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Industrial Workers of the World photograph collection, circa 1910s-circa 1940s

Overview of the Collection

Title
Industrial Workers of the World photographcollection
Dates
circa 1910s-circa 1940s (inclusive)
Quantity
122 photographic prints (2 boxes, 1 folder) ; sizes vary
2 negatives
Collection Number
PH0922
Summary
Activities of the Industrial Workers of the World including protests and people killed while protesting
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

Access to original photographs is restricted. Entire collection available on digital site. Contact Special Collections for further information.

Languages
English


Historical BackgroundReturn to Top

The Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) was a radical labor organization founded in Chicago in 1905 that was most active between the turn of the century and the 1930s. The Wobblies, as they were known, believed there must be radical changes in American capitalism to improve the oppressive conditions that workers faced, including an overthrow of the employing class. Many IWW members believed in socialist or communist ideology and some advocated whatever means necessary to effect change, including sabotage and violence. The Seattle chapter of the IWW was also founded in 1905 and contributed to the city’s reputation as a hotbed of labor radicalism. The local office showed a keen interest in labor and Wobbly-related activities across the nation, but most of its activities focused on organizing labor within the state. The Wobblies experienced a decline in popularity beginning during World War II, and the decline continued due to the anti-Communist sentiment of post-war America. As it was no longer able to function effectively, the Seattle IWW office closed in 1965. However, the national IWW is still active today.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This collection contains photographs and photographic postcards that pertain to the members and activities of the IWW, including meetings, strikes, rallies, raids and funerals. This collection also includes photographs of IWW-related buildings such as union halls. Photographs of people depict leaders, organizers and other IWW affiliates. Photographs of IWW documents show signage, fliers and newspaper articles pertinent to the IWW.

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Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

 

Events & ActivitiesReturn to Top

These photographs primarily depict IWW strikes, rallies and funerals that occurred chiefly in the western United States, particularly Washington state. Many of the photographs document the bodies of IWW members who were killed and their subsequent funerals. The photographs, particularly those showing corpses and police brutality, were likely used or intended to be used in IWW publications and propaganda.

Container(s) Description Dates
San Diego Free Speech Rally, San Diego, California
The San Diego Free Speech Rally began in February 1912, when an ordinance went into effect, which banned public speaking in an area encompassing 49-square blocks of downtown San Diego, including “soapbox row.” As many as 5,000 Wobblies gathered to protest at the corner of 5th & E streets, leading to enough arrests to successfully over-crowd the local jails. By fall of 1912, private vigilantes drove the Wobblies out of town via terrorization.
Box/Folder item
1/1 1
Man speaking to crowd  
1912
1/1 2
Woman speaking to crowd  
1912
1/1 3
Photographic postcard of police spraying crowd with water  
Written on verso: Photo from second floor of Hotel Richmond about 12:30 P.M.
March 10, 1912
1/1 4
Photographic postcard of crowd being sprayed with water in front of police court building and new city jail at 732 Second Street  
Written on verso: 5000 people being moved a la Aquatic route + never mind - Spreckles has lot of water - on the brain!
1912
1/1 5
Photographic postcard of 4 men standing in front of building  
Tom Walsh, San Diego, CA (photographer)
Writte on verso: Left to right ? - Jack Law, Jack Whyte, Stanley Gue
1912
Lawrence Textile Strike Trial, Lawrence, Massachusetts
On January 1, 1912, a new law went into effect in Massachusetts, reducing the maximum number of hours in a work week from 56 to 54. Employers retaliated by reducing pay to match the reduction in hours. Joseph Ettor of the IWW and Arturo Giovanitti of the Italian Socialist Federation and Socialist Party of America, were both organizers of the Lawrence Textile Strike of over 20,000 workers. In September of 1912, Ettor and Giovanitti were tried and aquitted for the murder of one of the strikers, who was most likely killed by local police.
