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Walter Westman Papers

 Collection — Box: Small Processed Collections: W-Z, Box 15, Folder: 7
Identifier: LP001103

Scope and Content

Contents: Fourteen membership cards relating to Walter Westman's involvement with the IWW. Included in this series is one membership card from the IWW General Defense Committee. Folder 1 - 14 membership cards, 1921-1963


  • 1921 - 1963


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.


Walter Westman joined the IWW in August of 1916, working as a teamster for a construction company. In 1937 as Secretary of the IWW General Defense Committee, Mr. Westman engaged in a letter campaign to various labor organizations throughout the country seeking support in the defense of IWW member Michael Lindway, who was arrested by the authorities for allegedly running a bomb factory in his home. In spite of Mr. Westman's efforts however, Lindway was convicted and given a twenty year sentence. Mr. Westman was also active in organizing drives for the IWW, seeking to recruit new members from the lumbering industry in the Northwest in the late 1930's and from Midwestern railroad workers in the mid-1940's, In February of 1949, Mr. Westman became the IWW General Secretary-Treasurer, a position he held for over a decade. During that time, he sought to have the IWW removed from the U.S. Attorney General's list of subversive organizations but was unsuccessful.


.25 Linear Feet (1 folder)


As a member of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), Walter Westman served as secretary of the IWW General Defense Committee, as IWW General Secretary-Treasurer, and was active as an organizer. Mr. Westman’s papers are composed of membership cards documenting his involvement in the IWW.


Materials arranged in 1 folder.


The papers of Walter Westman were placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs in September of 1982 by Mrs. Westman and opened for research in February of 1984.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library in February, 1984.
Guide to the Walter Westman Papers
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
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Repository Details

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