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The Kheel Center ILGWU Collection

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Other Archival Repositories

While the Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives is the official repository of the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union, additional ILGWU and ILGWU-related Records are held at other archival repositories. These holdings include regional and local union records, personal papers of ILGWU staff and officers, oral histories with former ILGWU members, and published materials.

Please contact the repositories for more information. If you are aware of ILGWU and ILGWU-related records that are not listed here but ought to be, please contact the Kheel Center.

American Textile History Museum Library

1 ILGWU document in the Sam Steinhart Papers, 1928-1937; minimal ILGWU material

Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley

3 oral histories (Hope Schecter, Ben Fee, Maida Springer Kemp); substantive ILGWU material

Brandeis University

1 archival collection; substantive ILGWU material

Joseph Barondess correspondence

  • 16 microfilm reels
  • Chiefly correspondence relating to Barondess' activities with Zionism and labor.

California State University, Fullerton

1 unpublished paper by Sheldon Maram; minimal ILGWU material

California State University, Long Beach

3 oral histories (Rose Bell, Anita Castro, Emma Goodman); substantive ILGWU material

Center for Jewish History

8 ILGWU Publications

Center for Migration Studies

1 archival collection, totaling 3.0 cubic ft., 11 v., 21 reels microfilm; substantive ILGWU material

Italian-American Labor Movement Collection, 1900-1974

  • 3.0 cubic ft., 11 v., 21 reels microfilm
  • ILGWU material includes microfilm minutes of executive board and membership committee of Local 48, ILGWU, 1920-74; and of Local 89, ILGWU, 1919-68, among them the executive board, the general council, general membership meetings, and the board of directors of the summer colony. Representing the Italian labor press are copies of L'OPERAIA, edited by Luigi Antonini and published by Local 25 of ILGWU, 1917-18; and of IL LAVORO, edited by F. Bellanca and published by the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America, 1916-30, excluding 1921.

Columbia University

Francis Perkins Papers, 1880-1965

Franklin D. Roosevelt Library and Museum

The ILGWU features in the following collection:

  • Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial Foundation Records
  • Lubin, Isador
  • Roosevelt, Anna Eleanor Correspondence, '45-'52
  • Vertical File
  • Contact the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library and Museum for more information.

Greater New Haven Labor History Association

1 archival collection, totaling 5.5 linear feet and oversize materials and artifacts; substantive ILGWU material

Records of Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America Local 125 and International Ladies Garment Workers Union Local 151. Greater New Haven Labor History Association Archives. New Haven, Connecticut

  • 5.5 linear feet in four file drawers, with oversize materials and artifacts
  • The records consist of background materials on the history of the unions; administrative records; personal memorabilia; correspondence; photographs; and organizational materials which document the political and social activities of the two locals from their inception until the decline of the garment industry in New Haven. There are also subject files which provide information on union organizing in general; minimum wage and plant closing legislation; and other matters of concern to unions.
  • Finding aid available:

Immigration History Research Center, University of Minnesota

5 archival collections, totaling 31 linear feet; substantive ILGWU material

Luigi Antonini Papers, 1920-1959

  • 16 linear feet
  • Papers (ca. 1920-1959) of Luigi Antonini (1883-1968), an Italian American labor organizer, consist primarily of socialist and union publications pertaining to the struggle for workers' rights.
  • Unpublished inventory available at repository

Angela Bambace Papers

  • 3 linear feet
  • Papers (ca. 1930-1976) of Angela Bambace (1898-1975) include correspondence; speeches; newspaper clippings; photographs; and publications. Bambace was a labor organizer and vice-president of the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union.
  • Unpublished inventory available at repository

Antonio Crivello Papers

  • 5 linear feet
  • Papers (1939-1965) of Antonino Crivello (1888-1969), an Italian American labor organizer and poet, comprise correspondence; drafts of his poetry; and some published material. Correspondence relates largely to the I.L.G.W.U., in which Crivello was a director of Local 144 in Newark, New Jersey and a representative for Local 25 in New York.
  • Online guide available:

E. Howard Molisani Order Sons of Italy in America Collection

  • 5 linear feet
  • A large part of the collection pertains to Italian American labor and labor organizations. Represented are the Italian American Labor Council (1965-1980); the Italian Labor Center (New York City), with records. including minutes (1920-1954), financial records (1929-1967), and correspondence (1929-1987); the ACIM (1973-1987); the AFL-CIO (1977-1985); International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union Local #48; and AMICO (1985). Other materials in the collection pertain to Boys Town of Italy (1944-1964), the Federal Advisory Committee on Immigration (177-178), the Catholic Interracial Council of New York (1978-1979), and trips Molisani took to Italy to visit labor, government, church, and earthquake relief groups. Also included are issues of Giustizia, and photographs.
  • No guide available

Francesco Pitea Papers

  • 2 linear feet
  • Papers (1910-1965) of Francesco Pitea consist of manuscripts and typescripts of his poetry. Pitea worked in Paterson, New Jersey, textile mills. Much of his poetry takes the form of political satire, and was published in La Scopa and other anti-fascist publications. Also photocopied manuscripts and photos along with a biographical sketch written by Pitea's son, Joseph.
  • No guide available

Iowa State Historical Society

1 archival collection, totaling .5 linear feet; substantive ILGWU material

International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union Local 303 (Clinton, Iowa) records, 1949-1961

  • .5 feet
  • Collection contains material from the ILGWU sent to Local 303 in Clinton, Iowa. Includes circular letters from the Iowa State Federation of Labor, ILGWU research bulletins, death benefit reports, a union song sheet, and a 1951 letter and pamphlet from the Joint Committee to Secure a Fair Trial for the Trenton Six--six African Americans on trial for murder in New Jersey. Also includes items from the 1958 School for Workers Summer Institute held for ILGWU members at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
  • Finding aid available at repository

Jewish Theological Seminary of America

1 archival collection, totaling 125.5 linear feet; moderate ILGWU material

Institute for Religious and Social Studies. Records, 1938-1976

  • 125.5 linear feet
  • Includes statement on human equality from Mark Starr. No other ILGWU material specified.
  • Finding aid available at repository.

Library of Congress

2 archival collections, ~4 linear feet; moderate ILGWU material

Joseph Barondess papers

  • 3.7 linear feet
  • Personal letterbooks of Barondess which document his numerous involvements including community activities, Zionism, the labor movement, minority rights for Jews, and his insurance business. Includes material relating to the American Jewish Congress and his work as a member of their delegation to the Paris Peace Conference, 1919-1920.

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Papers

  • 4 folders (partial) Part II: General Office File (1950-1956): Box II: A216; A410; Part III: Administrative File (1909-1969): Box III: A182; A:185.

Multicultural History Society of Ontario, Toronto

1 archival collections, extent unknown; substantive ILGWU material

Papers of the Toronto ILGWU

  • Cited in: Sweatshop strife: class, ethnicity, and gender in the Jewish labour movement of Toronto, 1900-1939, by Ruth A. Frager. Extent is unclear.

New York Public Library

6 archival collections, totaling ~65 linear feet; substantive ILGWU material

Fannia M. Cohn Papers, 1914-1962

  • 6 linear feet. 13 microfilm reels, of which Kheel Center has copies
  • Collection consists of correspondence, writings, working papers for seminars and lecture programs, photographs, personal ephemera, and printed matter. Bulk is correspondence mainly concerning Cohn's work at the ILGWU. Writings include speeches, articles, plays, notes, and other materials on topics such as workers' education, labor, the activities and history of the ILGWU, and the role of women in the labor movement. ILGWU series contains office files of the Educational Dept. with minutes, reports, lists of courses, lecture materials, and printed matter. Also, general files of various organizations in which Cohn was active, Edwin Markham Testimonial Committee correspondence, photographs of Cohn, personal ephemera, and printed materials issued by education and labor groups.