Box/Folder item
1/2 6
Joseph Ettor and Arturo Giovanitti at the Lawrence Textile Strike trial  
September 1912
Everett Massacre, Everett, Washington
The Everett Massacre occurred on November 5, 1916. 300 Seattle IWW workers boarded two ships headed for Everett, where they planned to give a public demonstration. When the first ship arrived at the dock, 200 citizen deputies were waiting to stop the Wobblies from demonstrating. Shooting broke out between the two parties, leaving at least 5 Wobblies and 2 sheriffs dead, as well as 47 other participants wounded.
Victims
November 5, 1916
Box/Folder item
1/3 7
Photographic postcard of Felix Baran in morgue  
Printed on verso: Died for Free Speech!! The Everett Massacre, Bloody Sunday, Nov. 5, 1916. Send help to: Box 1878, Seattle, Wash.
November 5, 1916
1/3 8
Photographic postcard of Hugo Gerlot in morgue  
Printed on verso: Died for Free Speech!! The Everett Massacre, Bloody Sunday, Nov. 5, 1916. Send help to: Box 1878, Seattle, Wash.
November 5, 1916
1/3 9
Photographic postcard of John Looney in morgue  
Printed on verso: Died for Free Speech!! The Everett Massacre, Bloody Sunday, Nov. 5, 1916. Send help to: Box 1878, Seattle, Wash.
November 5, 1916
1/3 10
Photographic postcard of Abraham Rabinowitz in morgue  
Printed on verso: Died for Free Speech!! The Everett Massacre, Bloody Sunday, Nov. 5, 1916. Send help to: Box 1878, Seattle, Wash.
November 5, 1916
1/3 11
Photographic postcard of John Looney, Hugo Gerlot, Felix Baran and Abraham Rabinowitz in morgue  
Printed on verso: Died for Free Speech!! The Everett Massacre, Bloody Sunday, Nov. 5, 1916. Send help to: Box 1878, Seattle, Wash.
November 5, 1916
1/3 12
Printed postcard of John Looney, Hugo Gerlot, Felix Baran and Abraham Rabinowitz in morgue  
Printed on verso: Died for Free Speech!! The Everett Massacre, Bloody Sunday, Nov. 5, 1916. Send help to: Box 1878, Seattle, Wash.
November 5, 1916
1/3 13
Photographic postcard of Gus Johnson in casket  
Printed on verso: Died for Free Speech!! The Everett Massacre, Bloody Sunday, Nov. 5, 1916. Send help to: Box 1878, Seattle, Wash.
November 5, 1916
1/3 14
Plaster heads molded of Hugo Gerlot, Abraham Rabinowitz, Gus Johnson, Felix Baran and John Looney  
November 5, 1916
Funeral of Felix Baran, Hugo Gerlot and John Looney
November 18, 1916
Box/Folder item
1/4 15
Postcard of funeral attendees gathered by coffins  
November 18, 1916
1/4 16
Headstones for Baran, Gerlot and Looney in graveyard  
November 18, 1916
1/4 17
Funeral attendees gathered by headstones  
November 18, 1916
1/4 18-19
Funeral attendees holding IWW books and posters  
November 18, 1916
Free Speech Fight, Sacramento, California
Box/Folder item
1/4 19a
Men standing near Sacramento County Jail  
Printed on front: Silent Defenders.
circa 1918
Seattle General Strike, Seattle, Washington
The Seattle General Strike was a joint effort by several local unions, including the IWW. 65,000 workers walked out of work from February 6, 1919 to February 11, 1919, in a protest against World War I wage controls. 39 Wobblies were arrested. Although the strikers succeeded in nationally publicizing their grievances, the strike was ultimately called off by senior union leaders.
Box/Folder item
1/5 20
Man speaking to crowd  
February 1919
1/5 21
Protesters gathered at 9th Avenue and Pike Street, Seattle, WA  
February 1919
IWW Picnic, Seattle, Washington
Box/Folder item
1/6 22
Large group of IWW members at picnic, Seattle, Washington  
A banner hanging above the group with a picture of a man in jail says:Remember!We're in For You. Will you out there remember us? Liberty Bonds, War Saving Stamps and cash from $5.00 and up accepted here as loan for bail of Class War Prisoners--All Together-All for One and One For All.
