Guide to the ILGWU. Local 10 Minutes,
1901-1996.

Collection Number: 5780/001

Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives
Cornell University Library

Contact Information:
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Martin P. Catherwood Library
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Cornell University
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Compiled by:
Kheel Staff
Date completed:
April 2011
EAD encoding:
Cheryl Beredo, April 2011

© 2011 Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
ILGWU. Local 10 minutes, 1901-1996.
Collection Number:
5780/001
Creator:
Amalgamated Ladies' Garment Cutters' Union.
Quantity:
17 linear feet
Forms of Material:
Minutes.
Repository:
Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
This collection contains executive board minutes and calendars, membership meeting minutes, and division minutes of the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union, Local 10, the Amalgamated Ladies Garment Cutters Union. Also contains miscellaneous records of Locals 10, 23, and 25, including files on special meetings, membership committees, and companies.
Language:
Collection material in English


ILGWU ORGANIZATIONAL HISTORY

The International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union was founded in New York City in 1900 by mostly Socialist immigrant workers who sought to unite the various crafts in the growing women's garment industry. The union soon reflected changes in the sector and rapidly organized thousands of unskilled and semi-skilled women, mostly Jewish and Italian young immigrants. Exemplifying the “new unionism,” the ILGWU led two of the most widespread and best-known industrial strikes of the early Twentieth Century: the shirtwaist makers’ strike of 1909 in New York City and the cloak makers’ strike of 1910 in Chicago. The union also tried to adapt to the fragmented and unstable nature of the industry. It adopted the “protocol of peace,” a system of industrial relations that attempted to ensure stability and limit strikes and production disruption by providing for an arbitration system to resolve disputes.
The ILGWU exemplified the European-style social unionism of its founding members. They pursued bread and butter issues but provided educational opportunities, benefits, and social programs to union members as well. In 1919, the ILGWU became the first American union to negotiate an unemployment compensation fund that was contributed to by its employers. The ILGWU also pioneered in the establishment of an extremely progressive health care program for its members which included not only regional Union Health Centers but also a resort for union workers, known as Unity House. The Union also had an imaginative and pioneering Education Department which not only trained workers in traditional union techniques, but provided courses in citizenship and the English language.
David Dubinsky, an immigrant from Belarus who came to the US in 1911, provided strong leadership that led to unprecedented growth in the union during his presidency from 1932 to 1966. He led the union through successful internal anti-communist struggles, built on the ascendancy of industrial unionism by encouraging the formation of the Committee for Industrial Organization, and helped the union become an important political force in New York City and state politics, and in the national Democratic Party and Liberal Party as well.
In the period following the Second World War, the union suffered a decline in membership as manufacturers avoided unionization and took advantage of less expensive labor by moving shops from the urban centers in the northeast to the south, and later abroad. The ethnic and racial character of the ILGWU also changed as European immigrants were supplanted by Asians, Latin Americans, African- Americans, and immigrants from the Caribbean.
In July 1995 the ILGWU merged with the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union (ACTWU) at a joint convention, forming UNITE (Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees). At the time the new union had a membership of about 250,000 in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico.

ORGANIZATIONAL HISTORY

Local 10 of the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (ILGWU), also known as the Amalgamated Ladies' Garment Cutters' Union, was based in New York, New York.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

This collection contains executive board minutes and calendars, membership meeting minutes, and division minutes of the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union, Local 10, the Amalgamated Ladies Garment Cutters Union. Also contains miscellaneous records of Locals 10, 23, and 25, including files on special meetings, membership committees, and companies.

SUBJECTS

Names:
Amalgamated Ladies' Garment Cutters' Union.
Amalgamated Ladies' Garment Cutters' Union.
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union.
Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees

Subjects:
Women's clothing industry--United States.
Labor unions--Clothing workers--United States.
Clothing workers--United States.
Industrial relations--United States.

Form and Genre Terms:
Minutes.


