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Guide to the Irene B. Hull Papers
1933-2006



Manuscript Collection No.: 3783
Creator: Hull, Irene B. , creator
Title: Irene B. Hull papers
Date Span: 1933-2006
Quantity: 6 cubic feet
Languages: Collection materials are in English.
Irene Hull with the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW) at a protest

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Biographical Note

Irene Hull is a child care, labor, and peace activist based in Seattle, Washington. She was born in Republic, Kansas in 1913. Hull installed insulation on deck heads and bulk heads in shipyards during World War II and also taught in child care centers in Vancouver, Washington and Seattle. At the end of the war, nurseries funded by the Lanham Act were slated to lose their federal funding and close. In response, Hull joined the Citizens' Child Care Committee to keep the nurseries open for working mothers. The Seattle-based committee, with Hull as secretary and Marijo Lawrence as chair, worked to maintain and expand the state's child care program on a permanent basis. They were successful in persuading the Seattle School Board to keep the Seattle nurseries open for three years after the war.

A peace activist since 1960, Hull was a member of Seattle Women Act for Peace and Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. In 1969 Hull joined the Grassroots Assembly of Women, an organization established in 1968 by Jeanette Rankin. Its concerns were poverty, racism, and war, particularly their effect on women. Hull also became involved with the Assembly's Child Care Committee, which advocated for a child care system modeled on the Lanham Act nurseries of World War II. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Hull made several trips to Cuba and Russia and, from 1942, was a member of the Communist Party in the United States.

Irene Hull was also active in the labor movement. In 1955, Hull went to work at Farwest Printing and Lithograph as a bindery apprentice and joined the International Brotherhood of Bookbinders Local 87. She worked for two and a half years before losing her job for failing a security clearance. In 1971-1975 Hull served as co-secretary of the Seattle Rank and File Labor Committee, which was formed in 1969 and was affiliated with the National Coordinating Committee for Trade Union Action and Democracy (NCCTUAD). NCCTUAD was an organization of union activists who advocated for union solidarity through rank and file action and democracy within their unions, as well as legislative action in their communities. Irene Hull attended the founding convention for the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW) in 1974. CLUW was founded to organize affirmative action for women and people of color, and encourage women's involvement in union activities. Hull served for several years as chair of the Puget Sound Chapter of CLUW's publicity committee and as its corresponding secretary in the 1990s . Hull also served as a delegate to the King County Labor Council beginning in 1980, and as a member of the Advisory Council of the Evergreen State College Labor Center in the early 1990s. Seattle Mayor Norm Rice proclaimed September 7, 1996 Irene Hull day in honor of her accomplishments.

Arrangement

Arranged in three accessions:

Accession No. 3783-001, Irene B. Hull papers, 1945-1986
Accession No. 3783-007, Irene B. Hull papers, 1933-1998
Accession No. 3783-008, Irene B. Hull papers, 1934-2006

Restrictions on Access

Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use

Creator's literary rights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.


