ILGWU. Research Department records

Collection Number: 5780/105

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


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
ILGWU. Research Department records, 1921-1983
Collection Number:
5780/105
Creator:
Teper, Lazare, 1908- International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union
Quantity:
5 linear ft.
Forms of Material:
Articles, reprints, pamphlets, correspondence, photographs.
Repository:
Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
This collection includes subject files and correspondence from the papers of Lazare Teper during his tenure in the Research Department.
Language:
Collection material in English


ILGWU ORGANIZATIONAL HISTORY

Founded in 1900 by local union delegates representing about 2,000 members in cities in the northeastern United States, the ILGWU grew in geographical scope, membership size, 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. In 1995, the ILGWU merged with the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union (ACTWU) to form the Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees (UNITE).

RESEARCH DEPARTMENT ORGANIZATIONAL HISTORY

Formed in 1937, the Research Department of the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (ILGWU) supported the administrative operations of the Union and coordinated the ILGWU's investigative operations. It provided union leaders with information on wages, working conditions, economic conditions, and other matters in the women's garment industry; analyzed information for the union; and monitored developments in the industry.
In addition to providing research for union leadership, Research Department staff prepared materials for Congressional testimony, presented cases on behalf of local unions to the War Labor Board, and worked to administer the Fair Labor Standards Act. At times, the director of the Research Department represented the ILGWU in national forums.
The Department also maintained an extensive library, collecting and housing documents from Union administrative staff that were deemed substantive and of lasting value to the Union, whether produced internally or externally. The information gathered by the Department was of particular value during labor disputes and contract negotiations.
Lazare Teper was the founding director of the ILGWU's Research Department, working in that position from 1937 to 1980. Born in Russia sometime between 1906 and 1908, Teper later studied at the University of Paris and earned his doctorate at Johns Hopkins University. He died in New York City in 1985.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

The Research Department records reflect the department's varied functions, documenting its role in gathering and analyzing information for international and local union leadership, representing the union before government and labor organizations, and gathering materials of research, and oftentimes historical, value. Some segments of the records focus on one aspect of the department's work, and others include documentation across the department's functions.
Research Department director Lazare Teper's papers, for example, include files relating to the Wage Stabilization Board (5780/105). The department also maintained records focused on the National Coat and Suit Industry Board (statements of receipts and disbursements, label division reports, meetings minutes, bulletins to members, and other reports and resolutions), as well as some related legal files (5780/123). Also among the documents collected by the Research Department are the New York Coat and Suit Industry Reports between 1934 and 1960. (5780/168)
Parts of the Research Department records consist primarily of collected documents from ILGWU affiliates. In this way, they resemble and, in some instances, complement the parts of the Archives Department Records (5780/121, 5780/121 PUBS), records generated by local unions (Series III), and the general collection of ILGWU publications (5780 PUBS). Research Department records of this kind contain records of predecessor unions to the ILGWU and ILGWU local union records (5780/045), or the annual report, "Conditions in the Women's Clothing Industry" (5780/078).
Other parts of the Research Department records document all of the department's functions. These records include financial and administrative reports, meeting minutes, and correspondence (5780/056, 5780/209), collected printed material (5780/168), and ILGWU statements on issues related to the garment industry (5780/209).
This collection contains the papers of Lazare Teper. In addition to subject files and correspondence, Teper's papers include files relating to the Wage Stabilization Board, including correspondence regarding applications to the board, compensation adjustment, approval of fringe benefits, and proposed health and welfare plans.
SUBJECTS

Names:
Teper, Lazare, 1908-
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union.
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union. Research Dept.

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:
Records.


INFORMATION FOR USERS

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Restrictions on Use:
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Cite As:
ILGWU. Research Department records #5780/105. Kheel Center for Labor- Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library.