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Access Restrictions:
The ILGWU Records, except for publications and materials produced for publication, are restricted. Materials created prior to twenty years from the current date are open to researchers only with prior written permission from the Director of the Kheel Center; materials created during the past twenty-years are closed; the minutes of the General Executive Board are closed. For more information contact the Kheel Center.
Cite As:
ILGWU. Local 10 minutes. 5780/001. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Martin P. Catherwood Library, Cornell University.

RELATED MATERIALS

5780. ILGWU Records
5780/001 mf. ILGWU. Local 10 minutes. Microfilm
5780/008. ILGWU. Local 10 dues books
5780/011. ILGWU. Local 10. Managers' correspondence
5780/012. ILGWU. Local 10. Manager's correspondence
5780/094. ILGWU. Local 10. membership record books
5780/131. ILGWU. Local 10 records

NOTES

"Permanent deposit"

CONTAINER LIST

Date
Description
Container
1911-1912
Executive Board Minutes. General. Vol. I
Box 1 Folder 1
1912-1913
Executive Board Minutes. General. Vol. II
Box 1 Folder 2
1913-1914
Executive Board Minutes. General. Vol. III
Box 1 Folder 3
1914
Executive Board Minutes. General. Vol. IV
Box 1 Folder 4
1915
Executive Board Minutes. General. Vol. V
Box 2 Folder 1
1915-1916
Executive Board Minutes. General. Vol. VI
Box 2 Folder 2
1916
Executive Board Minutes. General. Vol. VII
Box 2 Folder 3
1916-1917
Executive Board Minutes. General. Vol. VIII
Box 3 Folder 1
1917-1918
Executive Board Minutes. General. Vol. IX
Box 3 Folder 2
1919-1920
Executive Board Minutes. General. Vol. X
Box 3 Folder 3
1920-1922
Executive Board Minutes. General. Vol. XI
Box 3 Folder 4
1922-1923
Executive Board Minutes. General. Vol. XII
Box 3 Folder 5
1923-1925
Executive Board Minutes. General. Vol. XIII
Box 3 Folder 6
1925-1926
Executive Board Minutes. General. Vol. XIV
Box 3 Folder 7
1926-1929
Executive Board Minutes. General. Vol. XV
Box 4 Folder 1
1930-1931
Executive Board Minutes. General. Vol. XVI
Box 4 Folder 2
1932-1934
Executive Board Minutes. General. Vol. XVII
Box 4 Folder 3
1934-1936
Executive Board Minutes. General. Vol. XVIII
Box 4 Folder 4
1936-1937
Executive Board Minutes. General. Vol. XIX
Box 4 Folder 5
1938-1939
Executive Board Minutes. General. Vol. XX
Box 5 Folder 1
1939-1941
Executive Board Minutes. General. Vol. XXI
Box 5 Folder 2
1941-1943
Executive Board Minutes. General. Vol. XXII
Box 5 Folder 3
1943-1946
Executive Board Minutes. General. Vol. XXIII
Box 5 Folder 4
1946-1949
Executive Board Minutes. General. Vol. XXIV
Box 6 Folder 1
1949-1952
Executive Board Minutes. General. Vol. XXV
Box 6 Folder 2
1952-1955
Executive Board Minutes. General. Vol. XXVI
Box 6 Folder 3
1955-1959
Executive Board Minutes. General. Vol. XXVII
Box 6 Folder 4
1959-1961
Executive Board Minutes. General. Vol. XXVIII
Box 6 Folder 5
1961-1964
Executive Board Minutes. General. Vol. XXIX
Box 7 Folder 1
1964-1966
Executive Board Minutes. General. Vol. XXX
Box 7 Folder 2