Frank Rudolph Crosswaith, 1892-1965

  • 2 linear feet
  • The Frank R. Crosswaith Papers document aspects of his involvement as a labor leader and socialist and consist primarily of Crosswaith's speeches; scrapbooks containing papers regarding his activities, particularly the Socialist Party and the Negro Labor Committee; and news clippings. Biographical information and papers documenting dinners held in his honor are included. The Labor and Politics series includes two scrapbooks which relate to Crosswaith's invovement with the Harlem Labor Committee and its Harlem Labor Center. This material includes by-lawas, anniversary journals and related correspondence, and minutes of meetings. There is also a program for the First Negro Labor Conference which established the Negro Labor Committee, as well as articles written by Crosswaith and printed matter about the unionization of specific trades. There is a small amount of material representing two unions for which Crosswaith was involved as a labor organizer: the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters and the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union. His political campaigns as a socialist candidate are represented by news clippings, flyers and correspondence. Crosswaith's tenure with the New York City Housing Authority is represented only by two bulletins. There are a large number of new clippings about labor; many of these articles discuss Crosswaith. Crosswaith's writings primarily focus on two major topics: socialism and organized labor as they relate to blacks. The writings appear in the form of speeches, articles and essays, press releases, editorials, poems, and news clippings. The series also contains printed announcements.

New Theater League Records, 1935-1942

  • 30 linear feet; unclear if any material deals directly with ILGWU
  • Collection consists of correspondence, school and workshop records, League administrative files, scripts, photographs, and printed matter. Correspondence of Ben Irwin, executive secretary, and Alice Evans, of the play department, is with theater groups, school officials, colleges, labor unions, and playwrights. Topics include sale of scripts owned by the League, permission to perform and publish its plays, and the development of a progressive or labor theatre in America. School and workshop records contain correspondence, minutes, course outlines, applications, registrations, and student evaluations. League administrative files include registrations, minutes, play evaluations, publicity materials, and financial papers. Also, scripts, photographs of various productions, publications of the League, press releases, and other printed matter.
  • Finding aid available:

Rose Pesotta Papers, 1922-1965

  • 25 linear feet
  • Collection consists of correspondence and papers reflecting Pesotta's career as official of the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union and as organizer of garment workers in various cities in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Includes diaries, 1934-1949; family letters; photographs; and writings, including drafts of her autobiographies, Bread Upon the Waters (1944) and Days of Our Lives (1958). Also, notes, personal accounts, pamphlets, news clippings, posters, and periodicals relating to the labor movement, Spanish Civil War, the Histadrut (Israeli labor organization), and topics such as anarchism, the labor movement, racism, and the plight of displaced persons after World War II.
  • Finding aid available:

Richard Rohman Papers, 1925-1978

  • .4 linear feet
  • The Richard Rohman collection contains clippings, correspondence, programs, scripts and other material that document Mr. Rohman's career as a writer.

Edith Segal Papers, 1920-1997

  • 76 folders, 1 scrapbook; appears to reflect her time at Unity House
  • The papers contain a wide variety of materials of potential interest to a scholar of Edith Segal's lifelong dance career or of leftist political activism in dance. Included are files of notes for children's dances, many of which were collected in published books. A significant number of items document Segal's work at The Neighborhood Playhouse in New York.
  • Finding aid available at repository

Pennsylvania State Archives

3 archival collections, minimal ILGWU materials

Department of General Services, Department of Properties and Supplies. General Correspondence, 1939-1960

Records of the Department of State, Bureau of Commissions, Elections, and Legislation. State Campaign Expense Files, 1988

George M. Leader Files, 1955-1959

Pennsylvania State University

2 archival collections, totaling 14 linear feet, moderate ILGWU materials

Michael Johnson papers, 1950-1995

  • 12 cubic feet
  • The bulk of the Michael Johnson Papers documents his service on the Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission from 1975 to 1985. There are also papers from his term as executive vice president of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO from 1965 to 1975, and biographical materials, photographs, and a musical composed by Johnson for the International Ladies' Garment Workers Union (1950).
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Ernest Kornfeld papers, 1920-1935

  • 2 cubic feet
  • The Ernest Kornfeld Papers consist of articles, speeches, pamphlets, and programs relating to socialism, the International Ladies' Garment Workers Union and the American Full-Fashioned Hosiery Workers from 1920 to 1935. The collection also holds one black and white photograph of Mr. Kornfeld, with notation "Ernest Kornfeld, cigar maker, Reading, Pa.
  • Finding aid available:

Reuther Library

9 archival collections, substantive ILGWU materials

William Cahn Papers, 1940-1979

  • 2 linear feet
  • The first Connecticut member of the Newspaper Guild and a founding officer of the Connecticut State Industrial Union Council, William Cahn worked as a writer and graphic artist. His work includes the award-winning labor history campaign sponsored by the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (ILGWU), and extensive journalistic coverage of the rise of industrial unionism during the Depression. Mr. Cahn's papers document his interest in labor issues, including the ILGWU advertising campaign, his work as publicity director of the United Electrical, Radio & Machine Workers (UE), and unpublished manuscripts.
  • Finding aid available:

Charles Lang Papers, 1947-1971

  • 5 linear feet
  • Charles Lang was involved with the efforts of the Federation of Union Representatives (FOUR) to become a legal bargaining agent for International Ladies Garment Workers Union staff employees. His papers primarily reflect the efforts of FOUR to gain ILGWU recognition and to a lesser extent, Mr. Lang's participation in civic and community affairs.
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Marvin Rogoff Papers, 1960-1971

  • 1 linear foot
  • Martin Rogoff served as a bargaining agent for the International Ladies Garment Workers Union (ILGWU) and was active in the formation of the Federation of Union Representatives (FOUR). Mr. Rogoff's papers document the attempted formation of FOUR. Additional information regarding FOUR may be found in the personal papers of Charles Lang.
  • Finding aid available:

ILGWU. Allied Reports and Proceedings, bulk dates 1933-1959

ILGWU. Departmental and Committee Reports, bulk dates 1933-1959

ILGWU. Educational Department Publications, bulk dates 1920-1954

ILGWU. Reports-Locals, bulk dates 1913-1963

ILGWU. International Affairs/International Affairs Institute, bulk dates 1950-1974

ILGWU. Justice, bulk dates 1921-1995

Rutgers University

1 archival collection, minimal ILGWU material

Harrison A. Williams Papers

  • 959 cubic feet
  • Harrison Arlington Williams, Jr. (1919 - 2001) represented New Jersey in the U.S. Senate from 1959 until 1982. He also served in the House of Representatives as Congressman from New Jersey's Sixth Congressional District (Union County) from 1953 through 1956.
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San Francisco State University

1 archival collection, totaling 9.5 cubic feet; substantive ILGWU material

San Francisco Joint Board of the ILGWU. Records, 1931-1947

  • 9.5 cubic feet
  • Correspondence, minutes, reports, contracts, arbitration records, membership records, election records, wage information, accounting records, photographs.

Schlesinger Library

2 archival collections, totaling 6.25 linear feet; substantive ILGWU material

Maida Springer Kemp Papers, 1942-1981

  • 2 file boxes
  • Collection consists of correspondence, speeches, reports, clippings, printed material, and photographs documenting some of Kemp's trade union activity in the United States and her extensive work on behalf of the emerging trade union movement in Africa. The emphasis is on Kemp's work in Africa--in particular the Trade Union Scholarship Program for Africa, an AFL-CIO effort, and her efforts to provide assistance to union leaders, from the mid 1950s through 1980--especially in Ghana, Kenya, Tanganyika, Uganda, and the Federation of Rhodesia and Nysasaland.
  • Finding aid available:

Pauline Newman Papers, 1903-1982

  • 5.25 linear feet
  • Personal papers consist of a memoir and autobiographical notes, two oral history interviews, diaries, daybooks, and correspondence, including letters from and about Frieda Miller. Reports, correspondence, position papers, articles, and minutes document Newman's work with the WTUL, ILGWU and its health center, the Women's Bureau, and other government agencies. Included is correspondence with Leonora O'Reilly, Rose Schneiderman, Elisabeth Christman and Mary Dreier. Newman's travels through the Midwest, 1911-1918, to organize union locals and strikes are discussed in letters to Schneiderman and in articles Newman wrote. Her articles also reflect her support of protective legislation, equal pay, improved working conditions, and the minimum wage, and her opposition to the Equal Rights Amendment. A microfilm of clippings by and about Newman and some photos are also included.
  • Finding aid available:

Southern California Library

2 archival collection, totaling 3+ linear feet; substantive ILGWU material

International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union Collection. Southern California Library. Los Angeles, California

  • 3 linear feet
  • Research files primarily consisting of photocopies of primary and secondary sources compiled by Mary Tyler during her research for the Library's conference on the Los Angeles ILGWU and subsequent book, co-authored by John Laslett. Also contains tapes and transcripts of oral history interviews by Dorothy Doyle and papers prepared for the conference.
  • Finding aid available:

[Labor pamphlets], 1930s-1980s

Southern Illinois University

1 archival collection, totaling 7 boxes; substantive ILGWU material

International Ladies' Garment Workers Union Southwestern Region. Educational Department records, 1935-1961.

