© 2012 Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University
ILGWU. Library listing of selected
International Ladies' Garment Workers'
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Forms of Material:
Articles, reprints, pamphlets, correspondence,
Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives,
Cornell University Library
This collection consists of photocopied catalog cards of materials
transferred from the ILGWU library to the Kheel Center.
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).
LIBRARY ORGANIZATIONAL HISTORY
The ILGWU maintained an extensive library of publications on labor history and industrial and
labor relations, to support the union’s work on behalf of its members and the ladies’ garment
industry. It is unclear whether the ILGWU library represented in this collection was managed by
the Research Department, which maintained extensive holdings, or by another department in the
International’s general office.
This collection consists of photocopied catalog cards of materials transferred from the ILGWU
library to the Kheel Center, representing more than 700 volumes. These volumes included
monographs on the history of the labor movement in the United States and elsewhere, government
documents on the women's garment manufacturing industry, and analyses of federal codes, industry
wages, and international labor organizations. Also included were publications on the ILGWU, and
the union's departments and affiliates. The library catalog cards include basic bibliographic
information. Many of the volumes represented by the cards are now available in the Catherwood
Library or in publications collections of the ILGWU records.
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union.
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union. Educational
Women's clothing industry--United States.
Labor unions--Clothing workers--United States.
Clothing workers--United States.
Industrial relations--United States.
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