William and Cecilia Corr papers, 1906-2006  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Corr, Cecilia, 1914-2006
Title
William and Cecilia Corr papers
Dates
1906-2006 (inclusive)
Quantity
5.95 cubic feet (8 boxes, one vertical file and one oversize folder)
Collection Number
5501
Summary
Papers of Seattle activists Bill and Cecilia Corr who were interested in socialism, labor, civil rights, and the environment
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
Sponsor
Funding for encoding this finding aid was partially provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

William John (Bill) Corr (1906-1984) and his wife, Cecilia Genevieve Brodine Corr (1914-2006), were activists in Seattle interested in socialism, labor, civil rights, and the environment. Cecilia Corr was also an artist.

Bill was born in New York City to Irish immigrant parents. Leaving school after the 8th grade, he eventually became a union organizer and a member of the Communist party. He met Cecilia, daughter of Swedish immigrants living in Seattle, when she visited her brother Franz, who was Bill’s roommate. After marrying in 1936, Bill and Cecilia moved to Seattle to raise their family of four sons.

Bill worked as a circulation manger for the Washington New Dealer for a short time, resigning in 1939. During World War II he worked as a welder and was an active unionizer until his communist associations were revealed in the 1950s. From that time on, he worked as small business contractor and engaged in environmental activism, notably serving as Acting Chairman in the Save Cypress Island Committee in the 1960s and 1970s. Cecilia contributed to this effort, producing a block print for Heritage & Legacy: The Story of the Cypress Island Co-operative.

Cecilia’s participation in peace efforts and civil rights also included involvement with the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), Citizens' Train, Washington State Council of American-Soviet Friendship, and the Washington Committee to Protect the Foreign Born. During the late 1950s ,Cecilia wrote to US congresspeople on a wide range of issues. Cecilia contributed to her activism through her artistic skills, illustrating newsletters for the Washington State Council of American-Soviet Friendship, for which she served as co-editor in the late 1980s, and creating other political sketches. She also worked for the University of Washington as an illustrator during 1959 and 1960.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection documents William (Bill) and Cecilia Corr's social and environmental activism as well as their creative output, including newsletters, subject files, letters to congresspeople, and miscellaneous pamphlets and ephemera related to the Save Cypress Island Committee, the Washington Council for American-Soviet Friendship, the Washington Committee for the Protection of the Foreign Born, the Washington Pension Union, and other contemporary political issues such as Marxism, civil rights, the environment, and nuclear war. Original manuscripts, drawings, and photographs are also included.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

The creators' literary rights have been transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

Preferred Citation

[Title of item], [date of item if known], [box/folder number], William and Cecilia Corr Papers, [Accession No.], University of Washington Libraries.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

 

Accession No. 5501-001: William and Cecilia Corr papers, 1920-1995 (bulk 1955-1989)Return to Top

1.42 cubic feet (2 boxes)
Arrangement: Rough sort.

Scope and Content: The collection consists of correspondence, pamphlets, clippings, ephemera, photographs and other materials relating to the Corr’s activism in socialist, civil rights, labor, and environmental issues. A substantial portion of the material relates to William Corr's work as Acting Chairman of Save Cypress Island Committee and to the Washington Council for American-Soviet Friendship. Also included are Cecilia Corr's letters to government officials, primarily Warren G. Magnuson, on issues ranging from atomic energy to immigration to Social Security. Materials also include newsletters from the Washington Committee for the Protection of the Foreign Born and the Washington Pension Union. Three original Cecilia Corr sketches are in the papers and reproductions of her work can be found in various newsletters.

Restrictions on Access: Open to all users.

