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John S. Daschbach papers, 1936-1957

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Daschbach, John S
Title
John S. Daschbach papers
Dates
1936-1957 (inclusive)
Quantity
3.78 cubic feet (9 boxes)
Collection Number
3050 (Accession No. 3050-001)
Summary
Papers of a salesman, teacher, and civil rights worker from Seattle, Washington.
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

The papers are open to all users.

Languages
English
Sponsor
Funding for encoding this finding aid was partially provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

John S. Daschbach was a salesman, teacher, and civil rights worker from Seattle, Washington. He chaired the Washington Civil Rights Congress, the local branch of a national organization organized in 1946 as an association for the "defense of the constitutional rights and civil liberties of the American people, including Communists and Negroes." The Civil Rights Congress, accused of being a Communist front organization, was investigated by the Subversive Activities Control Board and a grand jury. In 1956 the organzation and its branches dissolved. The Civil Rights Congress took an interest in cases which involved Communists or Black Americans whom the National Congress supported with legal assistance, fund raising, and publicity. Daschbach was one of seven defendants who were arrested in 1952 as accused Communists and tried in 1953 under the Smith Act in U.S. vs. Huff et. al. Daschbach was also a board member, extension director, and teacher at the Seattle Labor School (also known as the Pacific Northwest Labor School). His wife, Marjorie Daschbach, was also a board member.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The John S. Daschbach papers document Daschbach's activities as chair of the Washington State Civil Rights Congress and as extension director and teacher at the Seattle Labor School. In addition to organizational records, the Civil Rights Congress (Washington State) series includes files concerning a number of civil rights cases in which the Civil Rights Congress took an interest, for example, the Foley Square Trial and the Seattle Smith Act case. Most cases involved Communists or African Americans whom the National Congress supported with legal assistance, fund raising, and publicity. The series also includes information about the the Washington State House of Representatives' Committee on Un-American Activities, commonly known as the Canwell Committee. The Seattle Labor School series includes minutes, correspondence, teaching materials, newsletters, and ephemera from the school. The Personal Papers series includes collected documentation on the Boeing Strike in 1941.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

