ILGWU Research Department Records

Collection Number: 5780/168

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


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
ILGWU Research Department Records, 1890-1995
Collection Number:
5780/168
Creator:
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (ILGWU)
Quantity:
13.5 linear ft.
Forms of Material:
Correspondence, records, pamphlets.
Repository:
Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
This collection contains books, journals, reports, pamphlets, advertisements, and correspondence of the Research Department.
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).

ORGANIZATIONAL HISTORY

Formed in 1937, the Research Department of the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (ILGWU) supported the administrative operations of the Union and coordinated the ILGWU's investigative operations. It provided union leaders with information on wages, working conditions, economic conditions, and other matters in the women's garment industry; analyzed information for the union; and monitored developments in the industry.
In addition to providing research for union leadership, Research Department staff prepared materials for Congressional testimony, presented cases on behalf of local unions to the War Labor Board, and worked to administer the Fair Labor Standards Act. At times, the director of the Research Department represented the ILGWU in national forums.
The Department also maintained an extensive library, collecting and housing documents from Union administrative staff that were deemed substantive and of lasting value to the Union, whether produced internally or externally. The information gathered by the Department was of particular value during labor disputes and contract negotiations.
Lazare Teper was the founding director of the ILGWU's Research Department, working in that position from 1937 to 1980. Born in Russia sometime between 1906 and 1908, Teper later studied at the University of Paris and earned his doctorate at Johns Hopkins University. He died in New York City in 1985.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

The Research Department records reflect the department's varied functions, documenting its role in gathering and analyzing information for international and local union leadership, representing the union before government and labor organizations, and gathering materials of research, and oftentimes historical, value. Some segments of the records focus on one aspect of the department's work, and others include documentation across the department's functions.
Research Department director Lazare Teper's papers, for example, include files relating to the Wage Stabilization Board (5780/105). The department also maintained records focused on the National Coat and Suit Industry Board (statements of receipts and disbursements, label division reports, meetings minutes, bulletins to members, and other reports and resolutions), as well as some related legal files (5780/123). Also among the documents collected by the Research Department are the New York Coat and Suit Industry Reports between 1934 and 1960. (5780/168)
Parts of the Research Department records consist primarily of collected documents from ILGWU affiliates. In this way, they resemble and, in some instances, complement the parts of the Archives Department Records (5780/121, 5780/121 PUBS), records generated by local unions (Series III), and the general collection of ILGWU publications (5780 PUBS). Research Department records of this kind contain records of predecessor unions to the ILGWU and ILGWU local union records (5780/045), or the annual report, "Conditions in the Women's Clothing Industry" (5780/078).
Other parts of the Research Department records document all of the department's functions. These records include financial and administrative reports, meeting minutes, and correspondence (5780/056, 5780/209), collected printed material (5780/168), and ILGWU statements on issues related to the garment industry (5780/209).
The files of this collection contain books, journals, reports, pamphlets, advertisements, and correspondence of the Research Department of the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union. Also included are correspondence of Lazare Teper, organizational material from local unions all over the United States, reports and writings by Research Department staff (including analyses of strikes between 1940 and 1945), files on the Cone Mills and S. Lichtenberg campaigns, as well as documents collected by the department. Among the documents collected by the Research Department are the New York Coat and Suit Industry Reports between 1934 and 1960.
SUBJECTS

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

Subjects:
Women's clothing industry--United States.
Women's clothing industry--New York (State)--New York.
Child labor--United States.
Child labor--New York (State)--New York.
Minimum wage--United States.
Minimum wage--New York (State)--New York.
Labor unions--Clothing workers--United States.
Labor unions--Clothing workers--New York (State)--New York.
Clothing workers--United States.
Clothing workers--New York (State)--New York.
Industrial relations--United States.
Industrial relations--New York (State)--New York.

Form and Genre Terms:
Correspondence.
Records.
Pamphlets.


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 Research Department Records #5780/168. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library.

