Biographical Note

Arrangement

Scope and Content

Restrictions on Access

Restrictions on Use

Acquisition Info

Processing Info

Inventory   [ + ]

Subject Terms


Guide to the Albert H. Farmer Papers
1926-1981



Manuscript Collection No.: 3641
Accession No.: 3641-001
Creator: Farmer, Albert H. , creator
Title: Albert H. Farmer papers
Dates : 1926-1981
Quantity: .84 cubic feet (2 boxes)
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

Albert H. (Bert) Farmer was a labor organizer and charter member of the International Longshoremen's Association Local 38-76 (Everett, Washington), formed in 1929. During the Pacific Coast maritime strike of 1934, Bert Farmer served as squad captain of the Everett Strike Committee and also on the Joint Northwest Strike Committee.

When union members voted to accept arbitration by the National Longshoremen's Board and began returning to work, Bert Farmer was appointed as a government supervisor of hiring halls. He was the only union member on the entire coast to be appointed to such a position. Farmer's role was to encourage both workers and employers to accept NLB guidelines and to defuse disputes.

In the spring following the strike, West Coast unions formed the Maritime Federation of the Pacific Coast. Bert Farmer was present at the organizational meeting on April 15, 1935, and became a trustee.

After his retirement in 1958, Farmer and his wife, Olga, lived in the Bow Lake Trailer Town near Sea-Tac Airport. Seeing a need to protect the rights of mobile home owners, Farmer founded the nationwide Mobile Home Owners of America in 1966. He served as its first president and was reelected four times as national president of the organization. In 1969 Bert Farmer was appointed to the newly-formed Governor's Advisory Board for the Mobile Home and Recreation Vehicle Industry. He was re-appointed once, serving until 1977.

Arrangement

The papers are arranged into 6 series:

  • International Longshoremen's Association, Pacific Coast District
  • U.S. National Longshoremen's Board
  • Maritime Federation of the Pacific Coast
  • Mobile Home Owners of America
  • King County Housing Taskforce
  • Personal papers

Scope and Content

Farmer's papers relate primarily to the 1934 West Coast longshoremen's strike, the founding of the Maritime Federation of the Pacific, and activities of the Mobile Home Owners of America. Included are correspondence, minutes, contract agreements, newsletters, conference and convention materials, a diary, reports, and ephemera.

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

Bert Farmer donated his papers to the University of Washington Libraries in February 1985.

Processing Info

Initial processing was completed in 1985. Additional processing of the papers was done in 1993, with further refinements of the arrangement made by Jamie Wamsley in 1998.


Inventory

  
Box/FolderDate
International Longshoremen's Association, Pacific Coast District
Scope and Content: The International Longshoremen’s Association, Pacific Coast District series includes correspondence, minutes, and other material from several locals and strike committees. The diary in this series consists of long, typewritten daily accords concerning union activities during and after the strike.
Processing Info: The Longshoremen’s Association, Pacific Coast District series includes everything related to Farmer’s union activities, whether in the Everett local strike committees, the Seattle local, or the district. Further separation proved impractical.
1/1Constitutions1926, 1931
1/2Incoming letter: American Federation of Labor1934
Interoffice correspondence
1/3Bridges, Harry1934
1/3Farmer, Albert1934
1/3International Longshoremen’s Association, Local 38-82 (San Pedro)undated
1/3International Longshoremen’s Association, Pacific Coast District1934
1/3International Longshoremen’s Association, Washington Locals1934
1/3Lewis, W. N.1934
1/3Morris, Paddy1934
Minutes
1/4Local 318 (Seattle)1934
1/4Drafting Committee1934
1/4Work Rules Committee1934
1/4Everett Strike Committee1934
1/5Meeting notes1934
1/6Diary1934-1935
1/7Contracts and agreements1934
1/8Resolution - Local 38-76 (Everett, Washington)1934
1/9Speeches - Melvin H. London1934
1/10Conferences and conventions - International Longshoremen’s Association, Pacific Coast Annual1934
1/11Rules and handbooks1926-1932, undated
1/12Report - Strike Fund Committee1934
Newsletters
1/13 The Hook 1934
1/13 Waterfront Worker 1934
1/14Newspapers1934
1/15Clippingsundated
1/16Ephemeraundated
Pamphlets
1/17"The Great San Francisco General Strike"undated
1/17"The Waterfront Strike"undated
1/18List - "American Citizens"undated