July 20, 1919
Raid on New York office and prosecutions of IWW members
Nation-wide raids were carried out on IWW offices between 1919 and 1922 to try to suppress the activities of the IWW. There was also increasing violence directed toward the IWW members and the government used the IWW anti-war sentiment to turn public opinion against the IWW.
Box/Folder item
1/7 23
Raid of IWW Headquarters, New York, NY  
November 15, 1919
1/8 24
Seven of the original ten Centralia Massacre defendents  
A. C. Girard, Aberdeen, WA (photographer)
The Centralia Massacre occurred on November 11, 1919, when the IWW Hall in Centralia, Washington was attacked during the Armistice Day parade. The attackers, mostly members of the American Legion, broke down the windows and doors. In retaliation, IWW members killed and injured several of the attackers. Ten IWW members were put on trial for murder.
Back row - left to right: Bert Bland, John Lamb, Britt Smith, James McInerhey; Front row - left to right: O.C. Bland, Roy Becker, Eugene Barnett
1921
1/9 25
IWW prisoners just before surrendering at federal penitentiary, Leavenworth, Kansas  
The federal government tried and convicted 150 IWW members with conspiracy to obstruct the war. Cases were brought against IWW members in Chicago, IL, Wichita, KS and Sacramento, CA. The convicted members were sent to a prison in Leavenworth, Kansas.
circa 1922
box-folder:oversize
XH3 25a
IWW prisoners just before surrendering at federal penitentiary, Leavenworth, Kansas
Enlargement of item 25.
circa 1922
Box/Folder item
1/10 26
Funeral of Frank Hastings  
J.J. Kneisle (photographer)
Caption on front: Funeral of Frank Hastings under auspices of the IWW Seattle, Washington. Written on verso: Man in 1st row, kneeling is Herb Edwards
Frank Hastings received a four to ten year prision sentence for violating the Washington State criminal syndicalism law by being a member of the IWW. Herb Edwards (1894-1976) was a Norweigan immigrant who worked as a NW woodsman and bottlemaker. In 1923, he became a class-war prisoner after being convited of criminal syndicalism. He was dismissed multiple times for wobbly organizational efforts in labor camps.
Mar 2, 1923
San Pedro Free Speech Fight
The San Pedro Free Speech fight began on November 8, 1922, when Wobblies holding public meetings at the corner of Fourth and Beacon streets in San Pedro, California. Although police initially allowed meetings to carry on, the rally eventually led to mass arrests of Wobblies as well as the San Pedro Raid.
Box/Folder item
1/10 27-28
Protestors gathered outside unidentified building, San Pedro, CA  
circa 1923
1/10 29-30
Protestors gathered outside Tourist Hotel at 4th and Beacon Streets, San Pedro, CA  
circa 1922-1923
San Pedro Raid
The San Pedro Raid occurred at the San Pedro IWW hall on June 14, 1924. Thugs destroyed the hall and scalded children of IWW members.
Victims of the San Pedro Raid
circa June 14, 1924
Box/Folder item
1/12 31
Child burn victim Andrew Kruglis  
Written on verso: Andrew Kruglis, age 9 is in a serious condition. He was the first one out of the Hall. As the fiends came rushing in, Andrew ran as fast as he could for a block when overcome by a man in blue who threw a pot of boiling grease on his bare legs. Note the blotches on his knee and righ foot where the new skin has formed. The bandaged portions are where the wounds are deep. He is baring [sic] his misfortunes, but has several weeks more to suffer.Written on verso of duplicate: Andrew Kulcis, age 12. Legs scalded in raid at San Pedro June 14th.
circa June 14, 1924
1/12 32
Child burn victim May Sundstedt laying on bed  
Written on verso: May Sundstedt age 9, a beautiful refined high school danceress [sic] and a favorite among the workers of San Pedro where she was born. Her mother, a sturdy woman of Finnish birth was also beaten and clubbed by the savage mob, who attacked the I.W.W. Hall on June 14th. Scores of others were also clubbed, burned, tarred and feathered. It was the children who suffered the worst. And the fiends came...Written on verso of duplicate: May Sundstedt age 12. Scalded in the Raid at San Pedro June 14th.
