ILGWU. Research Department records

Collection Number: 5780/209

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


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
ILGWU. Research Department records, 1945-1995
Collection Number:
5780/209
Creator:
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union
Quantity:
9.5 linear ft.
Forms of Material:
Articles, reprints, pamphlets, correspondence, photographs.
Repository:
Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
The collection contains statements, correspondence, miscellaneous subject files, and the department's outgoing letters.
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).

RESEARCH DEPARTMENT 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).
This collection is divided into five series. Series I contains statements on issues related to the garment industry filed by the ILGWU between 1965 and 1995. Series II contains correspondence with non-ILGWU organizations and individuals, arranged alphabetically by correspondent or subject. Series III contains correspondence with ILGWU officers and staff, including staff of local unions, joint boards and councils, and regional departments and offices; Series IV contains files on miscellaneous subjects. Series V consists of the Research Department's outgoing letters between 1964 and 1991.
SUBJECTS

Names:
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union
Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union --Archives
Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America --Archives
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union --Archives
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union. Research Dept.--Archives
Textile Workers Union of America --Archives
Union of Needletrades, Industrial, and Textile Employees --Archives
UNITE HERE (Organization) --Archives

Subjects:
Textile workers--Labor unions
Clothing workers--Labor unions
Collective bargaining--Clothing industry
Collective bargaining--Textile industry
Plant shutdowns

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. Research Department records #5780/209. 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
5780/168: ILGWU. Research Department records

