Labor Archives of Washington State

A center for education, research and preservation - Now open!

Thanks to the help of unions throughout the state and the cooperation of the University of Washington Library, the Bridges Center is proud to announce that as of October 2010 the Labor Archives of Washington State (LAWS) is a reality.

Working people and their unions built this nation, and no state has a more dynamic labor history than Washington State. LAWS ensures our labor heritage is preserved and that current and future generations understand the struggles and accomplishments of organized labor.

LAWS is already one of the largest repositories for labor materials in the country, encompassing more than 200 labor related collections, including the records of unions and of labor leaders and activists. LAWS serves as a center for historical research, which will help new generations understand the importance of the labor movement in the past and its importance to the future of our state and nation.


LAWS is part of the UW Library Special Collections, located in the Allen Library South Basement on the University of Washington Seattle campus.


Mon-Tues, 10am-4:45pm
Wed, 10am-7:45pm
Thurs-Fri, 10am-4:45pm
Sat-Sun, closed.

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Conor Casey, Labor Archivist

Our Staff

A unit of the Special Collections Department of the University of Washington Libraries, the Labor Archives is a collaborative project of the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies and the UW Libraries.

LAWS is managed by professional labor archivist Conor Casey. Conor has years of personal, scholarly and professional experience with the labor movement and the preservation of its history. From 2001 to 2008, he worked at the Labor Archives and Research Center at San Francisco State University. He holds a Masters of Arts in US History, a Masters of Library and Information Sciences, and is accredited through the Academy of Certified Archivists.

As Labor Archivist, Conor oversees the development of LAWS, managing labor-related materials already in UW Special Collections as well as advising unions on records management and donations. In addition, he develops educational programs making Washington's labor history widely accessible to union members, schools and the general public.

Labor Archives Founder's Circle

Donors memorialized forever as supporters of labor heritage

Since December 2009, more than 125 individuals, unions, university departments and others have helped us raise over $150,000 for the Labor Archives of Washington State. Many have joined the Labor Archives Founder's Circle with a donation of $500 or more.

Founder's Circle names will be inscribed on a plaque and displayed with the Harry Bridges statue in the entrance to the University of Washington's Suzzalo Library. Founder's Circle donations can be made at four levels: Silver ($500+), Gold ($1,000+), Platinum ($3,000+) or Legacy ($5,000).

A Legacy donation can be a great way to memorialize a beloved friend while helping to build this important educational resource. You may also make a recurring pledge to help ensure the Labor Archives' longevity. Contact the Bridges Center by phone or donate on-line to set-up a monthly or annual donation via credit card.

Last Updated: 7/17/13

Silver ($500+)

Herman and Islanda Gilman, $950
Jeffrey Johnson, $750
John & Jean Hammerback, $650
Emily Van Bronkhorst and Daniel Gilman, $620
Daniel Jacoby, $600
Jessica Bonebright, $525
Lewis Loveridge, $505
David & Kay Brennan, $500
Margaret Cary & Martin Garfinkel, $500
Carl and Linda Christenson, $500
Senator Steve Conway, $500
John Fern, $500
David Freiboth, $500
Larry & Phyllis Kenney, $500
Jeanne Kohl-Welles, $500
Ronald Magden, $500
Ray Nelson, $500
Jack O'Dell & Jane Power, $500
Bobby & Curtis Pearson, $500
Donald & Mary Poorman, $500
Robert R. Sherard, $500
Jasmin Weaver & Noah Purcell, $500
Max Vekich, $500

UFCW Local 1439, $750
Inlandboatmen's Union of the Pacific-Columbia River Region, $700
UW Geography Department, $600
Carpenters Local 30, $500
ILWU Local 7, $500
ILWU Local 27, $500
ILWU Local 51, $500
Pacific Coast Maritime History Committee, $500
UFCW 21, $500
WEA Staff Organization, $500

Legacy ($5000+)

Jon Halgren, $7,011
Robert Duggan, $5,000
Bud Havlisch, $5,000
Michael Hurlock & Theresa Berg, $5,000
Terry Mason, $5,000

ILWU Longshore Division, $150,000
Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies, $40,000
Washington State Labor Council, $30,500
WFSE Council 28, $15,000
IAM District 751, $10,251
ILWU Local 19, $7,405
SPEEA, $5,500
WA State Building and Construction Trades Council, $5,000

