Carlos Bulosan photograph collection, circa 1940s-1950s

Overview of the Collection

Bulosan, Carlos
Carlos Bulosan photograph collection
circa 1940s-1950s (inclusive)
11 photographs (1 folder) ; various sizes
Collection Number
Photographs of the Filipino writer, Carlos Bulosan, and his brother
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 2065431929
Fax: 2065431931
Access Restrictions

Access to original photographs restricted. Entire collection available on digitial site. Permission of curator required for viewing. Contact Special Collections for more information.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Carlos Sampayan Bulosan (c. 1911– September 11, 1956) was a Filipino American author, poet, and activist. A chronicler of the Filipino American experience in during the 1930s-early 1950s on the West Coast, he is best remembered for his semi-fictionalized autobiographical novel America Is In the Heart (1946). Though Bulosan was only 42-45 years old when he died of tuberculosis-complicated pneumonia in Seattle in 1956, he left behind a large body of poems, novels, short stories, plays, and correspondence on a wide range of interrelated topics. Bulosan’s work described the experience of growing up poor in a rural area of the Philippines, chronicling the conditions of neocolonialism after American occupation and centuries of Spanish colonialism. Bulosan’s work captures the “push” factors that drove himself his generation to the United States. Like Bulosan, they hoped to find a better future and forged resilient and adaptive communities in the face of an often-hostile and exploitative European American culture in the United States. Bulosan is remembered as a progressive anti-colonial, pro-labor, humanitarian voice by an array of communities including Asian/Pacific Islanders, organized labor, academics and intellectuals, and a wide array of social justice; ethnic; and activist communities.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection contains photographs of Carlos Bulosan, his brother Aurelio, Chris Mensalvas, and a woman television performer.

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Restrictions on Use

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

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Separated Materials

Papers related to Carlos Bulosan can be found in the Carlos Bulosan Papers, Mss. Coll. No. 0581, it is likely that these photographs of Bulosan were removed from the Carlos Bulosan Papers.

Related Materials

Records relating to Carlos Bulosan and the union of which he was a part, the Cannery Workers and Farm Laborers Union, Local 7.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top


Carlos BulosanReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Folder item
1 1 circa 1940s
1 2 circa 1940s
1 3 circa 1940s
1 4 1951
1 5 1951
1 6 circa 1950s
1 7 circa 1950s

Aurelio BulosanReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Folder item
1 8 circa 1950s
Container(s) Description Dates
Folder item
1 9-10
Publicity portraits of woman
John E. Reed, Hollywood, California (Photographer)
circa 1950s
1 11
Publicity portrait of woman, probably host of KSTP-TV children's show
Daniels Studio, Hopkins, Minnesota (Photographer)
circa 1950s

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • American literature--Filipino American authors
  • American poetry--Filipino American authors
  • Filipino Americans--Washington (State)--Seattle

Personal Names

  • Bulosan, Carlos--Photographs (collector)
  • Mensalves, Chris

Other Creators

  • Personal Names
    • Bulosan, Aurelio--Photographs

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Subject Terms

  • Visual Materials Collections (University of Washington)