  
Box/FolderDate
United States National Longshoremen's Board
Scope and Content: The series for the U.S. National Longshoremen’s Board reflects Farmer’s work as a government supervisor of hiring halls in 1934. Especially significant are Farmer's diary and a series of daily reports he submitted to the National Longshoremen's Board documenting the sometimes delicate process of reestablishing hiring procedures following the strike. The diary is in the form of a small notebook containing short entries. Some of the daily reports are in the form of correspondence and are filed with correspondence, while others are in the report file.
This series also includes material pertaining to the U.S. National Labor Relations Board. The two boards were apparently affiliated.
Incoming letters
1/1942 steamship companies1934
1/19Anacortes Stevedoring Company1934
1/19Barker, Chas1934
1/19Deming, Roberg & Williams, Incorporated Stevedores1934
1/19Hubbard, W. A.1934
1/19Griffiths & Sprague Stevedoring Company1934
1/19International Longshoremen's Association, Pacific Coast District1934
1/19McCormick Steamship Company1934
1/19Olsen, Charles1934
1/19Rothschild Stevedoring Company1934
1/19Waterfront Employers Union1934
1/20U.S. National Longshoremen's Board1934
1/21-22Outgoing letters1934-1935
1/23Diary1934
Reports
1/24Puget Sound ports1934
1/24Daily reports1934
1/25Financial records1934
1/26Testimony - arbitration before the National Longshoremen's Board1934
1/27Listundated
1/28Clippingsundated
1/29Coversundated

  
Box/FolderDate
Maritime Federation of the Pacific Coast
1/30Constitutions1935, undated
2/1Intraoffice correspondence1935-1936
2/2Incoming letters1935
2/3-5Conferences and conventions
Special Convention of the Maritime Federation of the Pacific Coast1935
Conference, 1st-10th meeting April 1-251935
Emergency Convention, December 11935
2/6Financial reports1935-1936
2/7Clippings1935-1936

  
Box/FolderDate
Mobile Home Owners of America
2/8Organizational information1966
2/9General correspondence1966-1973
2/10-11Minutes1968-1973
2/12Speeches and writings1966,1976
2/13Report1966
2/14Newsletter1967-1981
2/15Clippingscirca 1960s
2/16List1966
2/17Ephemeraundated
2/18Notesundated

  
Box/FolderDate
2/19King County Housing Taskforce1978-1979

  
Box/FolderDate
Personal papers
2/20Biographical informationundated
2/21Incoming letters1934
2/22Outgoing letters1934-1935
2/23Ephemeraundated
2/24Legal documents1934

Subject Terms

Personal Names:
Farmer, Albert H.--Archives.
Organizations:
International Longshoremen's Association. Pacific Coast District.
Maritime Federation of the Pacific Coast.
Mobile Home Owners of America.
National Longshoremen's Board (U.S.)
United States. National Labor Relations Board.
Subjects:
Homeowners' associations--United States.
Labor leaders--Washington (State)--Archives.
Longshoremen's Strike, San Francisco, Calif., 1934.
Merchant mariners--Labor unions--Pacific Coast (U.S.)
Mobile homes.
Stevedores--Employment--Pacific Coast (U.S.)
Stevedores--Labor unions--Pacific Coast (U.S.)
Stevedores--Washington (State)--Archives.
Strikes and lockouts--Stevedores--Pacific Coast (U.S.)
Strikes and lockouts--Stevedores--Washington (State)--Everett.
Genre Headings:
Contracts.
Diaries.
Newsletters.
Pamphlets.
Speeches, addresses, etc.
conferences.
constitutions.
correspondence.
ephemera.
reports.
Last modified: February 6, 2013
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