The creator's literary rights have been transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Civil Rights Congress (Washington State) Records, 1948-1956Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1
Organizational Features
1949, 1954-1955
1/2
Outgoing Letters - Appeal Letters
May 1954
1/3
General Correspondence
1949-1955
1/4
Memoranda
1949-1955, undated
1/5
Court Papers
1949, undated
1/6
Speeches and Writings
1949-1950, undated
1/7
Speeches and Writings - William Patterson
1955, undated
1/8-9
Petitions
1949
Conferences and Conventions
Box/Folder
1/10
State Conference of Washington State Civil Rights Congress
1949, 1951
1/11
Chicago Chapters Secretaries Conference
June 4-5, 1949
1/12
Washington State Peace Crusade Peace Conference
November 11, 1951
1/13
National Executive Board Meeting
1950, 1952
1/14
St. Louis Leadership Conference
June 12-13, 1954
Box/Folder
1/15
Congressional Reports
1948
1/16
News Releases
1948
Newsletters
Box/Folder
1/17
Civil Rights Congress Newsletter
1949
1/18-19
Chapter Bulletin
1952, 1954
1/20
Miscellaneous
1949-1952, undated
Box/Folder
1/21-22
Publications
1949-1950, 1952, undated
2/1
Directories
1949, 1951, undated
2/2
Lists
1954, undated
2/3-5
Clippings
1949-1957
2/6-7
Ephemera
1950-1955, undated
2/7a
Photographs of Tule Lake Relocation Center
1952
Subject Files
Box/Folder
2/8
American Committee to Protect the Foreign Born
1955, undated
Canwell Committee
Box/Folder
2/9
Historical Features
undated
2/10
General Correspondence
1948
2/11
University of Washington Hearings
undated
2/12
Writings
undated
2/13
Court Papers
1950
2/14
Petitions
undated
2/15
Clippings
1948-1949
2/16
Ephemera
undated
Civil Rights Congress (Connecticut)
Box/Folder
2/17
General Correspondence
1954-1955
2/18-19
Court Papers
[1954?]
2/20
Ephemera
Civil Rights Congress (Pennsylvania)
Box/Folder
2/21
General Correspondence
1953-1955
2/22
Newsletters
1954-1955
Civil Rights Congress (Pittsburgh)
Box/Folder
3/1
Newsletters
1954-1955
3/2
Memoranda
1954, undated
Civil Rights Congress (Massachusetts)
Box/Folder
3/3
Ephemera
1952-1954, undated
Donaldson (Margaret) Case
Box/Folder
3/4
Historical Features
1950
3/5
General Correspondence
1950
3/6
Court Papers
1950
3/7
Miscellany
1950
3/8
Clippings
1950
Foley Square Trial (Trial of the Twelve)
Box/Folder
3/9
Historical Features
1949, 1951
3/10
General Correspondence
1948-1949
3/11
Memoranda
1948-1949
3/12
Reports (Trial Summaries)
1949
3/13-14
News Releases
1949
3/15
Speeches and Writings
October-November 1949, undated
3/16
Resolutions
1949
3/17
Petitions
October-November 1949
3/18
Clippings
1949
3/19
Ephemera
1948-1949
Foley Square Trial -- Rehearing
Box/Folder
3/20
General Correspondence
1950-1951
3/21
Court Papers
1949-1951, undated
3/22
Newsletters
1950-1951
3/23
Ephemera
1950-1951
Box/Folder
3/24
Forgeries (Crank File)
1951-1955
3/25-26
Forgeries (False Want Ads)
1950-1951
Internal Security Act of 1950 (McCarran Act)
Box/Folder
3/27
Historical Features
1950, 1955
3/28-30
General Correspondence
1950-1952, 1955
3/31
Minutes (ILUW Protest)
1950
3/32
Memoranda
1950-1952, undated
4/1
Speeches and Writings
1950, undated
4/2
News Releases
1952, 1955
4/3
Court Papers
1950, 1955, undated
4/4
Clippings
1950-1954, undated
4/5
Ephemera
1951, undated
Box/Folder
4/6
Jones, Mindel, Davis and Other Cases
1955
Metaline Miners Strike
Box/Folder
4/7
General Correspondence
1949
4/8
Clippings
March-April 1949
4/9
Ephemera
1949
Nelson (Steve) Case
Box/Folder
4/10
General Correspondence
1952-1955
4/11
Memoranda
Including petitions.
1952-1955, undated
4/12
Court Papers
1955, undated
4/13
Speeches and Writings
1952-1953
4/14
News Releases
1954
4/15
Clippings
undated
4/16
Ephemera
1955, undated
Patterson (William L.) Case
Box/Folder
4/17
Historical Features
1950
4/18-19
General Correspondence
1951-1954
4/20
Petitions
undated
4/21
Court Papers
April 1951
4/22
News Releases
1954
4/23
Clippings
1950-1952
4/24
Ephemera
1950, 1954, undated
Patterson (William L.) Tour
Box/Folder
4/25
Organizational Features
1951
4/26
General Correspondence
December 1950-February 1951
4/27
Lists
1951
4/28
Miscellany
January 1951
4/29
Ephemera
1951
Rosenberg Trial
Box/Folder
4/30
General Correspondence
January-February 1953, undated
4/31
Clippings
December 1952-January 1953
4/32
Ephemera
1953, undated
Seattle Six
Box/Folder
5/1
General Correspondence
1950
5/2
Petitions
undated
5/3
Clippings
1950
Seattle Smith Act Case
Box/Folder
5/4
General Correspondence
1952-1955
5/5
General Correspondence with John Caughlin
1952-1956
5/6
General Correspondence regarding Appeal Drive
1954
5/7
Minutes
September 1952, undated
5/8
Financial Records
1952-1955, undated
5/9
Conferences and Conventions - Emergency Civil Liberty Conference
June 5, 1954
5/10
Memoranda
1952-1955, undated
5/11
Speeches and Writings
undated
5/12
News Releases
1952-1953
5/13
Newsletters
1953, undated
5/14
Court Papers
1952, undated
5/15
Petitions
undated
5/16
Notes
undated
5/17
Lists
[1951-1955?], undated
5/18
Clippings
1952-1954
5/19
Ephemera
1953, undated
Smith Act
Box/Folder
5/20
Historical Features
1949, 1951, undated
5/21-24
General Correspondence
1950-1955
5/25
Resolutions
1950-1951, undated
5/26
News Releases
1950-1953
5/27
Memoranda
1951-1955
5/28
Court Papers
1950-1951, undated
5/29
Petitions
1951, undated
5/30
Speeches and Writings
1950-1951, 1954, undated
5/31
Lists
1950-1951, undated
5/32
Newsletters
1950-1954, undated
6/1
Reports
undated
6/2-3
Clippings
1950-1956, undated
6/4-5
Ephemera
1952-1955, undated
Box/Folder
6/6
Sobell (Martin) Case
1955
6/7
Till (Emmett) Case
1955
Velde Un-American Activities Hearings, Seattle
Box/Folder
6/8
Publicity
1954
6/9
Appeals
1955
6/10
Clippings
1955

