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Alaska Fishermen's Union Records, 1919-1977

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Alaska Fishermen's Union
Title
Alaska Fishermen's Union Records
Dates
1919-1977 (inclusive)
Quantity
3 boxes plus 46 ledger books , (12.9 linear feet)
Location of Collection
10b.1.4-7 (ledger books)
13b.4.10 (boxes)
VII.a.19 (maps)
Collection Number
1989.82
Summary
Minutes, correspondence and other materials generated by and of interest to the Alaska Fishermen's Union
Repository
Museum of History & Industry, Sophie Frye Bass Library
Sophie Frye Bass Library
Museum of History & Industry
P.O. Box 80816
Seattle, WA
98108
Telephone: 206-324-1126
Fax: 206-780-1533
library@mohai.org
Access Restrictions
The collection is open to the public by appointment.
Languages
English.

Historical NoteReturn to Top

The Alaska Fishermen's Union was operational by 1919 and their headquarters were located in downtown Seattle. Their initial records consist of shipping lists, which name the vessel, the cannery, the fishing company, the captain, and the union members on each voyage in a particular fishing season. Over the years their records grow to include not only minutes and financial statements but also correspondence and reports related to significant issues in the fishing industry, including the First, Second and Third United Nations Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) conferences. Issues at the UNCLOS conferences included the breadth of the territorial sea, international fishing rights, and protection of marine resources.

The Alaska Fishermen's Union had branches in Oregon (Portland, Astoria), Washington (Bellingham), California (Monterey, San Francisco) and Alaska (Anchorage, Ketchikan) and represented shore-side workers including deckhands, cooks, pile drivers, dock workers, beach gangs, waiters and waitresses. Their headquarters were at 2505 1st Ave., Rm. 3, in Seattle for many years until they merged with the Seafarers International Union in 1997 or 1998. The SIU is headquartered in Piney Point, Maryland, and has a local union hall in Tacoma.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection consists of both bound materials kept in binders, and loose papers filed and foldered in boxes. The bound materials include shipping lists on Alaska Fishermen's Union forms, which noted the names and membership numbers of men who signed on for different fishing companies, canneries and vessels; delegate lists, which were similar to the shipping lists except that they were written on fishing company forms; and typed minutes and correspondence from the local union halls. The minutes and correspondence include records of the weekly union hall meetings, election rosters, telegrams, lists of new, retired and deceased members, documents indicating political involvement in terms of issues relevant to the union, resolutions, and articles related to conservation and the fishing industry. The bound materials are in leather-bound or cloth-bound binders, measuring 38cm x 25cm, with two metal posts and gummed labels for the insertion of documents. In a few cases documents are bound in brown board binders with a clip mechanism for binding.

Documents pertaining to the First, Second, and Third Law of the Sea conferences are included in the boxed materials. Materials here range from loose papers to stenographer notebooks and brown board binders. There are also two maps in the collection.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

The Museum of History & Industry is the owner of the materials in the Sophie Frye Bass Library and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from MOHAI before any reproduction use. The museum does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners.

Preferred Citation

The Alaska Fishermen's Union Records, Museum of History & Industry, Seattle

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Shipping Lists Return to Top

Shipping lists contained information on the dates of sailing, the name of the company, cannery and vessel and a list of the names and membership numbers of the union members on each particular voyage. Lists were compiled on official Alaska Fishermen's Union forms.

Container(s) Description Dates
shelf
10a.3.2
1989.82.1: Shipping Lists
1919 April-1920 March
10a.3.2
1989.82.2: Shipping Lists
1921 April-1923 April
10a.3.2
1989.82.3: Shipping Lists
1924 May-1926 June
10a.3.2
1989.82.4: Shipping Lists
1926 April-1929 May
10a.3.2
1989.82.5: Shipping Lists
1927 April-1930 May
10a.3.2
1989.82.6: Shipping Lists
1928 March-1930 May
10a.3.2
1989.82.7: Shipping Lists
1931 May-1936 May
10a.3.3
1898.82.8: Shipping Lists
1932 May-1936 May
10a.3.3
1898.82.9: Shipping Lists
1937 May-1937 Sept.
10a.3.3
1898.82.10: Shipping Lists
1938 May-1939 May

Roll Book and Members Lists Return to Top

The roll book contains lists of members (arranged in loosely alphabetical order), their member numbers, and members in bad standing, retired or deceased.