1966-1967
Executive Board Minutes. General. Vol. XXXI
Box 7 Folder 3
1967-1968
Executive Board Minutes. General. Vol. XXXII
Box 7 Folder 4
1969
Executive Board Minutes. General. Vol. XXXIII [folder 1 of 2]
Box 8 Folder 1
1969
Executive Board Minutes. General. Vol. XXXIII [folder 2 of 2]
Box 8 Folder 2
1970
Executive Board Minutes. General. Vol. XXXIV [folder 1 of 2]
Box 8 Folder 3
1970
Executive Board Minutes. General. Vol. XXXIV [folder 2 of 2]
Box 8 Folder 4
1971
Executive Board Minutes. Vol. XXXV [folder 1 of 2]
Box 8 Folder 5
1971
Executive Board Minutes. General. Vol. XXXV [folder 2 of 2]
Box 8 Folder 6
1958-1959
Executive Board Calendars
Box 8 Folder 7
1960-1961
Executive Board Calendars
Box 8 Folder 8
1962-1965
Executive Board Calendars
Box 8 Folder 9
1965-1966
Executive Board Calendars
Box 8 Folder 10
1906-1909
Minutes. Membership. Vol. I
Box 8 Folder 11
1910-1913
Minutes. Membership. Vol. II
Box 8 Folder 12
1913-1914
Minutes. Membership. Vol. III
Box 9 Folder 1
1914-1915
Minutes. Membership. Vol. IV
Box 9 Folder 2
1916-1924
Minutes. Membership. Vol. V
Box 9 Folder 3
1925-1933
Minutes. Membership. Vol. VI
Box 9 Folder 4
1933-1940
Minutes. Membership. Vol. VI
Box 9 Folder 5
1940-1958
Minutes. Membership. Vol. VIII
Box 10 Folder 1
1960-1967
Minutes. Membership. Vol. IX [folder 1 of 2]
Box 10 Folder 2
1960-1967
Minutes. Membership. Vol. IX [folder 2 of 2]
Box 10 Folder 3
1916-1923
Waist and Dress Division Minutes. Membership. Vol. I
Box 10 Folder 4
1916-1917
Executive Board Minutes. Waist and Dress Division.
Box 10 Folder 5
1917-1918
Executive Board Minutes. Waist and Dress Division.
Box 10 Folder 6
1918-1920
Executive Board Minutes. Waist and Dress Division.
Box 10 Folder 7
1920-1921
Executive Board Minutes. Waist and Dress Division.
Box 10 Folder 8
1921-1923
Executive Board Minutes. Waist and Dress Division.
Box 11 Folder 1
1923
Executive Board Minutes. Waist and Dress Division.
Box 11 Folder 2
1916-1923
Executive Board Minutes. Cloak and Suit Division.
Box 11 Folder 3
1916-1917
Executive Board Minutes. Cloak and Suit Division.
Box 11 Folder 4
1917-1918
Executive Board Minutes. Cloak and Suit Division.
Box 11 Folder 5
1918-1919
Executive Board Minutes. Cloak and Suit Division.
Box 11 Folder 6
1919-1920
Executive Board Minutes. Cloak and Suit Division.
Box 11 Folder 7
1920-1922
Executive Board Minutes. Cloak and Suit Division.
Box 12 Folder 1
1922-1923
Executive Board Minutes. Cloak and Suit Division.
Box 12 Folder 2
1916
Advisory Board Minutes. Waist and Dress Division.
Box 12 Folder 3
1916-1926
Miscellaneous Divisions Minutes. Membership. Vol. I
Box 12 Folder 4
1927-1933
Miscellaneous Divisions Minutes. Membership. Vol. II
Box 12 Folder 5
1919-1925
Executive Board Minutes. Miscellaneous Divisions. Vol. I
Box 12 Folder 6
1926-1927
Executive Board Minutes. Miscellaneous Divisions. Vol. II
Box 12 Folder 7
1918-1920
Miscellaneous Divisions Record of Payments.
Box 12 Folder 8
1905-1908
Executive Board Minutes. United Cloak and Suit Cutters Association.
Box 13 Folder 1
1901-1906
