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Abstract Union activist Benjamin Legere (1887-1972) worked in the theater as an actor, playwright, and director. He participated in both the American and Canadian labor movements as a member of the General Executive Board of the Canadian One Big Union and an organizer for the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW). Legere’s papers reflect his activities in the American and Canadian labor movements, California politics and the theater.
Item — Box: Individual Oral Histories Box 1: A-E, Folder: 3
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,...
Abstract Manuscripts (articles and stories), clippings, correspondence, personal papers, and photographs collected by Mrs. Robbins, who was a labor organizer and writer for the IWW from 1912 until her death in 1963. Subjects include the Paterson N.J. Silk Strike.