Guide to the ILGWU. Broadside Collection,
[1907-1976]

Collection Number: 5780/109

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

Contact Information:
Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives
Martin P. Catherwood Library
227 Ives Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
(607) 255-3183
kheel_center@cornell.edu
http://www.ilr.cornell.edu/library/kheel
Compiled by:
Kheel Staff
Date completed:
July 2011
EAD encoding:
Cheryl Beredo, July 2011

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


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
ILGWU. Broadside collection, 1907-1976
Collection Number:
5780/109
Creator:
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union.
Quantity:
5 linear feet
Forms of Material:
Broadsides, pamphlets, publications.
Repository:
Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
This collection consists of broadsides created or collected by the International Ladies Garment Workers Union.
Language:
Collection material in English and Yiddish.


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.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

This collection consists of broadsides created or collected by the International Ladies Garment Workers Union.

SUBJECTS

Names:
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union.
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union.

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

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. Broadside collection. 5780/109. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Martin P. Catherwood Library, Cornell University.

RELATED MATERIALS

5780. ILGWU Records

NOTES

"Permanent deposit"

ARRANGEMENT

This collection is arranged in alphabetical order.

CONTAINER LIST

Date
Description
Container
1933
Action Committee, ILGWU. Action Committee for week work and one (fighting) union
Box 1 Folder 1
1914-1925
American Federation of Labor
Box 1 Folder 2
1914, 1925
American Cloak and Manufacturers’ Association
Box 1 Folder 3
Undated.
1922-1928
Anarchist Workers’ Group,
Box 1 Folder 4
1922, 1925, 1927-28
Anti-Nazi and Fascist Committee of Twenty-Five of the ILGWU.
Box 1 Folder 5
Undated.
Baltimore Area
Box 1 Folder 6
Undated.
1939
Boston Joint Board. affiliated bodies
Box 1 Folder 7
1939
Boston Joint Board. affiliated bodies
Box 1 Folder 8
1935-1936
Buffalo, N.Y.
Box 1 Folder 9
1976
Campaign Committee. ILGWU
Box 1 Folder 10
1931
Campaign Committee (Finishers Trade Union Club) Local 9
Box 1 Folder 11
1929-1930
‘Centrist Groups’
Box 1 Folder 12
1933
Central Committee (of all) Left Wing Groups in the ILGWU
Box 1 Folder 13
1924
Chicago Joint Board and affiliated bodies
Box 1 Folder 14
Cincinnati
Box 1 Folder 15
Undated.
1937
Cleveland Joint Board. Local 195 and affiliated bodies
Box 1 Folder 16
1933
Cloak Committee of 100. Cloak Department of the Industrial Union
Box 1 Folder 17
1931
Cloak and Dress Pressers Left Wing Local 35, ILGWU
Box 1 Folder 18
1916-1933
Cloak and Dressmakers Misc. Group
Box 1 Folder 19
1916, 1925-27, 1933
1926
Cloak and Dress Pressers Social Aid League, Local. 35
Box 1 Folder 20
1927
Cloak and Dress Shop Chairmen’s Council
Box 1 Folder 21
1931-1933
Cloak and Dressmakers Left Wing Groups of the ILGWU
Box 1 Folder 22
1931, 1933
1932
