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Chris Mensalvas and Silme Domingo family photograph collection, circa 1920s-circa 1981

Overview of the Collection

Collector
Mensalvas, Chris D.,  -1977
Title
Chris Mensalvas and Silme Domingo family photograph collection
Dates
circa 1920s-circa 1981 (inclusive)
1952-circa 1981 (bulk)
Quantity
22 photographic prints and 14 negatives, 2 contact sheets and 1 collage (1 box and 2 folders) ; sizes vary
Collection Number
PH1145
Summary
Photographs of Chris Mensalvas, Silme Domingo, Gene Viernes and their families and friends.
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

Entire collection can be viewed on the Libraries’ Digital Collections website. Permission of Visual Materials Curator required to view originals. Contact Special Collections for more information.

Additional Reference Guides

Photographs were transferred from the Cannery Workers and Farm Laborers Union Local 7 Records in 2012.

Languages
English

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Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Chris Mensalvas was a Filipino-American who was president of the International Longshoremen's and Warehousemen's Union, Local 37 (previously Cannery Workers' and Farm Laborers' Union, Local 7) from 1949 to 1959, and also served as publicity director of Cannery Workers' and Farm Laborers' Union, Local 7 from 1948 to 1949. Silme Domingo and Gene Vierenes were Filipino-American cannery workers and labor activists. Both were members of the International Longshoremen's and Warehousemen's Union, Local 37. Domingo and Vierenes were murdered by two cannery workers in Pioneer Square in Seattle, Washington in 1981.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Photographs of Chris Mensalvas, Silme Domingo, Gene Viernes and their families and friends.

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Restrictions on Use

Restrictions may exist on reproduction, quotation, or publication. Contact Special Collections, University of Washington Libraries for details.

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Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

 

Chris Mensalvas & FamilyReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder item
1/1 1
Chris Mensalvas and son Topper Mensalvas  
Chris Mensalvas was president of International Longshoremen's and Warehousemen's Union, Local 37 (previously Cannery Workers' and Farm Laborers' Union, Local 7) from 1949 to 1959 and served as publicity director of Cannery Workers' and Farm Laborers' Union, Local 7 from 1948 to 1949.
1952
1/1 2
Chris Mensalvas, son Topper Mensalvas, daughter Patsy Mensalvas, wife Irene Mensalvas, and two others at a park in Blaine, Washington  
1952
1/1 3
Mensalvas Family
Contact sheet for 10 9x13cm negatives.
circa 1952-1953
Box/Folder item
1/1 3a-b
Boy and girl playing indoors
1952
1/1 3c
Two girls on woman's lap
circa 1952
1/1 3d
Man in plaid shirt and hat sitting at dining room table
circa 1952
1/1 3e
Two boys and a girl sitting on man's back on a lawn
circa 1952
1/1 3f
Man in suit touching wire with boy crawling on grass behind him
circa 1952
1/1 3g-h
Man and woman sitting on a bench in back yard
circa 1952
1/1 3i
Chris Mensalvas and wife Irene Mensalvas deboarding United Airlines airplane in Washington, D.C.
1953
1/1 3j
Chris Mensalvas and wife Irene Mensalvas in front of the United States Capitol building in Washington, D.C.
1953
1/1 4
Chris Mensalvas sitting with son Topper Mensalvas, daughter Patsy Mensalvas and another child  
circa 1956
1/1 5
Punaluu
Ten photographs depicting the activities of the Mensalvas family in Punaluu, Hawaii. Punaluu is a rural community in the Koʻolauloa District on the Island of Oahu, in Honolulu, Hawaii.Photographs are bound in an album.
September 1961
Box/Folder item
1/1 5a
Mensalvas family on lanai with sting ray  
Typed on verso of photograph: Enlarged view of same lanai with our home-grown hanging plants..the sting ray at our feet, 100 lbs. The Black cat we tamed from the jungle, has a brother a yellow cutie we named Nicky...not in picture.
September 1961
1/1 5b
Tony wearing tabungao hat and palm raincoat  
Typed on verso of photograph: The "Wild man from Borneo" himself, wearing my tabungao hat and palm raincoat / A natural without shirt and pants- just a muffler between the legs. Tony forgot to wear my calasiao bolo.
September 1961
1/1 5c
Double exposed photograph depicting Mensalvas family on lanai with Datsun station wagon, and Tony and Patsy Mensalvas  
Typed on verso of photograph: This one is a puzzler..one shot was taken in our front lanai, and one in my garden, Tony's ghost hiding in front of my opu (belly) and Patsy's ghost peeping with her Philippine hat in background...Little car is our Datsun station wagonHandwritten on verso of photograph: double-exposure
September 1961
1/1 5d
Mensalvas family under coconut tree  
Typed on verso of photograph: Believe or not Coconut, fruits reaching the ground. We have five trees of da kine [sic] in our yard.Handwritten on verso of photograph: Same tree was in colored picture
September 1961
1/1 5e
Samoan coconut tree  
Typed on verso of photograph: A taller Samoan coconut tree - only 10 ft. high, bearing all year round fruit and heavy. Guess who is peeping around the corner..did not make it on time!
September 1961
1/1 5f
Topper Mensalvas climbing papaya tree  
Typed on verso of photograph: A Prize shot of PAPAYA TREES growing in abundance around our house. The mighty mountain is just 1,000 ft. back of the house, where sugar cane, bread fruit, plumerias, and bananas abound, Note the clouds gathering up in sky- when it rains here, it pours to last at least five minutes, then sunshine. Topper, the expert climber of papayas, mangoes, mabulos, coconuts, and guavas.
September 1961
1/1 5g
Tony, Topper Mensalvas, and Patsy Mensalvas in living room  
Typed on verso of photograph: Taken in front of living room door leading to the west lanai. One hat is anito hat made by Moros, the other a regular women's nipa hat..below nipa hut is Topper's drawing of a fighting chicken. Note coral in front of Tony, Patsy and Topper dug from the ocean...the fruits, abis, caburao, guavas..and red giner in vase. Carved carabo Patsy holding and Topper serenading.Handwritten on verso of photograph: Stuffed birds with nest from the Phil. below Topper.
September 1961
1/1 5h
Tony playing ukelele  
Typed on verso of photograph: THE OLD DON JUAN HIMSELF with his OOkulele...note our floor cement is covered with woven palm mats- hala leaves, very durable- instead of rugs. We have a few small rugs- mostly hala mats for our floors, mostly rattan chairs including our couch.Handwritten on verso of photograph: Punee couch in picture / Hybiscus flower (state flower) on Home-made coconut vase- back of me.
September 1961
1/1 5i
Mensalvas family and Tony sitting at kitchen table  
Typed on verso of photograph: Lomboy party with Tony taken in one corner of our kitchen. Broom in background is Igorot made from wild grass in Philippines...we have two. Tony says they are from the Trino or tanubong grass...very soft, just for inside. Topper wearing Diego Silang hat. Tony ate a lots of Lomboy swallowing seeds.Handwritten on verso of photograph: Igorot [?] hanging on mirror
September 1961
1/1 5j
Chris Mensalvas and Tony in front of Ala Moana Building in Honolulu, Hawaii  
Typed on verso of photograph: Tallest building in Honolulu- 25 stories high, right in downtown Honolulu- Only building in the world with a revolving restaurant on top. Adjacent is the Alamoana Shopping Center biggest in US. Irene works on the 14th floor in said building, afew blocks from ILWU Building and close to Waikiki. Tony and I are standing on top of the Shopping Center up and down.Handwritten on verso of photograph: (2 levels of shops & parking) / Seattle will be second soon, we hear.
September 1961
1/1 6
Chris Mensalvas and wife Irene Mensalvas near waterfall in Maui, Hawaii  
circa 1970
1/1 7
Chris Mensalvas and young girl  
circa 1980
1/1 8
Chris Mensalvas with crutch standing next to a Filipino man holding a camera  
circa 1980

