Guide to the ILGWU. Education Department. Beverly Shulman papers

Collection Number: 5780/106

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

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DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
ILGWU. Education Department. Beverly Shulman papers, 1972-1991
Collection Number:
5780/106
Creator:
Shulman, Beverly International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union
Quantity:
2 linear ft.
Forms of Material:
Articles, reprints, pamphlets, correspondence, photographs.
Repository:
Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Consists of materials on several of the ILGWU's training institutes, seminars, and conferences.
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).

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

Beverly Shulman was Special Projects Coordinator in the Education Department of the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (ILGWU).

EDUCATION DEPARTMENT ORGANIZATIONAL HISTORY

Local union's of the ILGWU established and maintained robust, ambitious educational departments early on in the international's history. As these groups grew in size and scope, the international office sought to coordinate and centralize educational programming for the union's members, culminating in the formation of the Educational Department in 1918.
The department's programming included courses at the Workers' University at the Washington Irving High School in New York City, lectures at Unity Centers and Unity Houses in the northeastern United States, and other events. The educational offerings of the International's Education Department were varied, as had been the education departments of the local unions, and included not only classes in labor studies but also courses in languages, music, and the arts. The ILGWU's 1937 musical "Pins and Needles" exemplified the diversity of the union's programs.
Directors of the Education Department, especially Fannia Cohn and Mark Starr, wrote extensively on the ILGWU's programs and worker education in general. Longtime director Gus Tyler not only directed the department, but also served as the ILGWU's on-staff scholar. In later years, the Education Department went beyond collaborating with other education organizations and arranging in-house programs to also supporting post-secondary education for union members and their families.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

The Education Department records document activities across the entire period of the department's existence, with the bulk of the records covering the 1970s and 1990s. It contains papers from directors of the Education Department: Fannia Cohn, Mark Starr, Gus Tyler, and Kitty Krupat.
The earliest documentation of the department's work is found in the Fannia Cohn papers (5780/049, 5780/049 P); these contain correspondence, subject files, speeches, photographs, and printed material from her work as director of the Educational Department. A microfilm copy of the Fannia Cohn papers held at the New York Public Library (5998 mf) complements the Kheel Center's holdings. Documentation of the work of another longtime leader of the Education Department, Mark Starr, is contained in these records (5780/166, 5780/166 PUBS), as well as in a related collection from Starr on worker education programs (5243).
Documentation of the work of Gus Tyler, who led the merged Education and Political Department after Mark Starr's retirement in 1960, is also contained in the ILGWU records (5780/052, 5780/088, 5780/096). Tyler's papers are complemented by those of Assistant Director Jasper Peyton (5780/086) and Special Projects Coordinator Beverly Shulman (5780/106). These collections contain routine correspondence and memoranda, reports, materials relating to training institutes, seminars, and conferences, and printed material.
The papers of Kitty Krupat, who was serving as Education Director at the time of the ILGWU/ACTWU merger in 1995, constitute the entirety of Education Department records from the 1990s. They include correspondence, memoranda, reports, and financial records relating to the ILGWU's independent and collaborative education projects, including the Worker-Family Education Program, the Joint Union-University Committee on Labor Education, and the Consortium for Worker Education, as well as numerous trainings, conferences, and seminars. Also included in the files are materials from local unions and regional departments of the ILGWU, files on the Internationals' conventions, and reports to the General Executive Board.

SUBJECTS

Names:
Shulman, Beverly.
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union.
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union. Educational 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.


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Cite As:
ILGWU. Education Department. Beverly Shulman papers #5780/106. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library.

RELATED MATERIALS

Related Collections:
5780: ILGWU records
5780/138: ILGWU. Education Department. Kitty Krupat papers
5780/166: ILGWU. Education Department records
5780/166 PUBS: ILGWU. Education Department publications
5780/086: ILGWU. Education Department. Jasper Peyton papers
5780/049: ILGWU. Education Department. Fannia Cohn papers
5780/049 P: ILGWU. Education Department. Fannia Cohn photographs