RELATED MATERIALS

Related Collections:
5780: ILGWU records
5780/045: ILGWU Research Department Records
5780/056: ILGWU Research Department Collected Documents
5780/078: ILGWU Research Department Reports
5780/105: ILGWU Research Department Records
5780/123: ILGWU Research Department Records
5780/209: ILGWU Research Department Records

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
Box 1 Folder 1 1890
July 26, 1890
Box 1 Folder 2 1894
August 23, 1894
Box 1 Folder 3 1953
Box 1 Folder 4 1951
Box 1 Folder 5 1971
Box 1 Folder 6 1937
Box 1 Folder 7 1939
Box 1 Folder 8 1940
Box 1 Folder 9 1938
Box 1 Folder 10 1938
Box 1 Folder 11 1940
Box 1 Folder 12 1941
Box 1 Folder 13 1936-1938
Box 1 Folder 14 1943-1945
Box 1 Folder 15 1936- 1939
Box 1 Folder 16 1955
Box 1 Folder 17 1948
Box 1 Folder 18
Box 1 Folder 19
Box 1 Folder 20
Box 1 Folder 21
Box 1 Folder 22 1949
Box 1 Folder 23 1938
Box 1 Folder 24 1938
Box 2 Folder 1 1940
Box 2 Folder 2 1940
Box 2 Folder 3 1942
Box 2 Folder 4 1943
Box 2 Folder 5 1944
Box 2 Folder 6 1945
Box 2 Folder 7 1958
Box 2 Folder 8 1959
Box 2 Folder 9 1957
Box 2 Folder 10 1958
Box 2 Folder 11 1956
Box 2 Folder 12 1955
Box 2 Folder 13 1955
Box 2 Folder 14 1953
Box 2 Folder 15 1952
Box 2 Folder 16 1960
Box 2 Folder 17 1960
Box 2 Folder 18 1954
Box 2 Folder 19 1959
Box 2 Folder 20 1954
Box 2 Folder 21 1953
Box 2 Folder 22 1943-1944
Box 2 Folder 23 1944-1945
Box 2 Folder 24 1917-1918
Box 2 Folder 25 1942-1950
Box 2 Folder 26 1951-1952
Box 2 Folder 27 1948
Box 2 Folder 28 1948
Box 2 Folder 29 1949
Box 2 Folder 30 1949
Box 3 Folder 1 1936
Box 3 Folder 2 1936
Box 3 Folder 3 1937
Box 3 Folder 4 1938
Box 3 Folder 5 1938
Box 3 Folder 6 1939
August 12, 1939
Box 3 Folder 7 1939
Box 3 Folder 8 1934
Box 3 Folder 9 1935
Box 3 Folder 10 1935
Box 3 Folder 11 1942
Box 3 Folder 12 1942
Box 3 Folder 13 1943
Box 3 Folder 14 1943
Box 3 Folder 15 1944
Box 3 Folder 16 1944
Box 3 Folder 17 1945
Box 3 Folder 18 1946
Box 3 Folder 19 1945
Box 3 Folder 20
March 20, 1934
Box 3 Folder 21 1950
Box 3 Folder 22 1951
January 8, 1951
Box 3 Folder 23 1951
April 16, 1951
Box 3 Folder 24 1952
March 31, 1952
Box 3 Folder 25 1951
November 24, 1951
Box 3 Folder 26 1940
April 1, 1940
Box 3 Folder 27 1940
November 11, 1940
Box 3 Folder 28 1941
April 1, 1941
Box 3 Folder 29 1941
November 11, 1941
Box 3 Folder 30 1945
November 28, 1945
Box 3 Folder 31 1946
April 8, 1946
Box 3 Folder 32 1946
November 1, 1946
Box 3 Folder 33 1947
April 24, 1947
Box 3 Folder 34 1917-1918
April 1917-November 1918