RELATED MATERIALS

Related Collections:
5780: ILGWU records
5780/045: ILGWU. Research Department records
5780/056: ILGWU. Research Department collected documents
5780/078: ILGWU. Research Department reports
5780/123: ILGWU. Research Department records
5780/168: ILGWU. Research Department records
5780/209: ILGWU. Research Department records

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
Box 1 Folder 1 1951
Box 1 Folder 2 1951
May 31 - July 18
Box 1 Folder 3 1951-1952
Box 1 Folder 4 1952
Box 1 Folder 5 1951-1952
Box 1 Folder 6 1951
Box 1 Folder 7 1952
Box 1 Folder 8 1952
Includes copies of proposal increases.
Box 1 Folder 9 1952
Box 1 Folder 10 1952
Box 1 Folder 11 1952
Paramount Coat Company and Barnett Coat Company
Box 1 Folder 12 1952
Mar Jo Dress Company, Julette Originals, Kahn Dress, Jean Lang Dress, A. Fine Originals, Fairchild Manufacturing, Charles Parlman Dress Company, Stylerite Dress Company, and Perry Brown Incorporated.
Box 1 Folder 13 1952
Pittston Dress
Box 1 Folder 14 1952
Box 1 Folder 15 1952
Newly organized shop.
Box 1 Folder 16 1952
Box 1 Folder 17 1952
Box 1 Folder 18 1952
Box 1 Folder 19 1952
Shamokin Local 185.
Box 1 Folder 20 1953
Box 1 Folder 21 1952
Box 1 Folder 22 1952
Regarding vacation money
Box 1 Folder 23 1952
Box 1 Folder 24 1952
Regarding the Newark, New Jersey and Orange, New Jersey plants.
Box 1 Folder 25 1952
Robes division
Box 1 Folder 26 1952
Underwear division. Proposals by the Signal Knitting Mills and the Ilena Mills.
Box 1 Folder 27 1952
Box 1 Folder 28 1952
Box 1 Folder 29 1952
Box 1 Folder 30 1952
Box 1 Folder 31 1950-1952
Box 1 Folder 32 1950-1952
Box 1 Folder 33 1943
Box 1 Folder 34 1952
Box 1 Folder 35 1952
Box 1 Folder 36 1952
Regarding the plant in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
Box 1 Folder 37 1952
Box 1 Folder 38 1953
Box 1 Folder 39 1953
Box 1 Folder 40 1943-1944
Box 1 Folder 41 1943
Box 1 Folder 42 1944
Box 1 Folder 43 1953
Box 1 Folder 44 1952
Box 2 Folder 1 1952
Box 2 Folder 2 1951
Box 2 Folder 3 1952
Box 2 Folder 4 1951
Box 2 Folder 5 1951-1952
Box 2 Folder 6 1951
Box 2 Folder 7 1952
Box 2 Folder 8 1951
Box 2 Folder 9 1951
Box 2 Folder 10 1951
Box 2 Folder 11 1951
Box 2 Folder 12 1951
Box 2 Folder 13 1950
Box 2 Folder 14 1950
Box 2 Folder 15 1951
Box 2 Folder 16 1951
Box 2 Folder 17 1950
Box 2 Folder 18 1951
Box 2 Folder 19 1951
Box 2 Folder 20 1951
Box 2 Folder 21 1951
Box 2 Folder 22 1951
Box 2 Folder 23 1951
Box 2 Folder 24 1951
Box 2 Folder 25 1950-1951
Box 2 Folder 26 1951
Box 2 Folder 27 1951
Box 2 Folder 28 1951
Box 2 Folder 29 1951
Box 2 Folder 30 1951
Box 2 Folder 31 1951
Box 2 Folder 32 1951
Box 2 Folder 33 1951
Box 2 Folder 34 1951
Box 2 Folder 35 1951
Box 2 Folder 36 1951
Box 2 Folder 37 1951
Box 2 Folder 38 1951
Box 2 Folder 39 1951
Box 2 Folder 40 1951
Box 2 Folder 41 1952
Box 2 Folder 42 1952
Box 2 Folder 43 1952
Box 2 Folder 44 1952
Box 2 Folder 45 1952
Box 2 Folder 46 1952
Box 2 Folder 47 1950
Box 2 Folder 48 1952
Correspondence
Box 2 Folder 49 1952
Box 2 Folder 50 1952
Box 2 Folder 51 1952
Box 2 Folder 52 1951
Box 2 Folder 53 1952
Box 2 Folder 54 1952
