Hugh DeLacy papers, 1938-1985

DeLacy, Hugh, 1910-1986


4.87 cubic feet (11 boxes, 1 map tube, 1 package).
The DeLacy papers have been arranged into nine series reflecting DeLacy's activities. Within these series, papers are arranged in chronological order.
The papers consist of correspondence, campaign materials, newsletters, notes, and tape recorded interviews relating to his activities as an English instructor and union activist (1933-1937), Seattle City councilman (1938-1940), machinist (1942-1944), U.S. congressman (1945-1947), and director of the Progressive Party in Ohio. Also included are two autobiographies describing his early life and experiences as a congressman, and writings and class notes resulting from his study of philosophy as a graduate student at San Fernando Valley State College in the late 1960s and 1970s. His congressional papers are not voluminous but provide useful documentation on his campaigns and term in office. The bulk of the papers date from DeLacy's later life, after he left the state of Washington.
Born and raised in Seattle, Hugh DeLacy taught English from 1933 to 1937 at the University of Washington, where he helped to organize a teachers' union. He then served on the Seattle City Council for several years and became active in the Democratic Party. During World War II, DeLacy worked as a machinist in the shipyards, and in 1944 he won the First District Congressional seat that had been vacated by Warren Magnuson. Accused of being anti-American in his 1946 bid for re-election, DeLacy was defeated, whereupon he became state director of the Progressive Party in Ohio. In the mid-1950s he was called to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee. DeLacy moved to Los Angeles in 1959 and worked as a carpenter and contractor until his retirement in 1967. He then studied philosophy at San Fernando Valley State College. After settling in Santa Cruz County, DeLacy and his wife Dorothy were invited to vist the People's Republic of China. DeLacy remained active in political and international affairs until his death in 1986.
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Hugh DeLacy Papers. Special Collections, University of Washington Libraries, Seattle, Washington.
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A finding aid to the papers is available in the Special Collections division of the University of Washington Libraries and on the World Wide Web.

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