circa June 14, 1924
1/12 33
Child burn victim May Sundstedt laying on bed  
Written on verso: May Sundstedt age 12. Scalded in the Raid at San Pedro June 14th.
circa June 14, 1924
1/12 34
Child burn victim May Sundstedt laying on bed with back to camera  
Written on verso: May Sundstedt age 12. Body scalded from her hips down.
circa June 14, 1924
1/12 35
May Sundstedt laying on bed and other attendees at funeral of Mrs. Sundstedt  
E. F. Moffett (photographer)
Written on verso: Little May Sundstedt in attendance at the burial of the one who who, while still alive, protected and cared for her with her little brother and sister. May was horribly scalded by mob who destroyed I.W.W. Hall on June 14th about 50 days previous. She is still in a very critical condition and may soon follow her mother on the long journey from which no one ever returns. Note the determined look on the fellow workers in the picture who are paying their respects to one who has ably fought with them in San Pedro.
circa June 14, 1924
1/12 36
Sundstedt children at their mother's funeral  
E. F. Moffett (photographer)
Written on verso: What is left of the Sundstedt family after the breadwinner was placed away in bier at the Wilmington cemetery. From left to right, Lillie age 8 who was burnt about the legs, May age 13 nearly killed by same mob who clubbed her mother and scalded her and her little sister, and Elmer age 11. In order to attend the funeral of her mother little May who has not left her bed now for over 50 days was taken to the cemetery on a stretcher. She may not live long as the result of the scald she suffered. This once happy little brood is now broken up.
circa June 14, 1924
1/12 37
Attendees of funeral for Mrs. Sundstedt  
E. F. Moffett (photographer)
Written on verso: No greater tribute was given to anyone. Taken just as the remains of The Fellow Worker, Mrs. Sundstedt were being placed into the hearse about to take her last ride after a short [preliminary] service held in the mortuary. (More pictures to follow.)
circa June 14, 1924
1/12 38
Funeral procession for Mrs. Sundstedt  
Written on verso: Services lasting over an hour with services appropriate to occasion by fellow workers and friends. Beginning with a song in English “The Red Flag.” After which recitation and speeches by his fellow workers followed. The services ended with the last verse of same song. As we marched away the revolutionary funeral song was sung by a group of Russian workers. Mrs. Sundsedt, as well as her little family, were loved by her fellow workers of San Pedro.
circa June 14, 1924
1/12 39
Two IWW members, tarred and feathered during San Pedro Raid  
circa June 14, 1924
E. K. Wood Lumber Co., San Pedro, CA
Box/Folder item
1/13 40
View of E. K. Wood Lumber Co. and nearby railroad tracks  
Written on verso: The children confined to the hospital are so seriously burned that the attending doctor refused us to take photos of them yet. It is now nearly three weeks since they’ve fell, beaten, and scalded by the protectors of the profiteers in the name of Americanism. (More pictures follow later ~ E.F.M.)
circa July 1924
1/13 41
View of E. K. Wood Lumber Co. and nearby railroad tracks  
Written on verso: Views of the labor where greed reigns supreme. The only ones arrested by the police so far are the relief committee taking care of the baby sufferers.
circa July 1924
Colorado Mine Strike
The Colorado Mine Strike was organized by the IWW, resulting in the shutdown of 113 of 125 Colorado coal mines between 1927 and 1928. The strike led to the successful unionization of the mine workers and subsequent recognition by the Rocky Mountain Fuel Company.
