Attorney Myer C. Symonds Collection

Introduction

This collection includes biographical and professional papers of Myer C. Symonds who worked with Harriet Bouslog as the attorneys of the International Longshore Worker's Union (ILWU). These papers provide an understanding of the political-economic times in which he served as a labor lawyer in Hawaii, particularly during the red-baiting that occurred in the late 1940s-1950s. 

Custodial History

Myer Symonds gave these materials to Professor Mari Matsuda and Lila Gardner to be shared to the University of Hawaiʻi Law Library for public research purposes. Matsuda corresponded with Symonds during her research on Hawaiʻi labor history and Harriet Bouslog for the book Called from Within: Early Women Lawyers of Hawaii

Physical Description

The papers include handwritten notes, newspaper clippings, legislative documents, court documents and correspondences (1933-2009) which came from Myer Symond's own scrapbook and various collections. The collection is one box totaling 1 linear feet.  Some important keywords from this collection are: 

1950 Constitutional Convention
Anti-Semitism
Anti-War
Armistice Day Speech
Art Rutledge
C.J. Samuel B. Kemp
C.J. William S. Richardson
Charles Garry
China
Clair Engle
Criminal Lawyer
Ernest J. Torregano
Gustave Meyer v. G.B. Collins
Harold Glasser
Harriet Bouslog
Hawaii 7 Jury
Hawaii Bar Association
Hebden Porteus
Hiram L. Fong
Honorable Delbert E. Metzger
ILWU
Internal Security Subcommittee
Jack Hall
Japanese Relocation
Jew
John E. Reinecke
Labor
Labor Advocacy
Local 5
Mari Matsuda
Marxism
Military Service
Mrs. Leah Symonds
Mrs. Morton Lewis
Myer C. Symonds
National Lawyer's Guild
Office of Price Administration
Okeith v. Johnson
Red-Baiting
Robert McElrath
Ronald B. Jamieson
Samuel P. King
Smith Act
Socialism
Sydney
Unions
United States of America v. Arthur Willard Parelius
Vincent Hallinan
Wilfred M. Oka

Access Restrictions

The materials are accessible in person at the University of Hawaiʻi School of Law Library.  Please see the Access page for more information.

Reference Code

These items are cataloged as the Attorney Myer C. Symonds Collection.  Go to the index page of this collection to browse the records. Note the Box number and folder number to request access to them.