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Nicolaas Steelink Papers

Identifier: LP000140
The collection consists primarily of personal correspondence. The majority of the letters are those he wrote to his wife, Fannia, during his imprisonment In San Quentin. Other correspondents were Fanny Bixby Spencer, William T. Brown, Fred Thompson, Pat Read, Edith Cutler, and W. Westman.


  • 1912 - 1953


Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.


Collection is open for research.


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2 Linear Feet (4 MB)


Mr. Steelink was an IWW member convicted of criminal syndicalism in the California trials of 1920. He was a contributor for many years to the IWW paper, Industrial Worker, under the pseudonym, Ennaes Ellae. The collection is comprised of personal correspondence, including letters written during his imprisonment in San Quentin, and deals with the IWW, the trials and imprisonment, San Quentin, William Haywood's departure for Russia, civil rights, and economic questions. Correspondents include William T. Brown, Alice Chase, Lily R. Iverson, Fanny Bixby Spencer, Mrs. Fannia Steelink, and Harold H. Story, as well as a number of fellow IWW members, F.A. Blossom, Joseph Ettor, Scott Nearing, Fred Thompson, and others.


Nicolaas Steel ink was born in Amsterdam in 1890, the son of a grocer. He migrated to the United States before World War I and shortly afterwards joined the IWW as a typist. In 1920 he was convicted of Criminal Syndicalism in California and was sentenced to prison for a term of five years. He was released in 1922. Under the pseudonym of Ennaes Ellae he was a longtime contributor to the Industrial Worker.


Folders are arranged chronologically within each box.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by DE in July, 1966.
Nicolaas Steelink Papers
Finding aid written by DE.
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Repository Details

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