  • 7 boxes
  • The International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union, Southwestern Region Educational Department records consists primarily of the files of its first and longtime director, Doris Preisler (Wheeler). They include minutes of the Educational Committee for 1937-1942, correspondence, programs, promotional advertising materials, mimeographed announcements, newspaper clippings, and song sheets. A large part of the collection (2 linear feet) is comprised of material related to the one-day institutes sponsored by the department. District Educational Work files are comprised primarily of correspondence. Other correspondence can be found in the International Visitor, Institute, and other project files. The Cooperative Housing files include minutes from the regional Cooperative Housing Committee. Department Activity files include programs, news clippings and scrapbooks.
  • Finding aid available:

Southern Labor Archives

3 archival collections, totaling 74 linear feet; substantive ILGWU material

International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union, Southeastern Regional Office, Records, 1945-1978

  • 70 linear feet
  • The collection consists of the records of the Southeastern Regional Office of the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union from 1945-1980. Includes administrative records (1945-1977) containing correspondence to or from Jack Handler, Regional Counsel, Directors E.T. Kehrer, Martin J. Morand and Nick Bonanno; subject files relating to farm workers, the General Electric strike (1960), organizing activities in Spartanburg, South Carolina, and; the 1960 Presidential election; financial records; and departmental files. The reports series (1967-1978) consists of business agent and organizer weekly reports and membership shop reports detailing activities within various firms. The company files (1945-1975) contain materials relating to organizing, contract negotiation, arbitration, and National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) cases. Includes information pertaining to a NLRB case involving Brewton Fashions, Inc.; a 1963 strike at the Oneita Knitting Mills and attempts to organize workers in the late 1960s at the Loray Corporation in Savannah, Georgia. The collection also contains photographs and motion pictures illustrating organizing efforts and women's fashions.
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International Ladies' Garment Workers contracts collection, 1955-196.

E.T. Kehrer papers, 1940-1989

  • 2.5 feet
  • E.T. (Edward Thomas) "Al" Kehrer (1921-1996) was a labor union official born near Brighton, Michigan. Kehrer served as the Southeastern Regional Director of the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (ILGWU) (1953-1964) and Southern Director for the AFL-CIO Civil Rights Department (1965-1989). His papers, 1940-1989, include records relating to educational activities (1940-1950); professional activities files (1953-1980) containing correspondence, expense reports, and weekly calendars (1955-1980, minus 1973) pertaining to Kehrer's work with the ILGWU and the AFL-CIO, Civil Rights Department; and personal files (1951-1989) containing printed material, correspondence and financial information.
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Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives

45 archival collections, totaling 1,534.33 linear feet; substantive ILGWU material

International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union Printed Ephemera Collection

  • 6 linear feet
  • The collection is a rich source of history of the ILGWU, as told through their numerous and wonderfully illustrated story books and pamphlets. The collection also contains a range of printed ephemera such as fliers, brochures, newspaper clippings, reprinted articles, manuals and other publications. Material in the collection comes from various departments of the international and national bodies of the ILGWU. Workers education was a primary concern to the ILGWU, and thus a sizable portion of the collection comes from their Education Department. Additionally, this collection provides material from locals, regions, and Joint Boards from around the country, but most notably from New York City, arguably the center of activity for the ILGWU, and includes material from New York City locals 1, 10, 22, and 91 among others. The material ranges in date from the founding of the ILGWU in 1900 through to the present.
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Albert Afterman Papers

  • .75 feet
  • Albert Afterman was a longtime rank-and-file activist in the Amalgamated Ladies' Garment Cutters' Union, Local 10 of the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union. He first ran as a convention delegate in 1944, and thereafter ran for various union offices, including manager in 1953 and local president in 1959 and 1974. Local 10 has a reputation for being a strategic local in the affairs of the international union. It has provided three international presidents, David Dubinsky (1932-1966), Mortimer Julian (1907-1908), Louis Stulberg (1966-1975). The local has also witnessed many conflicts between administration groups and rank-and-file groups. The collection consists primarily of material related to elections for officers in Local 10, including campaign flyers and other literature published by various factions within the local. Also included are notes for speeches and articles by Albert Afterman, correspondence and newspaper clippings.
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Algernon Lee Papers

  • 4 linear feet; contains "Letters to the International Ladies Garment Workers Union, 3 pp., 1914."
  • Algernon Lee (1873-1954), served as the editor of several socialist publications, including The Worker, The Daily Call, and The New Leader in New York City. He was also the Director of Education at the Rand School of Social Science. From 1909-1954. Lee was one of several Socialist members of the New York City Board of Aldermen temporarily prevented from taking office following his 1919 re-election. Lee also served one term as the national chairman of the Socialist Party following Morris Hillquit's death in 1933. The collection contains correspondence with many leading U.S. and European socialists, published and unpublished writings, radio scripts, emphemera, memorabilia, reading notes, miscellaneous materials and the Civil War letters of Pvt. James Lee.
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American Business Consultants, Inc. Counterattack: Research Files

  • 44 linear feet; contains 2 files on the ILGWU
  • American Business Consultants, Inc. was formed in 1947 by several former agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation to investigate allegedly subversive organizations and individuals, particularly those affiliated with the Communist Party, USA. In May 1947, A.B.C. began publishing Counterattackin New York, a for-profit weekly "newsletter of facts to combat Communism." The collection is comprised of research files for individuals, organizations, events and activities which were considered to reflect communist influence, and contain clippings, ephemera, internal documents, correspondence, and investigative reports, some of which were of an undercover nature.
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Arnold Samuel Johnson Papers

  • 4 linear feet; contains 2 files on garment and steelworkers strikes
  • Arnold Samuel Johnson was long-time Communist Party USA official. In 1932, he received a B.A. in Divinity from Union Theological Seminary and helped to organized Sherwood Eddy's "American Seminar in Europe." Later in life, he was a representative of the American Civil Liberties Union New Mobilization against the War in Vietnam. This collection consists of the personal papers of Arnold Samuel Johnson, and chiefly consists of course materials, speeches and statements, articles (primarily published in newspapers and Communist Party publications), correspondence, clippings, flyers and brochures, and handwritten notes spanning the years 1926-1989, with the bulk of the material covering the years 1951-79.
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August Claessens Papers

  • 2.25 linear feet; contains 1 photograph, "August Claessens conducting a class in economics and public speaking at Local 62 of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union. 31 March 1936."
  • August Claessens was a leading educational and political figure in the Socialist Party. In the fall of 1917, Claessens was elected to the New York State Assembly, as a representative of one of Manhattan's Lower East Side assembly districts, and was one of five socialist assemblymen who the Assembly refused to seat after their 1919 reelections. In 1922 Claessens was allowed to take office after being re-elected for the third time. In the mid-1930s Claessens withdrew from the Socialist Party and became the executive secretary and, later, the national chairman of the Social Democratic Federation. Claessens held the position of national chairman until his death in 1954, and also ran unsuccessfully for a number of local and state offices. Claessens taught a variety of subjects at the Rand School of Social Science from the mid-1920s until his death in 1954, including public speaking, psychology, race relations, labor-management relations, socialist theory, politics, anthropology, and sex and society. Claessens also served as an instructor in several evening schools sponsored by various New York City labor unions. The collection contains manuscripts, lecture notes, correspondence, clippings and ephemera.
  • NOTE: the collection is microfilmed, and researchers must use the microfilm copy (R-7124, reel 56).
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Bernard and Jewel Bellush Papers