United Cloak and Suit Cutters Association Minutes. Membership.
Box 13 Folder 2
1909-1910
Executive Board Minutes. Cutters Local.
Box 13 Folder 3
1902-1905
Executive Board Minutes. Gotham Knife Cutters Association.
Box 13 Folder 4
1903-1905
Gotham Association Minutes. Membership.
Box 13 Folder 5
1972
Local 10 Executive Board Meeting Minutes [Folder 1 of 2]
Box 14 Folder 1
1972
Local 10 Executive Board Meeting Minutes [Folder 2 of 2]
Box 14 Folder 2
1976
Local 10 Executive Board Meeting Minutes [Folder 1 of 2]
Box 14 Folder 3
1976
Local 10 Executive Board Meeting Minutes [Folder 2 of 2]
Box 14 Folder 4
1977
Local 10 Executive Board Meeting Minutes [Folder 1 of 3]
Box 14 Folder 5
1977
Local 10 Executive Board Meeting Minutes [Folder 2 of 3]
Box 14 Folder 6
1977
Local 10 Executive Board Meeting Minutes [Folder 3 of 3]
Box 14 Folder 7
1978
Local 10 Executive Board Meeting Minutes [Folder 1 of 3]
Box 14 Folder 8
1978
Local 10 Executive Board Meeting Minutes [Folder 2 of 3]
Box 14 Folder 9
1978
Local 10 Executive Board Meeting Minutes [Folder 3 of 3]
Box 14 Folder 10
1979
Local 10 Executive Board Meeting Minutes [Folder 1 of 2]
Box 14 Folder 11
1979
Local 10 Executive Board Meeting Minutes [Folder 2 of 2]
Box 14 Folder 12
1980
Local 10 Executive Board Meeting Minutes
Box 14 Folder 13
Jan. 1980-June 1980
1980
Local 10 Executive Board Meeting Minutes [Folder 1 of 2]
Box 14 Folder 14
June 1980-Dec. 1980
1980
Local 10 Executive Board Meeting Minutes [Folder 2 of 2]
Box 14 Folder 15
June 1980-Dec. 1980
1980
Local 10 Executive Board Meeting Minutes
Box 14 Folder 16
Dec. 1980-March 1981
1981
Local 10 Executive Board Meeting Minutes
Box 14 Folder 17
March 1981-Dec. 1981
1982
Local 10 Executive Board Meeting Minutes
Box 14 Folder 18
Jan. 1982-March 1982
1982
Local 10 Executive Board Meeting Minutes
Box 14 Folder 19
March 1982- Dec. 1982
1983
Local 10 Executive Board Meeting Minutes
Box 14 Folder 20
1984-1985
Local 10 Executive Board Meeting Minutes
Box 14 Folder 21
1985-1986
Local 10 Executive Board Meeting Minutes
Box 15 Folder 1
July 1985-May 1986
1986-1987
Local 10 Executive Board Meeting Minutes
Box 15 Folder 2
May 1986-May 1987
1987-1988
Local 10 Executive Board Meeting Minutes
Box 15 Folder 3
June 1987-Aug. 1988
1988-1989
Local 10 Executive Board Meeting Minutes
Box 15 Folder 4
Aug. 1988-Nov. 1989
1989-1992
Local 10 Executive Board Meeting Minutes
Box 15 Folder 5
Dec. 1989-Jan. 1992
1992-1993
Local 10 Executive Board Meeting Minutes
Box 15 Folder 6
Jan. 1992-May 1993
1993-1994
Local 10 Executive Board Meeting Minutes
Box 15 Folder 7
May 1993-May 1994
1994-1996
Local 10 Executive Board Meeting Minutes
Box 15 Folder 8
June 1994-Sept. 1996
1946-1997
Local 10 Health and Vacation Fund Committee Meeting Minutes
Box 15 Folder 9
1989
Amended Rules and Regulations of the Health & Vacation Fund of Local 10
Box 15 Folder 10
1946-1953
Local 10 Health and Vacation Fund Committee Meeting Minutes
Box 15 Folder 11
1954-1962
Local 10 Health and Vacation Fund Committee Meeting Minutes
Box 15 Folder 12
1989-1990
Local 10 Health and Vacation Fund Committee Meeting Minutes
