Mary Ellen Krug Case family papers, 1826-1986  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Case, Mary Ellen Krug
Mary Ellen Krug Case family papers
1826-1986 (inclusive)
5.9 cubic feet (10 boxes plus 1 oversize folder, including approximately 1000 photographs)
Collection Number
6129 (Accession No. 6129-001)
Correspondence, school papers, writings, photographs, diaries, and other personal and professional papers related to labor lawyer Mary Ellen Krug Case and the Krug and Case families, primarily in Wisconsin and Washington
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
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Lawyer Mary Ellen Krug Case was born in Oshkosh, Wisconsin on January 13, 1918, to parents Leo Johns and Ernest Krug. She began college at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, which she attended for two years before transferring to the University of Washington in Seattle. She graduated from the University of Washington with her bachelor's degree in classical languages in 1939, and her LLB degree from the University of Washington School of Law in 1943. After being admitted to the Washington State Bar that same year, Krug worked as a law clerk to Washington Supreme Court Justice Walter B. Beals until late 1944. She then joined the firm that was, at the time, called McMicken, Rupp & Schweppe, but later became Schweppe, Krug, & Tausend after she was made an active senior partner in the firm.

Mary Ellen Krug Case was married to John M. Case, although she was always known professionally as Mary Ellen Krug. Throughout her distinguished career, Krug worked with antitrust matters, personal injury cases, domestic relations cases, contested adoptions, cases involving real estate title and, most significantly, cases in the field of labor and employment law. She served as the first female Chairman of the Council of the American Bar Association’s Section of Labor and Employment Law, which was a position she held at the time of her death. Krug also served as the Chairman of the Washington State Public Employment Relations Commission, as a founder and first Chairman of the Pacific Coast Labor Law Conference, and as a founder of the Seattle King County Bar Association Section of Labor Law. In 1984, she was selected as a Distinguished Alumna of the University of Washington School of Law, which also awards an annual Mary Ellen Krug Labor and Employment Scholarship for students who have a demonstrated excellence in the fields of labor and employment law through both their academic studies and their activities outside of the classroom.

In addition to her legal work, Mary Ellen Krug served as the president of the Seattle Society of the Archeological Institute of America and as a board member of the YWCA. She died on December 17, 1985.

Mary Ellen Krug Case's father, Ernest Henry Krug, was born in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, to parents Eliza Stuebe and Jacob Krug, circa 1886. He worked for a time as the assistant manager of a cereal company in Battle Creek, Michigan, before moving to Seattle, where he founded and managed the Grocers' Wholesale Company. Ernest Krug died on January 21, 1945. He was married to Leo Johns Krug, who was born in Muscada, Wisconsin, circa 1882 to parents Ellen Solmon and Turner Johns. Leo Krug worked as a teacher and a Christian Science practitioner.

Gustavus Francis Linquist was born in Sweden and served with the 165th Regiment, New York State Volunteers during the Civil War. He married Catharina (Catherine) Elizabeth Lundberg Cook in Charleston, South Carolina, in 1865. Their daughter, Francis Elizabeth, was born in Wood County, West Virginia on July 3, 1866. They also had three other children: Carrie, George, and William. Gustavus Linquist died in Tacoma, Washington on January 23, 1912. Catherine Linquist died in Seattle on December 6, 1926.

Francis Elizabeth Linquist married Charles Case. Their son, Edwin F. Case, married Louise Gilpatrick. Edwin and Louise had a son, John, and a daughter, Mary Lou. John Case married Mary Ellen Krug. Louise J. Gilpatrick Case died on April 5, 1988.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Personal and professional papers related to Mary Ellen Krug Case, Ernest Krug, Leo Johns Krug, John Case, Louise Gilpatrick Case, Gustavus Linquist, Catharina (Catherine) Lundberg Linquist, and other members of the Krug and Case families. Includes correspondence to colleagues and family members, school papers, writings and speeches, scrapbooks, photographs, biographical materials, correspondence and ephemera related to the Krug family's involvement in Christian Science, condolence letters for the deaths of Mary Ellen Krug Case and Ernest Krug, diaries of Lou Gilpatrick Case, and certificates and legal documents related to Gustavus Linquist and Catharina Lundberg Linquist.

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Container(s) Description Dates
1 Biographical materials 1916-1918
1 Correspondence 1920s-1980s
1 Mary Ellen Krug school papers 1920s-1940s
1 Mary Ellen Krug professional papers 1940s-1980s
1 Mary Ellen Krug memorial materials 1985-1986
1 Ephemera 1940s-1980s
1, 3, 6, 9 Gustavus and Catherine Linquist papers 1850s-1880s
1 Case family papers 1940s
1 Ernest and Leo Krug papers 1920s
1-2 Christian Science 1940s-1950s
2 Leo Johns school papers 1900s
3, 8, 10 Scrapbooks 1930s-1970s
4 Bundles of correspondence 1910s-1930s
5 Louise J. Gilpatrick Case diaries 1950s-1980s
6-7, 9 Krug and Case family photographs 1880s-1980s
Oversize folder 1 Certificates 1901, 1913

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Christian Science--United States
  • Families--United States
  • Families--United States--Archives
  • Lawyers--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Personal Names :
  • Case, Mary Ellen Krug--Archives
  • Case, Mary Ellen Krug--Family
  • Family Names :
  • Case family
  • Krug family
  • Lindquist family
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Diaries
  • Ephemera
  • Personal correspondence
  • Photographs
  • Records (Documents)
  • Scrapbooks

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  • Subject Terms :
  • Personal Papers/Corporate Records (University of Washington)