Seattle Labor School Records, 1936-1949,   (bulk 1945-1949) Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
6/11
Organizational Features
undated
6/12
Organizational Information Concerning Committees and Classes
1948-1949
Minutes
Box/Folder
6/13
Advisory Board
February-September 1946
6/14
Shareholders
February-July 1948
6/15
Board of Directors
1948-1949
6/16
Staff Meetings
May 1947-January 1948
6/17
Labor School Forum
Winter 1948
Box/Folder
6/18
Incoming Letters -- Board of Advisors
1946
6/19-20
Outgoing Letters
December 1945-October 1946
6/21-23
General Correspondence
Box/Folder
6/24-25
International Woodworkers of America (Extension Classes)
May-December 1947
6/26-27
Bremerton (Extension Classes)
January 1946-July 1948
6/28
Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers, International Union (and Tacoma Smeltermen)
1947-1948
7/1
Regarding Proposed Affiliations
December 1945-August 1946
7/2
Regarding Finances
November 1947-January 1948
7/3-6
Regarding Courses and Instructors
December 1945-October 1947
7/7-10
Regarding Forums
August 1946-September 1947
7/11-13
Regarding Social Functions
December 1945-November 1946
7/14
Regarding Dissolution of Seattle Labor School
1947-1949
7/15
Financial Records
1946-1948
7/16-17
Financial Records -- Audit Reports
1945-1948
7/18
Memoranda
1945-1947
7/19
Resolutions
1946, undated
7/20
Curriculum
1946-1947
7/21
Reports on Extension Courses
undated
7/22
Speeches and Writings
1946, undated
Conferences and Conventions
Box/Folder
7/23
Seattle Labor School Conference
October 6, 1945
Lists
Box/Folder
7/24
Seattle Businessmen
undated
7/25
Board of Advisors, Directors
1945, undated
7/26
Attendance, Registration
1946-1947
Box/Folder
7/27
News Releases
1946-1947, undated
Newsletters
Box/Folder
7/28
Seattle Labor School News
March 1946
7/29
Labor School News
1946-1947
Teaching Material
Box/Folder
7/30
Agreements/Grievances
1947-1948, undated
7/31
Labor History
1947-1948, undated
8/1
Parliamentary Law
1948, undated
8/2
Shop Stewards
1948, undated
8/3
Miscellany
1946-1948. undated
Box/Folder
8/4
Clippings
1946-1947
Ephemera
Box/Folder
8/5
Announcements
1946-1948
8/6
Seattle Labor School Pamphlets
1946-1947
8/7
Labor Songs
undated
8/8-11
Publications and Miscellaneous
1936-1948
Subject Files
Box/Folder
8/12
Cannery Workers, CIO, Local 7
1948
Labor Education
Box/Folder
8/13
General Correspondence
1946, undated
8/14
Ephemera
1946, undated

Personal Papers, 1940-1941, 1956-1957, undatedReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
9/1
Biographical Features
undated
Subject Files
Boeing Strike in 1941
Despite the fact that Daschbach collected materials about the Boeing Strike in 1971, there is no evidence that he participated in the stike.
Box/Folder
9/2
Minutes
1940
9/3
Resolutions
1941
9/4
Legal Papers
February 1941, undated
9/5
Bulletins
1941, undated
9/6
Photograph (Unidentified)
undated
9/7-15
Clippings
1940-1941
9/16
Ephemera
undated
International Ladies Garment Workers Union, Local 184: Ephemera
1940
Box/Folder
9/18-19
Clippings
1956-1957

Marjorie Daschbach Correspondence, 1951-1955, undatedReturn to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 9/20