Inventory

  
Accession No. 3783-001
Irene B. Hull papers, 1942-1986
2.10 cubic feet (5 boxes)
Arrangement
Arranged in 3 series:
Citizens' Child Care Committee, 1945-1947
Grassroots Assembly of Women, Child Care Committee, 1969-1977
Personal Papers, 1942-1986
Scope and Content
Accession includes material pertaining to Hull's activity/membership in Citizen's Child Care Committee, and Grassroots Assembly of Women, Child Care Comittee, plus personal papers. The Citizens' Child Care Committee series spans 1945-1947 and includes correspondence, meeting minutes, writings, reports, clippings and a transcript from a dialogue between Pearl A. Wanamaker and E. L. Linderman, Washington State Superintendant of Public Instruction. The Grassroots Assembly of Women, Child Care Committee series, 1969-1976, includes historical features, correspondence, legislative files, and clippings. This series also includes a subject file regarding the King County Child Care Coordinating Committee. Personal papers reflect Hull's interest in a variety of social issues, including left wing politics (especially communism), labor, women's issues, and the peace movement. The bulk of the accession consists of mailings, ephemera, newsletters and other material relating to these topics, and spans the years 1953-1986.
Acquisition Info
Donated by Irene Hull in 1986 and 1987.
Processing Info
Processing levels vary. Contact repository for details.
Box/FolderDate
Citizens' Child Care Committee1945-1947
1/1-4Incoming Letters1945-1947
Scope and Content: Includes Hugh De Lacy and Pearl A. Wanamaker
1/5Outgoing Letters1945-1947
1/6Minutes1945-1947
1/7Minutes of Other Organizations1945-1947
1/8News Releases1945-1947
1/9Legislation1945
1/10Resolutions1945-1946
1/11Reports1947
1/12Writings1945-1947
1/13Lists1946
1/14Notesundated
1/15Transcript of Dialogue Between Pearl A. Wanamaker and E. L. Linderman Regarding State Funding for Children.undated
1/16Clippings1945-1947
Grassroots Assembly of Women, Child Care Committee1969-1977
1/17Historical Features1969
1/18General Correspondence1969-1976
1/19Mailings1969-1971
1/20Legislative Files1969-1977
1/21Statistics1972
1/22Child Care Glossaryundated
1/23Clippings1971
1/24Subject File: King County Child Care Coordination Committee1969-1972
Personal Papers1942-1986
1/25Incoming Letters1971-1985
1/26Outgoing Letters1974-1984
Subject Files
1/27Classroom Materialsundated
1/28-29, 2/1-2Communism1965-1986
2/3-4Conflict in Spanish Speaking Countries1973-1986
2/5Consumer Publications1968-1979
2/6Family Violence/Child Abuse1975-1983
2/7Gardening1966-1976
2/8Health and Aging1961-1983
3/1Homeless/Low Income Populations1982-1983
3/2Humor1972-1985
3/3Integration and Bussing1972-1985
3/4Issues of Concern to Women1970(?)-1985
3/5Henry M. Jackson1971-1983
3/6-7, 4/1-2Labor1910-1983
4/3Papers and Articles Pertinent to Children1972-1983
4/4Peace Movement1974-1983
4/5-6Race Relations1964-1986
4/7Seattle Women Act for Peace1976-1986
5/1Taxes1960-1985
5/2-4U.S. Government1963-1983
5/5Washington Department of Social and Health Services1976-1977
5/6Washington Women's Heritage Project1980-1985
5/7Women for Racial and Economic Equality1978-1983
5/8Women in the Labor Force1953, 1980-1982
5/9Women's International League for Peace and Freedom1975-1986
5/10-11Clippings1958-1982
5/10-11Ephemera1942-1985

  
Accession No. 3783-007
1933-1998
2.48 cubic feet (3 boxes and one oversize folder)
Arrangement
Arranged into 5 series:
Personal Papers, 1933-1997
Coalition of Labor Union Women, Puget Sound Chapter, 1955-1997
Seattle Rank and File Labor Committee, 1970-1982
Seattle Women Act for Peace, 1971-1997
Evergreen State College Labor Education and Research Center, Advisory Committee, 1987-1996
Scope and Content
This accession spans 1948-1997 and documents Hull's involvement in labor organizations and peace activism. Personal Papers include correspondence with Senators Warren Magnuson and Henry Jackson, congressmen, other politicians, and newspapers editors. Included with her personal papers are writings such as school reports and personal reflections. Hull also collected writings of others, newsletters, clippings, and ephemera. Subject files document her involvement and interest in union coalitions, peace and justice organizations, and several trips she made to Cuba and Russia.
A major series is devoted to the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW), with which Hull was involved and served as chair of the Publicity Committee from 1974-1996. The records concern organizing efforts by CLUW and their support for affirmative action for women, and include historical and organizational information such as brochures, correspondence with labor unions, meeting minutes, resolutions and agenda packets from national CLUW conventions, and a small quantity of newsletters, ephemera, and newspaper clippings.
The Seattle Rank and File Labor Committee series includes correspondence with labor unions, elected officials and the National Coordinating Committee for Trade Union Action and Democracy (NCCTUAD), written statements, resolutions, and newsletters and ephemera concerning the committee's lobbying on behalf of legislation favorable to workers and their anti-war positions. Much of the Committee's work was coordinated with NCCTUAD.
The series on Seattle Women Act for Peace includes correspondence and general mailings, a budget report, a petition to the Joint Senate-House Budget Committee to create a human needs budget, newsletters, and ephemera, from 1971-1997.
Acquisition Info
Donated by Irene Hull between 1989 and 1998.
Processing Info
Processed by Shauna Dean in 2006.

