Rose Pesotta. Papers,

Collection Number: 5928

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

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Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives
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Compiled by:
Kheel Center staff
Date completed:
EAD encoding:
Casey S. Westerman, 2005

© 2005 Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library


Rose Pesotta. Papers, 1919-1961.
Collection Number:
Pesotta, Rose, 1919-1961
1.3 linear ft.
Forms of Material:
Correspondence, publications, nespaper clippings, pamphlets, articles, manuscript drafts, photographs, videotapes.
Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Martin P. Catherwood Library, Cornell University.
Correspondence, publications, photographs, and videotapes of Rose Pesotta, organizer for the International Ladies Garment Workers Union.
Collection material in English


1896 Born in Derazhnya, Russia, November 20
1909-12 Attended Rosalia Davidoffs private girls' School
1913 Arrived in USA with her grandmother
1914 Joined Local 25, ILGWU
1914-24 Worked as a seamstress
1919 Theodore Kushnarev deported to Russia
Father dies in Derazhnya
1922 Attended Bryn Mawr summer school
Researched Sacco-Vanzetti case for Local 25
1924-26 Attended Brookwood Labor College
1926-33 Worked as a seamstress in NYC
1930 Attended Wisconsin summer school
1933 Organized in Los Angeles for ILGWU
1934 Elected Vice-President of ILGWU
Sent to Puerto Rico to organize seamstresses
1935 Organized in Seattle
Organized in Buffalo
1936 Organized rubber workers in Akron
Began involvement with Powers Hapgood
Organized in Montreal
1937 Organized auto workers in Flint for CIO
Returned to Montreal to organize
Reelected to second term as vice president
Slashed by razor during Cleveland Knitting Mill Strike
1942 Vacation in Mexico
1944 Resigned as ILGWU vice president
Published "Bread Upon the Waters"
1945 Worked for Anti-Defamation League of the B'nai B'rith
1946 Traveled to Norway, Sweden, Poland
Resigned from ADL and returned to New York City as a seamstress
1949 Worked as Midwest regional director for the American Trade Union Council of the Histadrut
Death of Powers Hapgood
1950 Visited Europe and Israel
1955 Married Albert Martin (Frank Lopez)
1958 Published "Days of Our Lives"
1965 Died in Miami, Florida on December 6


Correspondence, publications, photographs, and videotapes of Rose Pesotta, organizer for the International Ladies Garment Workers Union.


Pesotta, Rose, 1896-
Leeder, Elaine J.
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union.
B'nai B'rith. Anti-defamation League.

Labor disputes -- United States.
Labor unions -- United States.
Labor movement -- United States.
Working class -- United States.

Form and Genre Terms:
Motion pictures (visual works)


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Cite As:
Pesotta, Rose. Papers, 1919-1961. 5928. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Martin P. Catherwood Library, Cornell University.


Correspondence is arranged alphabetically by correspondent. Photographs are arranged alphabetically by subject.


I. Correspondence. Box 1
II. Poland, Norway, and Sweden. Box 1
III. Publications. Box 1
IV. Address file. Box 1
V. Miscellaneous. Box 1
VI. Photographs and videotapes. Boxes 2-6