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
Box 1 Folder 1 1965-1968
Box 1 Folder 2 1969-1970
Box 1 Folder 3 1975
Box 1 Folder 4 1976
Box 1 Folder 5 1977
Box 1 Folder 6 1978
Box 1 Folder 7 1979
Box 1 Folder 8 1980
Box 1 Folder 9 1981
Box 1 Folder 10 1982
Box 1 Folder 11 1983
Box 1 Folder 12 1983
Box 1 Folder 13 1984
Box 1 Folder 14 1984
Box 1 Folder 15 1985
Box 1 Folder 16 1985
Box 1 Folder 17 1986
Box 1 Folder 18 1987
Box 1 Folder 19 1987
Box 1 Folder 20 1988
Box 1 Folder 21 1989
Box 2 Folder 1 1990
Box 2 Folder 2 1991
Box 2 Folder 3 1992
Box 2 Folder 4 1993
Box 2 Folder 5 1994
Box 2 Folder 6 1995
Box 2 Folder 7 1973-1984
Box 2 Folder 8 1971-1991
Box 2 Folder 9 1971-1991
Box 2 Folder 10 1971-1986
Box 2 Folder 11 1971-1986
Box 2 Folder 12 1967-1971
Box 2 Folder 13 1967-1971
Box 2 Folder 14 1972-1975
Box 2 Folder 15 1972-1975
Box 2 Folder 16 1976-1988
Box 2 Folder 17 1969
Box 2 Folder 18 1967-1970
Box 2 Folder 19 1971-1973
Box 2 Folder 20 1971-1973
Box 2 Folder 21 1974-1976
Box 2 Folder 22 1974-1976
Box 2 Folder 23 1977-1978
Box 2 Folder 24 1977-1978
Box 2 Folder 25 1979-1980
Box 2 Folder 26 1979-1980
Box 2 Folder 27 1981-1988
Box 2 Folder 28 1970- 1985
Box 2 Folder 29 1970-1978
Box 2 Folder 30 1970-1974
Box 2 Folder 31 1970-1971
Box 2 Folder 32 1970-1987
Box 2 Folder 33 1972-1984
Box 2 Folder 34 1970-1983
Box 2 Folder 35 1994-1995
Box 3 Folder 1 1973-1991
Box 3 Folder 2 1970-1993
Box 3 Folder 3 1970-1980
Box 3 Folder 4 1970-1979
Box 3 Folder 5 1971-1977
Box 3 Folder 6 1970-1992
Box 3 Folder 7 1970-1992
Box 3 Folder 8 1970-1971
Box 3 Folder 9 1971-1987
Box 3 Folder 10 1960
Box 3 Folder 11 1970-1988
Box 3 Folder 12 1978-1986
Box 3 Folder 13 1970-1974
Box 3 Folder 14 1967-1993
Box 3 Folder 15 1957-1985
Box 3 Folder 16 1973-1974
Box 3 Folder 17 1967-1993
Box 3 Folder 18 1977-1988
Box 3 Folder 19 1972-1978
Box 3 Folder 20 1970-1972
Box 3 Folder 21 1960-1980
Box 3 Folder 22 1967-1989
Box 3 Folder 23 1967-1989
Box 3 Folder 24 1973-1991
Box 3 Folder 25 1973-1991
Box 3 Folder 26 1973-1991
Box 3 Folder 27 1971-1975
Box 3 Folder 28 1977-1993
Box 3 Folder 29 1971-1979
Box 3 Folder 30 1970-1993
Box 3 Folder 31 1970-1980
Box 3 Folder 32 1970-1980
Box 3 Folder 33 1945-1960
Box 3 Folder 34 1970
Box 3 Folder 35 1971-1988
Box 3 Folder 36 1972-1976
Box 3 Folder 37 1971-1983
Box 3 Folder 38 1974-1983
Box 3 Folder 39 1970-1984
Box 3 Folder 40 1973-1984
Box 3 Folder 41 1970-1979
Box 3 Folder 42 1970-1979
Box 4 Folder 1 1979-1990
Box 4 Folder 2 1985-1990
Box 4 Folder 3 1973-1978
Box 4 Folder 4 1975-1977
Box 4 Folder 5 1971-1980
Box 4 Folder 6 1971-1986
Box 4 Folder 7 1971-1986
Box 4 Folder 8 1972-1974
Box 4 Folder 9 1971-1987
Box 4 Folder 10 1971-1975
Box 4 Folder 11 1962-1980
Box 4 Folder 12 1981
Box 4 Folder 13 1973-1990
Box 4 Folder 14 1973-1974
Box 4 Folder 15 1959-1965
Box 4 Folder 16 1963-1965
Box 4 Folder 17 1966-1968
Box 4 Folder 18 1966-1968
Box 4 Folder 19 1974
Box 4 Folder 20 1981-1985
Box 4 Folder 21 1964-1970
Box 4 Folder 22 1966-1976
Box 4 Folder 23 1976-1987
Box 4 Folder 24 1971
Box 4 Folder 25 1961-1983
Box 4 Folder 26 1974
Box 4 Folder 27 1958-1961
Box 4 Folder 28 1959-1966
Box 4 Folder 29 1960-1962
Box 4 Folder 30 1960-1972
Box 4 Folder 31 1973-1978
Box 4 Folder 32 1969-1970
Box 4 Folder 33 1966-1971
Box 4 Folder 34 1963-1988
Box 4 Folder 35 1960-1978
Box 4 Folder 36 1962-1982
Box 4 Folder 37 1975-1993
Box 4 Folder 38 1969-1974
Box 4 Folder 39 1969
Box 4 Folder 40 1966-1968
Box 4 Folder 41 1961-1965
Box 4 Folder 42 1964-1972
Box 4 Folder 43 1960-1969
Box 4 Folder 44 1963-1968
Box 4 Folder 45 1964-1977
Box 4 Folder 46 1960-1975
Box 4 Folder 47 1972
Box 4 Folder 48 1976
Box 5 Folder 1 1974-1976
Box 5 Folder 2 1962-1972
Box 5 Folder 3 1974-1994
Box 5 Folder 4 1960-1970
Box 5 Folder 5 1971-1992
Box 5 Folder 6 1963-1978
Box 5 Folder 7 1960-1980
Box 5 Folder 8 1962-1969
Box 5 Folder 9 1970-1980
Box 5 Folder 10 1955-1972
Box 5 Folder 11 1961-1983
Box 5 Folder 12 1966-1985
Box 5 Folder 13 1960-1988
Box 5 Folder 14 1961-1990
Box 5 Folder 15 1961-1982
Box 5 Folder 16 1965-1973
Box 5 Folder 17 1983
Box 5 Folder 18 1962-1978
Box 5 Folder 19 1960-1968
Box 5 Folder 20 1963-1964
Box 5 Folder 21 1963-1969
Box 5 Folder 22 1965-1968
Box 5 Folder 23 1968-1969
Box 5 Folder 24 1965
Box 5 Folder 25 1965-1988
Box 5 Folder 26 1964-1976
Box 5 Folder 27 1970
Box 5 Folder 28 1970-1977
Box 5 Folder 29 1960-1970
Box 5 Folder 30 1960-1976
Box 5 Folder 31 1966-1974
Box 5 Folder 32 1968
Box 5 Folder 33 1972
Box 5 Folder 34 1960-1979
Box 5 Folder 35 1960-1979
Box 5 Folder 36 1971-1981
Box 5 Folder 37 1978-1981
Box 5 Folder 38 1978
Box 5 Folder 39 1968-1976
Box 5 Folder 40 1964-1967
Box 5 Folder 41 1966-1975
Box 5 Folder 42 1968-1972
Box 5 Folder 43 1960-1967
Box 5 Folder 44 1980-1995
Box 5 Folder 45 1976-1979
Box 5 Folder 46 1970-1975
Box 5 Folder 47 1963-1969
Box 5 Folder 48 1956-1981
Box 5 Folder 49 1976-1982
Box 5 Folder 50 1968-1976
Box 6 Folder 1 1977-1990
Box 6 Folder 2 1962-1974
Box 6 Folder 3 1960-1972
Box 6 Folder 4 1969
Box 6 Folder 5 1974-1987
Box 6 Folder 6 1967-1969
Box 6 Folder 7 1959-1972
Box 6 Folder 8 1975-1978
Box 6 Folder 9 1962-1985
Box 6 Folder 10 1984
Box 6 Folder 11 1992
Box 6 Folder 12 1994-1995
Box 7 Folder 1 1964
Box 7 Folder 2 1964
Box 7 Folder 3 1965
Box 7 Folder 4 1965
Box 7 Folder 5 1966
Box 7 Folder 6 1966
Box 7 Folder 7 1967
Box 8 Folder 1 1967
Box 8 Folder 2 1968
Box 8 Folder 3 1969
Box 8 Folder 4 1970
Box 8 Folder 5 1971
Box 8 Folder 6 1971-1972
Box 9 Folder 1 1972
Box 9 Folder 2 1973
Box 9 Folder 3 1973-1974
Box 9 Folder 4 1974
Box 9 Folder 5 1975
Box 9 Folder 6 1976
Box 9 Folder 7 1976-1977
Box 10 Folder 1 1978
Box 10 Folder 2 1979
Box 10 Folder 3 1980
Box 10 Folder 4 1981
Box 10 Folder 5 1982
Box 10 Folder 6 1983
Box 10 Folder 7 1988
Box 10 Folder 8 1989
Box 10 Folder 9 1990
Box 10 Folder 10 1991