Cloak and Dressmakers (United) Progressive League
Box 1 Folder 23
1926
Cloak, Dress, Rain Coat Makers and Ladies Tailors (Madison, Wisconsin)
Box 1
1930-1933
Cloak Operators Mutual Aid Club
Box 1 Folder 24
1930-31, 1933
1931
Cloakmaker Left Wing Groups of Local 1, ILGWU
Box 1 Folder 25
1934-1935
Cloak Shop Chairmen’s Committee
Box 1 Folder 26
1913
Cloak, Suit and Manufacturers of New York, United
Box 1 Folder 27
1930
Cloakmaker Center
Box 1 Folder 28
1933
Cloakmaker Left Wing Groups
Box 1 Folder 29
1922-1923
Cloakmakers Shop Delegates League
Box 1 Folder 30
1932
Cloakmaker Unemployment Council, Cloakmakers’ United Action Committee
Box 1 Folder 31
1931
Cloakmakers United Front Committee
Box 1 Folder 32
1926
Committee for Preservation of the Trade Unions
Box 1 Folder 33
1933
Committee of Action Elected at the Conference for Week Work and One Class Struggle Union in the Cloak Trade
Box 1 Folder 34
1924-1932
Committee of Fifty…
Box 1 Folder 35
1924, 1927-28, 1932
1929-1932
Committee of Ten and Twenty-Five
Box 1 Folder 36
1929, 1932
1923-1953
Communist Party, General
Box 1 Folder 37
1923, 1925-27, 1930, 1933-34, 1936, 1938-40, 1943-44, 1953
1938-1943
Communist Party (War Effort)
Box 1 Folder 38
1938, 1941- 43
1938-1946
Communist Party (Front Organizations)
Box 1 Folder 39
1938, 1940-46
1938-1974
Concert Programs
Box 1 Folder 40
Connecticut
Box 1 Folder 41
Undated.
1928-1950
Conventions
Box 1 Folder 42
1928, 1940, 1947, 1950
1940
Cotton Garment Workers
Box 1 Folder 43
Decatur, Illinois
Box 1 Folder 44
Undated.
1916
Dress and Waist Manufacturers Assn., NY
Box 1 Folder 45
Expelled Members
Box 1 Folder 46
Undated.
1939-1976
David Dubinsky,
Box 1 Folder 47
1939, 1949, 1957, 1976
1925-1946
Education Dept., ILGWU
Box 1 Folder 48
1925-26, 1928, 1935, 1939-40, 1944-46
1925-1941
Education Dept., ILGWU
Box 1 Folder 48
1925-29, 1940- 41
1915-1959
Firms (literature from workers, Union and firm)
Box 1 Folder 50
1915, 1925, 1928, 1933, 1938, 1959
1927-1947
Furriers Union
Box 1 Folder 51
1927, 1935-38, 1940-41, 1946-47
1920-1939
Furriers Union
Box 1 Folder 52
1920, 1936-39
1926-1935
General Executives Board and President’s Office
Box 2 Folder 1
1926-29, 1933-35
1926
General Strike Committee of the ILGWU of Locals 2, 3, 9,10, 23, 48, 64 and 82
Box 2 Folder 2
Hourwich, Isaac A.
Box 2 Folder 3
Undated.
1933
Infants’ and Children’s Wear Association, Inc., United,
Box 2 Folder 4
1912-1980
ILGWU General
Box 2 Folder 5
1912, 1923, 1925, 1927, 1929, 1935, 1938, 1949, 1951, 1970, 1977, 1980
1942
Italian-American Labor Council
Box 2 Folder 6
1934
Italian Dressmakers, Italian Progressive Comm. L. 48 and 89, Italian Trade Union Progressive Committee
Box 2 Folder 7
Joint Action Committee, Locals 2, 9, and 22.
Box 2 Folder 8
Undated. Joint Committee of Action, Locals 2,9, & 22
1927
Joint Defense (and Relief Committees…)
Box 2 Folder 9
1965
Justice
Box 2 Folder 10
1937-1938
Labor Stage
Box 2 Folder 11
1934
Left Wing Groups. General
Box 2 Folder 12
1931-1933
Left Wing Groups. ILGWU
Box 2 Folder 13
1932
Left Wing Groups of the Cloak Locals, ILGWU
Box 2 Folder 14
1931-1932
Left Wing Group Cloak Operators’ Local 1
Box 2 Folder 15
1932-1933
Left Wing Group, Local 1, 9..., 22... and 35
Box 2 Folder 16
1931-1937
Left Wing Group, Local 9
Box 2 Folder 17
1931-32, 1934-35, 1937
1932-1933
Left Wing Group, Local 35