Box/Folder item
1/14 42
Postcard of Nicola Sacco & Bartolomeo Vanzetti  
Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were two Italian immigrants convicted of murdering two men during a 1920 armed robbery in South Braintree, Massachusetts. After a series of highly controversial trials, Sacco and Venzetti were executed on August 23, 1927. That same month, IWW members participated in a three-day protest of the pending executions. In Walsenburg, Colorado over 1,100 coal miners joined the protest, leading directly to the Colorado Mine Strike of 1927-1928.
circa August 1927
Columbine Mine Massacre, Colorado
The Columbine Mine Massacre occurred on November 21, 1927 amidst the general Colorado Mine Strike of 1927-1928. 500 mine workers and their families were denied access into the town of Serene, Colorado near the Columbine Mine. Militia men and police used rifles and tear gas grenades to hold back the miners, who attempted to climb the gates into Serene. At least six people were killed and over sixty were injured.
Box/Folder item
1/15 43
Body of Columbine Mine Massacre victim Mike Vidovitch on view in living room  
Shotz, Louisville, Colorado (photographer)
On front: Murdered by State Police at Columbine Mine, at Nov 21st 1927 Erie Colorado
circa November 21, 1927
1/15 44
Body of Columbine Mine Massacre victim Rene Jacques on view in living room  
Shotz, Louisville, Colorado (photographer)
On front: Murdered by State Police at Columbine Mine, at Nov 21st 1927 Erie Colorado
circa November 21, 1927
1/15 45
Bodies of Columbine Mine Massacre victims Frank Kovich and Jerry Davis on view in living room  
Shotz, Louisville, Colorado (photographer)
circa November 21, 1927
1/15 46
Bodies of two Columbine Mine Massacre victims on view in living room  
Shotz, Louisville, Colorado (photographer)
circa November 21, 1927
Trinidad Hall Raid, Trinidad, Colorado
December 27, 1927
Box/Folder item
1/16 47
Exterior of Trinidad Hall with broken windows after the raid, Trinidad, Colorado  
December 27, 1927
1/16 48
Interior of Trinidad Hall in disarray after the raid, Trinidad, Colorado  
December 27, 1927
1/16 49
Mrs. Cardinal's bedroom in rear of Trinidad Hall in disarray after the raid, Trinidad, Colorado  
December 27, 1927
1/16 50
John Cardinal's bedroom in Trinidad Hall in disarray after the raid, Trinidad, Colorado  
December 27, 1927
Walsenburg Shooting, Walsenburg, Colorado
The Walsenburg shooting occurred at the Walsenburg IWW Hall on January 28, 1928.
Box/Folder item
1/17 51
Gunman M. Lopaz, Walsenburg, Colorado  
Caption on verso: M. Lopaz, gunman trusty from jail 1/12/26 WALSENBURG
January 12, 1928
1/17 52
Man holding gun in street, Walsenburg, Colorado  
January 12, 1928
1/17 53-54
Men in street, Walsenburg, Colorado
January 12, 1928
1/17 55
Men with guns gathered in street, Walsenburg, Colorado  
January 12, 1928
1/17 56
Man with gun guarding building entrance, Walsenburg, Colorado  
January 12, 1928
1/17 57
Walsenburg Hall front showing damage from shooting, Walsenburg, Colorado  
Caption on verso: Walsenburg hall immediately after shooting Jan. 12th 1928. Huge hole was caused by machine gun. 22 other holes in window also. The Spectator.
January 12, 1928
1/17 58
Striking coal miners gathered outside the Pol'ska Hala and Walsenburg Hall after the shooting, Walsenburg, Colorado  
Caption on verso: Walsenburg striking coal miners assembled in front of their hall after shooting of January 12th, 1928. Single story building is where Chevaz was murdered. Other Bldg. houses strike committee upper half soup kitchen lower half. Upper half is where State police claim Chevz (sic) was killed. Stairway leading upstairs was also riddled with bullets from machine gun. The Spectator.
January 12, 1928
1/17 59
Bodies of Walsenburg shooting victims Celestino Martinez and Klementi Chevaz, Walsenburg, Colorado  
Caption on verso: Bodies of Celestino Martinez age 15 (first) and Klementi Chevaz age 41 murdered Jan. 12th 1928 Walsenburg Colorado. Martinez was shot in back, bullet leaving body at mid rib. Was shot one block distant from hall. Chevas [sic] had entire upper left portion of head blown off. The Spectator.
