Title: William J. Lewis Collection,
Date (inclusive): [1919-1959]
Date (bulk): (bulk 1933-1936)
Accession number: 1997/021
Lewis, William J.
Extent: .5 cubic ft.
San Francisco State University. Labor Archives & Research Center
San Francisco, California 94132
Shelf location: For current information on the location of these
materials, please consult the Center's online catalog.
Collection is open for research.
Copyright has not been assigned to the Labor Archives & Research Center. All requests for
permission to publish or quote from materials must be submitted in writing
to the Director of the Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf
of the Labor Archives & Research Center as the owner of the physical items and is not intended
to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be
obtained by the reader.
[Identification of item], William J. Lewis Collection, 1997/021, Labor Archives & Research Center,
San Francisco State University.
The collection was processed by Leon Sompolinsky in the Spring of 1997.
Before becoming International Longshoremen's Association President, Pacific Coast District
(District 38), William Lewis worked on San Francisco docks as a longshoreman for nearly 25
years. In 1933 he became a business agent for the newly chartered ILA 38-79. In the short space
of six months the organization grew from nothing to a claimed membership of nearly 4,000.