ILGWU Myrtle Banks Memorabilia

Collection Number: 5780/212 MB

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


ILGWU Myrtle Banks Memorabilia,
Collection Number:
5780/212 MB
Banks, Myrtle International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (ILGWU)
1 linear ft.
Forms of Material:
Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
Collection material in English


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).


Myrtle Banks was born in North Little Rock, Arkansas in 1919, and in 1946, began work in California's garment industry, and became a member of in the Dressmakers' Union Local 101 in San Francisco. In 1961, after fifteen years working as a garment worker and, for a time, serving as shop steward at Koret of California in San Francisco, Myrtle Banks became a business agent with the ILGWU. In 1984, Banks retired from her position as business representative in the Pacific Northwest District Council. Throughout her career, she served as Chair of the Alameda County Chapter of the A. Philip Randolph Institute, Vice President of the Alameda County Civil Service Commission, and Trustee of the San Francisco Joint Board.


This collection contains a variety of ILGWU and Union Label memorabilia, including pins, fabrics, pot holders, and a bag. Also included are clippings, certificates, and other materials documenting Myrtle Banks' work with the ILGWU.

Banks, Myrtle
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union

Clothing workers--Labor unions
Textile workers--Labor unions

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ILGWU Myrtle Banks Memorabilia #5780/212 MB. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library.


Related Collections:
5780: ILGWU records


Box 1 Folder 1
Board of Supervisors, County of Alameda, State of California (Myrtle Banks) ; Community College Centers, San Francisco Community College District ; Award of appreciation presented to City of Hope ; AFL-CIO Community Service Activities successfully completed a course on 'Inter-Related Worlds of the Home and Workplace"
Box 1 Folder 2
ILGWU button, McGovern means more JOBS, Carter/Mondale, Support Strike, Watch Out I Vote, Tunney, Buy American Union AFL- CIO, SI CON 14, Johnson/Humphrey VOTE (2), smiley face, United Labor for ALIOTO for Governor "74", APRI State AFL-CIO, Member State AFL-CIO, APRI -- Myrtle Banks business card - Pacific Northwest District Council, International Ladies Garment Workers Union ; Official Dues Card, ILGWU ; Memo Book, ILGWU ; rubber jar opener, ILGWU ; sponger, ILGWU
Box 1 Folder 3
Photo is in an envelope with a check for Myrtle Banks from San Francisco Joint Board, for $9 ;
Box 1 Folder 4
Correspondence ; Program from A. Philip Randolph Institute, 3rd Annual Testimonial Dinner ; News clippings ; Certificate from University of San Francisco Labor Management School ; Civil Rights Digest, Summer 1968 ; Welcome to the ILGWU ; Bienvenido ala ILGWU
Box 1 Folder 5
2 pot holders made out of ILGWU material ; paper fan - Look for this label
Box 1 Folder 6
apron made of ILGWU material
Box 1 Folder 7
small drawstring bag, design is the ILGWU union label
Box 1 Folder 8
light blue with dark blue union labels printed on it
Box 1 Folder 9
3 designs - gold material with white and blue union labels ; white material with dark blue union labels ; multi colored patchwork material