ILGWU. Training Institute evaluation forms

Collection Number: 5780/184

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


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
ILGWU. Training Institute evaluation forms, 1951-1965
Collection Number:
5780/184
Creator:
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union
Quantity:
0.5 linear ft.
Forms of Material:
Articles, reprints, pamphlets, correspondence, photographs.
Repository:
Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
This is a restricted collection consisting of evaluations of trainees from the years 1952, 1959, and 1965.
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).

TRAINING INSTITUTE ORGANIZATIONAL HISTORY

The ILGWU Training Institute was established in 1950, under the direction of Arthur A. Elder. The Training Institute was a competitive program that offered successful applicants one year of intensive training in labor education and leadership. Participants attended lectures by ILGWU officers and staff and seminars on topics relevant to the work of the union. Graduates of the program, some of whom had been working with the ILGWU in some capacity before attending the ILGWU Training Institute, were then placed in positions within the union, such as organizer or business agent.
While graduates were placed in these staff positions, one of the ideas behind the formation of the training institute was to prepare the next generation of the ILGWU’s leadership. Indeed, among the first graduates of the training institute was Jay Mazur, who would serve as the ILGWU’s final president from 1986 to 1995. After graduating more than 300 individuals, the ILGWU Training Institute was suspended in 1961. It was resumed in March 1963, but instead of a year-long program, trainees participated in four-week courses.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

This is a restricted collection consisting of evaluations of trainees from the years 1952, 1959, and 1965. The evaluation forms from the year-long training institutes are lengthier and more descriptive. Forms from 1952 and 1959 include name; address; personal information; civil status; military record; personal information; education; work experience; union experience; parents' background; narrative evaluations of the trainee's performance in two field assignments; classroom evaluation; and note of the trainee's final assignment. Some evaluations include photographs of the trainee. The evaluation forms from the 1965 training institute include name, address, personal information, civil and draft status, where, since when, and in what position the trainee had worked for the ILGWU, education, work experience, and previous union affiliation.
Access Restrictions
Access to the evaluation forms may be provided in the form of photocopies of the same, but with the name and other identifying information blacked out.
SUBJECTS

Names:
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union.
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union. Training Institute.

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

Form and Genre Terms:
Records.


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. Training Institute evaluation forms #5780/184. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library.

RELATED MATERIALS

Related Collections:
5780: ILGWU records

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
Box 1 Folder 1 1965
Formerly 5780/086 box 9 folder 11
Box 1 Folder 2 1952
Formerly 5780/002 box 17 folder 6
Box 1 Folder 3
Undated. Formerly 5780/052 box 17 folder 7
Box 1 Folder 4 1959
Formerly 5780/052 box 17 folder 8
Box 1 Folder 5
Undated. Formerly 5780/052 box 18 folder 1