Jean Gundlach papers, 1921-1998  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Gundlach, Jean
Title
Jean Gundlach papers
Dates
1921-1998 (inclusive)
Quantity
2.71 cubic feet (3 boxes)
1 oversize folder
Collection Number
5207
Summary
Trade union employee and activist
Repository
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
98195-2900
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
speccoll@uw.edu
Access Restrictions

Open to all users.

Languages
English


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

For thirty years Jean Gundlach served as administrative assistant of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Coast Committee, working closely with ILWU President Harry Bridges.

Gundlach was born in Missouri and moved to Seattle in the 1940s. In 1946 she began work as secretary of the Committee for Maritime Unity, and later worked for the United Fisherman and Allied Workers of America (UFAWA). When the UFAWA merged with the ILWU in the 1960s, Gundlach went to work for the ILWU and Harry Bridges.

Throughout her life, Gundlach was devoted to progressive causes, working with migrant farm workers in the 1950s and even leading a walkout at the ILWU when Bridges and other officers treated staff unfairly. In the 1990s Gundlach was instrumental in obtaining a formal apology from the University of Washington to the victims of the Canwell Committee trials. In 1992 she had a major role in the creation of the Harry Bridges Chair in Labor Studies, and in 2008 was awarded the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies’ Robert Duggan Distinguished Supporter of Labor Studies Award. Jean Gundlach passed away December 11, 2009.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Clippings, photographs, and an assortment of textual items and ephemera from Gundlach's employment by trade unions.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

For use restrictions see individual accessions below.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

 

Accession No. 5207-001: Jean Gundlach papers, circa 1960-circa 1985Return to Top

.21 cubic feet (1 box)

Scope and Content: Clippings, photographs, and an assortment of textual items and ephemera from her employment by trade unions, most notably the International Longshoremen's and Warehousemen's Union in San Francisco. Some items date from her retirement in Western Washington.

Restrictions on Access: Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use: Creator's literary rights not transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

Acquisition Info: Donated by Jean Gundlach, 12/1/1999.

Description
Jean Gundlach papers

Accession No. 5207-002: Jean Gundlach papers, 1921-1998Return to Top

2.5 cubic feet (3 boxes)
1 oversize folder

Scope and Content:

  • Subject files on maritime and labor history and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union. Correspondence, meeting agendas, and conference programs and minutes of the ILWU's Pacific Coast Pensioners Association from Gundlach's time as an officer and member of the PCPA.
  • Correspondence and materials from Gundlach's role in the founding and subsequent involvement in the Harry Bridges Chair for Labor Studies at the University of Washington.
  • Personal correspondence with friends in the labor and left political circles.
  • Subject files on labor and maritime poetry by poets and writers such as Carlos Bulosan, Al Valenzuela, Gus Rystad, Herb Phillips, and Jerry Tyler.
  • Correspondence and materials relating to Gundlach's role on the Carlos Bulosan Manuscripts Committee, which sought to assemble and donate poet and author Carlos Bulosan's work to an archives. Eventually the papers became part of the University of Washington's Special Collections.
  • Biographical materials on Gundlach's brother, Ralph Gundlach, as well as biographical and memorial materials on Roy J. Kennedy.
  • Materials from Gundlach's role as a member of Office and Professional Employees Union, Local 29 including contract negotiations and a strike.
  • Two scrapbooks relating to Harry Bridges, the ILWU, and labor history.
  • Photographs of labor and maritime subject and people, many of which appear to have been originally published or gathered.

Restrictions on Access: Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use: Creator's literary rights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

Acquisition Info: Donor: Jean Gundlach via the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies at the University of Washington, 2013.

Description
Jean Gundlach papers

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Labor movement--Washington (State)
  • Labor unions--Washington (State)
  • Labor--Washington (State)
  • Personal Papers/Corporate Records (University of Washington)
  • Political activists
  • Personal Names :
  • Gundlach, Jean--Archives
  • Gundlach, Jean--Archives
  • Corporate Names :
  • International Longshoremen's and Warehousemen's Union--Employees
  • Pacific Coast Pensioners Association--Employees
  • Other Creators :
    • Corporate Names :
    • Labor Archives of Washington (University of Washington) (creator)
    • Labor Archives of Washington (University of Washington),   curator (creator)