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Guide to the Stanley Postek Papers WAG.080

Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
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New York, NY, 10012
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Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive

Collection processed by Michael D. Jew

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on March 08, 2016
Finding aid is in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Elements of finding aid were written by Michael Jew in 1992. In 2013 it was edited by David Olson for compliance with DACS and Tamiment Required Elements for Archival Description and to reflect the incorporation of nonprint materials and later accessions. Finding aid updated in March 2016 to reflect audiovisual material that was found in repository.  2016

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Postek, Stanley, 1912-1991
Title: Stanley Postek Papers
Dates [inclusive]: 1933-1986
Abstract: Ladislaus F. Szeliga (1912-1991), better known as Stanley Postek, was a seaman, union organizer, volunteer in the Spanish Civil War, and prizefighter from Lowell, Massachusetts. Postek went to sea in the mid-1930s, and became an organizer for the International Seamen's Union of America. Along with other members of the union's rank and file, Postek broke to the National Maritime Union in 1937. Postek fought with the Abraham Lincoln Brigade in the Spanish Civil War and served as a merchant seaman during World War II. During the Korean War, he was barred from maritime employment, because of his associations with the Communist Party. Once he regained his papers he sailed until retirement in 1966. Postek was also involved in the Marine Workers Historical Association. He died in San Diego in 1991. The collection includes diaries, photographs, clippings documenting labor activities, sailing paperwork, and union documents. The collection documents the wide range of activities Postek participated in throughout his life, with particular emphasis on his sailing and union activities and his continued interest in these areas after he retired. Information regarding Postek's activities in Spain are represented in the collections Stanley Postek Spanish Civil War Papers (ALBA.089) and Stanley Postek Photographs (ALBA.PHOTO.089), also available at the Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives.
Quantity: 1.67 linear feet in 2 manuscript boxes and 1 record carton.
Language of Materials note: Materials are in English
Call Phrase: WAG.080