Box 2 Folder 55 1953
Atlanta Dress includes R.D. Gilleland Dress Manufacturing Company, Gordon Dress Company, Billie Bee Dress Manufacturing Company, Ray Shire Dress, Majestic Manufacturing Company, Saul Klenberg, Dixie Dress Manufacturing Company, Levy Brothers, Le Ray Frocks, Lee Dress Manufacturing Company, Rita Dress Company, Bressler Brothers.
Box 2 Folder 56 1943
Box 2 Folder 57 1943-1944
Box 2 Folder 58 1952
Box 2 Folder 59
Miscellaneous notes on different manufacturing companies.
Box 2 Folder 60 1952-1953
Box 2 Folder 61 1953
Box 2 Folder 62 1951
Box 2 Folder 63
Box 2 Folder 64 1951
Box 2 Folder 65 1951
Independent Men's Belts include Beltwear, Inc, Jewett Manufacturing Company, Krasnow Company, P.M. Belt Company, and York Belt Company, Incorporated.
Box 2 Folder 66 1951
Guidebook.
Box 2 Folder 67 1951
Draft
Box 2 Folder 68
Box 2 Folder 69
Box 3 Folder 1 1959-1960
Includes two surveys on consumer expenditures.
Box 3 Folder 2
Includes a summary of the report and recommendations of the Price Statistics Review Committee and an appendix to accompany testimony of Commissioner of Labor Statistics. Undated.
Box 3 Folder 3 1926-1961
Various booklets by different authors from different organizations.
Box 3 Folder 4 1942-1968
Labor Information Bulletin, Must We Have a Depression, and Your Social Security.
Box 3 Folder 5 1951
Technical report for the Bureau of Agriculturual Economics.
Box 3 Folder 6 1963
Regarding the Consumer Price Index
Box 3 Folder 7 1963
Box 3 Folder 8 1954
Regarding the formation of a committee to re-examine Federal employment and unemployment estimates.
Box 3 Folder 9 1961
Includes introductory remarks and critiques.
Box 3 Folder 10 1961
Report
Box 3 Folder 11 1966-1967
Box 3 Folder 12
Excerpts regarding the CPI. Undated.
Box 3 Folder 13 1946-1948
Reports on results and how the CPS was done.
Box 3 Folder 14 1954
Various statistics.
Box 3 Folder 15 1954
List of CPS materials.
Box 3 Folder 16
Box 3 Folder 17 1954
Box 3 Folder 18 1952
Report and Recommendations
Box 3 Folder 19 1960
A foreign trade and collective bargaining article by Lazere Teper.
Box 3 Folder 20 1952-1952
Regarding 68-area and 230-area designs.
Box 3 Folder 21 1952-1954
Box 3 Folder 22 1951
Regarding 68-area design. Includes Current Population Survey "How-to" lists.
Box 3 Folder 23 1950-1951
District Supervisor's manuals
Box 3 Folder 24 1961
Box 3 Folder 25 1967
Excerpt from the Journal of Marketing Research
Box 3 Folder 26 1969
Seminar on the labor issue and the planning process.
Box 3 Folder 27 1964
Dictionary of labor terms in different languages. Created by the Office of International Labor Affairs of the U.S. Department of Labor.
Box 3 Folder 28 1937-1943
Teper's personal notes and correspondence.
Box 3 Folder 29 1939-1948
Box 3 Folder 30 1958
Report
Box 3 Folder 31 1946
Reports
Box 3 Folder 32 1967
Investigation of the shifts that have taken place in the distribution of income.
Box 3 Folder 33 1965
Puerto Rico
Box 3 Folder 34 1960
Before the Special Industry Committee No. 48A for Puerto Rico.
Box 3 Folder 35 1960
Box 3 Folder 36 1960
Box 3 Folder 37 1961
Box 3 Folder 38
