Michael K. Honey Papers, 1908-2001  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Honey, Michael K
Michael K. Honey Papers
1908-2001 (inclusive)
1976-2001 (bulk)
8 cubic ft. (8 boxes)
Collection Number
5294 (Accession No. 5294-001)
Professor of labor and ethnic studies and American history at the University of Washington, Tacoma.
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
Access Restrictions

Open to all users, but access to portions of the papers restricted. Contact repository for details.

Funding for encoding this finding aid was partially provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Michael Honey received his Ph.D. in history from Northern Illinois University in 1988 and an MA in history from Howard University in 1978. He taught at University of Maryland, Wesleyan University, and University of Puget Sound, taking a post-doc at the Stanford Humanities Center in 1989. In 1990 he became a founding faculty of the University of Washington, Tacoma, helping to devise the curriculum for the Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Program (now a School of UWT). He initiated and taught the first black history and labor history courses; and with Kathie Friedman Kasaba, a sociologist, he designed the Ethnic, Gender and Labor Studies curriculum (now a major in IAS). Honey initiated the Ernie Tanner Labor and Ethnic Studies Center and worked closely with ILWU Local 23 and with African American churches in developing public programs in the community on labor and black freedom movement studies. He worked closely with the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis and continued his links to organizing and research in the South, where he had been the southern director of a civil liberties organization before going to graduate school. He held the Harry Bridges Endowed Chair of Labor Studies, 2000-2004; later became a vice-president and president of the Labor and Working-Class History Association; and has continued to work with the Pacific Northwest Labor History Association since he came to Tacoma. Honey received awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and other grants for his labor and civil rights and Martin Luther King studies, and book awards from the Robert F. Kennedy Foundation, the Organization of American Historians, the Southern Historical Association, the State of Washington and the United Association of Labor Educators for his four monographs in labor and civil rights history and his edited volume of King’s labor speeches. His files include numerous oral histories, research in southern labor and African American history and music, teaching materials, and documents of his professional growth as a historian with wide national recognition and as a faculty member at the University of Washington, and as the Fred and Dorothy Haley endowed Professor of Humanities at the UW Tacoma.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

General correspondence, research files, articles, student records, subject files, conference files, program files, pamphlets, video recordings, audio cassette recordings.

Research files contain copies of correspondence held at other institutions concerning labor efforts in Alaska during the first half of the century and southern unionists in North Carolina during the Civil War.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

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

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top


Container(s) Description Dates
1 Alaska Labor
0.2 cubic ft.
1 North Carolina Unionists Civil War Research
0.8 cubic ft.
2 UW-Tacoma/Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
1 cubic ft.
3 Marxist and New Left Pamphlets
1 cubic ft.
4 Conference Papers
0.25 cubic ft.
4 Articles
0.25 cubic ft.
4 Center for the Study of Community and Society (CSCS) Admin.
0.3 cubic ft.
4 Ernie Tanner Center (ETC) Admin.
0.2 cubic ft.
5 Martin Luther King Jr. Institute
0.3 cubic ft.
5-6 "Links on the Chains" Files
0.9 cubic ft.
6 Programs at UW-Tacoma
0.3 cubic ft.
6 Southern Labor and Black Civil Rights
0.2 cubic ft.
6-7 Course Evaluations and Tests
0.3 cubic ft.
7 Northern Illinois University
0.4 cubic ft.
7 Howard University
0.4 cubic ft.
7-8 VHS and Cassette Tapes
0.4 cubic ft.
8 Job Applications
0.2 cubic ft.
8 Graduate School Items
0.2 cubic ft.
8 General Correspondence
0.4 cubic ft.

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • College teachers--Washington (State)--Tacoma--Archives
  • Historians--Washington (State)--Tacoma--Archives
  • Labor movement--History--United States
  • Labor movement--Research--United States
  • Labor movement--Study and teaching (Higher)--Washington (State)--Tacoma
  • Personal Names :
  • Honey, Michael K.--Archives
  • Corporate Names :
  • University of Washington, Tacoma
  • University of Washington, Tacoma. Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Sound recordings
  • Video recordings
  • Other Creators :
    • Corporate Names :
    • University of Washington. University Archives

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • University Archives/Faculty Papers (University of Washington)