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Guide to the Industrial Workers of the World Photograph Collection



PH Collection No.: 922
Title: Industrial Workers of the World photograph collection
Date Span: circa 1910s-circa 1940s
Quantity: 121 photographic prints (2 boxes) ; sizes vary
Location: KV920 (box 1; box 2 is in mendery)
Languages: Collection materials are in English.
Shooting at Walsenburg Hall, 1928 Special Collections, UW Libraries, UW 33309z




Historical Background

The Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) was a radical labor organization founded in Chicago in 1905 that was most active between the turn of the century and the 1930s. The Wobblies, as they were known, believed there must be radical changes in American capitalism to improve the oppressive conditions that workers faced, including an overthrow of the employing class. Many IWW members believed in socialist or communist ideology and some advocated whatever means necessary to effect change, including sabotage and violence. The Seattle chapter of the IWW was also founded in 1905 and contributed to the city’s reputation as a hotbed of labor radicalism. The local office showed a keen interest in labor and Wobbly-related activities across the nation, but most of its activities focused on organizing labor within the state. The Wobblies experienced a decline in popularity beginning during World War II, and the decline continued due to the anti-Communist sentiment of post-war America. As it was no longer able to function effectively, the Seattle IWW office closed in 1965. However, the national IWW is still active today.

Scope and Content

This collection contains photographs and photographic postcards that pertain to the members and activities of the IWW, including meetings, strikes, rallies, raids and funerals. This collection also includes photographs of IWW-related buildings such as union halls. Photographs of people depict leaders, organizers and other IWW affiliates. Photographs of IWW documents show signage, fliers and newspaper articles pertinent to the IWW.

Digital Content

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Restrictions on Access

The collection is open to the public.

Restrictions on Use

Restrictions may exist on reproduction, quotation, or publication. Contact Special Collections, University of Washington Libraries for details.

Acquisition Info

Donor: IWW Seattle Office, May 18, 1965.

Processing Info

Processed by Erin Berg and Senteara Orwig; processing completed in 2012.

Photos transferred from IWW Seattle Joint Branches Records, Mss. Acc. No. 0544-001, circa 1960s; photos transfered from Social Issues files, 2011.

Other Finding Aids

These materials form part of the IWW Seattle Joint Branches Records, which are described and indexed in the guide to the IWW Seattle Joint Branches Records, Mss. No. 0544 .


Inventory

 
Box/Folder Item Date
Events & Activities
These photographs primarily depict IWW strikes, rallies and funerals that occurred chiefly in the western United States, particularly Washington state. Many of the photographs document the bodies of IWW members who were killed and their subsequent funerals. The photographs, particularly those showing corpses and police brutality, were likely used or intended to be used in IWW publications and propaganda.
San Diego Free Speech Rally, San Diego, California
The San Diego Free Speech Rally began in February 1912, when an ordinance went into effect, which banned public speaking in an area encompassing 49-square blocks of downtown San Diego, including “soapbox row.” As many as 5,000 Wobblies gathered to protest at the corner of 5th & E streets, leading to enough arrests to successfully over-crowd the local jails. By fall of 1912, private vigilantes drove the Wobblies out of town via terrorization.
1/11Man speaking to crowd   View image1912
2Woman speaking to crowd   View image1912
3Photographic postcard of police spraying crowd with water   View imageMarch 10, 1912
Written on verso: Photo from second floor of Hotel Richmond about 12:30 P.M.
4Photographic postcard of crowd being sprayed with water in front of police court building and new city jail at 732 Second Street   View image1912
Written on verso: 5000 people being moved a la Aquatic route + never mind - Spreckles has lot of water - on the brain!
5Photographic postcard of 4 men standing in front of building   View image1912

