ILGWU. Archives Department. Robert Lazar papers

Collection Number: 5780/121

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


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
ILGWU. Archives Department. Robert Lazar papers, 1890-1985
Collection Number:
5780/121
Creator:
Lazar, Robert International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union
Quantity:
4.33333333333333 linear ft.
Forms of Material:
Articles, reprints, pamphlets, correspondence, photographs.
Repository:
Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
In addition to documentation of the archives' everyday operation, the papers of ILGWU archivist Robert Lazar include photocopies of materials from the ILGWU records, collected printed material about the ILGWU, sheet music, meeting minutes of local unions, and accounting ledgers.
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:
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:
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. Robert Lazar papers #5780/121. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library.

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
Box 1 Folder 1 1973
Box 1 Folder 2 1972
Box 1 Folder 3 1982
Box 1 Folder 4 1967
Box 1 Folder 5 1982
Box 1 Folder 6 1981
Box 1 Folder 7 1970-1971
Box 1 Folder 8 1983
Box 1 Folder 9 1978-1983
Box 1 Folder 10 1959-1961
Box 1 Folder 11 1968
Box 1 Folder 12 1968
Box 1 Folder 13 1976-1984
Box 1 Folder 14 1974-1976
Bound volume
Box 1 Folder 15 1923-1927
Box 1 Folder 16 1940-1945
Box 1 Folder 17 1945-1946
Box 1 Folder 18 1946-1961
Box 1 Folder 19 1978-1981
Box 1 Folder 20 1933
Bound volume
Box 1 Folder 21 1933-1934
Bound volume
Box 1 Folder 22 1983
Box 2 Folder 1 1954-1958
Box 2 Folder 2 1970
Box 2 Folder 3 1958
Box 2 Folder 4 1967
Box 2 Folder 5 1979
Box 2 Folder 6 1965
Box 2 Folder 7 1960-1976
Box 2 Folder 8 1961
Box 2 Folder 9 1965-1981
Box 2 Folder 10 1924-1926
Box 2 Folder 11 1946
Box 2 Folder 12 1945
Box 2 Folder 13 1915
Box 2 Folder 14 1915
Box 2 Folder 15 1920
Box 2 Folder 16 1926
brittle
Box 2 Folder 17 1959-1963
Box 2 Folder 18 1962-1966
Box 2 Folder 19 1970-1971
Box 2 Folder 20 1970
Box 2 Folder 21 1970-1973
Box 2 Folder 22 1963
Box 2 Folder 23 1946-1950
Box 2 Folder 24 1937-1951
Box 2 Folder 25 1937-1940
Box 2 Folder 26 1890-1924
Box 2 Folder 27 1935-1936
Box 2 Folder 28 1937-1941
Box 2 Folder 29 1968
Box 2 Folder 30 1963-1965
Box 2 Folder 31 1945-1947
Box 2 Folder 32 1974
Box 3 Folder 1 1984
Box 3 Folder 2 1985
Box 3 Folder 3 1985
Box 3 Folder 4 1976
Box 3 Folder 5 1979
Box 3 Folder 6 1968
Box 3 Folder 7 1968
Box 3 Folder 8 1968
Box 3 Folder 9 1973
Box 3 Folder 10 1966-1968
Box 3 Folder 11 1968
Box 3 Folder 12 1975-1982
Box 3 Folder 13 1962
Box 3 Folder 14 1968
Box 3 Folder 15 1985
Box 3 Folder 16 1967-1968
Box 3 Folder 17 1948
Box 3 Folder 18 1961-1970
Box 3 Folder 19 1963
Box 3 Folder 20 1982-1985
Box 3 Folder 21 1935-1940
Box 3 Folder 22 1970
Box 3 Folder 23 1943-1945
Some material in Hebrew alphabet
Box 4 Folder 1 1975
sheet music
Box 4 Folder 2 1947
sheet music
Box 4 Folder 3 1937
sheet music
Box 4 Folder 4 1951
sheet music
Box 4 Folder 5
sheet music
Box 4 Folder 6
sheet music
Box 4 Folder 7
sheet music
Box 4 Folder 8
sheet music
Box 4 Folder 9
sheet music
Box 4 Folder 10 1945
sheet music
Box 4 Folder 11
sheet music
Box 4 Folder 12
sheet music
Box 4 Folder 13
sheet music
Box 4 Folder 14
sheet music
Box 4 Folder 15
sheet music
Box 4 Folder 16
sheet music
Box 4 Folder 17
sheet music
Box 4 Folder 18
sheet music
Box 4 Folder 19
sheet music
Box 4 Folder 20
sheet music
Box 4 Folder 21
sheet music
Box 4 Folder 22
sheet music
Box 4 Folder 23
sheet music
Box 4 Folder 24
sheet music
Box 4 Folder 25
sheet music for second mandolin
Box 4 Folder 26
sheet music
Box 4 Folder 27
sheet music
Box 4 Folder 28
sheet music
Box 4 Folder 29
sheet music
Box 4 Folder 30
sheet music
Box 4 Folder 31
sheet music
Box 4 Folder 32
sheet music
Box 4 Folder 33
sheet music
Box 4 Folder 34
sheet music
Box 4 Folder 35
sheet music
Box 4 Folder 36
sheet music
Box 4 Folder 37
sheet music
Box 4 Folder 38
sheet music
Box 4 Folder 39
sheet music
Box 4 Folder 40
sheet music
Box 4 Folder 41
sheet music
Box 4 Folder 42 1917
sheet music
Box 4 Folder 43 1925
sheet music
Box 5 Folder 1 1934-1938
Brittle, bound; oversized box
Box 5 Folder 2 1934-1938
Brittle, bound; oversized box