Communist Party of the United States of America, Washington State District Records, 1919-2003  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Communist Party of the United States of America (Wash.)
Title
Communist Party of the United States of America, Washington State District Records
Dates
1919-2003 (inclusive)
1950-2003 (bulk)
Quantity
10.79 cubic feet (11 boxes, 1 oversize box, 6 videocassettes, 2 sound cassettes)
Collection Number
4901
Summary
Records of the Washington State chapter of the Communist Party of the United States of America.
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

No restrictions on access to 4901-001 and 4901-003. 4901-002 is closed for processing.

Languages
English


Historical NoteReturn to Top

The Communist Party of the United States of America (CPUSA), Washington State District is a local chapter of the national CPUSA, a Marxist-Leninist political organization that was founded in 1919. The Washington State District (WSD) formed in the 1920s and has participated in a number of political and social movements in Washington in the twentieth century. In the 1930s the WSD focused on organizing unemployed workers affected by the Depression, forming unemployed councils. The WSD continued to grow in the 1930s and 1940s, party members worked to unionize longshore and timber workers, served in leadership positions in the Washington Commonwealth Federation, helped found the Washington Pension Union, and supported race and civil rights efforts. From the 1940s to the 1960s, the Second World War and the Red Scare significantly reduced membership in the WSD and put a halt to many of their economic and social justice efforts. The WSD resurged in the 1960s continuing efforts to support civil rights campaigns. Since the 1970s, members of the WSD were active participants in a number of other organizations such as Seattle Women Act for Peace, Seattle People's Coalition for Justice, and Peace, and Jobs or Income Now. Additionally, in the 1970s and 1980s a number of WSD members ran for office in Washington State including Marion Kinney, Elmer Kistler, and BJ Mangaoang. While the party's influence and mission has evolved since the 1920s, the WSD remains committed to building socialism, improving living standards of working peoples, seeking equal rights for women, and advocating for civil rights.

Sources:

“About CPUSA.” Communist Party USA, March 16, 2016. http://www.cpusa.org/about-us/.

Gregory, James N., et al. “Communism in Washington State History and Memory.” Pacific Northwest Labor and Civil Rights History. Accessed February 7, 2018. http://depts.washington.edu/labhist/cpproject/history.shtml.

Washington District. “Communist Party of Washington State Brief History,” March 13, 2002. http://www.cpusa.org/article/communist-party-of-washington-state-brief-history/.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Communist Party of the United States of America, Washington State District Records include subject files, administrative files, political campaign files, speeches, reports, correspondence, agendas, meeting minutes, photographs, fliers, brochures, pamphlets, audio recordings, and video recordings that document the activities of the Washington State Communist Party from 1919 to 2003. Political campaign files document campaigns of various Communist Party candidates for public office in Washington State and nationally, including BJ Mangaoang, Gus Hall, Angela Davis, and Elmer Kistler. Subject files include brochures, pamphlets, photographs, and newspaper articles about various topics such as Executive Order 9835 (also known as the "Loyalty Order"), the House Un-American Activities Committee, the Canwell Committee, labor organizing in Washington, and prominent members of the Communist Party and the Washington State Communist Party. Also included are issues of the Washington State Communist Party "Partyline" newsletter, notes, newspaper articles, and biographical features that document the activities of the organization.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Creator's copyrights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

 

Accession No. 4901-001: Communist Party of the United States of America, Washington State District Records, 1972-2001 (bulk 1972-1986)Return to Top

0.46 cubic feet (1 box)
Arrangement: Materials remain in original order

Scope and Content: The accession contains correspondence, speeches, and political campaign records from the Communist Party of the United States of America, Washington State District dating from 1972 to 2001. Materials primarily document campaigns of various Communist Party candidates for public office in Washington State and nationally, including BJ Mangaoang, Gus Hall, Angela Davis, and Elmer Kistler.