Photographer: Tom Walsh, San Diego, CA
Writte on verso: Left to right ? - Jack Law, Jack Whyte, Stanley Gue
Lawrence Textile Strike Trial, Lawrence, Massachusetts
On January 1, 1912, a new law went into effect in Massachusetts, reducing the maximum number of hours in a work week from 56 to 54. Employers retaliated by reducing pay to match the reduction in hours. Joseph Ettor of the IWW and Arturo Giovanitti of the Italian Socialist Federation and Socialist Party of America, were both organizers of the Lawrence Textile Strike of over 20,000 workers. In September of 1912, Ettor and Giovanitti were tried and aquitted for the murder of one of the strikers, who was most likely killed by local police.
1/26Joseph Ettor and Arturo Giovanitti at the Lawrence Textile Strike trial   View imageSeptember 1912
Everett Massacre, Everett, Washington
The Everett Massacre occurred on November 5, 1916. 300 Seattle IWW workers boarded two ships headed for Everett, where they planned to give a public demonstration. When the first ship arrived at the dock, 200 citizen deputies were waiting to stop the Wobblies from demonstrating. Shooting broke out between the two parties, leaving at least 5 Wobblies and 2 sheriffs dead, as well as 47 other participants wounded.
VictimsNovember 5, 1916
1/37Photographic postcard of Felix Baran in morgue   View imageNovember 5, 1916
Printed on verso: Died for Free Speech!! The Everett Massacre, Bloody Sunday, Nov. 5, 1916. Send help to: Box 1878, Seattle, Wash.
8Photographic postcard of Hugo Gerlot in morgue   View imageNovember 5, 1916
Printed on verso: Died for Free Speech!! The Everett Massacre, Bloody Sunday, Nov. 5, 1916. Send help to: Box 1878, Seattle, Wash.
9Photographic postcard of John Looney in morgue   View imageNovember 5, 1916
Printed on verso: Died for Free Speech!! The Everett Massacre, Bloody Sunday, Nov. 5, 1916. Send help to: Box 1878, Seattle, Wash.
10Photographic postcard of Abraham Rabinowitz in morgue   View imageNovember 5, 1916
Printed on verso: Died for Free Speech!! The Everett Massacre, Bloody Sunday, Nov. 5, 1916. Send help to: Box 1878, Seattle, Wash.
11Photographic postcard of John Looney, Hugo Gerlot, Felix Baran and Abraham Rabinowitz in morgue   View imageNovember 5, 1916
Printed on verso: Died for Free Speech!! The Everett Massacre, Bloody Sunday, Nov. 5, 1916. Send help to: Box 1878, Seattle, Wash.
12Printed postcard of John Looney, Hugo Gerlot, Felix Baran and Abraham Rabinowitz in morgue   View imageNovember 5, 1916
Printed on verso: Died for Free Speech!! The Everett Massacre, Bloody Sunday, Nov. 5, 1916. Send help to: Box 1878, Seattle, Wash.
13Photographic postcard of Gus Johnson in casket   View imageNovember 5, 1916
Printed on verso: Died for Free Speech!! The Everett Massacre, Bloody Sunday, Nov. 5, 1916. Send help to: Box 1878, Seattle, Wash.
14Plaster heads molded of Hugo Gerlot, Abraham Rabinowitz, Gus Johnson, Felix Baran and John Looney   View imageNovember 5, 1916
Funeral of Felix Baran, Hugo Gerlot and John LooneyNovember 18, 1916
1/415Postcard of funeral attendees gathered by coffins   View imageNovember 18, 1916
16Headstones for Baran, Gerlot and Looney in graveyard   View imageNovember 18, 1916
17Funeral attendees gathered by headstones   View imageNovember 18, 1916
18-19Funeral attendees holding IWW books and posters   View imageNovember 18, 1916
Free Speech Fight, Sacramento, California
19aMen standing near Sacramento County Jail   View imagecirca 1918
Printed on front: Silent Defenders.
Seattle General Strike, Seattle, Washington
The Seattle General Strike was a joint effort by several local unions, including the IWW. 65,000 workers walked out of work from February 6, 1919 to February 11, 1919, in a protest against World War I wage controls. 39 Wobblies were arrested. Although the strikers succeeded in nationally publicizing their grievances, the strike was ultimately called off by senior union leaders.
1/520Man speaking to crowd   View imageFebruary 1919
21Protesters gathered at 9th Avenue and Pike Street, Seattle, WA   View imageFebruary 1919
IWW Picnic, Seattle, Washington
1/622Large group of IWW members at picnic, Seattle, Washington   View imageJuly 20, 1919
A banner hanging above the group with a picture of a man in jail says: Remember! We're in For You. Will you out there remember us? Liberty Bonds, War Saving Stamps and cash from $5.00 and up accepted here as loan for bail of Class War Prisoners--All Together-All for One and One For All.
Raid on New York office and prosecutions of IWW members
Nation-wide raids were carried out on IWW offices between 1919 and 1922 to try to surpress the activities of the IWW. There was also increasing violence directed toward the IWW members and the government used the IWW anti-war sentiment to turn public opinion against the IWW.
1/723Raid of IWW Headquarters, New York, NY   View imageNovember 15, 1919
1/824Seven of the original ten Centralia Massacre defendents   View image1921

