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Inventory of the Elaine Black Yoneda Collection, ca. 1900-1991 (Predominantly 1930-1988)
1992/033 & 1992/055  
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The Elaine Black Yoneda Collection is divided into eleven series:
  • Series I. Unions and Union Activities
  • Series II. Political Activities
  • Series III. Labor Trials/Bail/Defense
  • Series IV. Japanese Americans
  • Series V. Correspondence
  • Series VI. Buchman Family
  • Series VII. Yoneda Family
  • Series VIII. Oral Histories and Interviews
  • Series IX. Articles, Clippings, Remembrances
  • Series X. FBI Files
  • Series XI. Vivian McGuckin Rainieri Research Materials
  • Background
    Rose Elaine Buchman was born in Connecticut to Nathan Buchman and Mollie Kvetnay, who had met as child laborers in a Russian match factory. Elaine was raised in a predominantly Jewish section of Brooklyn, New York, in a strongly pro-labor (and non-religious) environment. In 1920, the family moved to the San Diego area and in 1924 to Los Angeles. A "spoiled and ornery child," Elaine did not realize till age 15 that her parents actively supported the Russian revolution and related causes --which were apparently of no interest to the teenager. She quit high school in her senior year and took her first job with an elegant residential hotel, where Elaine maintained her own sartorial elegance while the world protested the convictions of Tom Mooney, Warren Billings, J.B.McNamara, Sacco and Vanzetti.See Series, " Labor Trials/Bail/Defense."See Series, "Japanese American Wartime Relocation."See Series, "Correspondence," Folders labeled, "Letters to Karl, 1942-43," and "...1944-45."
    Copyright has not been assigned to the Labor Archives & Research Center. All requests for permission to publish or quote from materials must be submitted in writing to the Director of the Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Labor Archives & Research Center as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.
    Collection is open for research.