Container(s) Description Dates
shelf
10a.3.3
1989.82.11: Roll Book and Member's Lists for 1937 and retired members list for 1932-1939
1932-1939

Delegate Reports Return to Top

Delegate reports are similar to shipping lists but more detailed. Each page lists the cannery, the company, the season, the superintendent and the delegate. Each worker's work position, and home city are noted. Additional information includes cases of specific kinds of salmon packed, number of traps and seines used, inside-outside fishermen, overtime paid, etc. These volumes also contain numerous shipping lists. The lists are mostly typed, and are organized in alphabetical order by the name of the cannery or the fishing company.

Container(s) Description Dates
shelf
10a.3.3
1989.82.12: Delegate Reports
1940-1943
10a.3.3
1989.82.13: Delegate Reports
1943
10a.3.3
1989.82.14: Delegate Reports
1944-46
10a.3.3
1989.82.15: Delegate Reports
1948
10a.3.3
1989.82.16: Delegate Reports
1954-56
10a.3.3
1989.82.17: Delegate Reports
1957-60
10a.3.3
1989.82.18: Delegate Reports
1961-64
10a.3.3
1989.82.19: Delegate Reports
1971-77

Corporate Minutes and Correspondence Return to Top

These binders contain the minutes of weekly meetings and correspondence of the AFU headquarters in Seattle, as well as union hall branches in Portland, Astoria, Bellingham, San Francisco, Ketchikan and Monterey. Correspondence includes election rosters, telegrams, lists of new, retired and deceased members, and documents concerning political involvement in terms of issues relevant to the union.

Container(s) Description Dates
shelf
10a.3.3
1989.82.20: Corporate minutes and correspondence
1928 Oct.-1934 Feb.
10a.3.3
1989.82.21: Corporate minutes and correspondence
1929 Feb.-1933 Feb.
10a.3.3
1989.82.22: Corporate minutes and correspondence
1933 Feb.-1935 March
10a.3.4
1989.82.23: Corporate minutes and correspondence
1933 Feb.-1935 Nov.
10a.3.4
1989.82.24: Corporate minutes and correspondence
1935 March-1936 Nov.
10a.3.4
1989.82.25: Corporate minutes and correspondence
1935 March-1937 Feb.
10a.3.4
1989.82.26: Corporate minutes and correspondence
1938 Feb.-1938 Oct.
10a.3.4
1989.82.27: Corporate minutes and correspondence
1940 April-1939 Oct.
10a.3.4
1989.82.28: Corporate minutes and correspondence
1940 Feb.-1940 Nov.
10a.3.4
1989.82.29: Corporate minutes and correspondence
1940 Nov.-1941 April
10a.3.4
1989.82.30: Corporate minutes and correspondence
1941 April-1942 April
10a.3.4
1989.82.31: Corporate minutes and correspondence
1942 April-1944 April
10a.3.4
1989.82.32: Corporate minutes and correspondence
1949 Jan.-1949 Nov.
10a.3.4
1989.82.111: Corporate minutes and correspondence
1950 Jan.-1950 Dec.
10a.3.4
1989.82.33: Corporate minutes and correspondence
1951
10a.3.4
1989.82.34: Corporate minutes and correspondence
1952
10a.3.4
1989.82.35: Corporate minutes and correspondence
1953
10a.3.5
1989.82.36: Corporate minutes and correspondence
1954
10a.3.5
1989.82.37: Corporate minutes and correspondence
1955
10a.3.5
1989.82.38: Corporate minutes and correspondence
1956
10a.3.5
1989.82.39: Corporate minutes and correspondence
1957
10a.3.5
1989.82.40: Corporate minutes and correspondence
1958
10a.3.5
1989.82.41: Corporate minutes and correspondence
1959
10a.3.5
1989.82.42: Corporate minutes and correspondence
1961
10a.3.5
1989.82.43: Corporate minutes and correspondence
1962-1963
10a.3.5
1989.82.44: Corporate minutes and correspondence
1964-1965
10a.3.5
1989.82.45: Corporate minutes and correspondence
1966-1967
10a.3.5
1989.82.46: Corporate minutes and correspondence
1968-1969
10a.3.5
1989.82.47: Corporate minutes and correspondence
1970-1971

