by De Lacy1949
3/14Manuscript: "Isn't It about Time?"undated
3/15Miscellaneous
Subject files
3/16Henry Wallace for President1948
Scope and Content: Campaign materials and a court complaint.
3/17De Lacy campaign for Ohio State Representative1951
House Committee on Un-American Activities
3/18Fact sheets1948
3/19Transcript of Hugh De Lacy/Don Rothenberg radio talk1954

  
Box/FolderDate
American Committee for Protection of Foreign Born, Los Angeles
3/20Correspondence, newsletters, and announcements1962-1967
3/21Conferences1965-1966, undated

  
Box/FolderDate
Philosophy papers
General correspondence
3/22Ankeny, Barbara, regarding Der Junge Hegel 1974-1976
3/23Philips, Herbert Jo "Scoop"1964-1973, undated
3/24Somerville, John1974-1975, 1983
3/25Regarding philosophy1968-1981
Writings by DeLacy
Arrangement: Alphabetical by subject.
Scope and Content: Includes manuscripts, notes, and articles by others.
3/26Ajdukiewicz, Kazimierzundated
4/1-2Colletti, Lucioundated
4/3Ethical studiesundated
4/4"Heraclitus of Ephesus"1968
Scope and Content: Includes published manuscript.
4/5Lange, Oskarundated
4/6-10Lukacs, Georg, Der Junge Hegel, translated by Hugh De Lacy and Elena Baskinundated
4/11"The Revolution in Physics Begins"1983
4/12-14Wald, Henri, "Introduction to Dialectical Logic"undated
5/1Whitehead, Alfred Northundated
5/2Miscellaneous notesundated
Course materials
Scope and Content: Includes class notes, handouts, and papers.
5/3Philosophy 71967 Summer
5/4Philosophy 440: Wittgenstein1968 Spring
5/5Philosophy 201: Presocratics Influence on Plato and Aristotle1968 Summer
5/6Philosophy 335: British Empiricism1968-1969 Fall/Winter
5/7-8Philosophy 440: Philosophy of Science1969 Spring
5/9-10Philosophy 501-E: Essentialism1969-1970 Fall/Winter
5/11-12Philosophy 501-C: Paper on Foundations of Marxist Social Theory-May, October1970 May, October
5/13-14Philosophy 501-E: Ontology & Metaphysics1971 Spring
Scope and Content: Includes writings by Charles Crittenden.
6/1Philosophy 435: Kant1971 Spring
6/2-3Philosophy 190-B: Hegel's Phenomenology of the Mind1972 Fall
6/4Miscellaneous notesundated
6/5-7Bibliographiesundated
6/8Clippings1965-1977, undated
Subject files
6/9Marcuse, Herbertundated
6/10Marxismundated

