ILGWU Local 23-25 Photographs

Collection Number: 5780/059 P

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


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
ILGWU Local 23-25 Photographs, 1986-2007
Collection Number:
5780/059 P
Creator:
ILGWU Local 23-25;
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (ILGWU)
Quantity:
4.1 linear ft.
Forms of Material:
Photographs.
Repository:
Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
Language:
Collection material in English, Chinese


ILGWU ORGANIZATIONAL HISTORY

The International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union was once one of the largest labor unions in the United States founded in 1900 by local union delegates representing about 2,000 members in cities in the northeastern United States. It was one of the first U.S. Unions to have a membership consisting of mostly females, and it played a key role in the labor history of the 1920s and 1930s. The union is generally referred to as the "ILGWU" or the "ILG". The ILGWU grew in geographical scope, membership size, and political influence to become one of the most powerful forces in American organized labor by mid-century. Representing workers in the women's garment industry, the ILGWU worked to improve working and living conditions of its members through collective bargaining agreements, training programs, health care facilities, cooperative housing, educational opportunities, and other efforts. The ILGWU merged with the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union in 1995 to form the Union of Needle trades, Industrial and Textile Employees (UNITE). UNITE merged with the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees Union (HERE) in 2004 to create a new union known as UNITE HERE. The two unions that formed UNITE in 1995 represented only 250,000 workers between them, down from the ILGWU's peak membership of 450,000 in 1969.

ORGANIZATIONAL HISTORY

Locals 23 and 25 of the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (ILGWU), as well as the local resulting from their merger, local 23-25, also known as the Blouse, Skirt, and Sportswear Workers' Union, were based in New York, New York. Local 23 was chartered in 1903; Local 25 was chartered in 1905.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

This collection primarily consists of photographs by Kathy Andrade and George Colon. Photographs document meetings, rallies, Labor Day parades, and other local union events.
SUBJECTS

Names:
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union.
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union. Local 23-25 (New York, N.Y.)

Subjects:
Women's clothing industry--United States
Women's clothing industry--New York (State)--New York
Labor unions--Clothing workers-- United States
Labor unions--Clothing workers--New York (State)--New York
Clothing workers--United States
Clothing workers--New York (State)--New York
Industrial relations--United States
Industrial relations--New York (State)--New York

Form and Genre Terms:
Photographs.


INFORMATION FOR USERS

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Restrictions on Use:
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Cite As:
ILGWU Local 23-25 Photographs #5780/059 P. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library.

RELATED MATERIALS

Related Collections:
5780: ILGWU records
5780/059: ILGWU Local 23-25 Records
5780/059 PUBS: ILGWU Local 23-25 Publications
5780/095: ILGWU Local 23-25 Records
5780/095 G: ILGWU Local 23-25 graphics
5780/042: ILGWU Local 25 Publication "L'Operaia"
5780/139 mf: ILGWU Local 25 Publication "L'Operaia" on Microfilm
5780/071: ILGWU Local 25 Publication "The Message"