Box 2 Folder 18
1932-1935
Left Wing Group of Local 1
Box 2 Folder 19
Local Elections
Box 2 Folder 20
Undated.
1922-1934
Local 1, Election Ballots (and Slates) from all local groups
Box 2 Folder 21
1922, 1930-31, 1933-34
1922-1935
Local 1, Cloak and Suit Operators Union
Box 2 Folder 22
1922-24, 1931-35
1914-1929
Local 2, Cloak, Suit and Reefer Operators
Box 2 Folder 23
1914, 1924-25, 1927-28, 1929
1925-1928
Local 2, Election Ballots (and Slates) from all local groups
Box 2 Folder 24
1925-26, 1928
Local 2, United Cloak and Skirt Maker’s Union, Philadelphia, Pa.
Box 2 Folder 25
Undated.
1922
Local 3, Sample Makers, Ladies’ Tailors
Box 2 Folder 26
1932-1933
Local 9, Committees for Week Work and One Fighting Union (Action Comm., Comm. of 50)
Box 2 Folder 27
1912-1934
Local 9, Cloak and Suit Finishers, and general groups in Local 9
Box 2 Folder 28
1912, 1925, 1928, 1930-34
1930-1937
Local 9, Trade Union Groups (Progressive and United)
Box 2 Folder 29
1930-32, 1934, 1937
1924-1949
Local 10, all groups and factions. [folder 1 of 2]
Box 2 Folder 30
1924-25, 1927-28, 1933-35, 1940, 1944, 1947, 1949
1924-1949
Local 10, all groups and factions. [folder 2 of 2]
Box 2 Folder 31
1924-25, 1927-28, 1933-35, 1940, 1944, 1947, 1949
Local 11, Cloakmakers Union
Box 2 Folder 32
Undated.
1924-1929
Local 17, Reefer Makers Union
Box 2 Folder 33
1924-25, 1929
1931-1942
Local 22, all groups and factions
Box 2 Folder 34
1931-33, 1934-35, 1937, 1942
1925-1965
Local 22, Dressmakers Union
Box 2 Folder 35
1925, 1927, 1931, 1933-35, 1937, 1942, 1944, 1947, 1956, 1965
1932-1948
Local 22, all groups and factions
Box 2 Folder 36
1932-34, 1937, 1944, 1947, 1948
1923
Local 33 and 34, Corset Workers’ & Corset Cutters’, Los Angeles, California
Box 3 Folder 1
1935-1957
Local 22, Dressmakers-Programs
Box 3 Folder 2
1935, 1943-44, 1947-48, 1957
1934-1942
Local 22, all groups and factions. [folder 1 of 2]
Box 3 Folder 3
1934-37, 1939-40, 1942
1934-1942
Local 22, all groups and factions. [folder 2 of 2]
Box 3 Folder 4
1934-37, 1939-40, 1942
1959-1975
Local 23-25
Box 3 Folder 5
1959-62, 1975
1922-1933
Local 35, Pressers’ Union, and other Local 35 groups
Box 3 Folder 6
1922, 1925-31, 1933
1929-1930
Local 38, Ladies’ Tailors, Theatrical Costume and Alteration Workers
Box 3 Folder 7
1949-1966
Local 48, Italian Cloakmakers
Box 3 Folder 8
1949, 1966
Local 49, Ladies Waist and Dressmakers Union, Boston
Box 3 Folder 9
Undated.
Local 50, Waist and Dressmakers, Philadelphia
Box 3 Folder 10
Undated.
1939-1963
Local 60, Dress Pressers and other Local 60 Groups
Box 3 Folder 11
1939, 1949, 1953-54, 1959, 1963
1921-1949
Local 62, White Goods Workers Union. [folder 1 of 2]
Box 3 Folder 12
1921, 1923-35, 1941, 1949
1921-1949
Local 62, White Goods Workers Union. [folder 2 of 2]
Box 3 Folder 13
1921, 1923-35, 1941, 1949
Local 65, Cloak and Dressmakers, Los Angeles
Box 3 Folder 14
Undated.
1908-1940
Local 66, Bonnaz Embroidery Workers
Box 3 Folder 15
1908, 1932-33, 1940
Local 72, Dressmakers Union, Toronto
Box 3 Folder 16
Undated.
1934
Local 76, White Goods Workers Union
Box 3 Folder 17
1936-1965
Local 89, Italian Dressmakers
Box 3 Folder 18
1936-37, 1947-50, 1953, 1965
1925-1938
Local 91, Children's’ Dress
Box 3 Folder 19
1925, 1933, 1937-38
1939
Local 102, Cloak and Dress Drivers & Helpers Union
Box 3 Folder 20
1922-1950