Photographer: A. C. Girard, Aberdeen, WA
The Centralia Massacre occurred on November 11, 1919, when the IWW Hall in Centralia, Washington was attacked during the Armistice Day parade. The attackers, mostly members of the American Legion, broke down the windows and doors. In retaliation, IWW members killed and injured several of the attackers. Ten IWW members were put on trial for murder.
Back row - left to right: Bert Bland, John Lamb, Britt Smith, James McInerhey; Front row - left to right: O.C. Bland, Roy Becker, Eugene Barnett
1/925IWW prisoners just before surrendering at federal penitentiary, Leavenworth, Kansas   View imagecirca 1922
The federal government tried and convicted 150 IWW members with conspiracy to obstruct the war. Cases were brought against IWW members in Chicago, IL, Wichita, KS and Sacramento, CA. The convicted members were sent to a prison in Leavenworth, Kansas.
1/1026Funeral of Frank Hastings   View imageMar 2, 1923

Photographer: J.J. Kneisle
Caption on front: Funeral of Frank Hastings under auspices of the IWW Seattle, Washington. Written on verso: Man in 1st row, kneeling is Herb Edwards
Frank Hastings received a four to ten year prision sentence for violating the Washington State criminal syndicalism law by being a member of the IWW. Herb Edwards (1894-1976) was a Norweigan immigrant who worked as a NW woodsman and bottlemaker. In 1923, he became a class-war prisoner after being convited of criminal syndicalism. He was dismissed multiple times for wobbly organizational efforts in labor camps.
San Pedro Free Speech Fight
The San Pedro Free Speech fight began on November 8, 1922, when Wobblies holding public meetings at the corner of Fourth and Beacon streets in San Pedro, California. Although police initially allowed meetings to carry on, the rally eventually led to mass arrests of Wobblies as well as the San Pedro Raid.
27-28Protestors gathered outside unidentified building, San Pedro, CA   View imagecirca 1923
29-30Protestors gathered outside Tourist Hotel at 4th and Beacon Streets, San Pedro, CA   View imagecirca 1922-1923
San Pedro Raid
The San Pedro Raid occurred at the San Pedro IWW hall on June 14, 1924. Thugs destroyed the hall and scalded children of IWW members.
Victims of the San Pedro Raidcirca June 14, 1924
1/1231Child burn victim Andrew Kruglis   View imagecirca June 14, 1924
Written on verso: Andrew Kruglis, age 9 is in a serious condition. He was the first one out of the Hall. As the fiends came rushing in, Andrew ran as fast as he could for a block when overcome by a man in blue who threw a pot of boiling grease on his bare legs. Note the blotches on his knee and righ foot where the new skin has formed. The bandaged portions are where the wounds are deep. He is baring [sic] his misfortunes, but has several weeks more to suffer.
Written on verso of duplicate: Andrew Kulcis, age 12. Legs scalded in raid at San Pedro June 14th.
32Child burn victim May Sundstedt laying on bed   View imagecirca June 14, 1924
Written on verso: May Sundstedt age 9, a beautiful refined high school danceress [sic] and a favorite among the workers of San Pedro where she was born. Her mother, a sturdy woman of Finnish birth was also beaten and clubbed by the savage mob, who attacked the I.W.W. Hall on June 14th. Scores of others were also clubbed, burned, tarred and feathered. It was the children who suffered the worst. And the fiends came...
Written on verso of duplicate: May Sundstedt age 12. Scalded in the Raid at San Pedro June 14th.
33Child burn victim May Sundstedt laying on bed   View imagecirca June 14, 1924
Written on verso: May Sundstedt age 12. Scalded in the Raid at San Pedro June 14th.
34Child burn victim May Sundstedt laying on bed with back to camera   View imagecirca June 14, 1924
Photo is torn.
Written on verso: May Sundstedt age 12. Body scalded from her hips down.
35May Sundstedt laying on bed and other attendees at funeral of Mrs. Sundstedt   View imagecirca June 14, 1924

