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James Douglas papers, circa 1973-1991

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Douglas, Jim
Title
James Douglas papers
Dates
circa 1973-1991 (inclusive)
1983-1989 (bulk)
Quantity
3.32 cubic feet (5 boxes, plus 6 VHS video tapes)
Collection Number
5906 (Accession No. 5906-001)
Summary
Documents the work of James Douglas, attorney at law, and affiliated organizations
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. VHS video recordings restricted due to their delicate nature.

Languages
English


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Jim Douglas is an attorney who has practiced Social Security disability law since 1978. Douglas was part of a legal team working for the families of slain Seattle labor unionists Silme Domingo and Gene Viernes in a civil suit against Philippines dictator Ferdinand Marcos for orchestrating the 1981 assassinations of the union reformers in their Pioneer Square office. The two men had been working with an international community in opposition of the dictator, who had cracked down on the political left and trade unions in the Phillippines when we seized power and declared martial law.

In December of 1989, a jury found that Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos were responsible for the murders and awarded $15 million to the families of Domingo and Viernes. This marked the first time that a foreign dictator was held responsible for crimes committed in the United States.

Douglas was also a co-founder of the Seattle chapter of Line of March, a Marxist-Leninist national political organization in the 1980s dedicated to peace and social justice.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Records created and collected by Douglas as part of a legal team working for the families of Domingo and Viernes in their civil suit against Philippines dictator Ferdinand Marcos. Other records in the collection relate to the Committee for Justice for Domingo and Viernes and Douglas' membership and participation in the founding of the Seattle chapter of Line of March, a Marxist-Leninist national political organization in the 1980s dedicated to peace and social justice.

Records from Jim Douglas' visit as part of a delegation from the National Lawyers Guild to look at the first elections in Nicaragua under the Sandinistas, including several files on the elections, including the delegation's report. Other subjects in the records include Miskito Indians sovereignty rights vs the Sandinistas.

Other records include Douglas' involvement in organizing a Citizens' Tribunal on US Involvement in Central America and the Caribbean from the early 1980s. Records include witness statements from the tribunals as well as 6 VHS videos of the tribunal proceedings.

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

Papers, 1973-1990Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
1
Line of March (LOM) Related Records
circa 1983-1990
1
Reports and Correspondence
circa 1983-1990
1
Forums and Discussions Related to Seattle LOM
circa 1983-1990
1
Frontline related materials
circa 1983-1990
2
Forums and Discussions Related to Seattle LOM
circa 1973-1991
2
Frontline related Materials
circa 1973-1991
2
Committee for Justice for Domingo Viernes (CJDV) Records
circa 1973-1991
2
Domingo v. Marcos records
circa 1973-1991
3
CJDV Records
circa 1981-1986
3
Domingo v. Marcos Records
circa 1981-1986
4
Nicaragua - Brigade
1984-1985
4
Miskitos
circa 1984
4
Nicaragua Election Resources and Originals
1983-1985
5
Nicaragua Elections
circa 1984
5
Documents relating to U.S. Policies and Actions in Grenada
circa 1984
5
Deposition under Oral Examination of Manuel Torres
March 14, 1983
5
Documents relating to U.S. Policy in Central America--The U.S. Position
5
Documents relating to U.S. Policies and Actions in El Salvador
5
Documents relating to U.S. Policies and Actions in Nicaragua
5
Attorney Letters
5
Lawyer-Program-Wits
5
Tribunal
circa 1985
5
Tribunal
1985
5
Post-Tribunal

Video Tapes, 1984-1985Return to Top

Description Dates
Citizens' Tribunal
4 videotapes
January 19, 1985
Howard Heiner-United Methodist: Missionary Interview in Nicaragua
1 videotape
November 11, 1984
Charlie Clements Bombings, Tribunals
1 videotape