CONTAINER LIST

Date
Description
Container
1991
The Global Factory ILGWU Worker-Family Education Program: An ESL Curriculum
Box 1 Folder 1
1977
Mayoralty Primary. Beame. Expenses
Box 1 Folder 2
1977
Mayoralty Primary. Beame. Correspondence: Incoming and Outgoing
Box 1 Folder 3
1977
Mayoralty Primary. Beame. Bronx Headquarters
Box 1 Folder 4
1977
Mayoralty Primary. Beame. Queens Headquarters
Box 1 Folder 5
1977
Mayoralty Primary. Beame. Manhattan Headquarters
Box 1 Folder 6
1974-1976
Mayoralty Primary. Leaflet Distribution
Box 1 Folder 7
1977
Mayoralty Primary. Endorsement of Mayor Beame
Box 1 Folder 8
August 15 - September 8, 1977
1977
Mayoralty Primary. Phone Banks
Box 1 Folder 9
1977
Citizens Committee for Assumption of Welfare
Box 1 Folder 10
Nov. 1977
1977
Mayoralty Primary. Beame. Suggestions for Telephone Banks, Local Reports from Local Hqtrs.
Box 1 Folder 11
Mayoralty Primary. Beame. Managers Pictures Taken with Mayor Beame
Box 1 Folder 12
1978
Hugh Carey Campaign
Box 1 Folder 13
1980
Nelson-for-Senate Committee
Box 1 Folder 14
1980
Arbitration Seminar
Box 1 Folder 15
Oct. 14-16, 1980
1980
Critical TV Seminar
Box 1 Folder 16
1978
Hotels - for Conferences
Box 1 Folder 17
1979
Advanced Staff Training Inst.
Box 1 Folder 18
March 26 - April 11, 1979
1978-1979
Advanced Staff Training. Re: ILGWU Training
Box 1 Folder 19
1979
Advanced Staff Training. Price Watch Patrol
Box 1 Folder 20
1978
Staff Training Institute
Box 1 Folder 21
November 8-21, New York, 1978.
1978
Staff Training Institute. Correspondence.
Box 1 Folder 22
1978
Supervisor's Conference
Box 1 Folder 23
June 7-9, 1978.
1978
Organizers' Conference
Box 1 Folder 24
February 2, 1978.
1979
Report to the Education Committee of the General Executive Board ILGWU
Box 1 Folder 25
August 20-22, 1979.
1978
ILGWU National Legislative Conference
Box 1 Folder 26
1978
Organizers' Conference. Non Union Forms.
Box 1 Folder 27
1977-1978
Organizers' Conference. Attendance and Schedule
Box 1 Folder 28
1978
Organizers' Conference. Correspondence.
Box 1 Folder 29
1978
Organizers' Conference. Diplomas.
Box 1 Folder 30
1978
Organizers' Conference. Materials sent to Ed Schneider.
Box 1 Folder 31
1978
Organizers' Conference. John DiGirolamo, Weekly Reports.
Box 1 Folder 32
1981
Advanced Training Institute, Unity House
Box 1 Folder 33
August 1981.
1981
Advanced Staff Training Inst.
Box 1 Folder 34
August 16 - 22, 1981
1978
Organizers' Conference. Kit Material.
Box 1 Folder 35
1977-1978
Organizers' Conference. Expenses
Box 1 Folder 36
1978
Organizers' Conference. Conference Contracts.
Box 1 Folder 37
1977
Organizers' Conference. A Study of Voter Attitudes
Box 1 Folder 38
1976
Organizers' School. Training Institute
Box 2 Folder 1
Reservations, Invoices, Checks Received & Paid Out.
1977-1981
Productivity Seminar. Bank Statements
Box 2 Folder 2
1977-1978
National Legislative Conference, Washington D.C.
Box 2 Folder 3
Jan. 29 - Feb. 1, 1978.
1972
Distribution of Demonstration Materials Country-Wide
Box 2 Folder 4
1972
Northeast Dept.
Box 2 Folder 5
1972
New York, Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx and Cloak - Out-of-Town
Box 2 Folder 6
1972
Eastern Region
Box 2 Folder 7
1972
Public Relations. All Submitted Files on Proposed Hiring of PR Firms
Box 2 Folder 8
1972-1973
Public Relations. All Bookings. TV, Radio, Newspapers (private interviews)
Box 2 Folder 9
1973
Responses to Requests for Literature
Box 2 Folder 10
1979
New Scripts
Box 2 Folder 11
1978-1979.
ILG Film Strip
Box 2 Folder 12
1979-1981
"We are the ILGWU" Booklets
Box 2 Folder 13
1978-1980
Harbor Festival
Box 2 Folder 14
July
1978
Harbor Festival
Box 2 Folder 15
July 4, 1978.
1980
"Harbor Festival Salute 1980"
Box 2 Folder 16
1981
Harbor Festival
Box 2 Folder 17
Lane Kirkland.
1981
Harbor Festival
Box 2 Folder 18
1980
Harbor Festival
Box 2 Folder 19
July 4, 1980.