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Richard Ellington Papers

 Collection
Identifier: LP001562
The Richard Ellington papers consist largely of correspondence related to his work with the Industrial Workers of the World starting in the 1950s until his death in 1991. Most of the correspondence is followed by the related typeset document. The collection includes various manuscripts, pamphlets, and leaflets on which he worked as well as files from his time as member of the Executive Board. The newspaper articles he saved covering the IWW and anarchist events are also included.

Dates

  • 1949-1993
  • Majority of material found within 1971 - 1989

Language of Materials

Material primarily in English with some in Spanish and Italian.

Access

Collection is open for research.

Use

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.

Extent

2 Linear Feet (2 SB)

Abstract

Richard Ellington was a typographer and typesetter and member of the Industrial Workers of the World. Born in Seattle, WA, he moved to New York after his discharge from the army. Through his interest in science fiction, he became involved with sci-fi fan groups where he met his wife as well as other libertarian/anarchists. He joined the IWW in 1955, as a group effort to revive the organization and served on the Executive Board numerous times. In the mid 1960s, Ellington and his family move to the San Francisco Bay area where he later established his own typesetting business. Some projects for which he typeset include non-anarchist, alternative publications and poetry books, though many of his projects were for the IWW. Through his home office, he typeset many anarchist periodicals, including the Industrial Worker, and stickers that were called "silent agitators." He also co-wrote the Boss's Songbook. Richard Ellington died from lung cancer on May 26, 1991. The Richard Ellington papers consist largely of correspondence related to his work with the Industrial Workers of the World starting in the 1950s until his death in 1991. Most of the correspondence is followed by the related typeset document. The collection includes various manuscripts, pamphlets, and leaflets on which he worked as well as files from his time as member of the Executive Board. The newspaper articles he saved covering the IWW and anarchist events are also included.

History

Richard Ellington was a typographer and typesetter and member of the Industrial Workers of the World. Born in Seattle, WA, he moved to New York after his discharge from the army. Through his interest in science fiction, he became involved with sci-fi fan groups where he met his wife as well as other libertarian/anarchists. He joined the IWW in 1955, as a group effort to revive the organization and served on the Executive Board numerous times. In the mid 1960s, Ellington and his family move to the San Francisco Bay area where he later established his own typesetting business. Some projects for which he typeset include non-anarchist, alternative publications and poetry books, though many of his projects were for the IWW. Through his home office, he typeset many anarchist periodicals, including the Industrial Worker, and stickers that were called "silent agitators." He also co-wrote the Boss's Songbook. Richard Ellington died from lung cancer on May 26, 1991.

Arrangement of the Papers

Folders are listed by their location within each box. They are not necessarily arranged, so any given subject may be dispersed throughout the entire collection.

Location

4S-E-2(5)

Acquisition

The papers were deposited with the Walter P. Reuther Library by Mrs. Patricia Ellington in October of 1993.

Related Material

IWW Records, IWW San Francisco Bay Area Branch Records, Frederick W. Thompson Papers

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Jennifer Meekhof on February 1, 2011.
Title
Guide to the Richard Ellington Papers
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Jennifer Meekhof.
Date
2011-02-01
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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