Silme Domingo & FamilyReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder item
1/2 9
Silme Domingo sitting in a Monte Carlo car  
circa 1972
1/2 10
Sue Williams (center), Terri Mast (right) and an unidentified woman (left) walking on King Street in Seattle, Washington  
Terri Mast was the wife of Silme Domingo until his death.
circa 1980
1/2 11
Sue Williams and Nemesio Domingo  
circa 1980
1/2 12
[Boyet] Orcilla, Sue Williams, Ricky Farinas, Jr. and Terri Mast standing on a sidewalk  
circa 1980
1/2 13
Ricky Farinas, Jr.  
Ricky Farinas, Jr. was probably a friend of Terri Mast.
circa 1980
1/2 14
Silme Domingo in Tukwila, Washington  
circa 1981
1/2 15
Terri Mast and Nemesio Domingo sharing a toast  
John Stamets (photographer)
Nemesio Domingo was the father of Silme Domingo.This photo was likely taken at either the gathering for the recall election of Baruso or a special election.UW 27683
September 30, 1982

Gene Viernes & FamilyReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder item
1/3 16
Gene Viernes in Tukwila, Washington  
circa 1981
1/3 17
Portraits of Gene Viernes and Greg Della.  
Contact sheet for 6 photographs. Items 17.1A, 17.2A, 17.3A, 17.4A and 17.5A are Gene Viernes. Item 17.6A is Greg Della.
circa 1960s-1970s
1/3 18
Men preparing for pig roast in backyard  
Man in second photo from left of second row is Eddie Daba, Seattle activist. Woman in second row, right photo is Betty Viernes, Gene Viernes' mother.
Contact sheet for 12 photographs.
circa 1960s-1970s

Unidentified PeopleReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder item
1/4 19
Collage with 24 photos of men and women of different races  
circa 1920s-1940s
1/4 20
Man near a dressing table with mirror  
circa 1920s-1940s
1/4 21
Three men walking through bushes  
circa 1980
1/4 22
Group of young Filipino women on benches outdoors at Seattle University  
This photo was possibly taken at the Far West Convention at Seattle University. The woman in the center holding a purse is possibly Becky Cordona.
circa 1980
1/4 23
Group of young people walking on lawn  
circa 1980
1/4 24
Two young Filipino men, one waving his arm, at unknown outdoor celebration  
circa 1980
1/4 25
Two women dancing at unknown outdoor celebration  
circa 1980
1/4 26
Four negatives depicting outdoor scenes in Rosemead, California  
Items 26.12A and 26.13A depict a highway. Items 26.14A and 26.15A depict three men standing outside.
circa 1980
1/4 27
Passport photographs of young Asian man with moustache  
DeAsis Studio, Seattle, Washington (photographer)
circa 1980