Constitution and By-Laws Return to Top

This pocket-sized volume, detailing the constitution, procedures and bylaws of the Alaska Fishermen's Union, was published for the use of the union's members.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
1
1989.82.48: Constitution and By-Laws of the Alaska Fishermen's Union 12.5 cm. x 7.5 cm.
1972 April

Boxed Items Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
1
1989.82.49: Correspondence regarding the "Law of the Sea"
1958-60
1
1989.82.50: Correspondence regarding closure of the Public Health Service Hospital
1971
1
1989.82.51: Correspondence regarding Pacific fisheries treaty negotiations
1963
1
1989.82.52: Correspondence regarding the Conference of Japanese and United States Fishing Unions
1959
1
1989.82.53: Correspondence regarding Alaska fishing
1950-1960
1
1989.82.54: Correspondence regarding Washington State fishing legislation
1958-1959
1
1989.82.55: Correspondence regarding national and international fishing regulations
1962-1976
1
1989.82.56: Correspondence and reports of the AFU Trial Committee
1950-1951
1
1989.82.57: Miscellaneous correspondence (including correspondence related to a resolution concerning Blaine Harbor and a proposed merger with the International Longshoremen's and Warehouser's Union)
1950-1951
1
1989.82.58: Negotiation correspondence
1946-1951
1
1989.82.59: Negotiation correspondence
1952
1
1989.82.60: Negotiation correspondence
1954
1
1989.82.61: Negotiation correspondence
1955-1956
1
1989.82.62: Negotiation correspondence
1960-1965
1
1989.82.63: Termination notices
1951-1953
1
1989.82.64: Pension correspondence and lists
1951-1965
1
1989.82.65: Shipping lists
1951-1952
1
1989.82.66: Shipping lists
1954
1
1989.82.67: Shipping lists
1955
1
1989.82.68: Financial statement
1949 December 29
1
1989.82.69: Financial statement
1950 December 31
1
1989.82.70: Financial statement
1951 December 31
1
1989.82.71: Financial statement
1952 December 31
1
1989.82.72: Financial statement
1953 June 30
1
1989.82.73: Financial statement
1953 December 31
1
1989.82.74: Audit report
1954 December 31
1
1989.82.75: Audit report
1958 December 31
1
1989.82.76: Report on examination (of financial statements)
1959 December 31
1
1989.82.77: Report on examination (of financial statements)
1960 December 31
1
1989.82.78: Report on examination (of financial statements)
1961 December 31
1
1989.82.79: Report on examination (of financial statements)
1962 December 31
1
1989.82.80: Report on examination (of financial statements)
1963 December 31
1
1989.82.81: Report on examination of financial statements
1964 December 31
1
1989.82.82: Report on examination of financial statements
1965 December 31
1
1989.82.83: Report on examination of financial statements
1966 December 31
1
1989.82.84: Report on examination of financial statements
1967 March 31
1
1989.82.85: Report on examination of financial statements
1967 June 30
1
1989.82.86: Report on examination of financial statements
1967 September 30
1
1989.82.87: Report on examination of financial statements
1967 December 31
1
1989.82.88: Report on examination of financial statements
1968 March 31
1
1989.82.89: Report on examination of financial statements
1968 September 30
1
1989.82.90: Report on examination of financial statements
1968 December 31
1
1989.82.91: Report on examination of financial statements