  • 20 feet; contains 1 file on the ILGWU
  • Jewel and Bernard Bellush are historians and political activists, who taught for many years at the City College of New York. In the late 1970s, at the request of Council executive director Victor Gotbaum, they became engaged in a collaborative project to write a history of AFSCME, District Council 37, the umbrella group for local unions representing many categories of public employees in the city of New York. The Bellushes' book, Union Power and New York: Victor Gotbaum and District Council 37 was published in 1984. The first part of the collection consists of correspondence, background files, interviews, flyers, notes and drafts for the book. The second part of the collection is comprised of files on Americans for Democratic Action, the Socialist Party, the New York Labor History Association and many other organizations in which Bernard Bellush was active or took an interest. It also includes topical files on many political and sociological issues, and files of personal and biographical material.
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Burton H. Hall Papers

  • 26.5 linear feet; includes roughly 2 boxes of files relating to the ILGWU
  • Burton Hall was an attorney in New York who set-up practice in 1960 as a labor lawyer. He began by handling a union insurgency case which then led to others, so that his practice was almost entirely comprised of representing rank-and-file members suing to protect their democratic rights within their unions. The collection principally consists of legal case files, including affidavits, depositions, motions, District Court and Appellate briefs, exhibits, appendices, transcripts and correspondence, and provides a wealth of information about the politics and culture of rank-and-file organizing.
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Charles Allan Madison Papers

  • 7.25 linear feet; contains 1 file of correspondence with David Dubinsky in 1948
  • Charles Allan Madison was a publishing executive and author of several books on labor, liberal and progressive leaders, publishing history and Jewish topics. He was born in Kiev and emigrated to the United States in 1906. He earned an MA in comparative literature from Harvard University in 1922 after which he moved to New York City to begin his long career as an editor. He first worked with the American Book Company from 1922-1924, and then went to Henry Holt and Company where he remained for the next 38 years. The collection includes Madison's manuscripts and correspondence with a number of prominent individuals, including: Howard Fast, Harold L. Ickes, Robert M. LaFollette Jr., Eleanor Roosevelt, Norman Thomas, Oswald Garrison Villard, among others.
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Clarina Michelson Papers

  • 1.5 linear feet; contains 1 file of ILGWU Education Department material
  • Clarina Michelson, the daughter of an affluent and conservative Boston family, was a Communist and labor organizer most active in the 1930s. After attending Radcliff College, she enrolled in the Rand School in New York and joined the Communist Party. She served on the board of the American Fund for Public Service, a foundation that supported labor and radical causes, became a Party organizer in Georgia, played an important role in the Harlem section of the Communist Party and the League of Struggle for Negro Rights, and organized workers for the Department Store Section of the Office Workers Union. The collection contains Communist Party and Communist-led organizations' flyers, leaflets, and internal documents, including meeting notes, clippings, an autobiographical notebook, and an oral history transcript.
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Connie Kopelov Papers

  • 3 linear feet; contains one file of Kopelov's 1989 articles that appeared in PACEsetter
  • Connie Kopelov (1926- ), a pioneer in both labor and women's education and history, held positions in various labor and labor-related organizations including the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America, later the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union, the Workers Defense League and the New York Labor History Association. In 1972, Kopelov participated in the New York Trade Union Women's Seminar that led to the 1974 founding conference of the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW). In 1975, Kopelov was elected Vice-President of the newly chartered New York City Chapter of CLUW and continued to hold positions in the organization throughout her life. The Papers of Connie Kopelov reflect Kopelov's involvement in labor and women's organizations, most notably her involvement in the New York City Chapter of CLUW, and include correspondence, organizational papers and notes, news clippings, newsletters, leaflets, speeches, and publications.
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Daniel Bell Research Files on U.S. Communism, Socialism, and the Labor Movement

  • 27.5 linear feet; contains a little material on ILGWU leaders and relationship to CPUSA
  • Sociologist Daniel Bell (1919- ) is a writer and teacher of the history of the American left and of American Labor. He was managing editor of the New Leaderin the 1940s, labor editor of Fortunefrom 1948 to 1958 and is the author of several books and monographs. The papers represent materials gathered by Bell for his writing and research. They include correspondence, clippings, minutes, pamphlets, research notes, articles, reports, congressional testimony and interviews.
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Daniel Nilva Papers

  • 1 linear foot
  • Daniel Nilva was a freelance photographer involved in the Film and Photo League in the 1920s. Nilva also worked as a staff photographer for the International Ladies' Garment Workers Union for many years and saw himself as an historian of the role of the Communist Party in the labor movement. This small collection contains various newsletters, publications, and mailings by the Communist Party, the Socialist Party, the Young Communist League and Communist Party opposition groups on the Left. There is also a small amount of biographical material on Nilva.
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Daniel Nilva Photographic Negatives Collection

  • 6,827 35mm, 120, 616, 3x5, and 4x5 black and white negatives
  • The collection is comprised of 6,827 black and white negatives shot by photographer Daniel Nilva. These images reflect Nilva's personal and professional involvement with trade unions, as well as his political interests and affiliations. Union photographs include images shot for the International Ladies' Garment Workers Union, the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, Hotel and Restaurant Employees and Bartenders International Union, and International Union of Electrical, Radio, and Machine Workers, among others. While many of the images record routine meetings and banquets, a significant part of the collection documents strikes and demonstrations, and a small but significant splinter group of the Communist Party of the U.S., the Communist Party (Opposition).
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Edward S. Goldstein: Jewish Labor Committee Research Files

  • 5.25 linear feet; contains subject files on ILGWU
  • Edward Samuel Goldstein (1944- ) taught U.S. history in the Boston area and later went on to a career in the telecommunications industry. In the mid-1970s he began research toward a dissertation at Brandeis University on the history of the Jewish Labor Committee (U.S.). He secured the cooperation of the Jewish Labor Committee and its then-executive director, Emanuel Muravchik, and was given access to the organization's files. The dissertation was never finished, but Goldstein completed a considerable amount of research, and composed several draft chapters. This collection is comprised of notes, drafts, original documents, correspondence, photocopies accumulated by Goldstein in the course of his work on this project, as well as other material dealing with his interests in twentieth-century American Jewish history.
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Edward K. Welsh Papers

  • 4 linear feet; may contain material from his work as volunteer organizer in Local 22
  • Edward Kay Welsh (1902-1979) began his career as a union organizer in 1930. In the 1940s, he was hired by the CIO to organize workers in the steel, auto, and textile industries in the United States, and in 1950 he traveled to the Panama Canal Zone to organize laborers there. In 1961, the AFL-CIO sent Welsh to Africa as part of the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU) to assist various African trade union movements. He spent three and a half years in Africa. The collection documents Welsh's trade-union work in the United States and Africa, as well as some of his nonunion activities.
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Elly Borochowicz Papers

  • 6 linear feet; may contain material from her work as a researcher for Jay Lovestone, when he was consultant to the ILGWU
  • Elly Breucker Borochowicz (1902-1989) and her husband Leo Borochowicz (1900-1953) worked, under the direction of militant anti-communist Jay Lovestone, for the Free Trade Union Committee of the American Federation of Labor (and for its International Labor Relations Department), and later for the International Affairs Department of the AFL-CIO. Refugees from fascism, both received U.S. visas in 1941 with the aid of Lovestone. Elly received a Ph.D. in sociology in 1927 in her native Germany, while Leo, born in Poland, studied economics and history in Berlin. Both worked as researchers and educators, frequently on behalf of the labor movement, in Europe and the U.S. before settling at the AFL around the end of World War II. The unprocessed papers contain office and personal correspondence, reports, memos to the Executive council of the AFL CIO, newspaper clippings, translations of correspondence and foreign press articles, printed materials, and Elly and Leo Borochowicz's manuscripts and research notes. Most of the collection is in English. There is, however, a considerable amount of material in German, much less in French, and some of Leo Borochowicz's research notes are in Russian.
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Guide to the United Federation of Teachers Photographs, Part II: Hans Weissenstein Negatives Collection