Coalition of Labor Union Women, Puget Sound Chapter newsletters, 1986-1997, are catalogued separately in the Pacific Northwest Collection in 2006.

Box/FolderDate
Personal Papers1933-1997
1/1Biographical Informationundated
1/2-5Incoming Letters1947-1997, undated
1/6-12Outgoing Letters1952-1996, undated
1/13-14Reports1949, 1971-1974, 1987, undated
1/15Writings1933, 1965, undated
Writings of Others
1/16Donahue, Peter1991
1/17-23Miscellaneous1966-1997, undated
Scope and Content: Includes typescripts (some titled "northwest copy"), flyers and photocopied articles on regional and national topics regarding labor, race relations and activism. Also includes a few poems. Some articles may have been written by Hull, but are unsigned.
1/24Legislation1948, 1971-1977, 1995-1996
Subject Files
1/25Association of Western Pulp and Paper Workers1969-1972
1/26Coalition of Black Trade Unionists1992-1997
1/27Cuba Trips1986-1987
1/28Equity in Trades Network1995-1996
1/29Grassroots Assembly of Women1969-1972
1/30Jobs with Justiceundated
1/31King County Labor Council of Washington1991-1998
1/32Labor for Peace1972
1/33National Committee Against Repressive Legislation1970-1977, 1991-1992
1/34Peace and Freedom Party1968
1/35People's Coalition for Peace and Justice1971-1974
1/36Puget Sound Council of Senior Citizens1991-1997
1/37Russia Trips1979-1990
1/38Seattle Bookbinders Union1971
1/39Women's International League for Peace and Freedom1971, 1997
1/40Conferences and Conventions1977, 1996-1997, undated
1/41News Releases1984-1985, undated
1/42Grievance File Regarding Irene Hull and Craftsman Press1974
1/43Petitions1971-1972, 1995-1996, undated
1/44Resolutionsundated
2/1Handbook (Untitled)undated
2/2-3Publications1968, 1992-1994, undated
Newsletters
Box
Miscellaneous oversize box 10 Free Angela    OVERSIZE1971
Miscellaneous oversize box 10Lewis McCord Free Press    OVERSIZE1971
Box/Folder
2/4 Mac Paps News Bulletin 1973-1977
2/5-8Miscellaneous1944-1997
Scope and Content: Predominently related to labor.
Box
Miscellaneous oversize box 10Miscellaneous    OVERSIZE1971-1973, 1992
Membership Cards
Box/Folder
2/9Communist Party, USA1988
2/9Hotel and Restaurant Employees and Bartenders International Union1956
Notes
2/10Classundated
2/11Meeting1974
2/12Miscellaneous1962, undated
2/13Certificates1947, 1965-1996
2/14Programs1964, 1984-1989
2/15Photographsundated
Scope and Content: Includes one undated color photograph of Hull picketing with Graphic Arts Local 530, one color photograph of the CLUW convention circa 1970s, four undated photographs (color and black and white) of CLUW protesting South African apartheid, and one photograph (black and white) of confiscated evidence against white supremacists.
Clippings
2/16Detroit Riots1967
2/17Regarding: Irene Hull1963, 1980-1987, undated
2/18-21Miscellaneous1944-1945, 1968-1997, undated
Ephemera
2/22Communist Party, USA1976, 1992-1997, undated
2/23-27Miscellaneous1936, 1963-1997, undated
Scope and Content: Mostly local and national ephemera regarding labor, women's rights and politics.
2/28Miscellanyundated
Coalition of Labor Union Women, Puget Sound Chapter1955-1997
2/29Historical Information1974-1995
2/30Organizational Information1975, 1993
2/31Incoming Letters1989-1997
2/32Outgoing Letters1974-1994
2/33Intraorganizational Correspondence1993-1997
2/34Minutes1988-1997
2/35Speeches and Writings1986-1997
2/36Resolutions1990-1994
2/37Membership Records1955-1997
2/38-39Newsletters1988-1997, undated
2/40Conferences and Conventions1993, 1996
2/41Anniversary Book1974-1994
2/42Clippings1993, undated
2/43Ephemeraundated
Seattle Rank and File Labor Committee 1970-1982
2/44General Correspondence1970-1982
2/45Interorganizational Correspondence with National Coordinating Committee for Trade Union Action and Democracy1971-1973
2/46Statements and Writings1970-1973
2/47Resolutionsundated
2/48Newsletters of Other Labor Committees1971-1972
2/49Newsletter/Meeting Notices1971-1973
2/50Ephemera1972, undated
Seattle Women Act for Peace (SWAP)1971-1997
2/51Mailings/Correspondence1972-1974, 1997
2/52Financial Records1971
2/53Petition1990
2/54Newsletters1971-1974, 1997
2/55Ephemera1973, undated
Evergreen State College Labor Education and Research Center, Advisory Committee1987-1996
2/56General Correspondence1987-1996, undated
2/57Minutes1993-1996
3/1Speeches and Writings1989-1996, undated
3/2Budget1994-1995
3/3Lists1992, undated
3/4Conferences and Conventions1991-1996, undated
3/5-12Notebook1991-1996, undated
General Notes: Literature distributed by the Labor Center. Contains writings and articles regarding various labor activities.
3/13Newsletters: Labor Center News 1994-1996

