Biographical Note

Arrangement

Scope and Content

Restrictions on Access

Restrictions on Use

Acquisition Info

Other Finding Aids

Inventory   [ + ]

Subject Terms


Guide to the Chris D. Mensalvas Papers



Manuscript Collection No.: 2361
Accession No.: 2361-001
Creator: Mensalvas, Chris D., d. 1977 , creator
Title: Chris D. Mensalvas papers
Date Span: 1935-1974
Quantity: .25 cubic feet
1 sound cassette
Languages: Collection materials are in English.




Biographical Note

Labor union official of Seattle, Washington.

Between 1910 and 1930, the United States received an influx of Filipino immigrants seeking a better opportunities in work and life. Chris Delarna Mensalvas, born June 24th 1909 in San Manuel, Philippines, was one of these immigrants coming to the United States in 1927. He, along with his fellow Filipino immigrants encountered discrimination, poor living conditions, and oppressive labor practices. Mensalvas went on to become an important figure in the Filipino labor movements of the 1940s and '50s, organizing unions and initiating strikes for just working conditions and fair wages for farm and cannery workers in California and Alaska. Between the years 1949 and 1959, Mensalvas was president of the International Longshoremen’s and Warehousemen’s Union (ILWU) Local 37 in Seattle - the Filipino Alaska cannery workers union. He was publicity director of the local from 1948 to 1949, when it was Local 7 of the Cannery Workers' and Farm Laborers' Union. Mensalvas actively opposed the deportation of Filipinos under the McCarran-Walter Act of 1952. The noted Filipino author and activist Carlos Bulosan and fellow activist Philip Vera Cruz were among his friends. He was an inspiration for later Filipino activists Silme Domingo and Gene Viernes, who consulted him about his labor organizing experiences. Mensalvas died on April 11, 1978.

Arrangement

The collection has been subdivided into three records subgroups depending on creator:

  • Records Subgroup I: International Longshoremen's and Warehousemen's Union, Local 37
  • Records Subgroup II: Griggs, Everett G. (Re: Boom Men and Rafters Union Local No. 2647
  • Records Subgroup III: Chris Mensalvas' Personal Papers

The subgroup International Longshoremen's & Warehousemen's Union, Local 37 has been subdivided into series by format and function:

  • Series I: Organizational Features, Undated
  • Series II: Incoming Letters, 1948-1959
  • Series III: Outgoing Letters, 1948-1959; Undated
  • Series IV: Reports, 1954-1969; Undated
  • Series V: Bulletins, 1935-1953
  • Series VI: Press Releases, 1953-1958
  • Series VII: Newsletters, 1957
  • Series VIII: Court Papers, 1958
  • Series IX: Yearbook, 1952
  • Series X: Lists, 1954
  • Series XI: Agreements, 1958; Undated
  • Series XII: Nominations, 1958-1959
  • Series XIII: Writings, Undated
  • Series XIV: Convention Credentials, 1953
  • Series XV: Petitions, 1955
  • Series XVI: Photographs (Photocopies), Undated
  • Series XVII: Subject Series, 1954-1968, Undated
  • Series XVIII: Ephemera, Undated

Scope and Content

Correspondence, reports, minutes, ephemera, bulletins, yearbook, reports of International Longshoremen & Warehousemen's Union. Local 37, 1935-1968; tape-recorded interview with Mr. Mensalvas conducted by Apolonio Buyagawan, 1974; subject file re Carlos Bulosan, 1948, 1972-73; papers of Everett Gallup Griggs, executive of St. Paul & Tacoma Lumber Company, 1935-1937.

Besides union matters deportation of some Filipinos under the Walter-McCarran Law is an issue reflected in the papers.

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

Mensalvas's rights may be quoted and published.

Acquisition Info

Donated by Chris D. Mensalvas, 11/11/1974

Other Finding Aids

These materials are related to the Chris D. Mensalvas Photograph Collection, Photograph Collection # 657, which are described and indexed in the guide to the Chris D. Mensalvas Photograph Collection .

These materials are related to the Chris Mensalvas and Silme Domingo family photograph collection, Photo Collection 1145, which are described and indexed in the guide to the Chris Mensalvas and Silme Domingo family photograph collection .


Inventory

  
Box/FolderDate
RECORD SUBGROUP 1: INTERNATIONAL LONGSHOREMEN & WAREHOUSEMEN'S UNION, LOCAL 37 1935-1969
1/1 Series I: Organizational Features Undated
1/2-1/3 Series II: Incoming Letters 1952-1962, , Undated
1/2Philippines. Consulate and Embassy1953-1954
1/3Miscellaneous A-Z1952-1962, Undated
1/4-1/5 Series III: Outgoing Letters 1948-1959
1/4Chris D. Mensalvas1948-1959, Undated
1/5Miscellaneous of others A-Z1954
1/6-1/8 Series IV: Reports 1953-1969
1/6Delegates Reports 1969
1/7Committee Reports1954;, Undated
1/8Miscellaneous Reports1953-1955
1/9-1/10 Series V: Bulletins 1935-1953
1/9"To District Key Men"1935
1/10Phillipine Consulate1952-1953
1/11 Series VI: Press Releases 1953-1958
1/12 Series VII: Newsletters 1957
1/13 Series VIII: Court Papers 1958
1/14 Series IX: Yearbook 1952
1/15 Series X: Lists 1954
1/16 Series XI: Agreements 1958; , Undated
1/17 Series XII: Nominations 1958-1959
1/18 Series XIII: Writings Undated
1/19 Series XIV: Convention Credentials 1953
1/20 Series XV: Petitions 1955
1/21 Series XVI: Photographs (photocopies) Undated
1/22-1/24 Series XVII: Subject Series 1953-1968
1/22Ernesto A. Mangaong Trial1954-1955;, 1968
1/23-1/24Repeal of the Walter-McCarran Law1953-1960, Undated
1/25 Series XVIII: Ephemera Undated

  
Box/FolderDate
1/26 RECORDS SUBGROUP 2: GRIGGS, EVERETT G. (Re: Boom Men and Rafters Union. Local No. 2647) 1935-1937

  
Box/FolderDate
1/27; Tape #413 RECORDS SUBGROUP 3: CHRIS MENSALVAS' PERSONAL PAPERS 1948-1974
1/27 Series I: Subject Series 1948-1973 , Undated
1/27Carlos Bulosan1948;, 1972-1973, Undated
Tape #413 Series II: Audio Cassette Tape Interview of Chris Mensalvas by Apolonio K. Buyugawan 1974

Subject Terms

Personal Names:
Bulosan, Carlos.
Griggs, Everett G., creator.
Mensalvas, Chris D., d. 1977--Archives.
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