ILGWU Communications Department Biography File Photographs

Collection Number: 5780/177 P

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


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
ILGWU Communications Department Biography File Photographs, 1934- 1990
Collection Number:
5780/177 P
Creator:
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (ILGWU)
Quantity:
1 linear ft.
Forms of Material:
Photographs.
Repository:
Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
This collection consists of photographs transferred from the Communications Department's biographical files on union members, union officers, and political and public figures.
Language:
Collection material in English


ILGWU ORGANIZATIONAL HISTORY

The International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union was once one of the largest labor unions in the United States founded in 1900 by local union delegates representing about 2,000 members in cities in the northeastern United States. It was one of the first U.S. Unions to have a membership consisting of mostly females, and it played a key role in the labor history of the 1920s and 1930s. The union is generally referred to as the "ILGWU" or the "ILG". The ILGWU grew in geographical scope, membership size, and 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. The ILGWU merged with the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union in 1995 to form the Union of Needle trades, Industrial and Textile Employees (UNITE). UNITE merged with the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees Union (HERE) in 2004 to create a new union known as UNITE HERE. The two unions that formed UNITE in 1995 represented only 250,000 workers between them, down from the ILGWU's peak membership of 450,000 in 1969.

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:
Allen, Meyer
Appleton, Shelley
Berger, Martin, b. 1929
Berger, Solomon
Bialis, Morris
Bonanno, Nicholas
Borax, Fannie
Bruno, Joseph
Chaikin, Sol C.
Chmielowiec, Philip
Clinton, Bill, 1946-
Cristofaro, Michelangelo
Curtis, John W.
Daniels, Wilbur
Delgado, Ricardo
Diamond, Moe
Dolgen, Abe
Dubrow, Evelyn
Fisher, Joseph
Flack, Sol
Fontaine, Robert
Friedman, Joseph
Germer, Adolph
Goldberg, Sol, 1923-
Gonzalez, Manuel
Goze, Irving
Horowitz, Joseph
Hughes, Ruby
Kaplan, Milton
Kirkland, Lane
Kramer, Edward
Labby, Manly A.
Lemlich, Clara, 1886-1982
Longo, Frank
Mazur, Jay
Melamed, Jerome
Milano, Edward
Molisani, E. Howard
Montenegro, Lou
Moynihan,Daniel P.(Daniel Patrick), 1927-2003
Nemaizer, Samuel
Newman, Pauline
Orsini, Raymond
Paladino, Morris
Paris, George
Ramirez, Julius
Romney, Edgar
Rosenberg, Edward
Rufer, Harry
Saladino, Sam
Sanchez, Alberto E.
Schoenwald, Matthew
Schuster, Mary Goff
Sciuto, Anthony
Siems, Frederick Rolle, 1915-
Solomon, Irwin
Songer, Margaret
Sosa, Peter G.
Stein, Leon, 1912-
Strongin, Paul
Teper, Lazare, 1908-
Tischler, Charles
Ulene, John
Weiss, William
Windman, Nat
Zeldin, Sam
Zuckerman, Rubin
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union.
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union. Communications Dept.

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

Form and Genre Terms:
Photographs.


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Cite As:
ILGWU Communications Department Biography File Photographs #5780/177 P. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library.

RELATED MATERIALS

Related Collections:
5780: ILGWU records
5780/176: ILGWU Communications Department Records
5780/176 P: ILGWU Communications Department Photographs
5780/177: ILGWU Communications Department Biography Files

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
Box 1 Folder 1
Box 1 Folder 2
Box 1 Folder 3
Box 1 Folder 4
Box 1 Folder 5
Box 1 Folder 6
Box 1 Folder 7
Box 1 Folder 8
Box 1 Folder 9
Box 1 Folder 10
Box 1 Folder 11
Box 1 Folder 12
Box 1 Folder 13
Box 1 Folder 14 1990
Box 1 Folder 15
Box 1 Folder 16 1989
Fall 1989
Box 1 Folder 17 1989
September 15, 1989
Box 1 Folder 18
Box 1 Folder 19 1990
October 17, 1990
Box 1 Folder 20 1989
Box 1 Folder 21 1989
Box 1 Folder 22
Box 1 Folder 23 1990
Box 1 Folder 24
Box 1 Folder 25
Box 1 Folder 26 1989
Box 1 Folder 27
Box 2 Folder 1 1986
Photographs
Box 2 Folder 2 1986
Box 2 Folder 3 1986
Photographs
Box 2 Folder 4
Photographs
Box 2 Folder 5
Box 2 Folder 6
Box 2 Folder 7
Photograph
Box 2 Folder 8 1980
Photograph
Box 2 Folder 9 1980
Photograph
Box 2 Folder 10 1987
Photograph; March
Box 2 Folder 11 1980
Photograph; September/October
Box 2 Folder 12
Photograph
Box 2 Folder 13
Photograph
Box 2 Folder 14 1934
Photograph
Box 2 Folder 15
Photograph
Box 2 Folder 16
Photograph
Box 2 Folder 17
Photograph
Box 2 Folder 18
Photograph
Box 2 Folder 19
Photograph
Box 2 Folder 20
Photographs
Box 2 Folder 21
Photograph
Box 2 Folder 22
Photographs
Box 2 Folder 23 1968
Photograph
Box 2 Folder 24 1980
Photograph
Box 2 Folder 25 1983
Photograph
Box 2 Folder 26
Photograph
Box 2 Folder 27 1980
Photographs
Box 2 Folder 28
Photograph
Box 2 Folder 29
Photograph; Founder of the CIO
Box 2 Folder 30 1980
Photograph
Box 2 Folder 31 1980
Photograph
Box 2 Folder 32
Photograph
Box 2 Folder 33
Photograph; So. New England
Box 2 Folder 34
Photograph
Box 2 Folder 35
Photograph
Box 2 Folder 36 1980
Photograph
Box 2 Folder 37 1980
Photograph
Box 2 Folder 38 1959
Photograph
Box 2 Folder 39
Photograph
Box 2 Folder 40 1980
Photograph
Box 2 Folder 41
Photographs
Box 2 Folder 42 1957
Photograph; Local 190
Box 2 Folder 43 1980
Photograph
Box 2 Folder 44
Photograph
Box 2 Folder 45 1959
Photograph
Box 2 Folder 46 1980
Photograph
Box 2 Folder 47 1980
Photograph
Box 2 Folder 48 1980
Photographs
Box 2 Folder 49
Local 91; Photograph
Box 2 Folder 50
Photograph; Local 91
Box 2 Folder 51
Photograph
Box 2 Folder 52 1977
Photograph
Box 2 Folder 53
Photograph
Box 2 Folder 54
Photograph, Local 190
Box 2 Folder 55 1959
Photograph
Box 2 Folder 56
Photograph, Local 190
Box 2 Folder 57 1981
Photographs
Box 2 Folder 58 1980
Photograph
Box 2 Folder 59
Photograph
Box 2 Folder 60
Photograph
Box 2 Folder 61
Photograph
Box 2 Folder 62
Box 2 Folder 63
Box 2 Folder 64
Box 2 Folder 65
Box 2 Folder 66
Box 2 Folder 67
Box 2 Folder 68
Box 2 Folder 69
Box 2 Folder 70
Box 2 Folder 71
Box 2 Folder 72
Box 2 Folder 73
Box 2 Folder 74