Biographical Note

Scope and Content

Digital Content

Restrictions on Access

Acquisition Info

Processing Info

Processing Info

Other Finding Aids

Related Material

Inventory

Subject Terms


Guide to the Chris D. Mensalvas Photograph Collection
1937-1956



VM Collection No.: 657
Creator: Mensalvas, Chris D., d. 1977 , creator
Title: Chris D. Mensalvas Photograph Collection
Date Span: 1937-1956
Quantity: 3 photographic prints (1 folder)
Location: K900 (1 folder)
Languages: Collection materials are in English.
Union delegate Dick Querubin and Secretary Mathias J. Lagunilla in union office submitting donations for a strike in Lanai, Hawaii, 1956. Special Collections, UW Libraries, UW23688




Biographical Note

Between 1910 and 1930, a wave of Filipino immigrants came to the United States. Instead of better opportunities, many encountered discrimination, poor living conditions, and oppressive labor practices. Chris Delarna Mensalvas (1909-1978) immigrated to the United States from the Philippines in 1927. He became 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.

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 in 1978.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of three photographs relating to Filipino cannery workers and union members.

Digital Content

View selections from the collection in digital format.

Restrictions on Access

Collection is open to the public.

Acquisition Info

Donor, Chris D. Mensalvas, 1974.

Processing Info

Processed by Paul Nasenbeny, 2004.

The photographs were relocated from the Chris D. Mensalvas Papers, Accession no. 2361-1, in the repository in 2002.

Processing Info

The photographs were relocated from the Chris D. Mensalvas Papers, Accession no. 2361-1, in the repository in 2002.

Other Finding Aids

These materials form part of the Chris D. Mensalvas Papers; a finding aid is available in the repository.

Related Material

Carlos Bulosan Papers, Accesion no. 581-012.


Inventory

 
Folder Item Date
11Filipino cannery workers at harbor in Alitak, Alaska.   View image1937

Photographer: M.B. Pabillon
 
2Filipino cannery workers with a Giant Pacific Octopus (probably at Alitak, Alaska)   View imageundated

Photographer: M.B. Pabillon
Note on photograph: "Joy despite unsurmountable hardship."
 
3Union delegate Dick Querubin and Secretary Mathias J. Lagunilla submitting donations for a strike in Lanai, Hawaii, at Seattle union office.   View image1956

Photographer: Broadway Photo, Seattle, WA

Subject Terms

Subjects:
Cannery workers--Alaska--Photographs.
Filipinos--Alaska--Photographs.
Labor unions--Washington (State)--Seattle--Officials and employees--Photographs.
Last modified: March 10, 2010
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