Box 3 Folder 35 1952
Box 3 Folder 36 1948
Box 3 Folder 37 1933-1935
Box 3 Folder 38 1947
Box 3 Folder 39 1930
Box 3 Folder 40 1919
Box 3 Folder 41 1947
Box 3 Folder 42 1945
Box 3 Folder 43 1947
Box 3 Folder 44 1936
Box 3 Folder 45
Box 3 Folder 46 1933
Box 3 Folder 47 1934
Box 3 Folder 48 1954-1961
Box 3 Folder 49 1946-1948
April 29, 1946 - Dec. 17, 1948
Box 3 Folder 50 1948-1954
January 14, 1948-March 1954
Box 3 Folder 51 1943-1945
Box 3 Folder 52 1942
May 1942
Box 4 Folder 1 1983
January 4, 1983 - October 6, 1983
Box 4 Folder 2 1938-1942
Box 4 Folder 3 1948
Box 4 Folder 4 1939
Box 4 Folder 5 1955-1970
Box 4 Folder 6 1969-1970
Box 4 Folder 7 1939
Box 4 Folder 8 1957
Box 4 Folder 9 1961-1968
Box 4 Folder 10 1963-1965
Box 4 Folder 11 1965-1966
Box 4 Folder 12 1967
Box 4 Folder 13 1978
June 1978
Box 4 Folder 14 1936
February 1936
Box 4 Folder 15 1941
June 1941
Box 4 Folder 16 1941
March 1941
Box 4 Folder 17 1936
March 1936
Box 4 Folder 18 1936
March 1936
Box 4 Folder 19 1970
March 31, 1970
Box 4 Folder 20 1969
August 27, 1969
Box 4 Folder 21 1960- 1968
Box 4 Folder 22 1948
June 1948
Box 4 Folder 23 1946
Box 4 Folder 24 1943
December 29, 1943
Box 4 Folder 25 1963
September 26, 1963
Box 4 Folder 26 1979
Box 4 Folder 27 1953
Box 4 Folder 28 1952
May 28, 1952
Box 4 Folder 29 1946
Box 4 Folder 30 1938
November 1, 1938
Box 4 Folder 31 1939
Box 4 Folder 32
Box 4 Folder 33 1949
Box 4 Folder 34 1934
Box 4 Folder 35 1933
Box 4 Folder 36 1952
June 1952
Box 4 Folder 37 1954
March 10, 1954
Box 4 Folder 38 1923
Box 4 Folder 39 1918
Box 4 Folder 40 1951
January 11, 1951
Box 4 Folder 41 1946
Box 4 Folder 42 1948
March 1948
Box 4 Folder 43
Box 4 Folder 44 1948
Box 4 Folder 45 1949
Box 4 Folder 46 1949
October 20, 1949
Box 4 Folder 47 1950
December 5, 1950
Box 4 Folder 48 1978
July 26, 1978
Box 4 Folder 49 1942
November 16, 1942
Box 4 Folder 50 1949
April 29, 1949
Box 4 Folder 51 1949
April 29, 1949
Box 4 Folder 52 1941
July 1941
Box 4 Folder 53
Box 4 Folder 54 1940
Box 4 Folder 55 1941
Box 4 Folder 56 1950
October 4, 1950
Box 4 Folder 57 1945
Box 4 Folder 58 1945
Box 5 Folder 1 1940
September 1940
Box 5 Folder 2 1940
November 1940
Box 5 Folder 3
Box 5 Folder 4 1921-1931
Box 5 Folder 5 1947
July 23, 1947
Box 5 Folder 6 1942
November 16, 1942
Box 5 Folder 7
Box 5 Folder 8 1948
February 24, 1948
Box 5 Folder 9 1948
May 6, 1948
Box 5 Folder 10 1939
October 1939
Box 5 Folder 11 1952
April 5, 1952
Box 5 Folder 12 1944
October 1944
Box 5 Folder 13 1952
Box 5 Folder 14 1946
