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Eugene Barnett Oral History

 Item — Box: Individual Oral Histories Box 1: A-E, Folder: 3
Identifier: LOH002265
Collection consists of audio recordings and the transcript, which includes the following: the Legere interview, Green's reminiscences about his later meeting and interview with Barnett, William Friedland’s note on the provenance and context of the materials, and a bibliography and chronology of Barnett's life.

Dates

  • 1940 - 1961-06-05

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.

Permission to publish or quote from the interviews must be obtained from the rights holder or the rights holder's heirs or assigns.

Extent

.25 Linear Feet : (1 printed transcript and 3 audiocassettes).

379.7 Megabytes ((2 files). ) : Consists of an MP3 and a WAV.

Abstract

Eugene Barnett was one of eight IWW members convicted of murder following a raid by American Legionnaires on the Centralia, Washington, IWW hall on Armistice Day 1919. He was jailed from 1920 to 1931. Around 1940, folklorist and IWW activist Ben Legere interviewed Eugene Barnett about his involvement in the 1919 Centralia events. Professor of folklore Archie Green conducted a follow-up interview on the subject with Barnett in 1961. Professor emeritus at the University of California, Santa Cruz, William Friedland gathered and preserved the materials. Collection consists of audio recordings and the transcript, which includes the following: the Legere interview, Green's reminiscences about his later meeting and interview with Barnett, William Friedland’s note on the provenance and context of the materials, and a bibliography and chronology of Barnett's life.

History

Eugene Barnett was one of eight IWW members convicted of murder following a raid by American Legionnaires on the Centralia, Washington, IWW hall on Armistice Day 1919. He was jailed from 1920 to 1931. Around 1940, folklorist and IWW activist Ben Legere interviewed Eugene Barnett about his involvement in the 1919 Centralia events. Professor of folklore Archie Green conducted a follow-up interview on the subject with Barnett in 1961. Professor emeritus at the University of California, Santa Cruz, William Friedland gathered and preserved the materials.

Acquisition

Donated by William Friedland in 1995.

Other Copies

A digital copy of the Legere interview is available. Full transcription, including related articles and chronologies, and cassettes of the recording were deposited by the donor at four additional repositories: the library of the University of Washington, the Labadie Collection of the University of Michigan, Special Collections at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and the Washington State Historical Society. Digitized recordings and a digitized excerpt of the printed materials are available online from the University of Washington.

Related Materials

Eugene Barnett Papers

Processing History

Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library. Finding aid written by Rebecca Bizonet on April 20, 2016.

Creator

Title
Eugene Barnett Oral History
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library. Finding aid written by Rebecca Bizonet on April 20, 2016.
Date
2016-04-20
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.

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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