Acquisition Info: William Corr Jr., May and July 2007

Separated Material: This accession also included runs of several periodicals, including Freedom Ways, New World Review, New Masses (and successor titles), and Political Affairs, which were removed for separate cataloging.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder Accession
1/1 5501-001
Background information provided by donor: clipping, photocopies of photographs
1/2 5501-001
Miscellaneous political materials: pamphlets, newsletters, bulletins, clippings, notes
1955-1995
1/3 5501-001
Miscellaneous government pamphlets, newspaper, map
1/4 5501-001
Bill and Cecilia: miscellaneous professional, academic, and personal papers; miscellaneous photos
1/5 5501-001
Cecilia - original drawings and writings
1/6 5501-001
Cecilia - political correspondence
1/7 5501-001
Washington Committee for Protection of the Foreign Born
1/8 5501-001
Washington State Council of American-Soviet Friendship
1/9 5501-001
National Council of American-Soviet Friendship
1/10 5501-001
Peace activism materials
1/11 5501-001
Seattle Peace Information Center
1/12 5501-001
Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)
1/13 5501-001
Citizen's Train
1/14 5501-001
Cypress Island - clippings
1/15 5501-001
Environmental issues - Washington state - miscellaneous
1/16 5501-001
Nature conservancy - Washington chapter
1/17 5501-001
Personal correspondence
1/18 5501-001
Environmental issues - national - miscellaneous
1/19 5501-001
Environmentalists for Truth in Politics
1/20 5501-001
Save Cypress Island Committee
1/21 5501-001
Save Cypress Island Committee - re: Island of America
1/22 5501-001
Puget Sound Council of Senior Citizens
1/23 5501-001
Washington Pension Union
1/24-28 5501-001
Miscellaneous pamphlets and printed material - unsorted
Box
2 5501-001
Miscellaneous pamphlets and printed material - unsorted
1939-1984

Accession No. 5501-002: William and Cecilia Corr papers, 1906-2006 (bulk 1930-1979)Return to Top

4.09 cubic feet (4 boxes, one oversize folder and one vertical file)
Arrangement: Rough sort.

Scope and Content: Artwork, periodicals, clippings, correspondence, ephemera, notebooks, photographs, subject files and writings. Writings include manuscripts by Bill Corr, only some of which are titled. This accession also contains subject files on the periodical Northwest Passage, and the organization Venceremos Brigade.

Restrictions on Access: Open to all users.