I. Correspondence.
American Labor Education Service. Form letter from treasurer asking for support, 1943.
Box 1 Folder 1
Bercovici, Henri. Personal correspondence to "Albert and Rose," 1954.
Box 1 Folder 2
Cypress, S. 1 letter, untranslated. 1958.
Box 1 Folder 3
DeLeon, Solon. Holiday greetings, 1955.
Box 1 Folder 4
Farber, Litt. Personal, 1953
Box 1 Folder 5
Fields, Sally. Personal correspondence on Jt. Board Millinery Workers letterhead, 1950.
Box 1 Folder 6
Hapgood, Powers. Personal and business correspondence. Discusses John L. Lewis broadcast, the CIO, FDR, Ford strike (1941), organizing prudential agents, Carlo Tresca murder, UAW membership, work on family farm and many other topics. Closes one letter <1940) "my Rose of Akron and Flint." Also includes 4 p. tribute by Rose Pesotta after his death in 1949 and newspaper clippings. 1940-49.
Box 1 Folder 7-11
International Ladies' Garment Workers.' Union. Includes greeting card and misc. 1935-43.
Box 1 Folder 12
Jewish Labor Committee. Miscellaneous, 1958-59.
Box 1 Folder 13
Kroportkin, S. Personal, 1951.
Box 1 Folder 14
Kushnarev, Theodore. Personal love letters to Rose after his deportment to Russia, 1919-25.
Box 1 Folder 15-18
Miscellaneous, 1946-59.
Box 1 Folder 19
Panken, Jacob. Miscellaneous, 1959.
Box 1 Folder 20
Randolph, ft. Philip. Ticket - "Salute to A.P. Randolph" n.d.
Box 1 Folder 21
Rubin, Milton. Memo from Pesotta with biographical information, 1959.
Box 1 Folder 22
Saks, Hesh. Personal, 1952.
Box 1 Folder 23
Siegel, Sophie. Personal, 1951.
Box 1 Folder 24
Spivak, Joseph. Personal, 1956.
Box 1 Folder 25
Thomas, Norman. Note of thanks for her financial support; letter from Thomas requesting additional biographical information in order to write an introduction for her book (1957), 1954-57.
Box 1 Folder 26
Wohl, Paul. Greeting card, 1954.
Box 1 Folder 27
Wolk, Morton S. Greeting card, 1955.
Box 1 Folder 28
II. Poland, Norway, and Sweden.
Correspondence - 1946-48 Majority of correspondence is not translated. Some correspondence with friends and relatives of Polish citizens upon her return to the U.S.
Box 1 Folder 29
Notes Includes index cards with notes and addresses.
Box 1 Folder 30
Box 1 Folder 31-32
Includes outline of chapter heads for a book; 3 p. Anti-Semitism in Russia; 3 p. Prologue; 1 p. David and His Family.
Box 1 Folder 33
75 p. untitled manuscript which describes her trip abroad.
Box 1 Folder 34
13 p. mss. describing effects of the war in Norway, Sweden and Poland.
Box 1 Folder 35
4 p. "Flying to Poland"; 5 p. "Stockholm, Sweden"; 5 p. "Norwegian Labor Movement."
Box 1 Folder 36
Journals describing her trips to Warsaw, children's camps, Majdanek Death Camp, and Lodz.
Box 1 Folder 37
Notes on Poland, Sweden and Norway. 5 p. description of her travels; 10 p. describing her visit to Norway and other mss. drafts.
Box 1 Folder 38
22 p. draft essay by Pesotta entitled "Nacht on Nebel" (Night and Fog).
Box 1 Folder 39
III. Publications.
A. Manuscript drafts.
Includes drafts and notes for chapters about Russia and Lenin.
Box 1 Folder 40
B. Pamphlets and articles.
Index cards containing research notes for her various writing projects.
Box 1 Folder 41
A-D - Deals, Carlton, "Rifle Rule in Cuba"; Cox, James, "Hitler's Hatchet Man!" Dressmakers' Voice, Dec. 1934; and others.
Box 1 Folder 42
F-K - ILGWU, "The Communist Plague in Our Unions."
Box 1 Folder 43
L-P - Nash, Al, "The Shop Steward System."
Box 1 Folder 44
Q-Z - Articles by Walter Reuther; article by Sidney Solomon.
Box 1 Folder 45
C. Broadsides, leaflets, and announcements.
National Negro Congress; NYS Young Communist League; International Labor Defense and others.
Box 1 Folder 46
Communist Party; Cloakmakers No. 70; and others.
Box 1 Folder 47
Communist Party; Young Communist League; ILGWU Jt. Bd. Cloak, Skirt, Dress...; Local ILGWU 22.
Box 1 Folder 48
Needle Trades Workers Industrial Union.
Box 1 Folder 49
ILGWU Locals 48-89; ILGWU General Strike Committee; Jt. Bd. Cloak and Dressmakers1; American Labor Party; Communist Party; Furriers Progressive League; Unemployed Citizens League; National Committee of the Left Wing Groups of the ILGWU; and others.
Box 1 Folder 50
D. Newspaper clippings, 1927-61.
Box 1 Folder 51
IV. Address file.
Box 1 Folder 52-58
Includes index and business cards with addresses.
V. Miscellaneous.
Box 1 Folder 59
Includes Pesotta's insurance cards, membership cards, identification and business cards.
VI. Photographs and videotapes.
Box 2 Folder 1
Atlantic City - 195 Atlantic Voyage 1937-50
Box 2 Folder 2
Book Signing Parties
Box 2 Folder 2a
Box 2 Folder 3
Box 2 Folder 4-7
Bryn Mawr
Box 2 Folder 8
Box 2 Folder 9
Dubinsky and family
Box 2 Folder 10
Fleshine (Mollie Steimr & husband Senya)
Box 2 Folder 11
Box 2 Folder 12
Israel 19513
Box 2 Folder 13
Los Angeles
Box 2 Folder 14-15
Box 2 Folder 16
Montreal and Canada
Box 2 Folder 17
Mooney, Tom - Warren K. Billings
Box 2 Folder 18
New York and Personal
Box 2 Folder 19-25
Ohio, Cleveland
Box 2 Folder 26
Peterson, Esther family/Ed Allen family, Bill Kennseley?
Box 2 Folder 27
Polish Photos - 1946
Box 3 Folder 1-3
Puerto Rico - 1934
Box 3 Folder 4-6
Rocker, Berkman, Havel Tom Bill Shane?
Box 3 Folder 7
Seattle - 1935
Box 3 Folder 8
Box 3 Folder 9
Box 3 Folder 10-12
Box 3 Folder 13-14
This box contains video copies of original movie films from the collection.
Box 4
# 1 - Goodyear Strike
Box 4
# 2 - Goodyear II Akron
Box 4
# 3 - Brookwood, Byrn Mawr, Hudson Shore
Box 4
# 4 - Grand Canyon
Box 4
# 5 - Labor Day Parade
Box 4
# 6 - Cutters Picnic/Halloween Party, Organizing LA?
Box 4
# 7 - Organizing?
Box 4
# 8 - Boston
Box 4
# 9 - Unity - Hook Mt. Excursion
Box 4
#10 - Loquino Long Beach Valentine Party
Box 4
#11 - Mt. Royal
Box 4
#12 - Niagara Falls, Atlantic City, etc.
Box 4
Contains original movie films.
Box 5-6