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
Box 1
Box 1
2 large format photographs
Box 2 Folder 1
Box 2 Folder 3
Includes: Jay Mazure speaks with union members, Arthur Silverstein, Kathy Andrade, Ceclia Cruz; Kathy Andrade et. al, recording secretary of panel, Seminar for Leadershiop Training at Rutgers; Zoila Neto, Miriam Ulloa (El Salvador); Local 23-25; Local 23-25 graduation ceremony receiving certificates, English class held in Chinatown, Mr Daniel Lam, teacher; Union meeting in a hotel, Ed Koch addresses the audience at the Roosevelt Hotel; Ida Torres (Cornell), Director of Local 1S [SEIU] addresses the class at Abraham and Strauss; anniversary, Triangle Fire, Berenson (Manager, Local 91), Andrade, Sophi Bueno, Education Director, Local 66; Members vote, chair ladies and Executive Board voting on contract; Hubert Humphrey speaks at 7th Avene Rally, Louis Stulberg shares dais; English class in Chinatown, Professor Daniel Lam, Transfiguration Parochial School; Chinese New Year Celebration at High School of Fashion Industries, a famous Chinese singer from Hong Kong in the 1970s
Box 2 Folder 4
Labor Day Parade, "ILGWU supports undocumented workers," Ms. Barzia from Cuba in front with her boyfriend; Labor Day Parade, Annette Leon with her boyfriend, 1976; Labor Day Parade, 1988, Chinese contingent, Katie Quan and Wai Chun Ng, Cindy Sai Leung, Yuk Ling Tang, Mary Chin, Yuk Lin Sun, Mei Yin Tsang, Lana Cheung and others; Labor Day Parage, Local 23-25, 1976; Labor Day Parade, Gloria Fuentes, Lucy Hernandez; Labor Day Parade with Celia Flores, 1976; Labor Day Parade, 1989, Chinese contingent, May Leung, Betty Lee (summer intern), Wai Chun Ng, Mary Chin, Lai Ying Chin; Labor Day Parade, Ju-el Manufacturing Company; Labor Day Parade, The ILGWU Chorus, Ms. Rivera in the wheel chair
Box 2 Folder 5
Includes: Joel Marte, Kathy Andrade and Sam Wong flanking the Chinese band in the background; Solidaridad signs with Chinese characters as well, celebrating Lech Walesa, Polish workers march; Pete Seeger with his guitar at a picnic on Labor Day; Labor Day Parade; Chinese English class with Jay Mazur; Concert at PS 124, Chinese Choral Group New Year celebration; Parade celebrating Lech Walesa; promoting the Union Label in the Labor Day Parade; parade celebrating newly naturalized and registered citizens; parade to roll back imports
Box 2 Folder 6
Includes: Dress manufacturers' employees march in the Labor Day Parade, Boatride, Kathy Andrade with a presser and his two children; Ju-el Manufacturing
Box 3
Box 3
Includes: Chinese CLUW (Coalition of Labor Union Women) activities, 1986-1989; 4 posters with a total of 26 photographs, some captions in Chinese. Also includes Louis Stulberg portrait by Jerry Soalt and 3 portraits of workers, reproduced by Wayne State University Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs.
Box 4 Folder 1 1964-1992
Box 4 Folder 2 1982
Box 4 Folder 3
Box 4 Folder 4
Box 4 Folder 5
Box 5 Folder 1a-c 1985
Slides
Box 5 Folder 2 1985
Slides, April 1985
Box 5 Folder 3 1985
Slides, April 2, 1985
Box 5 Folder 4 1985
Slides, April 1985
Box 5 Folder 5 1985
Slides, April 1985
Box 5 Folder 6 1985
Slides, April 1985
Box 5 Folder 6a 1985
Slides, April 1985
Box 5 Folder 7
Slides
Box 5 Folder 8 1984
Slides, September 3, 1984
Box 5 Folder 9 1985
Slides, March 27, 1985
Box 5 Folder 10 1985
Slides, March 27, 1985
Box 5 Folder 11
Box 5 Folder 12 1986
Slides, November 14, 1986
Box 5 Folder 13 1986
Slides, November 18, 1986
Box 5 Folder 14 1986
Slides, November 25, 1986
Box 5 Folder 15 1982
Box 5 Folder 16 1987
Slides, February 1987
Box 5 Folder 17 1987
Slides, February 1987
Box 5 Folder 18
Box 5 Folder 19
Box 5 Folder 20
Box 6 Folder 1 1994-1996
Includes correspondence, and information about artist Jolanta Pienczykowski
Box 6 Folder 2 1995