Acquisition Info: John Corr, August-September 2008

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder Accession
1/1 5501-002
Artwork – artist not identified
1/2 5501-002
Artwork – Corr, Anders
1992
1/3 5501-002
Artwork – Corr, Cecilia
1/4 5501-002
Artwork – Corr, Cecilia
1/5 5501-002
Artwork – Corr, Cecilia (art class)
1959
1/6 5501-002
Artwork – Corr, Cecilia (sketchbook)
1/7 5501-002
Artwork – Corr, Cecilia (reproductions)
1/8 5501-002
Artwork – Corr, Michael
1967; 1973
1/9 5501-002
Artwork – Corr, Michael (reproductions)
circa 1970s
folder:oversize
Folder 5501-002
Artwork: Drawing and print by Michael Corr
Box/Folder
1/10 5501-002
Artwork – Corr, Peter
1/11 5501-002
Biographical information – Cecilia Corr
1/12 5501-002
Book – And It Shall Come to Pass by “Dr. Bob” R. J. Gallagher
1/13 5501-002
Booklet – Nutrition
1/14 5501-002
Program – Wedding – Frank H. Brodine & Sigrid S. Tingstrom
1/15 5501-002
Catalogue – L’Estampe Moderne
1919
1/16 5501-002
Clippings
1930s – 1980s
1/17 5501-002
Condolences – Deaths of Cecilia Corr, Peter Corr
1/18 5501-002
Correspondence
1/19 5501-002
Correspondence
1/20 5501-002
Correspondence – B., Ann
circa 1960s
1 /21 5501-002
Correspondence – Brodine, Virginia and Russell
1951
1/22 5501-002
Correspondence – Chase, Waldo S. & Norbert K. Garbstas
1/23 5501-002
Correspondence – Corr, Billy and Peter
1/24 5501-002
Correspondence – Corr, Cecilia
1/25 5501-002
Correspondence – Corr, John
1/26 5501-002
Correspondence – Corr, Mary & Dorothy (Bill’s mother and sister)
1950s, 1960s
1/27 5501-002
Correspondence – Corr, Michael
1/28 5501-002
Correspondence – Corr, Michael
1/29 5501-002
Correspondence –Howe, Marion and Harry
circa 1950s
1/30 5501-002
Correspondence – Tess, David Satermo, Frank, Zeo, M.T.H.
1947-1977
1/31 5501-002
Correspondence – Prisoners
1969-1975
2/1 5501-002
Ephemera
2/2 5501-002
Ephemera
2/3 5501-002
Ephemera
2/4 5501-002
Exhibition Announcements – Corr, Cecilia and Michael
2/5 5501-002
Essay – " Economic Collectives as a Basis for Political Organizing"
2/6 5501-002
Invoices – Contracting business
1960-1963
2/7 5501-002
Membership list – Artist Equity Association
1976-1977
2/8 5501-002
Memorial – Bill Corr
1984
2/9 5501-002
Memorial Programs – Family members and friends
2/10 5501-002
Miscellaneous
2/11 5501-002
Miscellaneous
2/12 5501-002
Notebooks – William Corr, Cecilia Corr
1965-1977
2/13 5501-002
Notes
2/14 5501-002
Periodical – Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio
1958
2/15 5501-002
Periodical – L’Art Decoratif. Nos. 159, 202
1911; 1914
2/16 5501-002
Periodical – Friends of the Earth, Not Man Apart
1974, 1976, 1979
2/17 5501-002
Periodical – The Mentor. Vol. 2 no. 9
1914
2/18 5501-002
Periodical – New Statesman
1975
2/19 5501-002
Periodical – News from Cuba. Nos. 21-23
2/20 5501-002
Periodical – Northwest Passage – issues covering Bill & Cecilia Corr
1973-1974
2/21 5501-002
Periodical – Northwest Passage
1976
2/22 5501-002
Periodical – Pacific Discovery. Vol. 11 no. 1
1968
2/23 5501-002
Periodical – Plainswoman – Story by Virginia Brodine
1989
2/24 5501-002
Periodical – Soviet Literature
1970
2/25 5501-002
Periodicals – Miscellaneous
2/26 5501-002
Photographs – Cecilia Corr
2/27 5501-002
Photographs
2/28 5501-002
Photographs
2/29 5501-002
Photographs
2/30 5501-002
Photographs
2/31 5501-002
Photographs
2/32 5501-002
Photographs and negatives
2/33 5501-002
Photographs, postcards, association card – Ireland
VF:oversize
Vertical file 5501-002
Print and photographs
Scope and Content: Art print by Michael Corr; photographs of Peter and Cecilia Corr.
Box/Folder
3/1 5501-002
Northwest Passage subject file
1960s
3/2 5501-002
Venceremos Brigade
circa 1970s – 1980s
3/3 5501-002
Venceremos Brigade
circa 1970s – 1980s
3/4 5501-002
Venceremos Brigade
circa 1970s – 1980s
3/5 5501-002
Venceremos Brigade
1973 – 1983
3/6 5501-002
Venceremos Brigade
1976 – 1986
3/7 5501-002
Venceremos Brigade
1978 – 1986
3/8 5501-002
Venceremos Brigade
1980
3/9 5501-002
Venceremos Brigade
circa 1980s
3/10 5501-002
Notebook 1 – Part 1
1906-1958
3/11 5501-002
Notebook 1 – Part 2
1956-1971
3/12 5501-002
Notebook 2 – Part 1
1972
3/13 5501-002
Notebook 2 – Part 2
1972
3/14 5501-002
Notebook 3
1974-1975
3/15 5501-002
Notebook 4 – Part 1
1975-1976
3/16 5501-002
Notebook 4 – Part 2
1975-1976
3/17 5501-002
Notebook 5 – Part 1
1936-1981
3/18 5501-002
Notebook 5 – Part 2
1936-1981
4/1 5501-002
Notebook 6
1972-1975
4/2 5501-002
Notebook 7 – Part 1
1968-1974 ; 1974
4/3 5501-002
Notebook 7 – Part 2
1968-1974; 1974
4/4 5501-002
Notebook 7 – Part 3
1968-1974; 1974
4/5 5501-002
Notebook 8 – Part 1
1973
4/6 5501-002
Notebook 8 – Part 2
1973
4/7 5501-002
Writings – Apple Polisher
1958
4/8 5501-002
Writings – Bad News
1956
4/9 5501-002
Writings – Bear Hunt – Laurence
4/10 5501-002
Writings – Benito
4/11 5501-002
Writings – Boomer
4/12 5501-002
Writings – The Boy
4/13 5501-002
Writings – Bull Fight
1957
4/14 5501-002
Writings – Dose
1957
4/15 5501-002
Writings – Craftsmen
4/16 5501-002
Writings – Edison
1955
4/17 5501-002
Writings – Hattne Story / The Boy
4/18 5501-002
Writings – Love Story / Kick at Parole
4/19 5501-002
Writings – Loving Brothers
4/20 5501-002
Writings – Monday
1932, undated
4/21 5501-002
Writings – Niggard
4/22 5501-002
Writings – Night of Youth
4/23 5501-002
Writings – Promotion / Bush Hotel
1956, 1957
4/24 5501-002
Writings – Real Bird Kennard
circa 1969
4/25 5501-002
Writings – Ruck Saint
4/26 5501-002
Writings – Spotter
4/27 5501-002
Writings – Spring Story
4/28 5501-002
Writings – The Star Boarder
4/29 5501-002
Writings – The Tidy Look
4/30 5501-002
Writings – The Wall
undated
4/31 5501-002
Writings – The Well
4/32 5501-002
Writings – White Bull
4/33 5501-002
Writings – Widow / Other stories
1955
4/34 5501-002
Writings – Wild Oats
4/35 5501-002
Writings – Windfall Bucker
4/36 5501-002
Writings – Work Simple
4/37 5501-002
Writings – Untitled
4/38 5501-002
Writings – Untitled
4/39 5501-002
Writings
1943-1949
4/40 5501-002
Writings
4/41 5501-002
Writings
4/42 5501-002
Writings - miscellaneous
4/43 5501-002
Writings - miscellaneous