Photographer: E. F. Moffett
Written on verso: Little May Sundstedt in attendance at the burial of the one who who, while still alive, protected and cared for her with her little brother and sister. May was horribly scalded by mob who destroyed I.W.W. Hall on June 14th about 50 days previous. She is still in a very critical condition and may soon follow her mother on the long journey from which no one ever returns. Note the determined look on the fellow workers in the picture who are paying their respects to one who has ably fought with them in San Pedro.
36Sundstedt children at their mother's funeral   View imagecirca June 14, 1924

Photographer: E. F. Moffett
Written on verso: What is left of the Sundstedt family after the breadwinner was placed away in bier at the Wilmington cemetery. From left to right, Lillie age 8 who was burnt about the legs, May age 13 nearly killed by same mob who clubbed her mother and scalded her and her little sister, and Elmer age 11. In order to attend the funeral of her mother little May who has not left her bed now for over 50 days was taken to the cemetery on a stretcher. She may not live long as the result of the scald she suffered. This once happy little brood is now broken up.
37Attendees of funeral for Mrs. Sundstedt   View imagecirca June 14, 1924

Photographer: E. F. Moffett
Written on verso: No greater tribute was given to anyone. Taken just as the remains of The Fellow Worker, Mrs. Sundstedt were being placed into the hearse about to take her last ride after a short [preliminary] service held in the mortuary. (More pictures to follow.)
38Funeral procession for Mrs. Sundstedt   View imagecirca June 14, 1924
Written on verso: Services lasting over an hour with services appropriate to occasion by fellow workers and friends. Beginning with a song in English “The Red Flag.” After which recitation and speeches by his fellow workers followed. The services ended with the last verse of same song. As we marched away the revolutionary funeral song was sung by a group of Russian workers. Mrs. Sundsedt, as well as her little family, were loved by her fellow workers of San Pedro.
39Two IWW members, tarred and feathered during San Pedro Raid   View imagecirca June 14, 1924
E. K. Wood Lumber Co., San Pedro, CA
1/1340View of E. K. Wood Lumber Co. and nearby railroad tracks   View imagecirca July 1924
Written on verso: The children confined to the hospital are so seriously burned that the attending doctor refused us to take photos of them yet. It is now nearly three weeks since they’ve fell, beaten, and scalded by the protectors of the profiteers in the name of Americanism. (More pictures follow later ~ E.F.M.)
41View of E. K. Wood Lumber Co. and nearby railroad tracks   View imagecirca July 1924
Written on verso: Views of the labor where greed reigns supreme. The only ones arrested by the police so far are the relief committee taking care of the baby sufferers.
Colorado Mine Strike
The Colorado Mine Strike was organized by the IWW, resulting in the shutdown of 113 of 125 Colorado coal mines between 1927 and 1928. The strike led to the successful unionization of the mine workers and subsequent recognition by the Rocky Mountain Fuel Company.
1/1442Postcard of Nicola Sacco & Bartolomeo Vanzetti   View imagecirca August 1927
Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were two Italian immigrants convicted of murdering two men during a 1920 armed robbery in South Braintree, Massachusetts. After a series of highly controversial trials, Sacco and Venzetti were executed on August 23, 1927. That same month, IWW members participated in a three-day protest of the pending executions. In Walsenburg, Colorado over 1,100 coal miners joined the protest, leading directly to the Colorado Mine Strike of 1927-1928.
Columbine Mine Massacre, Colorado
The Columbine Mine Massacre occurred on November 21, 1927 amidst the general Colorado Mine Strike of 1927-1928. 500 mine workers and their families were denied access into the town of Serene, Colorado near the Columbine Mine. Militia men and police used rifles and tear gas grenades to hold back the miners, who attempted to climb the gates into Serene. At least six people were killed and over sixty were injured.
1/1543Body of Columbine Mine Massacre victim Mike Vidovitch on view in living room   View imagecirca November 21, 1927

