He is the author of several books, including The Working Longshoremen (written with Art Martinson) based on extensive oral history interviews with several generations of Tacoma longshoremen, and A History of Seattle Waterfront Workers, 1884-1934. More than a dozen articles have been published in Tacoma’s Pacific Gateway magazine. We are privileged to make each of these publications available in digital form here.
Magden's oral history interviews with Puget Sound longshoreman and several films and radio programs derived from those interviews constitute a second legacy. Equally important, Ron has collected thousands of documents, articles, and photographs that now are preserved in the Ronald E. Magden Collection in the University of Washington Special Collections Library.
Here are some of the resources that are part of the Ron Magden Archive
Ronald Magden publications:
Ronald E. Magden Oral History
In a videotaped interview conducted by Rod Palmquist, Ron Magden talked about the history of Locals 23 and 19 and specifically about the 1934 Longshore Strike.