Inventory of the William J. Lewis Collection, [1919-1959] (bulk 1933-1936)

Finding aid prepared by Leon Sompolinsky, revised by Labor Archives and Research Center staff.
Labor Archives and Research Center
J. Paul Leonard Library, Room 460
San Francisco State University
1630 Holloway Ave
San Francisco, CA 94132-1722
(415) 405-5571
larc@sfsu.edu
© 1997, revised 2013


Descriptive Summary

Title: William J. Lewis collection
Creator: Lewis, William J.
Date (inclusive): [1919-1959]
Date (bulk): 1933-1936
Collection number: larc.ms.0119
Accession number: 1997/021
Repository: Labor Archives and Research Center
J. Paul Leonard Library, Room 460
San Francisco State University
1630 Holloway Ave
San Francisco, CA 94132-1722
(415) 405-5571
larc@sfsu.edu
Language: Languages represented in the collection: English.
Extent: .5 cubic feet (1 box)
Abstract: Includes correspondence from the period of the 1934 Pacific Coast Maritime strike, when Lewis was International Longshoremen's Association (ILA) district president for the West Coast; scrapbooks from the 1934 strike era that document his strike leadership, his attempts to quash insurgent rank and file strike leaders like Harry Bridges, and the funeral procession for the two San Francisco strike supporters. Collection also contains the ILA district periodical Pacific Coast Longshoreman, August 12, 1935-April 20, 1936 and records from the 1934-1935 arbitration between the ILA and the Waterfront Employers Union that led to a strike settlement.
Location: Collection is available onsite.

Administrative Information

Access

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Labor Archives and 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 and 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.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], William J. Lewis Collection, larc.ms.0119, Labor Archives and Research Center, San Francisco State University.

Separated Materials

Photographs have been added to the Photograph Collection. Images include: Joseph Ryan, John Bjorklund and group photo: "Conference on Dock Strike," Saturday, May 6, 1934; Michael J. Casey, Colbert Coldwell, Dave Beck, J.J. Finnegan, Albert E. Boynton, Dr. J.L. Leonard, A.H. Pederson, Herman Phleger, Judge C.A. Reynolds, William J. Lewis, John P. McLaughlin, Joseph P. Ryan, Mayor Angelo Rossi, Thomas G. Plant and John F. Forbes.

Processing Information

The collection was processed by Leon Sompolinsky in the Spring of 1997.

Biography

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.

Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence from the period of the 1934 Pacific Coast Maritime strike, when Lewis was International Longshoremen's Association (ILA) district president for the West Coast; scrapbooks from the 1934 strike era that document his strike leadership, his attempts to quash insurgent rank and file strike leaders like Harry Bridges, and the funeral procession for the two San Francisco strike supporters. Collection also contains the ILA district periodical Pacific Coast Longshoreman, August 12, 1935-April 20, 1936 and records from the 1934-1935 arbitration between the ILA and the Waterfront Employers Union that led to a strike settlement.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

International Longshoremen's Association.
Labor unions--Longshoremen--United States.
Longshoremen's strikes--California--San Francisco--1930-1940.
Longshoremen's unions--California--San Francisco--1930-1940.
Pacific Coast Longshoremen's Strike, 1934.

Container List

Box-folder 1/1

Correspondence 1934 March-November

Box-folder 1/2

Correspondence 1936 June-September

Box-folder 1/3

Telegrams 1934 March 22-May 8

Box-folder 1/4

Arbitration between International Longshoremen's Association and the Waterfront Employers Union 1934 July 4-1935 April 15

Box-folder 1/5

Scrapbook 1 [1919-1959]

Scope and Contents

Includes news clippings re: Harry Bridges' rise to power in union and ILA's attempt to stem his influence. Also includes 1934 cable from assistant to President Roosevelt thanking Lewis for his cooperation.
Box-folder 1/6

Scrapbook 2 1934 April-October

Scope and Contents

Includes newspaper strike photographs and mimeograph funeral procession/ farewell service for Howard Sperry and Nickolas Bordoise.
 

Pacific Coast Longshoreman, Tacoma, WA. 195 August 12-1936 April 20

Scope and Contents

Official organ of ILA Pacific Coast District vol.1, no.1-vol.1, no.28