ILGWU. Archives Department records

Collection Number: 5780/111

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


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
ILGWU. Archives Department records, 1900-1987
Collection Number:
5780/111
Creator:
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union
Quantity:
4 linear ft.
Forms of Material:
Articles, reprints, pamphlets, correspondence, photographs.
Repository:
Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Contains correspondence, forms, and other files pertaining to the archives' everyday operation, as well as photocopies of materials from the ILGWU records on a variety of topics and local unions, and collected printed material about the ILGWU.
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).

ARCHIVES DEPARTMENT ORGANIZATIONAL HISTORY

The ILGWU Archives were established in New York City in 1973, under the direction of Henoch Mendelsund. Robert Lazar served as archivist. The archives sought to collect union correspondence, meeting minutes, collective bargaining agreements, publications, photographs, audio recordings, film, and memorabilia. In 1987, the ILGWU Archives were transferred to the Kheel Center.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

The records of the Archives Department include administrative records files relating to the establishment and operation of the unit, subject files containing photocopies of archival material, archival records maintained by the department, and publications.
Administrative records document how the archive was built, operated, and used. They include inventory and accession forms, correspondence with union officials and donors, financial records, and guidelines for the processing and care of archival records. These also include procedures for using the collections, guidelines for donating materials, and signed forms by researchers who accessed the archives. Materials relating to the archives' oral history project are also contained in these administrative files. These oral history audio recordings and transcripts (5780 OH and 5780/110 OHT) are available at the Kheel Center.
Subject files include prominent figures in the union, local unions, and other ILGWU affiliates and contain photocopies of records documenting the work of these individuals and organizations. Among the subject files and archival records are the ILGWU's founding meeting minutes (5780/111, box 1, folder 13), as well as minutes of the ILGWU predecessor union Sanctuary Local Assembly 3038 of the Knights of Labor.
Archival records include union correspondence, accounting ledgers, local union meeting minutes, and other material. The accounting ledgers of the Central States region are among the relatively few records held at the Kheel Center that document the activities of that department. The meeting minutes of Local 89, Local 48, Local 414, and Local 2585/414 fill out gaps in other series. These records from the Archives Department complement those in other series of the ILGWU Records
The Archives Department Publications (5780/121 PUBS) consist of printed material collected by the unit. They include newsletters and newspapers from local unions, collective bargaining agreements, membership censuses, financial and statistical reports, information welfare funds, legal records, and some material related to arbitration. Included in the papers of longtime ILGWU Archivist Robert Lazar (5780/121) is published sheet music.
SUBJECTS

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

Access Restrictions:
Access to the collections in the Kheel Center is restricted. Please contact a reference archivist for access to these materials.
Restrictions on Use:
This collection must be used in keeping with the Kheel Center Information Sheet and Procedures for Document Use.
Cite As:
ILGWU. Archives Department records #5780/111. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library.

RELATED MATERIALS

Related Collections:
5780: ILGWU records
5780/121: ILGWU. Archives Department. Robert Lazar papers
5780/121 PUBS: ILGWU. Archives Department collected publications