June 4, 1946
Box 5 Folder 14 1943
Box 5 Folder 16 1946
Box 5 Folder 17 1939
August 15, 1939
Box 5 Folder 18 1915
March 1915
Box 5 Folder 19 1913
May 1913
Box 5 Folder 20 1923
Box 5 Folder 21 1921
April 1921
Box 5 Folder 22 1938
Box 5 Folder 23 1949
March 1949
Box 5 Folder 24 1952
Box 5 Folder 25 1937
Box 5 Folder 26 1938
Box 5 Folder 27 1961-1970
November 1961-June 1970
Box 5 Folder 28 1975
Box 5 Folder 29 1939
Box 5 Folder 30 1951
January-August 1951
Box 5 Folder 31
Box 5 Folder 32 1960
Box 5 Folder 33 1960
Box 5 Folder 34 1918-1937
Box 5 Folder 35
Box 6 Folder 1 1920
May 10-20,1920
Box 6 Folder 2 1935
English and Yiddish
Box 6 Folder 3 1948
Box 6 Folder 4 1940
May 1940
Box 6 Folder 5 1948
Box 6 Folder 6 1972
Spanish
Box 6 Folder 7 1928-1934
English and Yiddish
Box 6 Folder 8 1927
Box 6 Folder 9 1936
Box 6 Folder 10 1943
May 1943
Box 6 Folder 11 1950-1954
Box 6 Folder 12 1951
January-August 1951
Box 6 Folder 13
Box 6 Folder 14 1930-1931
Box 6 Folder 15 1959
August 1959
Box 6 Folder 16 1942
Box 6 Folder 17 1924
Box 6 Folder 18 1944-1948
Box 7 Folder 1 1915
Box 7 Folder 2
Box 7 Folder 3
Box 7 Folder 4 1916
Box 7 Folder 5
Box 7 Folder 6 1915
Box 7 Folder 7 1913
December 11, 1913
Box 7 Folder 8 1914
Box 7 Folder 9 1913
Box 7 Folder 10 1914
January 23-24, 1914
Box 7 Folder 11 1926
March 6, 1926
Box 7 Folder 12 1914
October 13, 1914
Box 7 Folder 13 1913
Box 7 Folder 14 1913
July 7, 1913
Box 7 Folder 15 1913
July 8, 1913
Box 8 Folder 1 1942
Box 8 Folder 2
Box 8 Folder 3
Box 8 Folder 4
Box 8 Folder 5 1956-1958
Box 8 Folder 6 1955-1958
Box 8 Folder 7 1956-1957
Box 8 Folder 8 1955-1958
Box 8 Folder 9 1955-1957
Box 8 Folder 10 1955-1958
Box 8 Folder 11 1958
Box 8 Folder 12 1955-1958
Box 8 Folder 13 1956-1959
Box 8 Folder 14 1952-1955
Box 8 Folder 15 1956-1958
Box 8 Folder 16 1956-1958
Box 8 Folder 17 1955-1957
Box 8 Folder 18 1956-1959
Box 8 Folder 19 1949-1957
Box 8 Folder 20 1957-1958
Box 8 Folder 21 1955-1957
Box 8 Folder 22 1956-1958
Box 8 Folder 23 1956-1958
Box 8 Folder 24 1953-1958
Box 8 Folder 25 1956-1958
Box 8 Folder 26 1949-1950
Box 8 Folder 27 1955-1958
Box 8 Folder 28 1954-1956
Box 8 Folder 29 1953-1954
Box 8 Folder 30 1955-1956
Box 8 Folder 31 1956-1958
Box 8 Folder 32 1952-1955
Box 8 Folder 33 1955-1958
Box 8 Folder 34 1957-1958
Box 8 Folder 35 1957-1958
Box 8 Folder 36 1957-1958
Box 8 Folder 37 1955-1958
Box 8 Folder 38 1956-1958
Box 8 Folder 39 1957-1959
Box 9 Folder 1 1914
Box 9 Folder 2 1914
Box 9 Folder 3 1913
November 8-9, 1913
Box 9 Folder 4 1913
