Rayfield Becker papers, 1919-1939

Overview of the Collection

Becker, Rayfield
Rayfield Becker papers
1919-1939 (inclusive)
.28 cubic foot
Collection Number
0972 (Accession No. 0972-001)
Papers of the Centralia Publicity Committee concerning the Centralia Tragedy. Becker was a defendant in Washington v. Britt Smith et al, 1920
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 2065431929
Fax: 2065431931
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Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Becker was the last of the IWWs associated with the Centralia Tragedy of 1919, (known by opponents of the IWW as the "Centralia Massacre", and also called the "Armistice Day Riot ") and was released from prison in 1939. He died in 1950.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Papers of the Centralia Publicity Committee.

Letters from Becker to Julia Ruuttila, 1919-1939, concerning his release from prison, court papers, petitions, bulletins, affidavits, exhibits, resolutions; minutes of the Centralia Publicity Committee, 1920-1930.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Informant's/creator's rights dedicated to the public. May be used for research, instruction, publication or similar purposes.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Acquisition Information

Deposited by Julia Ruuttila,5/31/1964.

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Centralia Massacre, Centralia, Wash., 1919
  • Centralia Tragedy, Centralia, Wash., 1919
  • Personal Papers/Corporate Records (University of Washington)

Personal Names

  • Becker, Rayfield--Archives

Corporate Names

  • American Legion

Other Creators

  • Personal Names
    • Coll, Edward P (creator)
    • Cummings, James (creator)
    • Ruuttila, Julia (creator)
    • Smith, Elmer (creator)
    Corporate Names
    • Labor Archives of Washington (University of Washington) (creator)