Three booklets about Samuel Gompers.
Box 3 Folder 39 1953
Training program for Current Population Survey revision.
Box 3 Folder 40 1954
Box 3 Folder 41 1948
In the matter of the proposed private plan regulations.
Box 4 Folder 1
Essay by William Gomberg, Director Management Engirneering Department of the ILGWU. Undated.
Box 4 Folder 2 1970
By Lazare Teper. Statement presented before the Labor Committee on Education and Labor.
Box 4 Folder 3 1943
Appraisal of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Cost of Living Index.
Box 4 Folder 4 1964
Brief before the Trade Information Committee.
Box 4 Folder 5 1975
Report before the Trade Policy Staff Committee.
Box 4 Folder 6 1941
By Lazare Teper and Nathan Weinberg.
Box 4 Folder 7 1969
The management magazine of the needle trades. Regarding employee benefit and personnel policies survey.
Box 4 Folder 8 1978
Report regarding re-imposition of quotas on brassieres from the Dominican Republic.
Box 4 Folder 9 1944
Statements. Includes a speech delivered by George Meany.
Box 4 Folder 10 1975
Regarding CPI.
Box 4 Folder 11 1951-1952
Box 4 Folder 12 1952-1961
Box 4 Folder 13 1961-1970
Box 4 Folder 14 1970-1980
Box 4 Folder 15 1968
By Milton Fried and Lazare Teper. Regarding economic background and impact of imports.
Box 4 Folder 16 1975
Before the Trade Policy Staff Committee.
Box 4 Folder 17 1967
Analysis by Teper and Fried before the Tariff Commission of the United States.
Box 4 Folder 18 1978
Regarding bilateral textile agreements.
Box 4 Folder 19
Report by A. N. Towsen. Undated.
Box 4 Folder 20
Discussion by Teper. The Social and Economic Implications of the Fair Labor Standards Act: An Interpretation in Terms of Social Costs. Undated.
Box 4 Folder 21 1976
Conference
Box 4 Folder 22
Regarding free trade. Includes a review of the "Staff Report on Effects of Restrictions on United States Import" by W. Dulka and R. O'Sullivan. Undated.
Box 4 Folder 23 1961
Reports and statistics.
Box 4 Folder 24 1941
Memorandum by Teper
Box 4 Folder 25 1982
Correspondence regarding international textile fields.
Box 4 Folder 26 1961-1982
Reports and statistics.
Box 4 Folder 27 1975
Statement by Sol C. Chaikin submitted to the United States International Trade Commission.
Box 4 Folder 28 1974-1975
Analyses
Box 4 Folder 29 1966
Regarding Rochester and Monroe County in New York.
Box 4 Folder 30
Educational and occupational background, as well as list of publications. Undated.
Box 4 Folder 31 1961
List of companies involved in recent mergers or acquisitions.
Box 4 Folder 32
A document regarding California music, an invitation from the Veterans of the Office of Strategic Services, and midpoint computation.
Box 4 Folder 33 1977
Report on its background and shortcomings.
Box 4 Folder 34 1976
Correspondence and report entitled "Toward Rational Accounting in an Era of Unstable Money."
Box 4 Folder 35 1955
Interim report by the New York City Committee on Statistical Program
Box 4 Folder 36 1961-1977
Various reports on future trends, prospects, and outlook on the women's garment industry.
Box 4 Folder 37 1977
