ILGWU. Education Department publications

Collection Number: 5780/166 PUBS

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


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
ILGWU. Education Department publications, 1920-1995
Collection Number:
5780/166 PUBS
Creator:
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union
Quantity:
3 linear ft.
Forms of Material:
Articles, reprints, pamphlets, correspondence, photographs.
Repository:
Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
This collection consists of publications either created or collected by the Education Department. Publications include speeches and articles by Fannia Cohn and Mark Starr, and reports of the Education Department and the Ladies Apparel Accessories Council.
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).

EDUCATIONAL 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:
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union.
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union. Education Dept.

Subjects:
Women's clothing industry--United States.
Clothing workers--Labor unions--United States.
Clothing workers--United States.
Industrial relations--United States.

Form and Genre Terms:
Publications.


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Access Restrictions:
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Restrictions on Use:
This collection must be used in keeping with the Kheel Center Information Sheet and Procedures for Document Use.
Cite As:
ILGWU. Education Department publications #5780/166 PUBS. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library.

RELATED MATERIALS

Related Collections:
5780: ILGWU records
5780/106: ILGWU. Education Department. Beverly Shulman papers
5780/138: ILGWU. Education Department. Kitty Krupat papers
5780/166: ILGWU. Education Department records
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

Container
Description
Date
Box 1 Folder 1 1959
November 1959.
Box 1 Folder 2 1955
Box 1 Folder 3 1956
Box 1 Folder 4 1954
October 1954.
Box 1 Folder 5 1948
May 1948.
Box 1 Folder 6 1957
Training for Union Service talk by Ed Banyai, General Director of Organizing in Pennsylvania and Delaware, given to Officers' Qualification Courses Trade Union Techniques Class, December 4, 1957.
Box 1 Folder 7 1926
Reprinted from Workers' Education, February 1926.
Box 1 Folder 8
Box 1 Folder 9 1921-1949
Box 1 Folder 10 1954-1955
July 1954. 3 copies. November 1955.
Box 1 Folder 11 1956
March 1956.
Box 1 Folder 12
Box 1 Folder 13 1938
Training for Trade Union Service Course.
Box 1 Folder 14 1955
May 1955.
Box 1 Folder 15
Trade Union Service Documents.
Box 1 Folder 16 1947
Training for Trade Union Service.
Box 1 Folder 17 1950
Box 1 Folder 18 1948
Box 1 Folder 19 1954
Speech July 1954.
Box 1 Folder 20 1939
Box 1 Folder 21 1947
May 1947. 2 copies; Part 1, 2 copies; Part 2, 2 copies.
Box 1 Folder 22 1946
Issues no.1-3 (1946: June-Dec.). 3 copies each no.1-2; 2 copies no.3. Brittle.
Box 1 Folder 23 1946
March 1946. 3 copies.
Box 1 Folder 24
Box 1 Folder 25 1955-1956
2 copies
Box 1 Folder 26
2 copies
Box 1 Folder 27 1920-1921
English and Yiddish. January 1920-March 1921. Photocopies.
Box 1 Folder 28 1944
March 1944.
Box 1 Folder 29 1951
Box 1 Folder 30 1965
Box 1 Folder 31 1942
May 1942. Photocopy.
Box 1 Folder 32 1945
March 1945. 2 copies.
Box 1 Folder 33 1950
I.L.G.W.U. Filmstrip no.4. 2 copies.
Box 1 Folder 34 1938
Box 1 Folder 35 1937-1948
1937 edition and 1948 edition.
Box 1 Folder 36
Syllabus for Officers' Qualification Course. Lessons 1-6. [Lesson 5 mis-labeled as Lesson 6]
Box 1 Folder 37 1934
3 copies.
Box 1 Folder 38
Box 1 Folder 39 1939-1941
Two copies of 1939 catalog and one copy each of the 1939-1940 and 1940-1941 catalogs.
Box 1 Folder 40 1934
2 copies
Box 1 Folder 41 1940
Box 1 Folder 42 1927-1928
English and Yiddish.
Box 1 Folder 43 1941
September 1941.
Box 1 Folder 44 1955
Manual for Education Committees. One copy printed 1955; one copy undated. Mastheads differ slightly between copies.
Box 1 Folder 45
Box 1 Folder 46 1954
Box 1 Folder 47 1947
January 1947. Two slightly different copies.
Box 1 Folder 48 1956
May 14, 1956.
Box 1 Folder 49 1937
July 1937.
Box 1 Folder 50 1945
May 1945.
Box 1 Folder 51 1955
Box 1 Folder 52 1923
Educational Series no.1. 2 copies.
Box 1 Folder 53
Spanish
Box 1 Folder 54
Box 1 Folder 55
Box 1 Folder 56 1921-1936
