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Guide to the Stanley Postek Papers
||Postek, Stanley, 1912-1991
||Stanley Postek Papers
||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.
||1.67 linear feet in 2 manuscript boxes and 1 record carton.
|Language of Materials note:
||Materials are in English