Photographer: Shotz, Louisville, Colorado
On front: Murdered by State Police at Columbine Mine, at Nov 21st 1927 Erie Colorado
44Body of Columbine Mine Massacre victim Rene Jacques on view in living room   View imagecirca November 21, 1927

Photographer: Shotz, Louisville, Colorado
On front: Murdered by State Police at Columbine Mine, at Nov 21st 1927 Erie Colorado
45Bodies of Columbine Mine Massacre victims Frank Kovich and Jerry Davis on view in living room   View imagecirca November 21, 1927

Photographer: Shotz, Louisville, Colorado
46Bodies of two Columbine Mine Massacre victims on view in living room   View imagecirca November 21, 1927

Photographer: Shotz, Louisville, Colorado
Trinidad Hall Raid, Trinidad, ColoradoDecember 27, 1927
1/1647Exterior of Trinidad Hall with broken windows after the raid, Trinidad, Colorado   View imageDecember 27, 1927
48Interior of Trinidad Hall in disarray after the raid, Trinidad, Colorado   View imageDecember 27, 1927
49Mrs. Cardinal's bedroom in rear of Trinidad Hall in disarray after the raid, Trinidad, Colorado   View imageDecember 27, 1927
50John Cardinal's bedroom in Trinidad Hall in disarray after the raid, Trinidad, Colorado   View imageDecember 27, 1927
Walsenburg Shooting, Walsenburg, Colorado
The Walsenburg shooting occurred at the Walsenburg IWW Hall on January 28, 1928.
1/1751Gunman M. Lopaz, Walsenburg, Colorado   View imageJanuary 12, 1928
Caption on verso: M. Lopaz, gunman trusty from jail 1/12/26 WALSENBURG
52Man holding gun in street, Walsenburg, Colorado   View imageJanuary 12, 1928
53-54Men in street, Walsenburg, ColoradoJanuary 12, 1928
55Men with guns gathered in street, Walsenburg, Colorado   View imageJanuary 12, 1928
56Man with gun guarding building entrance, Walsenburg, Colorado   View imageJanuary 12, 1928
57Walsenburg Hall front showing damage from shooting, Walsenburg, Colorado   View imageJanuary 12, 1928
Caption on verso: Walsenburg hall immediately after shooting Jan. 12th 1928. Huge hole was caused by machine gun. 22 other holes in window also. The Spectator.
58Striking coal miners gathered outside the Pol'ska Hala and Walsenburg Hall after the shooting, Walsenburg, Colorado   View imageJanuary 12, 1928
Caption on verso: Walsenburg striking coal miners assembled in front of their hall after shooting of January 12th, 1928. Single story building is where Chevaz was murdered. Other Bldg. houses strike committee upper half soup kitchen lower half. Upper half is where State police claim Chevz (sic) was killed. Stairway leading upstairs was also riddled with bullets from machine gun. The Spectator.
59Bodies of Walsenburg shooting victims Celestino Martinez and Klementi Chevaz, Walsenburg, Colorado   View imageJanuary 12, 1928
Caption on verso: Bodies of Celestino Martinez age 15 (first) and Klementi Chevaz age 41 murdered Jan. 12th 1928 Walsenburg Colorado. Martinez was shot in back, bullet leaving body at mid rib. Was shot one block distant from hall. Chevas [sic] had entire upper left portion of head blown off. The Spectator.
60Body of Walsenburg shooting victim K. Chevaz lying on the floor in Walsenburg Hall, Walsenburg, Colorado   View imageJanuary 12, 1928
Caption on verso: Body of K. Chevaz lying in own gore Walsenburg hall Jan. 12 1928. This is man whom State Police say was shot in upper story of adjoining hall and dragged here. Note brains and marks where they skidded from head. Also club. The Spectator knelt beside this man not later than 5 minutes after he was shot, in the very spot where club lies, and was driven from body by three thugs with rifles and shotguns.
Funeral of Walsenburg shooting victim Klementi Chavez, Colorado
1/1861Photographic postcard of large group of attendees at Klementi Chavez's funeral   View imageJanuary 15, 1928
62Photographic postcard of close-up view of attendees at Klementi Chavez's funeral   View imageJanuary 15, 1928
63-64Photographic postcard of attendees at Klementi Chavez's funeral raising their arms   View imageJanuary 15, 1928
1/1965Centralia Mass Meeting, Eagle's Hall, Seattle, Washington   View imageFeburary 10, 1929