January 12, 1928
1/17 60
Body of Walsenburg shooting victim K. Chevaz lying on the floor in Walsenburg Hall, Walsenburg, Colorado  
Caption on verso: Body of K. Chevaz lying in own gore Walsenburg hall Jan. 12 1928. This is man whom State Police say was shot in upper story of adjoining hall and dragged here. Note brains and marks where they skidded from head. Also club.The Spectatorknelt beside this man not later than 5 minutes after he was shot, in the very spot where club lies, and was driven from body by three thugs with rifles and shotguns.
January 12, 1928
Funeral of Walsenburg shooting victim Klementi Chavez, Colorado
Box/Folder item
1/18 61
Photographic postcard of large group of attendees at Klementi Chavez's funeral  
January 15, 1928
1/18 62
Photographic postcard of close-up view of attendees at Klementi Chavez's funeral  
January 15, 1928
1/18 63-64
Photographic postcard of attendees at Klementi Chavez's funeral raising their arms  
January 15, 1928
Box/Folder item
1/19 65
Centralia Mass Meeting, Eagle's Hall, Seattle, Washington  
J. J. Kneisle, Seattle, Washington (photographer)
Hundreds of IWW members gathered for a mass meeting at the Seattle Eagle's Hall.
Feburary 10, 1929
Clearwater, Idaho Lumber Strike
On June 29, 1936 800 lumberjacks, employed by Clearwater County, staged a walkout led by the IWW. Demands by the strikers included wage raises, overtime compensation and price caps on room and board fees. By July the number of strikers had grown to 1,200. The governor of Idaho C. Ben Ross declared martial law on the strikers after seven men were wounded in a subsequent riot.
Box/Folder item
1/18 66
Clearwater Lumber Strike riot victims D. L. Gentry and Conrad Hill in hospital  
August 2, 1936
1/20 67
Clearwater Lumber Strike riot victim D. L. Gentry laying in hospital bed  
August 2, 1936
Box/Folder item
1/21 68
IWW Labor Day Picnic, Oakland, California  
1939
Raids on unidentified IWW halls
Box/Folder item
1/22 69
Exterior of unidentified IWW hall after the raid  
1918
1/22 70
People gathered around exterior of unidentified IWW hall after the raid  
1918
1/22 71
Children gathered by building remnants after raid  
circa 1910s-1920s
Unidentified IWW Events
Mass Meetings
Box/Folder item
1/23 72-73
Photographic postcard of mass meeting  
circa 1910s-1920s
1/23 74
Photographic postcard of a large group of men  
circa 1910s-1920s
1/23 75
Photographic postcard of large group of people marching up road  
circa 1910s-1920s
1/23 76
Large crowd at outdoor mass meeting  
circa 1910s-1920s
Deaths
Box/Folder item
1/23 77
Photographic postcard of castrated body  
circa 1910s-1930s
1/23 78
Funeral of [John] Arthur Boose of Portland, Oregon, 1959  
Photo-Art Commercial Studios, Portland, Oregon (photographer)
Arthur Boose (1877-1959) was a lifelong Wobbly and one of the prisoners after the Chicago convictions in 1918 and was once the cellmate of Ralph Chaplin.Written on verso: 2nd from left: S. Holbrook
Stewart Holbrook was a lumberjack, journalist at The Oregonian, author and historian of the Pacific Northwest.