  
Box/FolderDate
Personal papers
Biographical information
6/11Clippings1976-1978
6/12Obituaries and memorial service1986 August-September
Box
11Videotape of memorial service1986 September 6
School transcripts
Box/Folder
6/13University of Washington1926-1936
6/13San Fernando Valley State College1968-1971
6/14-15Autobiography-original manuscript and copycirca 1948-1950
6/16Autobiography1985
Box
11Tape-recorded interviews with David Williams1981
General correspondence
Box/Folder
7/1-5Miscellaneous1947-1986, undated
7/6Castle, Del1973-1978
Scope and Content: Includes writings.
7/7Healy, Dorothy1973-1975, undated
Scope and Content: Includes writings.
7/8Panetta, Leon & Sylvia1977-1985
General Notes: Representative for California, 16th District.
7/9Pelto, Richard, regarding Seattle politics and history in the 1930s and 1940s1982
7/10Speeches by De Lacy1948-1981
Writings by De Lacy
7/11Academic papers1930s-1940s
7/12-14Poems1930s-1980s
7/15Miscellaneous stories and essaysundated
7/16Miscellaneous papers regarding politicsundated
7/17Manuscripts regarding United States foreign policy in the 1940sundated
7/18Manuscripts regarding the Korean War1950s
8/1Manuscripts and notes on international relationsundated
8/2Book review of Vito Marcantonio: Radical in Congress, published in People's World 1967
8/3"Frightened Bigots"1969-1970
Scope and Content: Chapter 9 of DeLacy's autobiography, with letters to publishers.
8/4"A Frightened Europe"1981-1982
Scope and Content: With letters to publishers.
Notes
8/5Northwest labor history referencesundated
8/6Notes from lecture and forum1975, 1978
8/7Miscellaneousundated
Tube
13Outline for course taught by De Lacy on Marxist economics1974
Writings of others
Box/Folder
8/8Fog, Kristi, paper on the Washington Commonwealth Federation1981
8/9Fritchman, Reverend Stephen, "Sermon of the Month"1964, 1966
8/10MacCaffrey, Frank, "Campus Memories: A Sentimental Stroll through the U.W. Campus with Professor Edmond Meany"1933
8/11Somerville, John, paper on the problem of first use of nuclear weapons1978
8/12Bibliographies on American and labor historyundated
Trips
Trip to China
8/13General correspondence1974-1976
8/14Notebooks1974-1976
8/15Notes and diaryundated
8/16Speeches and writingsundated
Trip to Spain and Portugal
8/17"Notes on Spain," publication by Santiago Carrillo1977
8/18Notes and writing on Portugal, interview with Helena Costa, text of a Portuguese law1977
8/19Trip to Nicaragua: Notebook containing letters, diary, and notes1985
8/20Political activities and invitations1962-1967, undated
Clippings
8/21House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) hearings in Seattle, Eugene Dennett testimony1955
8/22De Lacy and politics1962-1971
8/23Miscellaneous1950-1978, undated
9/1Photograph[1945?]
9/2Miscellaneousundated
Subject files
China
9/3Notes on Sino-Soviet splitundated
9/4Committee for a Democratic Far Eastern Policy, analyses1948-1950
9/5U. S.-China People's Friendship Association publications and newsletters1975-1977
9/6 Peking Review 1975 January-April
9/7Articles and papersundated
9/8-9Clippings1975, undated
Czechoslovakia1968-1969
9/10Collected correspondence of Jerry Tyler
9/11Statements and information regarding Czech/Soviet relations
9/12Communist Party material and publications
9/13-14Publications regarding Czech situation: Political Affairs, Marxism Today, New World Review
9/15-16Clippings from People's World and others
Dulles, John Foster1939-1950
Scope and Content: United States foreign policy and connections with German financiers.
9/17Memoranda, writings, and a notebook
10/1-3Manuscripts, notes, and information
10/4Publications regarding United States/Nazi relations1947
10/5Clippings regarding Dulles's relations with Nazi Germany1939, 1944-1950
Eurocommunism
10/6Correspondence regarding De Lacy's review and translation of Santiago Carillo's Eurocommunism and the State 1977
10/7Notes and reviews on critiques of Eurocommunism and the State 1977
Scope and Content: Includes articles by Henry Winston and in the New Times.
10/8Manuscripts: review and translation by De Lacy of Eurocommunism and the State 1977
Articles and clippings
10/9Portugal: socialist revolution and aftermath1976-1978
10/10Spain: Santiago Carrillo and Eurocommunism1977
10/11Germany: writing, notes, and clippings1985
10/12International Longshoremen's and Warehousemen's Union: arbitration award and union employment book1942, 1943
10/13Office of Price Administration and prices1947
Scope and Content: Includes Federated Press clippings.
10/14Pettus, Terry1978, 1982
10/15Seattle Totem Pole1938-1940
10/16Southeast Asia1976-1979
10/17Soviet Unionundated
10/18U.S. foreign policy and U.S.-Soviet relations: speeches and newsletters1947-1948

Subject Terms

Personal Names:
DeLacy, Hugh, 1910-1986--Archives.
Organizations:
Progressive Party of Ohio.
San Fernando Valley State College--Curricula.
Seattle (Wash.). City Council.
United States. Congress. House. Committee on Un-American Activities.
Geographic Names:
China--Description and travel.
Ohio--Politics and government--20th century.
Seattle (Wash.)--Politics and government--20th century.
United States--Politics and government--20th century.
Washington (State)--Politics and government--20th century.
Subjects:
City council members--Washington (State)--Seattle--Archives.
Civic leaders--Washington (State)--Seattle--Archives.
Communism.
Elections--Washington (State)
Graduate students--California, Southern--Archives.
Legislators--United States--Archives.
Light metals industry--Washington (State)
Machinists--Washington (State)--Seattle--Archives.
Philosophy--Study and teaching (Graduate)--California, Southern.
Political campaigns--Washington (State)
Political parties--United States.
Political parties hio.
Progressivism (United States politics)
Teachers--Washington (State)--Seattle--Archives.
Genre Headings:
Campaign literature.
Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
Interviews.
Newsletters.
Publications.
Sound recordings.
Speeches, addresses, etc.
articles.
autobiographies.
correspondence.
notes.
papers (document genres)
writings.
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