Regarding a meeting with President Jimmy Carter about imports and the Multifiber Textile Agreement.
Box 4 Folder 38 1967-1976
Various reports and correspondence.
Box 4 Folder 39 1967-1976
Box 4 Folder 40 1938
Report entitled "Why the Cost of Living Index Should Not Be Used as a Basis for Adjusting Railroad Wages."
Box 4 Folder 41 1930
Selected by Walter Wheeler Cook. Professor of Law, Institute of Law, The Johns Hopkins University.
Box 4 Folder 42 1930
Box 4 Folder 43 1947-1948
Describes a research program. Memoranda numbers 1 through 4.
Box 4 Folder 44 1948-1949
Memoranda numbers 5 through 7.
Box 4 Folder 45 1980
Greeting cards from Lazare Teper.
Box 4 Folder 46 1962
Supplement to a 1962 Bureau of Labor Statistics report.
Box 4 Folder 47 1952
Presented by William Ross, the manager of the Philadelphia dress joint board.
Box 4 Folder 48 1977
Report studying the trade and employment effects under this hypothesis.
Box 4 Folder 49 1941
Final statement of Senator Joseph C. O'Mahoney, Chairman.
Box 4 Folder 50 1980
Statement of Shelley Appleton, Secretary Treasurer.
Box 4 Folder 51 1976
Statements
Box 4 Folder 52
Comparisons of textile and apparel exports and imports. Undated.
Box 4 Folder 53 1947
Report entitled "The Present Status and Proposed Conversion of the Urban Wage Rate Series."
Box 4 Folder 54 1983
By the U.S. Textile Delegation. Includes business cards, a newspaper, and other miscellany.
Box 4 Folder 55 1971
Correspondence form Teper to Geoffrey H. Moore, the commissioner of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Box 4 Folder 56
Various.
Box 4 Folder 57 1921
Presented by W. Jett Lauck before the United States Railroad Labor Board. Three parts.
Box 5 Folder 1 1967
Novermber 16, 1967. 2 copies
Box 5 Folder 2 1967
November 16, 1967. 3rd copy
Box 5 Folder 3 1954-1955
Box 5 Folder 4 1970
May, 1970. 2 copies
Box 5 Folder 5 1947
Senate Committee on Labor and Public Welfare. February 25, 1947
Box 5 Folder 6 1959
Annual Meeting of the National Executive Board of the National Coat and Suit Recovery Board. February 5, 1959
Box 5 Folder 7 1941
July, 1941
Box 5 Folder 8 1968-1972
Sept-Oct. 1968; July-Aug. 1972.
Box 5 Folder 9 1960
Box 5 Folder 10 1960-1966
January 26, 1960; August 22, 1960 (2 copies); March 15, 1966
Box 5 Folder 11 1961
April 28, 1961. 2 copies.
Box 5 Folder 12 1960
3 copies
Box 5 Folder 13 1975
July 21, 1975
Box 5 Folder 14 1975
April 17, 1975
Box 5 Folder 15 1968
Box 5 Folder 16 1970
Italian
Box 5 Folder 17 1968
v.2:no.7 (1968:Sept.)
Box 5 Folder 18 1970
v.21:no.4 (1970:Mar./April); v.21:no.5 (1970:May/June)
Box 5 Folder 19 1970
Box 5 Folder 20
2 copies
Box 5 Folder 21 1938-1959
Box 5 Folder 22 1954
Box 5 Folder 23 1939-1948
Box 5 Folder 24 1970
Box 5 Folder 25 1949
Box 5 Folder 26
Box 5 Folder 27 1950
Box 5 Folder 28
Box 5 Folder 29 1948
Box 5 Folder 30 1960
Box 5 Folder 31 1942
Box 5 Folder 32
Box 5 Folder 33 1957
Box 5 Folder 34 1954-1965
Box 5 Folder 35 1959
Box 5 Folder 36 1960
Box 5 Folder 37 1961
Box 5 Folder 38 1966
Box 5 Folder 39 1968
Box 5 Folder 40 1970
Box 5 Folder 41 1953
Box 5 Folder 42 1973
Box 5 Folder 43 1956
Box 5 Folder 44 1954
Box 5 Folder 45