  
Accession No. 3783-008
Irene B. Hull papers, 1934-2006
1.44 cubic feet (2 boxes)
Arrangement
Rough sort.
Scope and Content
Correspondence, political and other ephemera, clippings, and various notes and day planners. Notable correspondents include Reps. Edward B. Murray and Jim McDermott, Sens. Jeanne Kohl-Welles and Maria Cantwell, and other civic leaders.
Acquisition Info
Source: Irene Hull, September 2006

Subject Terms

Personal Names:
Hull, Irene B.--Archives.
Lawrence, Marijo.
Linderman, E. L., creator.
Wanamaker, Pearl Anderson, 1899-, creator.
Organizations:
Coalition of Labor Union Women (U.S.). Seattle Chapter, creator.
Evergreen State College. Labor Education & Research Center. Advisory Committee.
Grassroots Assemby of Women. Child Care Committee.
National Committee for Trade Union Action and Democracy.
Seattle Women Act For Peace.
University of Washington. University Archives, creator.
Geographic Names:
Seattle (Wash.)--Politics and government--20th century.
Washington (State)--Politics and government--20th century.
Subjects:
Child care services--Washington (State)--Citizen participation.
Day care centers--Washington (State)--Citizen participation.
Labor unions and communism--Washington (State)--Seattle.
Pacifism--Washington (State)--Citizen participation.
Peace--Societies, etc.
Women in the labor movement.
Women in the labor movement--Washington (State)--Seattle.
Women political activists--Washington (State)--Seattle--Archives.
Genre Headings:
Agendas (administrative records)
Brochures.
Correspondence.
Minutes.
Resolutions.
Transcripts.
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