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Industrial Workers of the World Oral Histories

 Collection
Identifier: LOH000130
Collection consists of four interview transcripts. Herb Edwards (interviewed twice), Lucy Anne Cloud, and Julia Ruuttila share memories of their radical backgrounds, experiences as IWW organizers, the Centralia tragedy of 1919 and subsequent trial, and one of its central figures, labor attorney Elmer Smith. Edwards also discusses experiences as a lumberjack in the Pacific Northwest, his arrest for criminal syndicalism, and subsequent prison term in San Quentin. Ruuttila also describes her involvement in obtaining Centralia defendant Ray Becker's later pardon in 1939.

Dates

  • 1972-02-12 - 1972-09-07

Creator

Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.

Access

Collection is open for research.

Use

Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials.

RESTRICTIONS: Due to the personal nature of oral history, the Library prohibits use of the material in any way that infringes on individual right to privacy, or results in libelous statements or slander, in accordance with U.S. law.

Extent

.25 Linear Feet ((1 MB). ) : Consists of 4 printed transcripts.

58.6 Megabytes ((2 files). ) : Consists of 2 PDFs.

Abstract

In 1972 Tracy Dalton interviewed Industrial Workers of the World organizer Herb Edwards. For his book on the IWW, The Centralia Tragedy of 1919: Elmer Smith and the Wobblies, Tom Copeland drew on this interview; in addition, he also interviewed Edwards, as well as other IWW organizers including Lucy Annne Cloud and Julia Ruuttila. Collection consists of four interview transcripts. Herb Edwards (interviewed twice), Lucy Anne Cloud, and Julia Ruuttila share memories of their radical backgrounds, experiences as IWW organizers, the Centralia tragedy of 1919 and subsequent trial, and one of its central figures, labor attorney Elmer Smith. Edwards also discusses experiences as a lumberjack in the Pacific Northwest, his arrest for criminal syndicalism, and subsequent prison term in San Quentin. Ruuttila also describes her involvement in obtaining Centralia defendant Ray Becker's later pardon in 1939.

History

In 1972 Tracy Dalton interviewed Industrial Workers of the World organizer Herb Edwards. For his book on the IWW, The Centralia Tragedy of 1919: Elmer Smith and the Wobblies, Tom Copeland drew on this interview; in addition, he also interviewed Edwards, as well as other IWW organizers including Lucy Anne Cloud and Julia Ruuttila.

Arrangement

Transcripts are arranged alphabetically by interviewee last name.

Custodial History

Originally formed the Thomas Copeland Papers.

Acquisition

Donated by Thomas "Tom" Copeland on December 7, 1977.

Other Copies

Transcripts for the Lucy Cloud and Herb Edwards interviews were digitized and are available as PDF files.

Related Materials

Industrial Workers of the World Records

Processing History

Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library and Rebecca Bizonet. Finding aid written by Rebecca Bizonet on September 14, 2016.

Creator

Title
Guide to the Industrial Workers of the World Oral Histories
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library and Rebecca Bizonet. Finding aid written by Rebecca Bizonet.
Date
2016-09-14
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Sponsor
Description made possible by funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Revision Statements

  • 2019-02-12: Inventory added by Ciera Casteel.

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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