Photographer: J. J. Kneisle, Seattle, Washington
Hundreds of IWW members gathered for a mass meeting at the Seattle Eagle's Hall.
Clearwater, Idaho Lumber Strike
On June 29, 1936 800 lumberjacks, employed by Clearwater County, staged a walkout led by the IWW. Demands by the strikers included wage raises, overtime compensation and price caps on room and board fees. By July the number of strikers had grown to 1,200. The governor of Idaho C. Ben Ross declared martial law on the strikers after seven men were wounded in a subsequent riot.
1/1866 Clearwater Lumber Strike riot victims D. L. Gentry and Conrad Hill in hospital   View imageAugust 2, 1936
1/2067Clearwater Lumber Strike riot victim D. L. Gentry laying in hospital bed   View imageAugust 2, 1936
1/2168IWW Labor Day Picnic, Oakland, California   View image1939
Raids on unidentified IWW halls
1/2269Exterior of unidentified IWW hall after the raid   View image1918
70People gathered around exterior of unidentified IWW hall after the raid   View image1918
71Children gathered by building remnants after raid   View imagecirca 1910s-1920s
Unidentified IWW Events
Mass Meetings
1/2372-73Photographic postcard of mass meeting   View imagecirca 1910s-1920s
74Photographic postcard of a large group of men   View imagecirca 1910s-1920s
75Photographic postcard of large group of people marching up road   View imagecirca 1910s-1920s
76Large crowd at outdoor mass meeting   View imagecirca 1910s-1920s
Deaths
77Photographic postcard of castrated body   View imagecirca 1910s-1930s
78Funeral of [John] Arthur Boose of Portland, Oregon, 1959   View image1959

Photographer: Photo-Art Commercial Studios, Portland, Oregon
Arthur Boose (1877-1959) was a lifelong Wobbly and one of the prisoners after the Chicago convictions in 1918 and was once the cellmate of Ralph Chaplin.
Written on verso: 2nd from left: S. Holbrook
Stewart Holbrook was a lumberjack, journalist at The Oregonian, author and historian of the Pacific Northwest.

