Lilly Library Manuscript Collections

TOYOSHIMA MSS.

The Toyoshima mss., 1966-1998, consist of cassette tapes of interviews with writer Upton Beall Sinclair, 1878-1968, photocopies of articles relating to Liberty Hill, to the dockworker strike of 1923, and to the Industrial Workers of the World (I.W.W., commonly called "Wobblies"). One of the articles, accompanied by three color photographs, details the Liberty Hill Commemorative Marker dedicated as California State Historical Monument No. 1021, May 9, 1998, the seventy-fifth anniversary of the dockworkers' strike at San Pedro/Los Angeles Harbor.

The interviews, on two cassettes here, were conducted by Joe Toyoshima in 1966 as an oral history of Sinclair. The third tape consists of two excerpts from the longer interview recalling specifically the Liberty Hill events of 1923 and Sinclair's arrest there. The fourth cassette is of songs of the "Wobblies" and of migrant workers, four of which are compositions by Joe Hill, the most prominent martyr of the American labor struggle.

Collection size: 10 items

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