1959

Union Halls and BuildingsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Union Halls
Box/Folder item
1/24 79-80
Exterior of IWW Local No. 510, Houston, Texas  
circa 1930s-1940s
1/24 81
Photographic postcard of men outside IWW Local No. 71  
circa 1912
1/24 82
Photographic postcard of men outside IWW Local No. 573  
circa 1910s-1920s
Miscellaneous buildings
Box/Folder item
1/25 83
Men outside unidentified building  
circa 1910s-1930s
1/25 84
Bull Pen meeting hall, Yakima, Washington  
Written in verso: For IWW strikers
1933
1/25 85
Cort Theater, San Francisco, California  
Written on front: To Fellow [...] Thompson from [...] S.F. 1913
1913
Container(s) Description Dates
Groups
International IWW
Sydney, Australia
Box/Folder item
1/26 86
Photographic postcard of 12 Australian convicted IWW members  
Written on verso: Members of IWW Sydney, Australia who got from 10 to 15 yearsThese 12 members were charged with treason, sedition and conspiracy to commit arson in Sydney.
September 11, 1916
1/26 87
Photographic postcard of mass meeting, Sydney, Australia  
On front: Part of meeting of 30,000 IWWs in Sydney, Australia
September 11, 1916
Box/Folder item
1/26 88
Photographic postcard of food drive in Neuwied, Germany  
Sign on postcard reads "Arbeiter Wohlfahrt Neuwied" and translates as "Workers' Welfare Association of Neuwied"
circa 1910s-1920s
Yakima Hop Pickers, Washington
In 1933 hop pickers in Yakima, Washington won an IWW-supported strike.
Box/Folder item
1/27 89-90
Photographic postcard of large group of Yakima hop pickers in hop field  
circa 1920s-1930s
1/27 91
Large group of Yakima hop pickers in field  
circa 1920s-1930s
Leaders/Organizers
Arthur Boose
Boose was a soapbox speaker and an IWW leader in both Duluth, Minnesota and Tulsa, Oklahoma. In 1922 he was convicted under the Espionage Act and given 5 years in prison at Leavenworth, Kansas.
Box/Folder item
1/28 92
Photographic postcard of Arthur Boose and family members  
circa 1910s-1920s
1/28 93
Photographic postcard of Arthur Boose  
circa 1910s-1920s
1/28 94
Arthur Boose speaking to crowd  
circa 1910s-1920s
Joe Hill
Joe Hill was a Swedish-American activist and songwriter for the IWW. He was executed on November 19, 1915, after being falsely accused of murdering a local ex-policeman and his son in Salt Lake City, Utah.
box:oversize item
2 95a
Portrait of Joe Hill  
Hand-tinted and framed
circa 1910s
Box/Folder
1/29 95b
Text of note accompanying photo of Joe Hill
Text translated from Swedish: Joel Emanuel Hägglund / alias / Joseph Hillström / alias / Joe Hill / Organizer and poet for Industrial Workers of the World / Born on the 7th of October 1879, Nedre Bergsgatan, Gävle, Sweden. / Executed on the 19th of November, 1915, in Utah State Prison, under the order of the Utah state official and the Utah Construction Company.
circa 1910s
Frank Little
Frank Little was an IWW organizer who was murdered by vigilantes in Butte, Montana. He was dragged behind an automobile before being lynched.
Box/Folder item
1/30 96
Portrait of Frank Little  
Caption on front: Frank Little/Victim of Anaconda Copper Co. Thugs/Died Aug 1. 1917 Butte Mont.
circa 1910s
1/30 97
Body of Frank Little laid out near bridge  
circa Aug. 1. 1917
Enrique Flores Magón
Enrique Flores Magón and his brother founded the Mexican Liberal Party, which aimed to re-distribute land and means of production held by the rich to the masses, as well as to overthrow the Mexican government. The Mexican Liberal Party joined forces with the IWW at the San Diego Free Speech Rally in 1912.
Box/Folder item
1/31 98
Enrique Flores Magón and Teresa Magón  
Written on verso: Teresa and Enrique to Fellow-Worker C.E. Paynes. Taken at Los Angeles, Calif. November 1922, myself being sick at the time.
November 1922
1/31 99
Enrique Flores Magón, holding the Red Flag, Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico  
Estudio Villegas (photographer)
Written on verso: Age: 46 years
March 4, 1923
1/31 100
Enrique Flores Magón with fellow workers and family, Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico  
Estudio Villegas (photographer)
Written on verso: Group of Fellow-Workers and the whole Magón tribe after our reception and meeting on March 4th, 1923 at the Constitución Plaza, Ciudad Juárez, Chih., Mex., when we crossed the line into Mexico the day of our deportation from the Land of Freedom for Wall Street and [...] for the Rebel. We spoke from the music stand (or kisko) [ sic] seen in the back.