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
Box 1 Folder 1 1974-1983
Box 1 Folder 2 1978-1981
Box 1 Folder 3 1974-1979
Box 1 Folder 4 1974-1983
Box 1 Folder 5 1978
Box 1 Folder 6 1974-1983
Box 1 Folder 7 1980-1982
Box 1 Folder 8 1978-1981
Box 1 Folder 9 1977-1984
Box 1 Folder 10 1977-1982
Box 1 Folder 11
Box 1 Folder 12 1981-1983
Box 1 Folder 13 1900-1903
Box 1 Folder 14 1974-1978
Box 1 Folder 15 1980
Spanish
Box 1 Folder 16 1977-1983
Box 1 Folder 17 1978-1980
Box 1 Folder 18 1974-1976
Box 1 Folder 19 1975-1983
Box 1 Folder 20 1973-1982
Box 1 Folder 21 1962-1980
Box 1 Folder 22 1983
Box 1 Folder 23 1973-1975
Box 1 Folder 24
Box 1 Folder 25 1976-1985
Box 1 Folder 26 1978-1986
Box 1 Folder 27 1975-1985
Box 1 Folder 28 1979-1987
Box 1 Folder 29 1979-1983
Box 1 Folder 30 1979-1986
Box 1 Folder 31 1979-1987
Box 1 Folder 32 1980-1986
Box 1 Folder 33 1978-1985
Box 1 Folder 34 1979-1987
Box 1 Folder 35 1979-1986
Box 1 Folder 36 1979-1986
Box 1 Folder 37 1979-1984
Box 1 Folder 38 1979-1987
Box 1 Folder 39 1980-1987
Box 1 Folder 40 1978-1986
Box 1 Folder 41 1979-1982
Box 1 Folder 42 1980
Box 1 Folder 43 1978
Box 1 Folder 44 1983-1986
Box 1 Folder 45 1974-1980
Box 1 Folder 46 1976-1978
Box 1 Folder 47 1970-1971
Box 1 Folder 48 1972-1974
Box 1 Folder 49 1967
Box 1 Folder 50 1981-1982
Oversized, on top of other folders
Box 2 Folder 1 1980
Box 2 Folder 2 1983
Box 2 Folder 3 1982
Box 2 Folder 4 1981-1982
Box 2 Folder 5 1979
Box 2 Folder 6 1934-1949
Box 2 Folder 7 1979
Box 2 Folder 8 1937-1954
Box 2 Folder 9 1979
Box 2 Folder 10 1925-1950
Box 2 Folder 11 1933-1936
Box 2 Folder 12 1937-1946
Box 2 Folder 13 1975
Box 2 Folder 14 1937-1941
Box 2 Folder 15 1934-1949
Box 2 Folder 16 1954-1955
Box 2 Folder 17 1933-1941
Box 2 Folder 18 1933-1934
Box 2 Folder 19 1935-1947
Box 2 Folder 20 1927-1932
Box 2 Folder 21 1974
Box 2 Folder 22 1976-1978
Box 2 Folder 23 1974
Box 2 Folder 24 1923-1953
Box 2 Folder 25 1941-1969
Box 2 Folder 26 1947-1958
Box 2 Folder 27 1936-1959
Box 2 Folder 28 1935-1968
Box 2 Folder 29 1977-1979
Box 2 Folder 30 1954-1967
Box 2 Folder 31
Box 2 Folder 32 1948-1979
Box 2 Folder 33 1940-1973
Box 2 Folder 34 1930-1950
Box 3 Folder 1 1977
Box 3 Folder 2 1980-1984
Box 3 Folder 3 1947
Box 3 Folder 4 1983-1986
Box 3 Folder 5 1981
Box 3 Folder 6 1979-1981
Korean; Chinese
Box 3 Folder 7 1979-1982
Box 3 Folder 8 1981
Box 3 Folder 9 1981
Box 3 Folder 10 1981
Box 3 Folder 11 1981
Box 3 Folder 12 1981
Box 3 Folder 13 1976-1981
Box 3 Folder 14 1981
Box 3 Folder 15 1981
Box 3 Folder 16 1981
Box 3 Folder 17 1935-1965
Box 3 Folder 18 1941-1967
Box 3 Folder 19 1923-1976
1923-1929, 1946, 1959, 1976
Box 3 Folder 20
Box 3 Folder 21 1930-1934
Box 4 Folder 1 1981
Box 4 Folder 2
Box 4 Folder 3 1983-1987
Box 4 Folder 4 1986
Box 4 Folder 5 1984-1986
Box 4 Folder 6
Box 4 Folder 7 1986-1987
Box 4 Folder 8 1986
Box 4 Folder 9 1985-1986
Box 4 Folder 10 1984
Japanese
Box 4 Folder 11 1986-1987
Box 4 Folder 12 1986
Box 4 Folder 13
List of Persons Rescued
Box 4 Folder 14 1973-1986
Box 4 Folder 15 1974-1977
Box 4 Folder 16 1938-1984
Box 4 Folder 17 1974-1980
Box 4 Folder 18 1976-1981
Box 4 Folder 19 1947-1976
1947, 1974-1976
Box 4 Folder 20 1975-1978
Box 4 Folder 21 1974-1975
Box 4 Folder 22 1933-1977
Yiddish
Box 4 Folder 23 1982-1983
Box 4 Folder 24 1975-1985
Box 4 Folder 25 1979-1986
Box 4 Folder 26 1983
Box 4 Folder 27 1983-1985
Box 4 Folder 28 1984-1986
Box 4 Folder 29 1986
Box 4 Folder 30 1976-1983
Yiddish
Box 4 Folder 31 1975-1985
Yiddish
Box 4 Folder 32 1986
Box 4 Folder 33 1986
Box 4 Folder 34 1967
Box 4 Folder 35 1976-1986
Box 4 Folder 36 1976-1978
Box 4 Folder 37 1972-1985
Box 4 Folder 38 1971-1986
French
Box 4 Folder 39 1971-1986