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Robert F. Stern papers, circa 1967-2008

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Stern, Robert F
Title
Robert F. Stern papers
Dates
circa 1967-2008 (inclusive)
Quantity
4.95 cubic feet
Collection Number
5528
Summary
Papers of Robert F. "Robby" Stern, a longtime human rights and labor activist in the state of 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

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

Robert "Robby" Stern has a BA in political science from Syracuse University in New York, and earned his law degree at the University of Washington. He has been an activist in the Puget Sound region for more than 35 years, and was widely known as a student activist in the civil rights and anti-war movement in the 1960s, when he was involved with Students for a Democratic Society (SDS).

An attorney since 1974, Robby previously worked as a community coalition organizer for the King County Labor Council. Prior to that, he was a pipefitter/welder for Washington Natural Gas, where he was an active member of UA Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 32, serving as shop steward and delegate to the Seattle Building Trades and King County Labor Council. He first joined Local 32 as a marine pipefitter trainee at Todd Shipyards in 1977. Robby has also been a member of the Washington Federation of Teachers as a part-time faculty member at Seattle Community College in the early 1970s, and was a member of AFSCME Local 1488 when he worked as a gardener at the University of Washington.

Robby left his Seattle law practice in 1993 to join the Washington State Labor Council, and has become the organization's "point person" on a variety of policy areas, including international trade, health care and workers' compensation. As the WSLC's chief lobbyist he devotes a lot of his time and energy to promoting responsible legislation in these areas and many others related to workplace standards and rights.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

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

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Accession No. 5528-001: Robert F. Stern papers, 1967-2008Return to Top

4.8 cubic feet ((5 boxes))

Scope and Content: This collection includes speeches, correspondence, printed ephemera, meeting minutes, and other materials related to Stern's involvement with various social reform causes and organizations. Among the files are materials related to the Health Care Task Force, the Living Wage Coalition, Minimum Wage '98, Fair Share Coalition, and Electrical Deregulation; FBI surveillance files of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and other student activist organizations at the University of Washington in the late 1960s; records of the Puget Sound Task Force on Human Rights (1980s); documentation of human rights activism, including anti-South African apartheid activism and the "Hands Off My Neighbor" symposium (1980s).

Acquisition Info: Robert (Robby) Stern, 2007-2008.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1
Manuscripts, speeches, outgoing correspondence
2002-2006
1/2-3
Fair Share Coalition post-session
2 folders
2006
1/4
Fair Share post-session
2007
1/5
Peace without borders
undated
1/6
Awards and certificates
undated
1/7
KORUS FTA Activity
undated
1/8-9
Washington Health Care Reform Coalition
undated
1/10
Health care reform
2004
1/11
Health care reform
2005
1/12
Resolution of Syracuse University Senate and related clippings regarding integration in athletics
1964
1/13
Application for the Washington State Bar and related documents
1974
Box
1
Plaque from the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists
1998
Box/Folder
1
Plaque from WFSE/AFSCME
2000
1
Certificate from Washington State Health Care Authority
2007
2/1
Health care--Access to state PEBB
2005
2/2
Health care--cost containment
2005
2/3
Health Care--HSA's
2005
2/4
Health care--fair share
2005
2/5
Health care--mental health parity
2005
2/6
Health care--prescription drugs
2005
2/7
Health care--quality of care
2005
2/8
Health care--risk pooling
2005
2/9
Health Care Task Force
2005
2/10
Health Care Coalition informational materials
2008
2/11
WTO Seattle
undated
2/12
Fast Track
2001
2/13
WTO
undated
2/14
Employment standards
undated
2/15
Family care
undated
2/16
Family leave insurance
undated
2/17-19
Living Wage Coalition
3 folders
undated
2/20
Livable wage campaigns
undated
2/21
Livable Wage Coalition--Post Ford Grant
undated
2/22
Livable wage movement
undated
2/23
Family wage materials
undated
2/24
Minimum wage conference
2005
2/25
Minimum wage consultant
1998
2/26
Minimum wage--general
1998
2/27
Minimum wage--presentations
1998
2/28
Minimum wage--media
1998
2/29
Minimum wage--fundraising
undated
2/30
Minimum wage--polling
1998
2/31
Minimum wage--publicity
1998
2/32
Minimum wage--internal communications
1998
2/33
Minimum wage--Research
1998
2/34
Minimum wage--signature gathering
1998
3/1
Family care
2005
3/2
Family leave insurance
2005
3/3
ABA convention
undated
3/4
African-American community and labor
undated
3/5
Anne Frank exhibit
undated
3/6
Organizing and December 10th rally
undated
3/7-8
Electrical deregulation
2 folders
undated
3/9
Electrical deregulation conference
undated
3/10
Hands Off Washington
undated
3/11
Health care reform
2003
3/12
Rally for working families
1996
3/13
President's Day rally
2002
3/14
Rolling Thunder
undated
3/15
Rally--miscellaneous
undated
3/16
Articles and speeches
undated
3/17
" Hands Off My Neighbor" evaluations
undated
3/18
" Hands Off My Neighbor"
undated
3/19
University District movement
undated
3/20
Voices from South Africa--logistics, contacts
undated
3/21
Voices from South Africa--final report
undated
3/22
Voices from South Africa--publications and media
undated
3/23
Puget Sound Task Force on Human Rights (PSTF)--Bylaws
undated
3/24
PSTF--general meetings (non-core)
undated
3/25
PSTF--core group
undated
3/26
PSTF--minutes
undated
3/27
PSTF--publicity
undated
3/28
Retirement party
2008
4/1-2
FBI surveillance files - Students for a Democratic Society
2 folders
undated
4/3-4
Court files - Students for a Democratic Society
2 folders
1970 May
4/5
Court files - Students for a Democratic Society
1971 October
Box
4/6
FBI surveillance files - Robert Stern
1967-2008
4/7
Documents related to Robert Stern's parents, who emigrated from Nazi Germany
circa 1974-1988
4/8
Alameda County documents, related to Stern's probation period
1973
Box/Folder
4/9
Narrative about Stern's arrest in Seattle
2004 May
5/1
Posters
2 loose
1 framed
undated

Accession No. 5528-002: Robert Stern oral history, 2006Return to Top

0.15 cubic feet (3 audiocassettes and 1 transcript)

Scope and Content: Oral history interview conducted on May 7, 2006 with Anita Warmflash. Stern describes his family history immigrating to the United States, recounts growing up as a Jew in the South, and then discusses his life of social activism.