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IWW Minneapolis Branch Records Accession

Identifier: LR000580

Scope and Content

The papers of the IWW Minneapolis branch reflect Mr. Hoyer's interest in radical politics as well as the financial transactions of the group's members.

Series Description: Series 1: Financial Records and Correspondence, 1917-1971 Account ledgers, receipts and some correspondence relating to the financial transactions of the Minneapolis branch of the IWW. Included in this series are meeting minutes of the membership from the 1930's.

Series 2: Pamphlets and Publications, 1905-1943 Pamphlets, booklets, leaflets and flyers published by the IWW plus other printed materials dealing with radical politics.


  • 1905 - 1971
  • Majority of material found within 1920 - 1940



Collection is open for research.


Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials. Restrictions: Researchers may encounter records of a sensitive nature – personnel files, case records and those involving investigations, legal and other private matters. Privacy laws and restrictions imposed by the Library prohibit the use of names and other personal information which might identify an individual, except with written permission from the Director and/or the donor.


This collection consists of materials that belonged to Mr. John Hoyer, who first joined the IWW in 1917 as a lumberjack. Later he worked as a carpenter until his retirement in the early 1960's. The Minneapolis branch was composed primarily of workers in the agricultural, mining, lumbering and construction industries, many of whom were of Scandinavian descent. Publications printed in both Swedish and Finnish are included in this collection. The Minneapolis office was subjected to a series of raids in September and November of 1917 by the United States Department of Justice which resulted in the confiscation of nearly all financial records, correspondence and political literature.


2.5 Linear Feet (5 MB)




Subjects include: radical pamphlets; union affairs


Arranged in 2 series – Series 1 (Boxes 1-2), and Series 2 (Boxes 2-5). Folders are arranged alphabetically.


The papers of the IWW Minneapolis Branch were placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs in January of 1973 by Mrs. Sylvina Hoyer and opened for research in February of 1984.


Some IWW buttons and lapel pins received with this collection have been placed in the Archives Audio-Visual Collections.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library in February, 1984.
IWW Minneapolis Branch Records
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Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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