Box 9 Folder 5 1913
August 26, 1913
Box 9 Folder 6 1942
Box 9 Folder 7 1915
Box 9 Folder 8 1915
January 11, 1915
Box 9 Folder 9 1913
March 12, 1913
Box 9 Folder 10 1914
July 27, 1914
Box 10 Folder 1 1938
Box 10 Folder 2 1942
Box 10 Folder 3 1938
Box 10 Folder 4 1981
Box 10 Folder 5 1981
Box 10 Folder 6 1939
Box 10 Folder 7 1938
Box 10 Folder 8 1990
Box 10 Folder 9 1939
Swedish, 29 June 1939
Box 10 Folder 9 1939
Danish
Box 10 Folder 10 1940
Box 10 Folder 11 1933-1935
Box 10 Folder 12 1937-1940
English and French
Box 10 Folder 13 1975
Box 10 Folder 14 1935-1941
English and Yiddish
Box 10 Folder 15 1941-1962
Box 10 Folder 16 1940-1949
Box 10 Folder 17 1968
Box 10 Folder 18 1935
December 12, 1935; Italian
Box 10 Folder 19
Box 10 Folder 20 1951
Box 11 Folder 1
English and Yiddish
Box 11 Folder 2 1930-1937
Box 11 Folder 3 1940
Box 11 Folder 4
English and Italian
Box 11 Folder 5 1949-1955
Box 11 Folder 6 1935-1947
Box 11 Folder 7 1937-1950
Box 11 Folder 8
Box 11 Folder 9 1940
August 19, 1940
Box 11 Folder 10 1939
Box 11 Folder 11 1935-1944
Box 11 Folder 12 1934-1948
Box 11 Folder 13 1933
Box 11 Folder 14 1937
Box 11 Folder 15 1953
Box 11 Folder 16 1947-1953
English, Chinese, and Spanish
Box 11 Folder 17
English and Chinese
Box 11 Folder 18
Box 11 Folder 19
Spanish
Box 11 Folder 20 1947
English and Yiddish
Box 11 Folder 21 1939
English and Yiddish
Box 11 Folder 22 1937-1954
Box 11 Folder 23 1944-1957
Box 11 Folder 24 1935-1950
Box 11 Folder 25
Box 11 Folder 26 1974
Box 11 Folder 27 1973-1974
Box 11 Folder 28 1936-1947
Box 11 Folder 29 1937-1947
Box 11 Folder 30 1962
Box 11 Folder 31 1938
Box 11 Folder 32 1946
English and Yiddish
Box 11 Folder 33 1937-1947
English and Yiddish
Box 11 Folder 34
English and Yiddish
Box 11 Folder 35 1950-1954
Box 11 Folder 36 1948-1949
Box 12 Folder 1 1937-1951
Box 12 Folder 2 1924-1962
Box 12 Folder 3 1949
Box 12 Folder 4 1957-1958
Box 12 Folder 5 1925
April 17, 1925
Box 12 Folder 6
Box 12 Folder 7 1959-1961
Box 12 Folder 8
Box 12 Folder 9 1937
October 9-10, 1937
Box 12 Folder 10
Box 12 Folder 11 1991
Box 12 Folder 12 1992
May 1992
Box 12 Folder 13 1992
Box 12 Folder 14 1992
May 1992
Box 12 Folder 15 1990-1991
Box 12 Folder 16
Box 12 Folder 17 1990-1992
Box 12 Folder 18
Box 12 Folder 19 1992
Box 12 Folder 20 1992
Box 12 Folder 21 1992
Box 12 Folder 22 1983-1990
Box 12 Folder 23 1990-1992
Box 12 Folder 24 1989
Box 12 Folder 25 1989-1990
Box 12 Folder 26 1990-1992
Box 12 Folder 27 1991
Box 12 Folder 28 1994
Box 12 Folder 29 1990