Includes Shui Ying Yan, Ying Ya Tsai, Cindy Sai Leung, Betty Leung, Jenny Shig Jing Ng, Alice Ip, Edgar Romney, Katie Quan, Shui Mak Ka, Doris Kee, Shun Nan Young, Sau King Chew, Ying Fong Chan, Wai Chun Ng, Lana Cheung, Ching Hang Lee, Ying Yi Deng, Kuen Li, Yuk Lin Sun, Yook Chee Hom, Anita Sheung Ngor Leung, Miu Shun Chan, Kam Fan Li, May Chen, Anges Wong, Connie Ling, Yim Un Chan, Mei Yung Liew, Lai Fong Leung, Chung Ng, Mei Yin Tsang
Box 6 Folder 3-4
Includes: Kit Ling at sewing machine (La Del); labor day parade with banner; labor day parade with dancing women in front; 63-32 members in tee-shirts that say UNITE Against Sweatshops; retirees with No tax dollars for sweatshop uniforms signs; picketers in front of Profiles; woman pattern-making (Lad Del); woman with baby on back in 1982 strike; photo of baby's face in 1982 strike; Chinatown daycare kids with banner in labor dayparade; APALA convention on August 20, 1993; cutter from unseenamerica photo class; King Ling supervising member in sewing room, Teddy Fung; Lin Tai sweing, Teddy Fung; woman packaging clothes in plastic (La Del); man at knitting machine, Local 155; woman at sewing machine, Local 155; men at pressing machines with steam, Local 155; hands at sewing machine; Chinese women in busy sewing factory from 1989; crowd of 1982 strike with signs We Are One!; crowd in 1982 strike with raised arms
Box 7 Folder 1
Box 7 Folder 2
Box 7 Folder 3
Box 7 Folder 4
Box 7 Folder 5 1987-1993
Box 7 Folder 6 1988
Box 7 Folder 7 1993
Box 7 Folder 8 1990
Box 7 Folder 9 1991
Box 7 Folder 10 1988
Box 7 Folder 11 1994
Box 7 Folder 12 1997
negatives
Box 7 Folder 13 1998
negatives
Box 7 Folder 14
Box 7 Folder 15 1995
Box 7 Folder 16 2005
Box 7 Folder 17 2002
Box 7 Folder 18
Box 7 Folder 19
Box 7 Folder 20 1994
negatives
Box 7 Folder 21 2002
Box 7 Folder 22 2002
Box 7 Folder 23 2001
Box 7 Folder 24 2001
Box 7 Folder 25 2001
Box 7 Folder 26 2001
Box 7 Folder 27 2001
Box 7 Folder 28 2004
Box 7 Folder 29 2004
Box 7 Folder 30 1989-1990
Box 7 Folder 31 1989-2007
Box 7 Folder 32 2007
Box 7 Folder 33
Box 7 Folder 34 2003
Box 7 Folder 35 2005
Box 7 Folder 36 2003
Box 7 Folder 37 1992
Box 7 Folder 38
Box 7 Folder 39 1993-1995
Box 7 Folder 40
Box 7 Folder 41 1992
Box 7 Folder 42 1992
Box 8 Folder 1
Box 8 Folder 2 2007
Box 8 Folder 3 2006
Box 8 Folder 4 2003
Box 8 Folder 5 2006
Box 8 Folder 6 2003
Box 8 Folder 7
Box 8 Folder 8 2005
Box 8 Folder 9
Box 8 Folder 10 2006
Box 8 Folder 11 2007
Box 8 Folder 12 2001-2005
Box 8 Folder 13 2007
Box 8 Folder 14
Box 8 Folder 15
Box 8 Folder 16
Box 8 Folder 17 1994
Box 8 Folder 18 1999
Box 8 Folder 19 2003
Box 8 Folder 20
Box 8 Folder 21 2000
Box 8 Folder 22 2000
Box 8 Folder 23
Box 8 Folder 24
Box 9
Box 9
removed from box 7
Box 10
Box 10 Folder 1 2005
removed from box 7
Box 11 Folder 1 1995
Box 11 Folder 2 2003
Box 11 Folder 3 1993
Box 11 Folder 4 1992
Box 11 Folder 5 1992
Box 11 Folder 6 1993-1996
Box 11 Folder 7 1993-1996
Box 11 Folder 8 1993-1996
Box 11 Folder 9 2003-2005
Box 11 Folder 10 1990-1991
Box 11 Folder 11 1992
Box 11 Folder 12
Box 11 Folder 13 1989
Box 11 Folder 14 1989
Box 11 Folder 15 1989
Box 11 Folder 16
Box 11 Folder 17 1989
Box 11 Folder 18 1989
Box 11 Folder 19 1995
Box 11 Folder 20
Box 11 Folder 21 1990-1992
Box 11 Folder 22 1990-1992
Box 11 Folder 23 1990-1992
Box 11 Folder 24
Box 11 Folder 25 1995
Box 11 Folder 26
Box 11 Folder 27 1993
Box 11 Folder 28 1993
Box 11 Folder 29 1990
Box 11 Folder 30 1991
Box 11 Folder 31 1993
Box 11 Folder 32 1990
Box 11 Folder 33 1995
Box 11 Folder 34 1989-1991
Box 11 Folder 35 1986-1989
Box 11 Folder 36 1992
Box 11 Folder 37 1992
Box 11 Folder 38 1991
Box 11 Folder 39 1992
Box 11 Folder 40 1993
Box 11 Folder 41 1993
Box 11 Folder 42 1993
Box 11 Folder 43 1995
Box 11 Folder 44 1993
Box 11 Folder 45 1995
Box 11 Folder 46 1995
Box 11 Folder 47 1995
Box 11 Folder 48 1994
Box 11 Folder 49 1993
Box 11 Folder 50 1990