1969 March 31
1
1989.82.92: Report on examination of financial statements
1969 June 30
1
1989.82.93: Report on examination of financial statements
1969 September 30
1
1989.82.94: Report on examination of financial statements
1969 December 31
1
1989.82.95: Report on examination of financial statements
1970 March 30
1
1989.82.96: Financial statements
1970 June 30
1
1989.82.97: Financial statements
1970 December 31
1
1989.82.98: Financial statements
1971 June 30
1
1989.82.99: Financial statements
1971 December 30
1
1989.82.100: Financial statements
1972 June 30
1
1989.82.101: Financial statements
1972 December 31
1
1989.82.102: Financial statements
1973 June 30
1
1989.82.103: Financial statements
1974 June 30
1
1989.82.104: Financial statements
1974 December 31
1
1989.82.105: Financial statements
1975 June 30
1
1989.82.106: Minutes -- AFU Astoria
1969-1971
1
1989.82.107: Minutes -- AFU California
1957-1959
1
1989.82.108: Minutes -- AFU California
1969-1974
1
1989.82.109: Minutes -- AFU Bellingham
1948-1949
1
1989.82.110: Minutes -- AFU Bellingham
1957-1959
1
1989.82.112: Minutes -- AFU Portland
1947-1948
1
1989.82.113: Minutes -- AFU Portland
1949
2
1989.82.114: Minutes -- AFU Portland
1950
2
1989.82.115: Minutes -- AFU Portland
1951-1952
2
1989.82.116: Minutes -- AFU Portland
1953-1954
2
1989.82.117: Minutes -- AFU Portland
1955-1956
2
1989.82.118: Minutes -- AFU Portland
1957-1959
2
1989.82.119: Minutes -- AFU Portland
1970
2
1989.82.120: Minutes -- AFU California
1950-1951
2
1989.82.121: Minutes -- AFU California
1947-1950
2
1989.82.122: Minutes -- AFU Alaska
1949-1950
2
1989.82.123: Minutes -- AFU Cannery
1944
2
1989.82.124: Minutes -- AFU Cannery
1946
2
1989.82.125: Minutes -- AFU Cannery
1950
2
1989.82.126A: Minutes -- AFU Cannery
1961-1964
2
1989.82.126B: Minutes -- AFU Cannery
1965-1975
2
1989.82.127: Minutes -- AFU Seattle
1947
2
1989.82.128: Minutes -- AFU Seattle
1948
2
1989.82.129: Minutes -- AFU Seattle
1949
2
1989.82.130: Minutes -- AFU Seattle
1950
2
1989.82.131: Minutes -- AFU Seattle
1951
2
1989.82.132: Minutes -- AFU Seattle
1952
2
1989.82.133: Minutes -- AFU Seattle
1953
2
1989.82.134: Minutes -- AFU Seattle
1954
2
1989.82.135: Minutes -- AFU Seattle
1955
2
1989.82.136: Minutes -- AFU Seattle
1956
2
1989.82.137: Minutes -- AFU Alaska
1954-1957
2
1989.82.138: Minutes -- AFU Bellingham (steno pad)
1951-1952
2
1989.82.139: Minutes -- AFU Bellingham (steno pad)
1952-1953
2
1989.82.140: Minutes -- AFU Bellingham (steno pad)
1954-1955
2
1989.82.141: Minutes -- AFU Bellingham (steno pad)
1955-1956
2
1989.82.142: Minutes -- AFU Bellingham (steno pad)
1957
2
1989.82.143: National Marine Fisheries Service Documents related to Alaska fishing
1973-1977
2
1989.82.144: Miscellaneous Documents related to Alaska Fishing
1957-1977
2
1989.82.145: 1st and 2nd Law of the Sea Conference documents
1959-1961
3
1989.82.146: 3rd Law of the Sea Conference, multiple sessions
1974-1976
2
1989.82.147: 15 articles about Pacific fishing
1959-1974
Container(s) Description Dates
drawer
VII19
1989.82.148: Areas and species of major foreign fisheries
56cm x 78cm
1974 June 16
1989.82.149: Pacific Ocean. Washington D.C.
85.5cm x 116cm
Hydrographic Office (with additional information added on Japanese fishing areas in the north Pacific and areas needing protection for North American salmon.
1947