Platinum ($3000+)

James Gregory & Susan Glenn, $4,000
Shirley McCabe, $3,050
Michael & Susan Casey, $3,000

MLK Jr. County Labor Council, $4,250
ILWU Local 23, $4,205
SEIU Healthcare 1199NW, $4,000
ILWU Seattle Pension Club, $3,500
Washington State Council of Fire Fighters, $3,500
PTE Local 17, $3,050
ILWU Local 98, $3,000
Inlandboatmen's Union of the Pacific, $3,000

Gold ($1000+)

Thomas & Pam Lux, $2,570
Ian Kennedy & Michele Drayton, $2,100
Russell & Ursula Alexander, $2,000
Charles Bergquist & Hwasook Nam, $2,000
Robert Kaplan & Margaret Levi, $2,000
Holly & Martin Hulscher, $1,500
Betty J Martinsen, $1,500
Lanny McGrew, $1,500
Lila H. Smith, $1,500
Joseph & Carolyn Wenzl, $1,500
Dale & Marie Hedden, $1,450
Arthur Mink, $1,050
Randall & Karen Nelson, $1,050
Michael Honey & Pat Krueger, $1,007
Robert & Trudy Beauvais, $1,000
David & Sally Bjornson, $1,000
Peter & Mildred Chelemedos, $1,000
Carrie Cihak & George Lovell, $1,000
Warren & Kathryn Hodges Family, $1,000
John & Judy Holmes, $1,000
Rachel Jacobsen & Senator Ken Jacobsen, $1,000
Eugene Dennis Vrana, $1,000

SEIU Local 925, $2,700
Joint Council of Teamsters No. 28, $2,500
Thurston-Lewis Mason Central Labor Council, $2,250
ILWU Local 52, $2,000
ILWU Pacific Coast Pensioners Association, $2,000
UW History Department, $2,000
UW Political Science Department, $2,000
IBEW Local 77, $1,875
Pierce County Central Labor Council, $1,847
UW Jackson School, $1,800
Schwerin Campbell Barnard Iglitzin & Lavitt, $1700
Teamsters Local 117, $1,600
AFSCME 1857, $1,500
ATU Local 1765, $1,500
ILWU Local 32, $1,500
IUOE Local 302, $1,500
Local 1488, AFSCME, $1,500
UW Sociology Department, $1,500
Musicians Association Local 76-493, $1,400
Seattle Labor Chorus, $1,150
Spokane Regional Central Labor Council, $1,125
AFT Washington, $1,100
Pacific Northwest Labor History Association, $1,100
IAM District 160, $1,000
ILWU General Fund, $1,000
ILWU Local 21, $1,000
ILWU Local 25, $1,000
ILWU Local 47, $1,000
Olympia Longshore Benevolence Association, $1,000
Snohomish County Central Labor Council, $1,000
UAW Local 4121, $1,000
Washington Educational Association, $1,000
Washington State Council of County and City Employees, AFSCME, $1,000

Thank you to the ILWU!

$150,000 in matching grants for the Labor Archives of Washington State

In 2009 at their international convention held in Seattle, not only did the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) endorse the effort to create the Labor Archives of Washington State their Longshore Division pledged to provide up to $150,000 in matching funds to the archive fund-raising drive over the next three years. For every dollar donated to the Archive from 2009 to 2011, the ILWU will match that donation up to $50,000 for each year.

From a union that understands the importance of history perhaps more than any other, this is a most generous challenge to the labor community to raise the money needed to make the Labor Archive of Washington State a reality. With the help of union locals, individual donors and others, the fundraising goals of the Labor Archive will soon be in sight. Many thanks to our friends at the ILWU for making this happen.

Support the Archive

The Labor Archives of Washington State exists thanks to the contributions of over 260 individuals and organizations.

Please consider making a secure, tax-deductible contribution by credit card to the Labor Archive Fund.

Donations may also be made by check with our mail-in donation form.

Spread the Word

Download a brochure!

For full-color copies to share with your community, organization, or union local, contact the Bridges Center.

Endorsed By

Labor Archive
Organizing Committee