Local 117, Cloak, Suit, Infants’ and Children’s Coat Operator…Union. [folder 1 of 3]
Box 3 Folder 21
1922, 1931, 1936-40, 1943-44, 1946-50
1922-1950
Local 117, Cloak, Suit, Infants’ and Children’s Coat Operator…Union. [folder 2 of 3]
Box 3 Folder 22
1922, 1931, 1936-40, 1943-44, 1946-50
1922-1950
Local 117, Cloak, Suit, Infants’ and Children’s Coat Operator…Union. [folder 3 of 3]
Box 3 Folder 23
1922, 1931, 1936-40, 1943-44, 1946-50
1949-1965
Local 130, Coat and Suit Workers’ Union, New Jersey
Box 3 Folder 24
1949, 1965
Local 132, Plastic, Metal and Novelty Workers Union
Box 3 Folder 25
Undated.
1951
Local 134, Coat and Suit Workers Union, Paterson, New Jersey
Box 3 Folder 26
1950
Local 135, Coat and Suit Workers’ Union, Newark, New Jersey
Box 3 Folder 27
1934-1936
Ladies’ Neckwear Workers’ Union
Box 3 Folder 28
1948
Local 144, Dressmakers’ Union, Newark, New Jersey
Box 3 Folder 29
1934-1948
Local 155, Knitgoods Workers’ Union
Box 3 Folder 30
1934, 1940, 1944, 1948
1951
Local 165, Cloakmakers Union, Newburgh, New York
Box 3 Folder 31
1935
Local 184, Dressmakers’ Union, Seattle, Washington
Box 4 Folder 1
Local 266, Los Angeles, California
Box 4 Folder 2
Undated.
1943
Local 328, Kokomo, Indiana
Box 4 Folder 3
1956
Local 384, McAlester, Oklahoma
Box 4 Folder 4
Local 385, Salt Lake City, Utah
Box 4 Folder 5
Undated.
1920-1942
Los Angeles Joint Board and affiliated bodies
Box 4 Folder 6
1920, 1940-42
1920-1950
Los Angeles
Box 4 Folder 7
1920, 1939, 1950
1932-1939
May Day Committee
Box 4 Folder 8
1932-33, 1939
1933
Merchant Ladies Garment Association, Inc.
Box 4 Folder 9
1937-1942
Montreal (affiliated bodies)
Box 4 Folder 10
1937, 1940- 42
1939
Mooney, Tom and Warren K. Billings
Box 4 Folder 11
1931
Mutual Aid Club
Box 4 Folder 12
1927-1928
National Organization Committee, Cloak and Dressmakers’ Joint Board
Box 4 Folder 13
1948
Nazism, Fascism - (anti)
Box 4 Folder 14
1928
Needle Trades Workers Campaign Committee
Box 4 Folder 15
1929-1933
Needle Trades Workers Industrial Union (Joint Board Cloak, Dress and Furriers’ Union)
Box 4 Folder 16
1924-1934
Needle Trades Workers Industrial Union
Box 4 Folder 17
1924, 1928-34
1930-1933
Needle Trades Workers Industrial Union (Cloak and Dress Departments)
Box 4 Folder 18
1930-1931
Needle Trades Workers Unity League
Box 4 Folder 19
1923
New Jersey
Box 4 Folder 20
1921-1958
New York Cloak and Dressmakers’ Union Joint Board. [folder 1 of 3]
Box 4 Folder 21
1921, 1924-30, 1958
1921-1958
New York Cloak and Dressmakers’ Union Joint Board. [folder 2 of 3]
Box 4 Folder 22
1921, 1924-30, 1958
1921-1958
New York Cloak and Dressmakers’ Union Joint Board. [folder 3 of 3]
Box 4 Folder 23
1921, 1924-30, 1958
1933
New York Cloak Pressers Welfare Soc., Inc.
Box 4 Folder 24
1907-1960
New York Cloak, Suit, Skirt and Reefer Makers Union, (Joint Board…)
Box 4 Folder 25
1907-08, 1913-14, 1918, 1923, 1925-27, 1929, 1932-33, 1935-36, 1940, 1947, 1960
1932-1958
New York Dress and Waistmakers’ Union Joint Board,
Box 4 Folder 26
1932-33, 1935-36, 1947, 1958
1921
New York Dress and Waistmakers’ Union, 1921 Strike
Box 4 Folder 27
1953-1956
Northeast Department
Box 4 Folder 28
1953, 1956
1921-1927
Organizing Committee, ILGWU
Box 4 Folder 29
1921, 1927
1916-1964
Organizing Leaflets. [folder 1 of 2]
Box 4 Folder 30
1916, 1925, 1927-28, 1933, 1935, 1937, 1941, 1964
