ILGWU. Communications Department records

Collection Number: 5780/176

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


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
ILGWU. Communications Department records, 1936-2001
Collection Number:
5780/176
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:
Consists of alphabetical subject files maintained by the Communications 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).

COMMUNICATIONS DEPARTMENT ORGANIZATIONAL HISTORY

The precursor to the ILGWU’s Communications Department was the Publications and Publicity Department. Though the name and scope of the department changed over time, its primary function stayed the same throughout the history of the ILGWU. The department was responsible for the publication of the ILGWU’s official publication Justice, as well as the official editions in Yiddish (Gerechtigkeit), Italian (Giustizia), and Spanish (Justicia), and it was also responsible for cooperating with journalists outside of the union on pieces about the ILGWU. Beyond coordinating such efforts of journalists, the Communications Department provided information about the union to other labor organizations, students, and teachers.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

The records of the Communications Department consist entirely of subject and biographical files, with related photographs. Taken together, these records document ILGWU events, organizations, and leaders, as well as political figures and other prominent labor unionists.
The Communications Department's alphabetical subject files (5780/176) contain clippings from publications that appear to be produced through the Communications Department or with its cooperation. The clippings in this collection provide concise, published accounts of events and affiliates of the ILGWU, as well as of issues of special interest to the union. The related photograph collection (5780/176 P) includes a variety of images documenting the work of the union, arranged in two series: Events and Organizations, and Personalities. These photographs include large groups of people at meetings, protests, and other events, and ILGWU members, staff, and leaders at work.
The Communications Department's biographical files (5780/177) are of interest not only because they provide sometimes difficult-to-find, basic information on ILGWU members and officers, but because that information was provided by the individuals themselves, on forms provided by the union and designed to be returned to the office when completed. These biographical forms appear to have begun as a project of the editors of Justice, and the information contained includes date and place of birth, when the subject arrived in the United States, positions held in the ILGWU or other unions, and outside activities and interests. The related photograph collection (5780/177 P) includes portraits of some of the individuals represented in the biographical files, as well as photographs of events and miscellaneous photographs.
SUBJECTS

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

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

Form and Genre Terms:
Files.
Records.


INFORMATION FOR USERS

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Cite As:
ILGWU. Communications Department records #5780/176. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library.

RELATED MATERIALS

Related Collections:
5780: ILGWU records
5780/176 P: ILGWU. Communications Department photographs
5780/177: ILGWU. Communications Department biography files
5780/177 P: ILGWU. Communications Department biography file photographs

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
Box 1 Folder 1 1987-1993
Box 1 Folder 2 1993
Box 1 Folder 3 1991-1992
Box 1 Folder 4 1992-1993
Box 1 Folder 5 1981-1991
Box 1 Folder 6 1986-1994
Box 1 Folder 7 1988-1993
Box 1 Folder 8 1992-1994
Box 1 Folder 9 1990-1993
Box 1 Folder 10 1993
Box 1 Folder 11 1992
Box 1 Folder 12 1986-1993
Box 1 Folder 13 1988
Box 1 Folder 14 1988-1991
Box 1 Folder 15 1994
Box 1 Folder 16 1990-1991
Box 1 Folder 17 1992
Box 1 Folder 18 1994
Box 1 Folder 19 1986-1991
Box 1 Folder 20 1993-1994
Box 1 Folder 21 1987-1994
Box 1 Folder 22 1990
Box 1 Folder 23 1988
Box 1 Folder 24 1994-1995
Box 1 Folder 25 1989-1995
Box 1 Folder 26 1987
Box 1 Folder 27 1987-1994
Box 1 Folder 28 1990-1992
Box 1 Folder 29 1986-1994
Box 1 Folder 30 1988
Box 1 Folder 31 1988-1995
Box 1 Folder 32 1986-1987
Box 1 Folder 33 1991-1994
Box 1 Folder 34 1992-1995
Box 1 Folder 35 1986-1993
Box 1 Folder 36 1987-1994
Box 1 Folder 37 1986-1990
Box 1 Folder 38 1986-1993
Box 1 Folder 39 1993-1994
Box 1 Folder 40 1990-1994
Box 1 Folder 41 1989-1994
Box 1 Folder 42 1987-1995
Box 1 Folder 43 1990-1994
Box 1 Folder 44 1986-1990
Box 1 Folder 45 1989-1993
Box 1 Folder 46 1986-1995
Box 1 Folder 47 1986-1995
Box 1 Folder 48 1986-1995
Box 2 Folder 1 1987-1994
Box 2 Folder 2 1986-1989
Box 2 Folder 3 1994
Box 2 Folder 4 1986-1993
Box 2 Folder 5 1991-1995
Box 2 Folder 6 1987-1995
Box 2 Folder 7 1987-1995
Box 2 Folder 8 1986-1988
Box 2 Folder 9 1991
Box 2 Folder 10 1986-1995
Box 2 Folder 11 1986-1995
Box 2 Folder 12 1986-1994
Box 2 Folder 13 1986-1989
Box 2 Folder 14 1986-1995
Box 2 Folder 15 1986-1994
Box 2 Folder 16 1986-1994
Box 2 Folder 17 1986-1994
Box 2 Folder 18 1986-1994
Box 2 Folder 19 1986-1990
Box 2 Folder 20 1989-1994
Box 2 Folder 21 1995
Box 2 Folder 22 1987-1991
Box 2 Folder 23 1990-1995
Box 2 Folder 24 1988-1994
Box 2 Folder 25 1986-1992
Box 2 Folder 26 1990-1995
Box 2 Folder 27 1986-1994
Box 2 Folder 28 1986-1995
Box 2 Folder 29 1987-1993
Box 2 Folder 30 1986-1995
Box 2 Folder 31 1986-1995
Box 2 Folder 32 1986-1994
Box 2 Folder 33 1987
Box 2 Folder 34 1986-1988
Box 2 Folder 35 1986-1993
Box 2 Folder 36 1987-1995
Box 2 Folder 37 1986-1995
Box 2 Folder 38 1986-1994
Box 2 Folder 39 1986-1995
Box 2 Folder 40 1986-1995
Box 2 Folder 41 1987-1995
Box 2 Folder 42 1986-1995
Box 2 Folder 43 1986-1995
Box 2 Folder 44 1986-1995
Box 2 Folder 45 1987-1995
Box 3 Folder 1 1987-1988
Box 3 Folder 2 1993-1995
Box 3 Folder 3 1992
Box 3 Folder 4 1991-1995
Box 3 Folder 5 1990
Box 3 Folder 6 1988
Box 3 Folder 7 1989
Box 3 Folder 8 1987
Box 3 Folder 9 1986
Box 3 Folder 10 1986-1994
Box 3 Folder 11 1989-1995
Box 3 Folder 12 1991
Box 3 Folder 13 1986-1993
Box 3 Folder 14 1985-1986
Box 3 Folder 15 1986-1995
Box 3 Folder 16 1986-1994
Box 3 Folder 17 1986-1995
Box 3 Folder 18 1986-1995
Box 3 Folder 19 1987-1994
Box 3 Folder 20 1987-1994
Box 3 Folder 21 1986-1989
Box 3 Folder 22 1989-1995
Box 3 Folder 23 1989-1993
Box 3 Folder 24 1986-1992
Box 3 Folder 25 1965-1975
Box 3 Folder 26 1936-1992
Box 3 Folder 27 1936-2001
Box 3 Folder 28 1966
Box 3 Folder 29 1986-1990