 
Box/Folder Item Date
Union Halls and Buildings
Union Halls
1/2479-80Exterior of IWW Local No. 510, Houston, Texas   View imagecirca 1930s-1940s
81Photographic postcard of men outside IWW Local No. 71   View imagecirca 1912
82Photographic postcard of men outside IWW Local No. 573   View imagecirca 1910s-1920s
Miscellaneous buildings
1/2583Men outside unidentified building   View imagecirca 1910s-1930s
84Bull Pen meeting hall, Yakima, Washington   View image1933
Written in verso: For IWW strikers
85Cort Theater, San Francisco, California   View image1913
Written on front: To Fellow [...] Thompson from [...] S.F. 1913

 
Item Date
People
Groups
International IWW
Sydney, Australia
1/2686Photographic postcard of 12 Australian convicted IWW members   View imageSeptember 11, 1916
Written on verso: Members of IWW Sydney, Australia who got from 10 to 15 years
These 12 members were charged with treason, sedition and conspiracy to commit arson in Sydney.
87Photographic postcard of mass meeting, Sydney, Australia   View imageSeptember 11, 1916
On front: Part of meeting of 30,000 IWWs in Sydney, Australia
88Photographic postcard of food drive in Neuwied, Germany   View imagecirca 1910s-1920s
Sign on postcard reads "Arbeiter Wohlfahrt Neuwied" and translates as "Workers' Welfare Association of Neuwied"
Yakima Hop Pickers, Washington
In 1933 hop pickers in Yakima, Washington won an IWW-supported strike.
1/2789-90Photographic postcard of large group of Yakima hop pickers in hop field   View imagecirca 1920s-1930s
91Large group of Yakima hop pickers in field   View imagecirca 1920s-1930s
Leaders/Organizers
Arthur Boose
Boose was a soapbox speaker and an IWW leader in both Duluth, Minnesota and Tulsa, Oklahoma. In 1922 he was convicted under the Espionage Act and given 5 years in prison at Leavenworth, Kansas.
1/2892Photographic postcard of Arthur Boose and family members   View imagecirca 1910s-1920s
93Photographic postcard of Arthur Boose   View imagecirca 1910s-1920s
94Arthur Boose speaking to crowd   View imagecirca 1910s-1920s
Joe Hill
Joe Hill was a Swedish-American activist and songwriter for the IWW. He was executed on November 19, 1915, after being falsely accused of murdering a local ex-policeman and his son in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Box Item
Box 295aFramed photo of Joe Hill    OVERSIZE   View imagecirca 1910s
Hand-tinted
Box/Folder Item
1/2995bText of note accompanying photo of Joe Hillcirca 1910s
Text translated from Swedish: Joel Emanuel Hägglund / alias / Joseph Hillström / alias / Joe Hill / Organizer and poet for Industrial Workers of the World / Born on the 7th of October 1879, Nedre Bergsgatan, Gävle, Sweden. / Executed on the 19th of November, 1915, in Utah State Prison, under the order of the Utah state official and the Utah Construction Company.
Frank Little
Frank Little was an IWW organizer who was murdered by vigilantes in Butte, Montana. He was dragged behind an automobile before being lynched.
1/3096Portrait of Frank Little   View imagecirca 1910s
Caption on front: Frank Little/Victim of Anaconda Copper Co. Thugs/Died Aug 1. 1917 Butte Mont.
97Body of Frank Little laid out near bridge   View imagecirca Aug. 1. 1917
Enrique Flores Magón
Enrique Flores Magón and his brother founded the Mexican Liberal Party, which aimed to re-distribute land and means of production held by the rich to the masses, as well as to overthrow the Mexican government. The Mexican Liberal Party joined forces with the IWW at the San Diego Free Speech Rally in 1912.
1/3198Enrique Flores Magón and Teresa Magón   View imageNovember 1922
Written on verso: Teresa and Enrique to Fellow-Worker C.E. Paynes. Taken at Los Angeles, Calif. November 1922, myself being sick at the time.
99Enrique Flores Magón, holding the Red Flag, Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico   View imageMarch 4, 1923