1916-1964
Organizing Leaflets. [folder 2 of 2]
Box 4 Folder 31
1916, 1925, 1927-28, 1933, 1935, 1937, 1941, 1964
1946-1956
Pennsylvania
Box 4 Folder 32
1946, 1949, 1956
1925-1935
Philadelphia Joint Board and affiliated bodies
Box 4 Folder 33
1925, 1927, 1935
1938
Political Leaflets
Box 4 Folder 34
1933-1935
Progressive Club, Local 17
Box 4 Folder 35
1933, 1935
1925-1937
Progressive Cutters’, Local 10
Box 5 Folder 1
1925, 1937
1925
Progressive Groups, Local 10 and 35
Box 5 Folder 2
1934-1935
Progressive League of Local 1
Box 5 Folder 3
1924-1925
Progressive Pressers’ of Local 35
Box 5 Folder 4
Puerto Rico
Box 5 Folder 5
Undated.
1922
Pure and Simple Trade Union League
Box 5 Folder 6
1949
Radio Broadcast union and non-union literature
Box 5 Folder 7
1932
Rank and File, ILGWU
Box 5 Folder 8
1931-1956
Rank and File Committee, Local 10
Box 5 Folder 9
Rank and File Committee of ACW, ILGWU and Hat Cap and Millinery Workers
Box 5 Folder 10
Undated.
1956
St. Louis Joint Board
Box 5 Folder 11
1934-1938
San Francisco Joint Board and affiliated bodies
Box 5 Folder 12
1934-35, 1938
1927
Shop Chairmen Council (Cloak and Dressmakers)
Box 5 Folder 13
1921
Shop Delegate Propaganda Committee
Box 5 Folder 14
1921-1922
Shop Delegates League
Box 5 Folder 15
1931
Social Friends Club (Local 9) and the Committee of 25
Box 5 Folder 16
Socialist Party
Box 5 Folder 17
Undated.
Socialist Workers Party
Box 5 Folder 18
Undated.
1951
Southeastern Region
Box 5 Folder 19
1936-1942
Southwestern Region
Box 5 Folder 20
1936, 1942
1927-1928
Tolerance ( and Solidarity) Groups
Box 5 Folder 21
1928-1976
Toronto Joint Board and affiliated locals
Box 5 Folder 22
1930-1934
Trade Union Center Groups (Local 1)
Box 5 Folder 23
1930- 32, 1934
Trade Union Committee to Manufacture Clothing for Spain
Box 5 Folder 24
Undated.
1922-1929
Trade Union Educational League
Box 5 Folder 25
1922- 1926, 1929
1930
Trade Unionist Groups (Locals 2, 9, 22, 35)
Box 5 Folder 26
1957
Training Institute, ILGWU
Box 5 Folder 27
Unemployment Committee of the Left Wing Groups, ILGWU
Box 5 Folder 28
Undated.
1967-1976
Union Label Department
Box 5 Folder 29
1967-68, 1970-72, 1976
1960-1969
Union Label Department
Box 5 Folder 30
1960-61, 1969
1933-1950
Unions (and general labor matters)
Box 5 Folder 31
1933-37, 1940, 1945-46, 1949-50
1937
United Active and Progressive Trade Union Center
Box 5 Folder 32
1922
United Campaign Committee of All the Progressive Elements, Locals of Cloakmakers Union
Box 5 Folder 33
1925-1935
United Dressmakers’ Committee, Left Wing and Active Members Groups, Local 22
Box 5 Folder 34
1925, 1935
1930-1932
United Front Committees
Box 5 Folder 35
Cloakmakers, Conference, & 100
1930-1933
United Progressive League
Box 5 Folder 36
1930-31, 1933. Incl. Cloakmakers & Dressmakers
1931-1934
United Progressive League. Local 1
Box 5 Folder 37
1933-1934
United Progressive Trade Union Center, (Local 1)
Box 5 Folder 38
1926
United Trade Unionist
Box 5 Folder 39
1927
Unity Committee. Joint Board Cloak and Dressmakers’ Union, Joint Board, Furriers Union
Box 5 Folder 40
1918-1968
Unity House
Box 5 Folder 41
1918, 1927, 1929-30, 1935-36, 1948, 1952-53, 1956, 1962, 1968
WEVD (Union Assembly)
Box 5 Folder 42
Undated.
“With These Hands”
Box 5 Folder 43
Undated.
Women’s Trade Union League
Box 5 Folder 44
Undated.