  • 19,570 120mm black and white negatives, 1,761 35mm black and white negatives, 31 80mm black and white negatives and 151 black and white prints; contains one item of 1971 ILGWU HQ School Group - Shop visit
  • The photographs in this collection were taken by Hans Weissenstein, a commercial photographer, for the Teachers Guild and later the United Federation of Teachers (American Federation of Teachers, Local 2). The images depict public school teachers and associated personnel in New York City. The collection consists of a total of 22,110 black and white photographic negatives arranged in 1,364 shoots that span the years 1949 to 1977, but are concentrated in the early 1970s. These images document the UFT and its activities, chapters and members, and New York City schools and students. A small, but significant number of images concern one of the UFT's predecessor unions, the Teachers' Guild.
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Israel Kugler Papers

  • 1 linear foot; contains one file on 1995 review of Look for the Union Label
  • Israel Kugler (1917-2007) was born in Brooklyn and a graduate of City College (1938). He earned a Ph.D. from New York University in sociology and taught for many years at New York Community College. He was a member of the Young People's Socialist League and later of the Socialist Party. As a founding member and president of the United Federation of College Teachers (UFCT) and a founding member and officer of the Professional Staff Congress (PSC), he was a key figure in faculty/staff unionism at the City University of New York (CUNY). A vocal advocate of civil rights, he was involved in the AFT's national adoption of a resolution revoking the charters of segregated locals in 1955. He led the historic 1966-1967 faculty strike at St. John's University. Raised in the traditions of immigrant Jewish socialism, he was a life-long devotee of Yiddish culture and served as national president of the Workmen's Circle, board member of the Jewish Labor Committee and president of the Three Arrows Cooperative Society. The collection consists mainly of his writings and presentations in various fields of interest, and also includes biographical material and subject files on his political and labor affiliations and activities.
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James McNamara Papers

  • 9 linear feet; mostly materials from his work after leaving the ILGWU
  • James McNamara was an organizer and served in a number of staff positions for the International Ladies Garment Workers Union in the 1950s and 1960s. He then went on to hold a variety of positions at the New York City and state levels in which he engaged in negotiations, enforcement and investigative activities in relation to the building trades and the construction industry. He worked on investigations for the New York State Organized Crime Task Force and the New York County District Attorney's Office (Labor Racketeering Unit) before his retirement in 1992. The collection contains background material and legal files relating to investigations of the Carpenters, Mason Tenders, Painters, Plumbers, Service Employees (Local 32 B-J) and New York area Teamsters unions. Also included are files on jurisidictional matters relating to the Building Trades Employers Association and files on the investigation of Brian McLaughlin as president of the New York City Central Labor Council.
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J. B. S. (Jacob Benjamin Salutsky) Hardman Papers

  • 19.25 linear feet; includes some writing about ILGWU and garment industry
  • J. B. S. (Jacob Benjamin Salutsky) Hardman (1882-1968) was a Russian-born author, social philosopher, and editor and leader who served the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America as director of education and cultural activities and as editor of its organ, The Advance(1920-44). He also edited Naye Welt, a Yiddish-language socialist weekly, and American Labor Monthly. He organized the American Labor Press Association, and was chairman of the Inter-Union Institute for Labor and Democracy (publisher of Labor and Nation, which he founded and edited from 1944-1953). The papers contain correspondence (some in Russian and Yiddish), materials apparently collected for an unrealized autobiographical project titled, "Odyssey," other biographical materials, numerous drafts of published and unpublished writings, clippings, and files on his labor and political activities containing a mix of correspondence, internal documents and printed ephemera.
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Jesse Simons Papers

  • 12 linear feet; contains 3 files on ILGWU arbitration decisions, and may contain other material from during his tenure with the ILGWU, 1948-1951
  • Jesse Simons (1917-2006) was a distinguished labor arbitrator, and served as Director of the American Artbitration Association's Labor Management Institute. A veteran of the U.S. Trotskyist movement of the 1930s and 40s, he held a variety of blue-collar jobs, served in World War II, and became a union official and organizer. As an arbitrator he was called upon to rule on cases involving many important sectors of New York City labor, and served on the Personnel Review Board of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation and as an arbitrator for the National Mediation Board. The collection contains personal, political and professional correspondence, writings and presentations, arbitration and other decisions, reports and background files.
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Joseph Kleinman Papers 1937-1938

  • .25 linear feet; does not contain material from his time in Local 112, immediately before going to war
  • Joseph Kleinman served as a volunteer in the Lincoln-Washington Battalion in the Spanish Civil War. He was wounded in March 1938 and spent some time in a hospital; he was killed at Sierra Caballs in September 1938. The collection contains eleven letters which Kleinman wrote to friends Morris and Pauline Eitzer (and their young son, Demos) and Morris and Nettie Srebnick of the Bronx, NY. Subjects of the correspondence include soldiers' participation in Bastille Day celebrations in Paris, the bombing of Barcelona, Kleinman's hospitalization due to a wounded right arm, his views on Nationalist General Francisco Franco, and his urging friends at home to work toward amending the Neutrality Act of 1937.
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Julius Bernstein Papers

  • 44 linear feet;contains 2 files on the ILGWU
  • Julius Bernstein (1919-1977) served for more than twenty-five years as a field representative of the Jewish Labor Committee based in Boston, but with responsibility for all of New England. A tireless advocate of civil rights, he served on the Massachusetts Advisory Committee of the U.S. Commission on Human Rights and was appointed as a labor representative to the Boston Housing Authority (which he later served as Chairman) in 1968. An active member of the Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee and the Socialist Party, Bernstein was also a member or officer of the Workmen's Circle, the American Veterans Committee, the Massachusetts Civil Liberties Union and many community-based organizations. The collection includes correspondence, reports, flyers, clippings reflecting the range of Bernstein's interests and political involvements. Of note are rare materials documenting housing, school desegregation and other political struggles in Boston.
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Morris Schappes Papers

  • 43.25 linear feet; contains 3 files on the ILGWU
  • Morris U. Schappes (1907-2004) was a scholar, editor and activist who was fired by the City College of New York after being investigated as a Communist Party member, and who spent over a year in prison (1943-1944) for perjury after refusing to name other Party members when testifying before an investigating committee of the New York State Legislature. He was a founder and long-time editor of the progressive, secular magazine Jewish Currents; a popular lecturer; and the author of articles, reviews, radio broadcasts, books and monographs, many of them on U.S. Jewish history. This collection contains correspondence, published and unpublished writings, clippings and other printed ephemera, research materials and documents produced by various progressive organizations. In addition, there is a considerable quantity of Jewish Currents editorial correspondence, Editorial Board minutes and administrative files.
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National Lawyers Guild Records

  • 301 linear feet; contains one file on the ILGWU
  • The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) was founded in 1937 as an association of progressive lawyers and jurists who believed that lawyers had a major role to play in reconstructing legal values by emphasizing human rights over property rights. The Guild is the oldest and most extensive network of public interest and human rights activists working within the legal system. This collection includes early administrative records of the Guild, primarily those of its National Office and New York City Chapter, as well as materials describing legal and political activities of many of the Guild's chapters and committees. The bulk of the collection, however, is focused on the court case which revealed that the Guild had been the target of a forty-year covert Federal Bureau of Investigation campaign of surveillance, infiltration and intimidation. (National Lawyers Guild v. Attorney General, 1977-1989). Through this legal action, the Guild successfully compelled the release of more than 400,000 pages of FBI documentation on the Guild and its members. This material, along with associated case files, is included in the collection.
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Oral History of the American Left: Radical Histories Collection

  • 2 linear feet
  • Papers of Jacob Pat
  • Jacob Pat was a journalist, writer and activist born in Bialystok, Russian Empire, in 1890. He served as the General Secretary of the Jewish Labor Bund's Central Association of Yiddish Schools in Warsaw, Poland in the years preceding World War II. A fund-raising trip in the fall of 1938 brought Jacob Pat to the United States where he was compelled to remain due to the war. He then devoted his efforts to anti-Nazi activity and rescue work and became the Executive Secretary of the Jewish Labor Comittee, a position he held until his retirement in 1963. He also served as a member of the Delegation of the Jewish Labor Bund to the U.S., and as a chairman of the Congress of Jewish Culture. These papers include correspondence, essays and writings, in particular, material pertaining to Pat's work with the Jewish Labor Committee.
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People's Educational Society and Camp Tamiment