Restrictions on Access: No restrictions on access.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder Accession
1/1 4901-001
Correspondence
1990-2001
Campaign materials
Box/Folder Accession
1/2-3 4901-001
Speeches, fliers, campaign platforms, press releases, and proposals relating to election campaigns
1980, 1986
1/4 4901-001
BJ Mangaoang gubernatorial election materials
Scope and Content: Materials include photographs, fliers, newspaper articles, campaign letters sent to potential voters, voting results statistics, speeches, and press releases.
1988
1/5 4901-001
Legislative Election, 35th District, Elmer Kistler: press releases
1975
1/6 4901-001
Legislative Election, 27th District, Norma Rader: press releases, fliers, and campaign letters
1980
1/7 4901-001
Legislative Election, 35th District, Marion Kinney: press releases, fliers, campaign letters, and newspaper articles
1980
1/8 4901-001
Legislative Election, 37th District, Elmer Kistler: newspaper articles, notes, fliers, planning documents, and speeches
1984
1/9-10 4901-001
BJ Mangaoang Seattle, WA mayoral election materials
Scope and Content: Materials include newspaper articles, voting results statistics, photographs, press releases, and fliers.
1977, 1985
1/11 4901-001
Presidential Election, Gus Hall and Angela Davis: newspaper articles, press releases, speeches, fliers, and brochures
1972
1/12 4901-001
Presidential Election, Gus Hall and Jarvis Tyner: newspaper articles, press releases, speeches, fliers, and brochures
1976
1/13-14 4901-001
Presidential Election, Gus Hall and Angela Davis: newspaper articles, press releases, speeches, fliers, and brochures
1980, 1984
Box/Folder Accession
1/15-16 4901-001
Public speech transcripts, speech notes, and newspaper articles written by and about BJ Mangaoang
1981-2000
1/17 4901-001
Newspaper articles about the Communist Party of the United States of America, Washington State District
approximately 1945-1985

Accession No. 4901-002: Communist Party of the United States of America, Washington State District Records, 1942-2002Return to Top

4.68 cubic feet (5 boxes including 6 videocassettes and 2 sound cassettes)
Arrangement: Materials remain in orginal order.

Restrictions on Access: Accession 4901-002 is closed for processing.

Scope and Content: The accession contains agendas, meeting minutes, subject files, biographical files, newspaper clippings, photographs, audio and video recordings, and issues of the "Partyline" newsletter that document the activities of the Communist Party of the United States of America, Washington State District dating from approximately 1940 to 2002. Materials in the accession cover subjects such as Executive Order 9835 (also known as the "Loyalty Order"), the House Un-American Activities Committee, labor organizing in Washington, and other issues of interest to the members of the organization. Also included are subject files about prominent members of the Communist Party and Washington State Communist Party including brochures, pamphlets, photographs, and newspaper articles.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Accession
1 4901-002
Subject files about prominent members of the Communist Party and Washington State Communist Party
Scope and Content: Materials include brochures, pamphlets, fliers, photographs, and newspaper articles.
approximately 1940-2002
2 4901-002
Meeting agendas, meeting minutes and notes, pamplets, brochures, fliers, an audio recording, and subject files on various topics
Scope and Content: Materials include subject files on topics such as Executive Order 9835 (also known as the “Loyalty Order"), the House Un-American Activities Committee, the Canwell Committee, labor organizing in Washington, and other issues.
approximately 1940-2002
3 4901-002
Subject files on various topics
Scope and Content: Materials include subject files on topics such as South Africa, racism, women, youth, labor organizer Earl George, and other issues.
approximately 1940-2002
4 4901-002
Administrative files
Scope and Content: Materials include documents about the history of the Communist Party, issues of the Partyline newsletter, conference and convention materials, brochure designs and planning documents, and annual "Plan of Work" reports and drafts for the Washington State Communist Party.
approximately 1940-2002
5 4901-002
Audiovisual materials
Scope and Content: Materials include video recordings of a rally, a social event, a political campaign advertisement, and a conference. Audio recordings are of marxist historian Gerald Horne from a People's Weekly World dinner forum.
approximately 1940-2002

Accession No. 4901-003: Communist Party of the United States of America, Washington State District Records, 1919-2003 (bulk 1950-2003)Return to Top

5.65 cubic feet (5 boxes and 1 oversize box)
Arrangement: Materials remain in original order.