English and Spanish.
Box 1 Folder 57 1936-1943
Box 1 Folder 58 1939-1945
Box 1 Folder 59 1944-1947
Box 1 Folder 60 1946-1954
English and Spanish.
Box 1 Folder 61 1947-1948
Box 1 Folder 62 1946-1954
Box 2 Folder 1 1942
Reprinted from Justice, June 15, 1942. 2 copies.
Box 2 Folder 2 1937-1938
3 copies
Box 2 Folder 3 1939-1940
Box 2 Folder 4 1940-1941
3 copies
Box 2 Folder 5 1941-1942
3 copies
Box 2 Folder 6 1944-1946
2 copies
Box 2 Folder 7 1946-1948
Box 2 Folder 8 1953-1956
2 copies
Box 2 Folder 9 1959
Box 2 Folder 10 1966
Box 2 Folder 11 1940
A Syllabus for Discussion Groups by Becky Chalmers Barton. December 1940.
Box 2 Folder 12 1934
Box 2 Folder 13 1952
Box 2 Folder 14
Box 2 Folder 15 1935
2 copies
Box 2 Folder 16 1934-1959
English and Spanish. 1934; 1947; 1950; 1955; 1959 (2 copies).
Box 2 Folder 17 1934
August 1934.
Box 2 Folder 18 1954
Spanish. Reprint from Eces de Nueva York, no.409 (1954:Sep. 5).
Box 2 Folder 19 1940
October 1940.
Box 2 Folder 20 1940-1941
Box 2 Folder 21 1938-1943
Box 2 Folder 22 1938-1943
Box 2 Folder 23 1947
Box 2 Folder 24 1947-1949
Box 2 Folder 25 1946-1947
Box 2 Folder 26 1947
Box 2 Folder 27 1947
Box 2 Folder 28 1928
Educational Series no.2. 2 copies.
Box 2 Folder 29 1950
Filmstrip no.3.
Box 2 Folder 30 1939
A Guide Toward Union Principles and Practice. 2 copies.
Box 2 Folder 31 1959
The General Strike of the Waistmakers of 1909. By Daniel Nelson. November 1959.
Box 2 Folder 32 1958
Box 2 Folder 33
Box 2 Folder 34 1949
Part 1. March 1949.
Box 2 Folder 35 1940
Excerpts from the General Executive Board Report. 1940. 4 copies.
Box 2 Folder 36 1954-1956
no.8-11 (1954); no.12-+13,15 (1955); no.18 (1956). 2 copies each of no. 15 and 18.
Box 2 Folder 37 1948
October 1948.
Box 2 Folder 38 1935
2 copies
Box 2 Folder 39 1954-1955
v.1:no.1 (1954:Sep.); v.2:no.1 (1955:June); v.2:no.2 (1955:Sep.)
Box 2 Folder 40 1937
2 copies
Box 2 Folder 41 1938
Box 2 Folder 42 1939
2 copies
Box 2 Folder 43 1940
Box 2 Folder 44 1941
2 copies
Box 2 Folder 45 1942
1 complete copy and 1 incomplete copy.
Box 2 Folder 46 1943
Box 2 Folder 47 1945
1 complete copy and 1 incomplete copy.
Box 2 Folder 48 1948
2 copies
Box 2 Folder 49 1949
3 copies
Box 2 Folder 50 1970-1971
Box 2 Folder 51 1955
v.1:no.4 (1955:Jan.)
Box 2 Folder 52
Box 2 Folder 53
Box 2 Folder 54 1941
April 1941.
Box 2 Folder 55 1955
no.2 (1955:Oct.)
Box 2 Folder 56
3 identical copies, plus one slightly different
Box 2 Folder 57 1938
Box 2 Folder 58 1971
November, 1971.
Box 2 Folder 59 1977
February, 1977.
Box 2 Folder 60 1942
Box 2 Folder 61
Box 2 Folder 62 1956
Box 2 Folder 63 1955
Box 2 Folder 64 1953
Box 2 Folder 65
2 copies
Box 2 Folder 66 1959
Spanish
Box 2 Folder 67
2 copies
Box 2 Folder 68 1958
February 3-16, 1958
Box 2 Folder 69 1956
Box 2 Folder 70 1924
Box 2 Folder 71 1954
Newspaper. September 16, 1954; September 23, 1954. Brittle.
Box 2 Folder 72 1952
Talk given by Henoch Mendelsund. November 1952. 2 copies.
Box 2 Folder 73 1958
Box 2 Folder 74 1932
December 1932.
Box 2 Folder 75 1959
Summary of a Discussion. November 19, 1959.
Box 2 Folder 76 1935
Reprinted from The New Republic, January 30, 1935.
Box 2 Folder 77 1950
Reprinted from Adult Education Journal, v.9:no.2 (1950:Apr.)
Box 2 Folder 78 1945
2 copies
Box 2 Folder 79 1943
Box 2 Folder 80 1946
Box 2 Folder 81
Box 2 Folder 82
Box 3 Folder 1 1937-1944
Box 3 Folder 2 1945-1948
English and German
Box 3 Folder 3 1948-1950
Box 3 Folder 4 1951-1953
Box 3 Folder 5
Box 3 Folder 6 1942
May 1942.
Box 3 Folder 7 1930
Box 3 Folder 8 1961
Box 3 Folder 9 1961
June 1961.
Box 3 Folder 10 1952
Box 3 Folder 11 1952
Box 3 Folder 12 1965
July 1965.
Box 3 Folder 13 1979
Box 3 Folder 14 1947
Box 3 Folder 15 1941
Box 3 Folder 16 1949
Box 3 Folder 17
2 copies
Box 3 Folder 18 1926-1936
v.3:no.4 (1926:Feb.); v.12:no.3 (1935:July); v.13:no.4 (1936:Oct.)
Box 3 Folder 19 1941
Box 3 Folder 20 1950
January 1950.
Box 3 Folder 21
Box 3 Folder 22
Box 3 Folder 23 1993-1994
English, Spanish, and Chinese. Site 218
Box 3 Folder 23 1994-1995
English, Spanish, and Chinese. Site 218
Box 3 Folder 24
Box 3 Folder 25 1994
Student magazine. 2 copies.
Box 3 Folder 26 1990
Local 23-25. Chinatown Site
Box 3 Folder 26 1995
Local 23-25. Chinatown Site.
Box 3 Folder 27 1990-1991
Local 155
Box 3 Folder 28 1989
Local 155
Box 3 Folder 29 1994
Spanish. vol. 1
Box 3 Folder 30 1987-1988
Box 3 Folder 31 1990
Box 3 Folder 32 1989