  • 4.75 linear feet; contains 2 files on ILGWU regarding land sale and Unity House
  • The People's Educational Camp Society (PECS) owned and operated Camp Tamiment, an educational and recreational summer resort (originally) for socialists and their families near Bushkill, Pa., from 1920 until its sale in 1965 to commercial interests. Camp revenues helped support the Rand School of Social Science and other progressive organizations. Camp Tamiment's success led to the revoking of PECS' tax exempt status in 1963. In 1972 PECS became the Tamiment Institute, thus taking the name of, and becoming identical with its subsidiary, founded in 1935 as the educational arm of Camp Tamiment. This collection contains minutes, correspondence, documents pertaining to PECS' tax status, brochures, programs, announcements and a brief history of the camp and the Tamiment Institute.
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Mark Starr Papers

  • 36.5 linear feet; complementary to Starr records at Kheel
  • Mark Starr (1894-1985), was the education director of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union (1935-1960) and a longtime activist in civic and political affairs, including as an officer and candidate of the Liberal Party. As head of the ILGWU Education Department, he supervised a program that established compulsory educational requirements for candidates for union office, and was president of the American Federation of Teachers. Workers Education Local 189, and served on governmental commissions and boards of civic organizations, including Americans for Democratic Action, the League for Industrial Democracy, the American Labor Party. This unprocessed collection contains correspondence, manuscripts, clippings, printed ephemera and subject files. The majority focus on Starr's activities outside his official capacity as ILGWU Educational Director, and illuminate educational enterprises he associated with, such as: U.S. Advisory Commission on Educational Exchange (the Fulbright program), the U.S. Information Service, New York City Community College, the Ford Foundation, the Georgia Workers Education Service, Harvard Fellowships for union members, a Labor Extension Service Bill for workers' con¬tinuing education, labor education programs abroad, and the United States Works Progress Administrations Workers' Education Project. Other materials relate to political groups he associated with, including: Americans for Democratic Action, the League for Industrial Democracy, the American Labor Party, and the Liberal Party. One box of material on Japan describes post war labor developments and U.S. interest in trade unionism there, and there is also correspondence from a tour of Far East.
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The Reunion of Old Timers Records

  • 2 linear feet
  • The Reunion of Old Timers was founded in 1941 by veteran members of the labor struggle. The Reunion was established to honor distinguished individuals involved in the labor and socialist movements and to provide financial aid to members and institutions in need. In 1998 the organization changed its name to Reunion for Tomorrow. This partially processed collection consists of minutes, correspondence, dinner programs, financial records, membership lists and communications with the membership. In box one, which has been processed, the records have been arranged chronologically within record format, and a folder list is available in the Repository.
  • Of particular interest to researchers is the network of friendships among labor and socialist activists revealed in these papers. For example, correspondence of Marx Lewis, former secretary to Meyer London, to Charles Grossman, 1963 to 1979, documents Lewis' own political observations and activities, and describes the milieux from which he came. Box two (unprocessed) contains thick files, mostly for individual years in the 1980s.

Records of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Local 420, Hospital Workers.

  • 52 linear feet; one file on ILGWU Domsey strike in 1990
  • AFSCME Local 420 represents a wide range of non-medical personnel in New York City's municipal hospitals and health centers. Among its members are registered and practical nurses, nurses' aides, pharmacy technicians, orderlies, cafeteria staff, clerical assistants and maintenance workers, many of them African-American or Hispanic. The Local has been active in the civil rights movement, in African-American and Hispanic community affairs, in campaigns to oppose privatization and budget cuts in public hospitals, and in securing better pay, benefits and training opportunities for non-professional hospital workers. The collection includes President's Office Files, other officers' files, benefits records, election records, reports, flyers, clippings and publicity materials.
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Records of the Jewish Labor Committee, Part I

  • 85 linear feet
  • The Jewish Labor Committee, an umbrella group of Jewish or Jewish-led trade unions and fraternal organizations, was founded in New York City in 1934. Its primary purposes were to organize anti-Nazi and anti-fascist activity and to provide assistance to European Jews and others persecuted by these movements. During World War II, it maintained close ties with European resistance movements and was able to effect the rescue of hundreds of labor and socialist activists and their families. After the War, it helped to reunite families and resettle survivors. The original donation of JLC records to NYU included more than 800 linear feet of material. This guide describes the first portion of the JLC records; included are general administrative records for the Committee's earliest years as well as files documenting anti-Nazi activity (including relations with other Jewish organizations), rescue and aid activities, and overseas work in general. Most documentation of the JLC's domestic anti-discrimination work, which increased in intensity in the post-war years, is included in later series.
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Records of the Jewish Labor Committee, Part II

  • 150 linear feet
  • The Jewish Labor Committee, an umbrella group of Jewish trade unions and fraternal organizations, was founded in 1934 for the purpose of organizing opposition to Fascism, providing assistance to its victims, and fighting all forms of bigotry. After the Second World War the Committee continued its program of relief to Holocaust victims, providing shipments of food, clothing, and medical supplies. It also provided immigration assistance, and offered help with employment and housing for refugees who came to the United States. The JLC's Holocaust-related records, Part II (1948-1956), include minutes, convention proceedings, reports, press releases, correspondence, survivors' biographical files and a wide range of printed material. Documented in detail are the JLC's efforts to sustain and resettle survivors, contacts with socialist and trade-union leaders in post-war Europe, proposals for liberalizing American immigration policy, lobbying for reparations, and anti-discrimination work.
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Rose Schneiderman Papers

  • 2.25 linear feet
  • Rose Schneiderman (1882-1972), Jewish labor organizer, socialist, suffragist, campaigner for protective legislation for women, and leader of the Women's Trade Union League(WTUL). Schneiderman played a leading role in the New York City garment workers upsurge of 1909-14 and was founder and president of International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (ILGWU), Local 62, Dry Goods Workers. After losing her bid for the presidency of the New York WTUL, she became in 1914 a national organizer for the ILGWU but, dissatisfied with the place of women in the Union, returned to the WTUL in 1916, and became head of the NY WTUL in 1918, and later the national WTUL, holding both posts throughout the remainder of the WTUL's existence (through 1950). After World War I her focus shifted to legislative reform (with the notable exception of her opposition to the Equal Rights Amendment), and she drew close to the Democratic party and established a friendship with Eleanor Roosevelt. Schneiderman served on the National Recovery Administration's labor advisory board in 1934, and as Secretary of the New York State Department of Labor 1933-44. Her autobiography, All for One, was published in 1967. This collection contains correspondence (leading feminists are represented), a set of letters from Pauline Newman, autobiographical typescripts, speeches, clippings, minutes, reports, and other documents representing Schneiderman's activity in WTUL, in public service, and in the women's suffrage movement.
  • NOTE: The collection has been microfilmed (R-7099/113-4), except for Series V, a set of letters from Pauline Newman: researchers must use microfilm.
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Rose Schneiderman Photograph Collection

  • .33 linear feet
  • From the time that she entered the garment trade in 1899, Rose Schneiderman worked through a variety of organizations to unionize women workers and to improve their working conditions. Schneiderman was a socialist, suffragist, labor organizer and women's rights activist who helped to organize the International Ladies Garment Workers Union and eulogized the garment workers who died in the 1911 Triangle Fire. A longtime member of the Women's Trade Union League, she was president of the national organization from 1927 to 1947. As a labor spokesperson, she served as secretary of the New York State Department of Labor, was the only woman member of the Labor Advisory Board of the National Recovery Administration, and during World War II, she served on the Advisory Council of the Women's Recovery Administration and the Women's Interest Section of the War Department Bureau. The collection includes photographs that were separated from the Rose Schneiderman Papers (Tamiment 018). The bulk of the images are group portraits showing members of the various labor organizations in which Schneiderman participated.
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Solon De Leon Papers

