Consists of the papers of Elaine Black Yoneda and research material gathered by author Vivian McGuckin Raineri in the course
of writing the biography,
Red Angel: The Life and Times of Elaine Black Yoneda. Collection includes correspondence from Manzanar, duplicates of FBI files, subject files regarding the San Francisco 1934
General Strike and Tom Mooney, a manuscript history of International Longshoremen's and Warehousemen's Auxiliary No. 16, transcripts
of oral histories, and photographs of the Buchman and Yoneda families. While the earliest material dates from 1908, the majority
of documents cover the 1930's through 1970's, with remembrances from the death of Elaine Yoneda in 1988.
Rose Elaine Buchman was born in Connecticut to Nathan Buchman and Mollie Kvetnay, who had met as child laborers in a Russian
match factory. Elaine was raised in a predominantly Jewish section of Brooklyn, New York, in a strongly pro-labor (and non-religious)
environment. In 1920, the family moved to the San Diego area and in 1924 to Los Angeles. A "spoiled and ornery child," Elaine
did not realize till age 15 that her parents actively supported the Russian revolution and related causes - which were apparently
of no interest to the teenager. She quit high school in her senior year and took her first job with an elegant residential
hotel, where Elaine maintained her own sartorial elegance while the world protested the convictions of Tom Mooney, Warren
Billings, J.B.McNamara, Sacco and Vanzetti.
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