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E. F. Doree Papers

Identifier: LP001658

Scope and Content

The E. F. Doree Collection consists of photocopies, primarily of Mr. Doree’s prison letters to his wife, Ida S. Doree, but also of material related to efforts to obtain amnesty for Mr. Doree and other political prisoners and to the publicity surrounding his visits to his son. The original documents may be found in the Labadie Collection of the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections of the Harlan Hatcher Library at the University of Michigan.


  • 1918 - 1922


Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.


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.


Edward F. Doree worked as a national organizer for the Industrial Workers of the World [I.W.W.] and served as treasurer of its General Defense Committee. He, along with his brother-in-law, Walter T. Nef, secretary-treasurer of the Marine Transport Workers Industrial Union No. 100 in Philadelphia, was caught up in the mass arrest and imprisonment of I.W.W. members in 1917-1918 for alleged violation of wartime anti-sedition acts. At the time of his arrest, he was secretary-treasurer of Textile Workers Industrial Union No. 1000 in Philadelphia. Before receiving a presidential pardon in September, 1922, Mr. Doree was released twice from the federal penitentiary at Fort Leavenworth to visit his critically ill son in Philadelphia.


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Edward Doree worked as an organizer for the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) and served as treasurer of the IWW General Defense Committee. As secretary-treasurer of Textile Workers Industrial Union 1000 (Philadelphia) Mr. Doree was arrested as part of the mass arrests of IWW workers for alleged violation of the Sedition Act of 1918. Mr. Doree’s papers relate to his imprisonment and efforts to obtain amnesty.


Folders are arranged alphabetically.


The papers of E. F. Doree were placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs by Ellen Doree Rosen, the daughter of Mr. Doree, in July of 1996 and January of 1997.

Related Materials

IWW collections


Several photographs received with the collection have been placed in the Archives Audiovisual Collection.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library in January 1997.
Guide to the E. F. Doree Papers
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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