Accession No. 5501-003: William and Cecilia Corr papers, 1970-1975Return to Top

0.21 cubic feet (1 box)
Arrangement: Arranged as received.

Scope and Content: Correspondence, ephemera, and photocopied maps pertaining to the Save Cypress Island Committee that Bill Corr and others were involved in.

Restrictions on Access: Open to all users.

Acquisition Info: Rick Rice, March 2009

Container(s) Description
Box Accession
1/1 5501-003
Directory - Environmental leaders
1/2 5501-003
Documents - Department of Natural Resources and the Nature Conservancy
1/3 5501-003
Cypress - 1974

Accession No. 5501-004: William and Cecilia Corr papers, 1970-2002Return to Top

.23 cubic feet (1 box)

Scope and Content: News clippings, manuscripts, a sketchbook, loose sketches, correspondence, and miscellaneous ephemera.

Restrictions on Access: No restrictions on access.

Restrictions on Use: Creator's copyrights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries Special Collections.

Acquisition Info: Donor: John Corr, 2017-09-08

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder Accession
1/1 5501-004
Letters from Cecilia Corr to John Corr
circa 1996-2001
1/2 5501-004
Sketches and copies of sketches by Cecilia Corr
circa 1977-2003
1/3 5501-004
Sketchpad with sketches belonging to Cecilia Corr
undated
1/4 5501-004
Event flier, poem by Cecilia Corr, news clipping about Cypress Island, and living will directive to physicians for Cecilia Corr
circa 1979-2004
1/5 5501-004
Letter from John Corr to William and Cecilia Corr
1970
1/6 5501-004
News clippings authored by William Corr
circa 1970s-1980s
1/7 5501-004
Manuscript articles by William Corr
undated
1/8 5501-004
Letter from John Corr to Gary [last name not given], regarding his parents William and Cecilia Corr
2003

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Personal Names :
  • Corr, Cecilia, 1914-2006--Archives
  • Corr, William J., 1906-1984--Archives
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Corr, William J., 1906-1984 (creator)
    • Corporate Names :
    • Labor Archives of Washington (University of Washington) (creator)