Scope and Content
Title: Shevy Wallace Healey Papers (CIO Los Angeles
Date (inclusive): 1938-1962
Collection number: MSS 057
Healey, Shevy Wallace
Southern California Library for Social Studies and
Abstract: Materials related to CIO (Congress of
Industrial Organizations) organizing activities in the 1930s and 1940s in the
Los Angeles area, with a focus on the American Communications Association-CIO
attempt to organize the Los Angeles Western Union Workers (1944-1945). There is
also one folder of material on the Wesley Robert Wells Case.
Donated to the Library by Shevy Healey on January 29, 1989.
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[Identification of item], Shevy Wallace Healey Papers (CIO Los
Angeles Organizing), Southern California Library for Social Studies and
Research, Los Angeles, California.
Shevy Healey, then Shevy Wallace, served as an International
Representative during the American Communications Association-CIO (Congress of
Industrial Organizations) campaign to organize the Western Union Workers in the
mid-1940s. This campaign ended in 1945 when the CIO lost the NLRB (National
Labor Relations Board) election to determine which union would represent the
company to the AFof L (American Federation of Labor) sponsored union. She also
collected flyers and other materials relating to other CIO organizing
activities in the Los Angeles area from the late thirties to the early 1950s.
Healey served as a Communist Party spokesman and ran for Los Angeles County Tax
Assessor in the mid-1960s. She later earned a Ph.D. and lived in Idylwild,
California in 1989.
Scope and Content
This collection contains flyers, manuals, books, and other materials,
including a small amount of correspondence. The majority of the materials
concern CIO (Congress of Industrial Organization) organizing activities in the
Los Angeles area. The most detailed information is the one folder of
correspondence, flyers and other documents relating to the CIO's attempt to
organize the Western Union Workers in 1944-1945. 3 folders contain flyers from
a variety of other unions, companies, and other organizations concerning
dances, elections and other events. Also included is a published "Sketchbook"
showing designs for CIO floats for a 1947 Labor Day Parade by cartoonist, Ted
Sally, who illustrated many of the CIO flyers, and a copy of a CIO Shop
Stewards manual. The one non-CIO folder contains a variety of flyers and
clippings concerning protests against the death penalty conviction of Wesley
Robert Wells, who was charged with assaulting a guard at San Quentin.
Unions and other organizations mentioned include: National Association
of Die Casting Workers, Utility Workers Organizing Committee, United Furniture
Workers (including Plastic and Wood Aircraft Division), CIO Casting Workers,
United Drug Company Organizing Committee, Oil Workers International Union, CIO
Warehouse and Furniture Workers Organizing Committee - Machinists Unit, Norris
Workers CIO Shop Committee (Western Mechanics Union), International Union of
Mine, Mill & Smelter Workers (Aluminum Organizing Committee, Phelps-Dodge
Organizing Committee, and Basic Magnesium Employees Local) Torrance ALCOA
Workers Local, United Electrical, Radio & Machine Workers of America,
United Food Processing Workers, Monolith Cement Workers Union, CIO American and
Allied War Relief Committee, CIO Council and Union Steward Groups, CIO Women's
Auxiliary Council, Women's Auxiliary American Newspaper Guild, Progressive
Voters Association, Union Security Committee, Southern California Labor School,
Communist Party (Watts & Willowbrook Clubs, Virgil Rhetta Club, and E.
Santa Monica Club), and the Joint Anti-Fascist Refugee Committee.
Copies of the
Rx Dispatch Rx, (vol. 1, no. 2-7) and
ACA News (vol. 5, no. 11 and vol. 6 no. 1, 1974-1975) were
removed to the Library's Periodicals Collection. Oversized Materials concerning
the Wesley Robert Wells case have been placed in the poster files.
Related Material at the Southern California Library for Social
Studies and Research
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Date: 1949-1954, n.d.
California CIO Council Union Research And Information
James Daugherty Collection,
Julius Mel Reich Labor Archives Collection,
65 linear feet