  • 1 linear foot; includes syllabi for courses for ILGWU members
  • Solon De Leon, son of Daniel De Leon, Marxist theoretician and leader of the Socialist Labor Party, was a socialist, labor educator and labor journalist. The collection contains correspondence with his father and other SLP leaders, unpublished writings, clippings, and memorabilia.
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Spanish Refugee Aid Records

  • 121.5 linear feet; includes appeal to ILGWU for sewing machines
  • Spanish Refugee Aid (SRA) was founded in 1953 to assist refugees of the Spanish Civil War who were then residing in France. Nancy Macdonald (1910-1996) was the leading figure in the founding of Spanish Refugee Aid and remained at the organization's helm until her retirement in 1983. SRA maintained an office in New York City and coordinated aid efforts in France from Paris, Toulouse and Montauban. Between 1953 and 2006 when SRA, by then a program of the International Rescue Committee, was dissolved, over 5,500 refugees received aid from SRA. The collection includes case files, photographs, and office records consisting of correspondence, administrative files, financial records and clippings. The case files of the Spanish refugees are a rich source of demographic data. Many of the case files also have corresponding photographs. The voluminous correspondence files for both the New York and Toulouse offices highlight the concern of those working in SRA for the needs of the individual refugees, and reveal the contacts and working relationships SRA developed with other aid organizations, political groups and individuals to assist the refugees. Records documenting aid distribution are also extensive. Although the needs of the Spanish refugees were always paramount, the correspondence in the SRA records also reflects the political allegiances of those involved with SRA (as staff, as contacts and as recipients of aid) and of Nancy Macdonald in particular. The SRA records, therefore, provide extensive information not only on Spanish refugees residing in France following the Spanish Civil War, but also on left-wing politics in the United States and Europe from the World War II era through the 1980s.
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Tung Pok Chin and Wing Fong Chin Papers

  • .5 linear feet
  • Tung Pok Chin (1916-1988) came to the United States in 1934 as a "paper son," that is, he purchased papers designating him the son of an American native in order to evade the immigration restrictions of the time. In the U.S. he worked in and later owned laundry businesses in Boston, Rhode Island and New York City. On the day after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Tung Pok enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He also wrote poetry and prose for the China Daily News, a paper sympathetic to the Chinese revolution, under the pseudonym, Lai Bing Chan. In 2000 his memoir, Paper Son: One Man's Story, which he co-wrote with his daughter, Winifred C. Chin, was published by Temple University Press. The collection includes a selection of his poetry, military papers, correspondence, material relating to his memoirs, and three books with his annotations. In 1949 Tung Pok Chin returned to China for a visit. There he met and married Wing Fong Chin (nee Mak Ting Fong), who immigrated to the United States, accompanied by her husband, in 1950. In 1955, she began working in Chinatown as a seamstress and, beginning in 1957, became involved with the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (ILGWU) efforts to organize garment workers. She was for many years an officer of ILGWU Local 23-25. As an advocate for the Asian-American community and for garment workers' rights, she was instrumental in the 1982 garment workers' strike in Chinatown. She remained active with the union until her retirement in 1997. The collection includes a selection of her correspondence and speeches, a typescript memoir by her daughter and clippings relating to her union work.
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Theodore Schapiro Papers

  • .25 linear feet
  • Theodore Schapiro (1898-1998), was a political activist and the last director of the Rand School of Social Science (1943-56). His early training in art and industrial design at Cooper Union, the Art Students' League, and the Beaux Arts Institute of Design led to a career in industrial design. He joined the Socialist Party early in his life and assisted in planning the Party's platform for Norman Thomas' presidential bid in 1940. He served as an organizer for the Textile Workers Union as well as other unions, and he taught adult education classes for them and for the International Ladies' Garment Workers Union. This collection consists of biographical matter, correspondence, papers from the Rand School's Institute of Social Studies. There are several letters from Norman Thomas, and individual letters from Erich Fromm, Nina Hillquit, and Sidney Hook.
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Transport Workers Union of America Records

  • 137 linear feet; includes 2 files on the ILGWU
  • The Transport Workers Union of America, founded in 1934 and led until 1966 by charismatic Irish-American radical Mike Quill, initially organized subway workers and bus drivers in the New York City area. Eventually the union chartered locals in cities and towns across the country, and it branched out to include taxi drivers, railway employees, airline workers and utility workers among its members. This collection is comprised of administrative records of the Transport Workers Union of America. The Michael J. (Mike) Quill files document the trade-union and political activity of Quill, who served as TWU president from 1935 to 1966. The collection also contains records of Quill's three successful campaigns for the New York City Council (on the American Labor Party ticket and as an independent) and his work as a councilman. Other series contain files of Quill's successor, Matthew Guinan, other TWU officers and staff, TWU divisions, and national conventions. Included are incoming and outgoing correspondence, financial records, reports, speeches, bargaining files, arbitration and mediation decisions, publicity materials and clippings.
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Union Label and Service Trades Council of Greater New York and Long Island. Records, 1911-

  • 24.5 linear feet
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United Federation of Teachers Photographs Collection, Part I: Photographic Prints

  • circa 38,800 black and white 8" x 10" photographs, 200 35mm black and white negatives, 100 color slides; includes several files of photographs of ILGWU events
  • The United Federation of Teachers (American Federation of Teachers, Local 2) represents public school teachers and associated personnel in New York City. The Collection consists of 33,500 black and white photographs that span the years 1928 to 1987, but are concentrated in the 1970s, documenting the UFT and its activities, chapters and members, and New York City schools and students. Also well-represented are images of the activities and member organizations of New York State United Teachers, as well as New York schools and students outside of New York City. A small, but significant number of images concern two predecessor unions, the Teachers' Union of the City of New York and the Teachers' Guild.
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United Federation of Teachers Records

  • 324 linear feet; includes 3 files on ILGWU and Gus Tyler
  • The United Federation of Teachers (American Federation of Teachers, Local 2) represents public school teachers and associated personnel in New York City. It was formed in 1960 as a result of a merger between the Teachers Guild and the High School Teachers Association. Included in this collection are records of the UFT's two predecessor unions, the Teachers Union of the City of New York and the Teachers Guild. The main body of UFT records documents the administrations of the UFT's first two presidents, Charles Cogen, who served from 1960 to1964, and Albert Shanker, who served from 1964 to 1986. The collection also includes extensive staff and administrative files, records of the Grievance Department, the More Effective Schools Program and the Teacher Centers Consortium, and subject files covering all aspects of UFT activity and a broad range of issues of concern to the union.
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Syracuse University Library

1 archival collection, minimal ILGWU material

Pins and Needles Collection

  • 2 folders
  • The Pins and Needles Collection contains printed material (programs and published music scores) from various productions of the musical revue, and manuscripts (an original score for the song "Mene, Mene, Tekel" by Harold Rome).
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Western Historical Manuscript Collection, University of Missouri at St. Louis

5 archival collections, totaling ~6 linear feet; substantive ILGWU material

International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union, Local 323, Higginsville, Missouri, Records, 1956-1983

  • 3.6 linear feet
  • The records of Local 323 concern labor/management relations at the Higginsville Garment Company and the Higginsville plant of the Frances Gee Garment Company of Kansas City. The records are arranged by subject or type of material and chronologically within each division.
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International Ladies Garment Workers Union, St. Louis Local, Collection 1937-1950

International Ladies Garment Workers Union, Photograph Collection, 1930-1977

  • 242 images
  • The collection contains photographs of organizing meetings, members from the St. Louis area, work places, strikes, union meetings and shows including Pins and Needles. The photographs are entered into the Western Historical Manuscript Collection Photograph Database.
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International Ladies Garment Workers Union, Photograph Collection addenda, 1958-1977

Rita Oberbeck. Papers, 1939-1979

  • 26 folders
  • The Oberbeck papers are arranged into four series: Writings 1939-1976; Correspondence 1939-1970; ILGWU information; and Photographs. The bulk of the writing consists of an unfinished biography of Meyer Perlstein (director of the ILGWU, Southwest region). The material provides autobiographical details about Oberbeck and information about activities in the ILGWU. Also included are Oberbeck's fiction writings with one folder of poetry. Duplicates and a short article from the TV Guide were discarded.
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University of Texas, Arlington

5 oral histories (Andrea Martinez, Liz Kimmel, George Lambert, Mary Jane Miller, Olivia Rawlston), 4 archival collections, 1 unpublished manuscript, totaling 15.25 linear feet and 6 volumes; substantive ILGWU material

Oral History Interview with Andrea Martinez, 1977

  • Transcript
  • Sewing machine operator for Laredo Manufacturing and Amadee Frocks and active in organizing the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (ILGWU) in Laredo, Texas. Discusses wildcat strikes, working conditions, and illegal aliens.