Scope and Content: The accession contains administrative records from the Communist Party of the United States of America, Washington State District dating from 1919 to 2003. Materials include correspondence, reports, minutes, agendas, notes, committee files, conference files, biographical features, newspaper clippings, photographs, audio recordings, and video recordings that document the activities of the organization.

Restrictions on Access: No restrictions on access.

Container(s) Description Dates
Administrative Records
Box Accession
1 4901-003
Economic Bill of Rights; Photographs
1970-1992
1 4901-003
D. Muga
circa 1979-1981
1 4901-003
Plans of Work
1981-1988
1 4901-003
Party Line
2 folders
1972-2001
1 4901-003
Northwest People's School
1983-1985
1 4901-003
Marxist Scholars Conference
1986
1 4901-003
Martinez Jobs Bill
1994-1998
1 4901-003
Loyalty Oath
1956-1974
1 4901-003
Labor School
1947-1991
1 4901-003
KKK/Far Right
1980-1981
1 4901-003
The Drug Epidemic (Report); Logos
1989
1 4901-003
Industrial Concentration in Washington
1967-1986
1 4901-003
Environment
1989-1993
1 4901-003
State Ideological Conference
1989
1 4901-003
Party History Washington State
1938, undated
1 4901-003
Hanford, Washington
1987-1988
1 4901-003
Foreign Born Committee (Northern Light Newsletter)
1961
1 4901-003
Folk Arts Festival - Labor's
1997
1 4901-003
FBI - Visit By
1987
1 4901-003
Far Right
1980-1999
1 4901-003
Washington State CPUSA Statements, etc.
1981-1996
1 4901-003
Cartoons
undated
1 4901-003
Canwell
1997-1998
1 4901-003
Black Panthers
1969-circa 1976
1 4901-003
Anti-Communism
3 folders
1946-1998
1 4901-003
Anti-Apartheid
1983-1986
1 4901-003
Correspondence
1983-1993
1 4901-003
Affirmative Action
1985-1999
1-2 4901-003
Untitled
2 folders
1956-1990
2 4901-003
Untitled
1947-1966
2 4901-003
Photographs
undated, 1995
2 4901-003
Pictures
1957-1998
2 4901-003
Photographs
1959, undated
2 4901-003
Photographs
3 folders
1997, undated
2 4901-003
Audio Cassette
1990
2 4901-003
Pictures
2 folders
2002, undated
2 4901-003
Photographs
1964-1983
2 4901-003
United Farm Workers Boycotts
1986, undated
2 4901-003
Associated Press Photograph of Hazel Wolf
1999
2 4901-003
Photographs
circa 1970-1979
2 4901-003
Strike
circa 1960-1979
2 4901-003
Photographs
circa 1960-1986
2 4901-003
Photographs of Community Party Faces and Places
circa 1970-1989
2 4901-003
Photographs of Elmer Allen
circa 1970-1979
2 4901-003
PWW Picnics Photographs
2 folders
1965-1995
2 4901-003
Photographs of Vietnam Protests
circa 1960s-1970s
2 4901-003
Untitled
1975-1989
2 4901-003
Untitled
2 folders
1952-1969
2 4901-003
Untitled
1966-1985
2 4901-003
Washington State
1972
3 4901-003
Minutes
1995
3 4901-003
Minutes, Opening Remarks, Report
1996
3 4901-003
Notes
1998
3 4901-003
Agenda, Minutes
2001
3 4901-003
Untitled
1979, undated
3 4901-003
Agendas, Minutes, Notes
1982-1993
3 4901-003
Miscellaneous Districts in the Southwest, King County, Tacoma
circa 1970-1989
3 4901-003
Photographs, Note
undated
3 4901-003
Washington State
1969
3 4901-003
Library Cards
1948-1983
3 4901-003
VHS Tape
1994
3 4901-003
USSR
1973
3 4901-003
Untitled
1982-2002
3 4901-003
Indian
2000-2001
3 4901-003
Native American Indian