March 4, 1923
Group Portraits of Leaders
Box/Folder item
1/32 101
Photographic postcard of three IWW leaders  
Written on verso: left -> right: Eugene Barnett? Jack Law? Jack Whyte?
circa 1920s-1930s
1/32 102
Photographic postcard of four IWW leaders  
Chicago Photo Postal Studio (photographer)
Written on verso: seated: Jack Law? left -> right: ? Jack Law? Stanley Guy?
circa 1920s-1930s
IWW Affiliates
Kate Phar, IWW Songbird
Kate Phar was one of many Junior members of the IWW who provided entertaiment during a weekly show at the Seattle IWW hall. The shows included young musicians, singers, actors and comedians who performed around the theme of class struggle. Kate was a popular IWW songbird, who both participated in and directed the shows.
Box/Folder item
1/33 103
Kate Phar and family  
Written on verso: Mr. & Mrs. Phar, Katie and Anna Mae
circa 1910-1920s
1/33 104
Photographic postcard of Kate Phar holding a flag that says One Big Union  
On front: Yours for Industrial Freedom / Kate Phar
circa 1910s-1920s
1/33 105
Kate Phar with unidentified man  
J. J. Kneisle (photographer)
Caption on front: Sincerely Katie and Frank
circa 1910s-1920s
1/33 106
Kate Phar standing outside  
circa 1910s-1920s
1/33 107
Portrait of Kate Phar  
circa 1910s-1920s
1/33 108
Kate Phar standing outside  
circa 1910s-1920s
1/33 108a
Kate Phar
circa 1910s-1920s
1/33 109
Photographic postcard of Kate Phar holding a sign that says One Big Union  
Written on verso: Yours For Industrial Freedom / Kate Phar
circa 1910s-1920s
Box/Folder item
1/34 110
IWW Prisoners  
L. A. Dix Photo Co., Tacoma, Washington (photographer)
Caption on front: Fellow workers we are in jail for you. What are you doing for us?Written on verso: James P. Thompson (back, left); others unkown / Front: unknown; Ed Shepler; Steven Reay / 1914: Woodworkers en route to McNeill Island Penitentiary?
1914
Unidentified IWW Affiliates
Box/Folder item
1/35 111
Photographic postcard of three IWW affiliates  
circa 1910s-1920s
1/35 112
Photographic postcard of IWW affiliates standing outside unidentified IWW hall  
Written on verso: May be 205 1/2 Second Ave., Seattle IWW headquarters
circa 1910s-1920s
1/35 113
Two young girls on roller skates wearing "Don't Be a Scab" sashes  
circa 1910s-1920s
1/35 113a
J.W. Schrater standing on railroad
circa 1910s-1920s

Photographs of IWW DocumentsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder item
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Photographic copy of Chicago IWW songbook cover titled Songs of the Workers  
October, 1919
1/36 115
Photographic copy of framed IWW sign that says "Industrial Workers of the World / One Union / One Enemy / One Label / An Injury to One An Injury to All"  
Bill Swain (artist)
undated
1/36 116
Photographic copy of blank Lumber Workers Industrial Union Job Report form from IWW Spokane, Washington  
undated
1/36 117
Photographic copy of framed IWW preamble  
undated
1/36 118
Photographic copy of Spanish IWW flyer titled "Que es la IWW?"  
undated
1/36 119
Photographic copy of the Pyramid of Capitalist System  
1911
1/36 120
Photographic copy of article titled "STOP BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE" on the front page of theThe Seattle Starnewspaper, Seattle, Washington  
February 4, 1919
1/36 121
Photographic copy of article titled "The Late Lamented Strike" on the front page of theThe Town Criernewspaper, Seattle, Washington  
February 15, 1919