Box 15 Folder 13
1990
Local 10 Health and Vacation Fund Committee Meeting Minutes
Box 15 Folder 14
Jan. 1990-June 1990
1990
Local 10 Health and Vacation Fund Committee Meeting Minutes
Box 15 Folder 15
July 1990-Dec. 1990
1991
Local 10 Health and Vacation Fund Committee Meeting Minutes [Folder 1 of 2]
Box 16 Folder 1
Jan. 1991-Sept. 1991
1991
Local 10 Health and Vacation Fund Committee Meeting Minutes [Folder 2 of 2]
Box 16 Folder 2
Jan. 1991-Sept. 1991
1991
Local 10 Health and Vacation Fund Committee Meeting Minutes
Box 16 Folder 3
Sept. 1991- Nov. 1991
1991-1992
Local 10 Health and Vacation Fund Committee Meeting Minutes
Box 16 Folder 4
Nov. 1991-March 1992
1992
Local 10 Health and Vacation Fund Committee Meeting Minutes
Box 16 Folder 5
April 1992-June 1992
1992
Local 10 Health and Vacation Fund Committee Meeting Minutes
Box 16 Folder 6
Sept. 1992-Nov. 1992
1992
Local 10 Health and Vacation Fund Committee Meeting Minutes
Box 16 Folder 7
Nov. 1992-Dec. 1992
1992-1993
Local 10 Health and Vacation Fund Committee Meeting Minutes
Box 16 Folder 8
Dec. 1992-March 1993
1993
Local 10 Health and Vacation Fund Committee Meeting Minutes
Box 16 Folder 9
March 1993-May 1993
1993
Local 10 Health and Vacation Fund Committee Meeting Minutes
Box 16 Folder 10
July 1993-Aug. 1993
1993-1994
Local 10 Health and Vacation Fund Committee Meeting Minutes
Box 16 Folder 11
Dec. 1993-Feb. 1994
1994
Local 10 Health and Vacation Fund Committee Meeting Minutes
Box 16 Folder 12
April 1994-Sept. 1994
1994-1995
Local 10 Health and Vacation Fund Committee Meeting Minutes
Box 16 Folder 13
Nov. 1994-March 1995
1995
Local 10 Health and Vacation Fund Committee Meeting Minutes
Box 16 Folder 14
May 1995-Dec. 1995
1996
Local 10 Health and Vacation Fund Committee Meeting Minutes [Folder 1 of 2]
Box 17 Folder 1
Feb. 1996-June 1996
1996
Local 10 Health and Vacation Fund Committee Meeting Minutes [Folder 2 of 2]
Box 17 Folder 2
Feb. 1996-June 1996
1996
Local 10 Health and Vacation Fund Committee Meeting Minutes
Box 17 Folder 3
Sept. 1996-Dec. 1996
1997
Local 10 Health and Vacation Fund Committee Meeting Minutes
Box 17 Folder 4
Jan. 1997-Feb. 1997
1997
Local 10 Health and Vacation Fund Committee Meeting Minutes
Box 17 Folder 5
March 1997-April 1997
1997
Local 10 Health and Vacation Fund Committee Meeting Minutes
Box 17 Folder 6
May 1997-July 1997
1977-1981
Local 10 Special Meetings
Box 17 Folder 7
1978-1984
Local 10 Membership Meetings
Box 17 Folder 8
1977-1981
Local 10 Membership Committee
Box 17 Folder 9
1981-1985
Local 10 Membership Committee
Box 17 Folder 10
1968-1969
Local 10 Calendars
Box 17 Folder 11
1969-1970
Local 10 Calendars
Box 17 Folder 12
1971-1973
Local 10 Calendars
Box 17 Folder 13
1973-1976
Local 10 Calendars
Box 17 Folder 14
1977-1979
Local 10 Calendars
Box 17 Folder 15
1979-1982
Local 10 Calendars
Box 17 Folder 16
Local 10- Leslie Fay Marketing, Inc.
Box 17 Folder 17
Local 10- Mikan Group, Inc.
Box 17 Folder 18
Local 10- Garden State Cutting
Box 17 Folder 19
Local 10, 23, 25- Mayflower Fashions
Box 17 Folder 20