1983-1998
3 4901-003
Untitled
1937-2000
3 4901-003
Native American
1985-1986
3 4901-003
Native American Economy
1985
3 4901-003
Makah
1998-1999
3 4901-003
District
1987
3 4901-003
Untitled
1995, undated
3 4901-003
Native American
1970
3 4901-003
COOP - PDW, Communist Party Convention Display
circa 1980-1989
3 4901-003
Workers Photographs: Elmer Allen, Earl George & "Official"
circa 1970-1984
3 4901-003
Pictures
circa 1970-1989
3 4901-003
Ruckert
1987, undated
3 4901-003
Repression
circa 1961-1975
3 4901-003
Native American Struggles
1971-1984
3 4901-003
Portrait
undated
3 4901-003
"Official" Pictures of of Washington State Scenes
circa 1960-1989
3 4901-003
Pennock
1953
3 4901-003
Manuscript
undated
3 4901-003
Un-American Activities in Washington State (Reports)
2 bound reports
1948
3 4901-003
The Post-Intelligencer (Newspaper)
1919
3 4901-003
Photographs of Angela Davis
1984
4 4901-003
Photographs of Identified People
2 folders
circa 1950-1989
4 4901-003
Untitled
1983
4 4901-003
Proposals, Notes
1999
4 4901-003
Untitled
2003, undated
4 4901-003
Loadline/Maritime
1984-1985
4 4901-003
Dawgtalk
1986
4 4901-003
Flightline
1982-1990
4 4901-003
Progressive Clerk
1986-1988
4 4901-003
Lifeline
1983-1988
4 4901-003
Dawgtalk
1986-1990
4 4901-003
Patriot Activity
undated
4 4901-003
Untitled
1973
4 4901-003
Norma Rader
1991
4 4901-003
Free Angela Committee Materials
circa 1971
4 4901-003
Untitled
circa 1950-1989
4 4901-003
Robel
1963-1989
4 4901-003
Reports, Photographs, Biographies
1972-1983
4 4901-003
Untitled
1977-1992
4 4901-003
Reports, Convention Materials
1979-1991
4 4901-003
Photographs
1968-1998
4 4901-003
Statements of Mangaoang
1976-1992
4 4901-003
Photographs
circa 1970-1979
4 4901-003
National Materials
1972
4 4901-003
Northwest Rally
1976
4 4901-003
Angela Davis & Gus Hall
circa 1976
4 4901-003
Northwest Media
1976
4 4901-003
Idaho
1976
4 4901-003
General - H-T Media
undated
4 4901-003
National Election Result
1972-1976
4 4901-003
Correspondence
1976
4 4901-003
H. T. Hall-Davis
1976-1977
4 4901-003
Idaho
1976
4 4901-003
Photographs
1939-1979
4 4901-003
Committee Files
1978
4 4901-003
Hall-Davis
1980
4 4901-003
Older Files
1953-1971
4 4901-003
Notes, Reports, Minutes, Conference Proceedings
1979
4 4901-003
Notes, Agendas, Reports, Memos, Minutes
1980
4 4901-003
Summaries, Reports
1981
4 4901-003
Reports, Memos, Notes, Correspondence, Clippings
1982-1983
4 4901-003
Agendas, Reports, Article
1974-1975
4 4901-003
Agendas, Notes, Plans, Correspondence
1984
4 4901-003
Agendas, Minutes
1987-1995
4 4901-003
Internal Revenue Service
1987-1998
4 4901-003
Washington Pension Union
1960-1977
5 4901-003
Property Taxes
1986-1995
5 4901-003
Seattle Business License
1986-1999
5 4901-003
Untitled
1983
5 4901-003
Pamphlet, Clipping
undated, 1999
box:oversize
6 4901-003
Black and White Photographs
undated

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Communism--United States
  • Communism--Washington (State)
  • Personal Names :
  • Brodine, Marc
  • George, Earl, 1894-1985
  • Mangaoang, B. J
  • Corporate Names :
  • Communist Party of the United States of America (Wash.)--Archives
  • Titles within the Collection :
  • Partyline