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Weatherwax (John M.) Collection
SPC.2015.005  
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Description
This collection contains material collected and written by John M. Weatherwax such as correspondence, manuscripts, essays, film treatments, research notes, pamphlets, leaflets, flyers, programs, mailers, and other documents. Material authored by Weatherwax includes drafts of manuscripts, essays, novellas, articles, radio transcripts, and film treatments; as well as notes, revisions, and related research material. Collected material is from organizations such as American Committee for Protection of Foreign Born, National Federation for Constitutional Liberties, Los Angeles Committee to Secure Justice for the Rosenbergs, Alameda County Labor Party, Communist Party of Los Angeles, Socialist Labor Party, and other organizations, groups, and publications focused on sociopolitical issues. Topics include: socialism, marxism, labor, communism, fascism, McCarthyism, the Red Scare, war, political campaigns and elections, and others.
Background
John Martin "Jack" Weatherwax- a writer and political activist was born on July 18, 1900 in Aberdeen, Washington. He died on January 18, 1985 in Santa Cruz, California just a few weeks after moving from Los Angeles, California where he had resided since the 1930s. He was the son of Dora Mabel Bryant (1871-1954) and Clyde Benjamin Weatherwax (1865-1917). At the time of Weatherwax's birth, Aberdeen in Grays Harbor County, which has been referred to as the Gateway to the Olympic Peninsula, was a center of the lumber industry with a large number of lumber mills. During Weatherwax's youth, the Grays Harbor area was also a hotbed for labor unrest and the home of a large contingent of the I.W.W. union also known as Wobblies. Nearby Centralia was the site of the Centralia massacre in which six people died when the Wobblies engaged American Legionnaires.
Extent
33 boxes
Restrictions
All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director of Archives and Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical materials and not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.
Availability
There are no access restrictions on this collection.