Box 12 Folder 30 1991
Box 12 Folder 31
Box 12 Folder 32 1989
Box 12 Folder 33 1991
Box 12 Folder 34 1983-1984
Box 12 Folder 35 1988-1992
Box 12 Folder 36 1989-1991
Box 12 Folder 37 1990-1991
Box 12 Folder 38
Box 12 Folder 39 1992
Box 12 Folder 40 1983-1993
Box 12 Folder 41 1989-1991
Box 12 Folder 42 1992
Box 12 Folder 43 1991
Box 12 Folder 44 1987-1991
Box 12 Folder 45 1991
Box 12 Folder 46
Box 12 Folder 47 1990-1991
Box 12 Folder 48 1991
Box 12 Folder 49
Box 12 Folder 50 1990-1991
Box 12 Folder 51 1991
Box 12 Folder 52 1991
Box 12 Folder 53 1991
Box 12 Folder 54 1990
Box 12 Folder 55
Box 12 Folder 56 1990
Box 12 Folder 57 1992
Box 12 Folder 58 1992
Box 13 Folder 1 1988
Box 13 Folder 2 1989
Box 13 Folder 3 1988
Box 13 Folder 4 1988-1989
Box 13 Folder 5 1988
Box 13 Folder 6 1988-1989
Box 13 Folder 7 1989-1990
Box 13 Folder 8 1989-1990
Box 13 Folder 9 1989
Box 13 Folder 10 1989
Box 13 Folder 11
Box 13 Folder 12 1989
Box 13 Folder 13 1989
Box 13 Folder 14 1994
Box 13 Folder 15 1989
Box 13 Folder 16 1989-1990
Box 13 Folder 17 1994
Box 13 Folder 18 1988-1991
Box 13 Folder 19 1989-1990
Box 13 Folder 20 1988-1995
Box 13 Folder 21 1935-1961
Box 13 Folder 22 1994
Box 13 Folder 23 1989-1994
Box 13 Folder 24 1994
11/24/94
Box 13 Folder 25 1980-1986
Box 13 Folder 26 1991-1995
Box 13 Folder 27 1993
Box 13 Folder 28 1989
Box 13 Folder 29 1989
Box 13 Folder 30 1989
Box 13 Folder 31 1989
Box 13 Folder 32 1989
Box 13 Folder 33 1989-1990
Box 13 Folder 34 1989-1990
Box 13 Folder 35 1989
Box 13 Folder 36
Box 13 Folder 37 1994
Box 13 Folder 38 1994
Box 13 Folder 39 1994
Box 13 Folder 40 1988-1994
Box 13 Folder 41 1994
Box 13 Folder 42
Box 13 Folder 43
Box 13 Folder 44 1989
Box 13 Folder 45 1989-1990
Box 14 Folder 1 1994
Box 14 Folder 2 1984-1994
Box 14 Folder 3 1986-1990
Box 14 Folder 4 1990
Box 14 Folder 5 1988
Box 14 Folder 6 1989
Box 14 Folder 7 1983
March 21, 1983
Box 14 Folder 8 1988-1989
Box 14 Folder 9 1989
Box 14 Folder 10 1989
Box 14 Folder 11 1994
Box 14 Folder 12 1994
Box 14 Folder 13 1994
Box 14 Folder 14 1994
Box 14 Folder 15 1994
Box 14 Folder 16 1994
Box 14 Folder 17 1994
Box 14 Folder 18 1994
Box 14 Folder 19 1988
Box 14 Folder 20 1990
Box 14 Folder 21 1989-1990
Box 14 Folder 22 1990
Box 14 Folder 23 1989
Box 14 Folder 24 1991-1994
Box 14 Folder 25
Box 14 Folder 26 1989-1990
Box 14 Folder 27 1989
Box 14 Folder 28 1989
Box 14 Folder 29 1988
Box 14 Folder 30 1991
Box 14 Folder 31 1989-1990
Box 14 Folder 32 1991
Box 14 Folder 33 1989-1990
Box 14 Folder 34 1991