Photographer: Estudio Villegas
Written on verso: Age: 46 years
100Enrique Flores Magón with fellow workers and family, Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico   View imageMarch 4, 1923

Photographer: Estudio Villegas
Written on verso: Group of Fellow-Workers and the whole Magón tribe after our reception and meeting on March 4th, 1923 at the Constitución Plaza, Ciudad Juárez, Chih., Mex., when we crossed the line into Mexico the day of our deportation from the Land of Freedom for Wall Street and [...] for the Rebel. We spoke from the music stand (or kisko) [ sic] seen in the back.
Group Portraits of Leaders
1/32101Photographic postcard of three IWW leaders   View imagecirca 1920s-1930s
Written on verso: left -> right: Eugene Barnett? Jack Law? Jack Whyte?
102Photographic postcard of four IWW leaders   View imagecirca 1920s-1930s

Photographer: Chicago Photo Postal Studio
Written on verso: seated: Jack Law? left -> right: ? Jack Law? Stanley Guy?
IWW Affiliates
Kate Phar, IWW Songbird
Kate Phar was one of many Junior members of the IWW who provided entertaiment during a weekly show at the Seattle IWW hall. The shows included young musicians, singers, actors and comedians who performed around the theme of class struggle. Kate was a popular IWW songbird, who both participated in and directed the shows.
1/33103Kate Phar and family   View imagecirca 1910-1920s
Written on verso: Mr. & Mrs. Phar, Katie and Anna Mae
104Photographic postcard of Kate Phar holding a flag that says One Big Union   View imagecirca 1910s-1920s
On front: Yours for Industrial Freedom / Kate Phar
105Kate Phar with unidentified man   View imagecirca 1910s-1920s

Photographer: J. J. Kneisle
Caption on front: Sincerely Katie and Frank
106Kate Phar standing outside   View imagecirca 1910s-1920s
107Portrait of Kate Phar   View imagecirca 1910s-1920s
108Kate Phar standing outside   View imagecirca 1910s-1920s
109Photographic postcard of Kate Phar holding a sign that says One Big Union   View imagecirca 1910s-1920s
Written on verso: Yours For Industrial Freedom / Kate Phar
1/34110IWW Prisoners   View image1914

Photographer: L. A. Dix Photo Co., Tacoma, Washington
Caption on front: Fellow workers we are in jail for you. What are you doing for us?
Written on verso: James P. Thompson (back, left); others unkown / Front: unknown; Ed Shepler; Steven Reay / 1914: Woodworkers en route to McNeill Island Penitentiary?
Unidentified IWW Affiliates
1/35111Photographic postcard of three IWW affiliates   View imagecirca 1910s-1920s
112Photographic postcard of IWW affiliates standing outside unidentified IWW hall   View imagecirca 1910s-1920s
Written on verso: May be 205 1/2 Second Ave., Seattle IWW headquarters
113Two young girls on roller skates wearing "Don't Be a Scab" sashes   View imagecirca 1910s-1920s

 
Box/Folder Item Date
Photographs of IWW Documents
1/36114Photographic copy of Chicago IWW songbook cover titled Songs of the Workers   View imageOctober, 1919
115Photographic copy of framed IWW sign that says "Industrial Workers of the World / One Union / One Enemy / One Label / An Injury to One An Injury to All"   View imageundated

Artist: Bill Swain
116Photographic copy of blank Lumber Workers Industrial Union Job Report form from IWW Spokane, Washington   View imageundated
117Photographic copy of framed IWW preamble   View imageundated
118Photographic copy of Spanish IWW flyer titled "Que es la IWW?"   View imageundated
119Photographic copy of the Pyramid of Capitalist System   View image1911
120Photographic copy of article titled "STOP BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE" on the front page of the The Seattle Star newspaper, Seattle, Washington   View imageFebruary 4, 1919
121Photographic copy of article titled "The Late Lamented Strike" on the front page of the The Town Crier newspaper, Seattle, Washington   View imageFebruary 15, 1919

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