Oral History Interview with Liz Kimmel, 1979

  • Transcript
  • Organizer for the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (ILGWU).

Oral History Interview with Mary Jane Miller, 1977

  • Transcript
  • Education director for the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (ILGWU), Local 214, in Houston, Texas.

Oral History Interview with Olivia Rawlston, 197?

  • Transcript
  • Garment worker and president for twelve years of the African American local of the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (ILGWU) in Dallas, Texas.

Kimmel papers, 1947-1986

  • .21 linear feet
  • Unprocessed collection

International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union Collection, 1934-1970

  • .4 linear feet
  • Correspondence, agreement, handbills, newspaper clippings, newsletters, speeches, financial report, proceedings, hearing report, brochures, and list of ILGWU locals. Materials from several Texas locals and the national office comprise the bulk of the collection. Also included are newsletters representative of locals in several states; clippings which deal primarily with the strike activities of Dallas locals, ca.1934-1941; and copies of speeches delivered by Meyer Perlstein, ILGWU Vice-President and Southwestern Regional Director. An NLRB hearing report describes the proceedings regarding the discharge of Mrs. Carmen Jackson held in the matter of the ILGWU vs. Aronson-Rose Manufacturing Company, Dallas, Texas, 1935.
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International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union Local 180, records, 1936-1971

  • 2 linear feet
  • Correspondence, 1942-1960; financial records, 1949-1957; photographs, ca. 1936-1960; newspaper clippings, 1959; handbills, 1959; and article, 1971. Includes records of the Tex-Son Strike of 1959; clippings, handbills, and correspondence of the Tex-Son Strike Committee and the Tex-Son Negotiating Committee of ILGWU, Local 180, as well as the San Antonio AFL-CIO Council, and correspondence of strike leader and manager of the San Antonio Joint Board of the ILGWU, George Lambert. Other correspondence is with the ILGWU district and national offices. The photocopied article by George N. Green, "ILGWU in Texas, 1930-1970" appeared in the Journal of Mexican-American History (Spring 1971).
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George and Latane Lambert papers, 1943-1987 bulk (1943-1950)

  • 13 linear feet
  • Correspondence, minutes, activity reports, newsletters, photographs, financial documents, legal documents, resumes, speeches, charts, newspaper clippings, constitutions, certificates, manuals, booklets, leaflets, maps, lists, programs, notes, 16mm film, and audio cassette recordings. Includes personal correspondence and records of the Lamberts; extensive materials on labor union organizing campaigns at several garment manufacturing plants primarily in Texas; extensive correspondence with the national and regional offices of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America and the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union, as well as films and photographs produced by the latter.
  • Of special interest are materials on two strikes in San Antonio, the Pecan Workers Strike, 1938, and the Tex-Son Strike, 1959. Records are included of the work of Latane Lambert with various Democratic Party and political awareness organizations, particularly the Texas Liberal Democrats, 1960-1968, and the Texas State Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights, 1962-1971. Materials are abundant on Democratic Party political campaigns, particularly candidates Maury Maverick and Ralph Yarborough.
  • Unpublished guide available at repository

Oral history interview with George Lambert, 1971-1972

  • 2 part transcript
  • Pt. 1 discusses his job as a coal miner; his membership in the Socialist Party; Kate Stockton's campaign for governor of Tennessee, 1936; the Southern Tenant Farmers' Union; the General Motors strike in Atlanta; his work as an organizer for the Textile Workers' Organizing Committee; and socialism in Texas.
  • Pt. 2 discusses the Ford strike in Dallas, 1937; Herbert Harris; Carl Brannin; George Baer; the Dallas Open Shop Association; Hiram Moon; the Pecan Shellers' strike in San Antonio, 1938; Emma Tenayucca; San Antonio newspapers; working conditions; Maury Maverick, Sr.; James Allred; and the Catholic Church.

Patsy Putnam, "The International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union in Dallas, 1933-35"

  • Unpublished paper, December 13, 1972.

University of Texas at Austin

2 archival collections, totaling ~5 linear feet; minimal ILGWU materials

International Ladies' Garment Workers Versus Dorothy Frocks Company Records, 1936

  • 1 vol. Typescript
  • Petitions, briefs, appeals and other documents used in lawsuit of International Ladies Garment Workers Local Union No. 123, et al., vs. Dorothy Frocks Company (San Antonio).
  • Persons associated include Robert Lee Bobbitt, Leonard Brown, Maxwell Burket, R. L. Guthrie, Sylvan Lang, Laurentina Maldonado, W. O. Murray, Mrs. Charles Schwartz, E. W. Smith, Rebecca Taylor, and Morris Wise.

Garment Workers File. Labor Movement in Texas Collection, Texas Collection, University of Texas at Austin.

  • 4 feet, 7 inches
  • Documents include correspondence, transcripts, newspaper clippings, newsletters, notes, interviews and manuscripts resulting from research begun in 1936 under Bureau of Research in Social Sciences, University of Texas, by Economics Professor Ruth Allen (1889–1979) into history of organized labor in Texas. Bulk covers three industries: railroad, emphasis on 1886 Southwest Rail Strike and leader Martin Irons; longshore, predominantly early union organizing in Galveston, with Negro locals, Gulf Coast strikes (1885–1939), and maritime organizations; and oil, with organizing of Houston–area refineries. Papers document organizing of paper industry workers, Pasadena, by United Mine Workers of America and of clothing workers, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio, by International Ladies Garment Workers' Union; Knights of Labor in Texas, Kansas, and Missouri; coal miners' strike, Thurber; Mexican American pecan shellers and clothing workers; and Texas 1930s political turmoil around labor issues.

University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

41 oral histories; extent unknown; substantive ILGWU material

Northeastern Pennsylvania Oral History Project

Urban Archives, Temple University

1 archival collection; extent unknown; substantive ILGWU material

Philadelphia Joint Board, Records

Wisconsin Historical Society

2 archival collections, 1 poster; minimal ILGWU materials

Morris Hillquit Papers, 1886-1944

  • 3.2 c.f. (8 archives boxes), 10 reels of microfilm (35mm), and 17 photographs (1 folder); contains several file of correspondence with ILGWU locals
  • Papers of Morris Hillquit, a New York attorney and internationally known socialist leader, theoretician, and author. Included is correspondence, 1895-1943; writings by Hillquit; a manuscript of an unpublished biography of Hillquit and biographical sketches of international socialist leaders, written by Nina E. Hillquit; photographs of Hillquit and his family; broadsides and circulars; and press releases and clippings.
  • Finding aid available:

International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union. Educational Dept. Poster, ca. 1936

  • 1 poster

Ernest E. Schwarztrauber Papers, 1894-1953

  • 1.4 c.f. (3 archives boxes and 1 flat box) and 41 photographs (1 folder)
  • Papers of Ernest E. Schwarztrauber, the founder of the Portland Labor College, director of the University of Wisconsin School for Workers, and former professor of economics at Carroll College, primarily relating to workers' education. Included are correspondence, 1908-1953; scrapbooks, discussion reports, announcements, financial records, student lists, and bibliographies pertaining to the programs and institutes of the School for Workers, 1927-1951; lesson outlines for a course offered by the International Ladies Garment Workers' Union educational department in 1923; outlines, contribution records, notes, and programs for the Portland Labor College, 1915-1926; miscellaneous speeches, articles, and reports; personal diaries, 1894-1950; engagement, address, and autograph books; and photographs, including portraits and collected images.
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