ILGWU Southeast Region Audio Recordings

Collection Number: 5780/058 AV

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


ILGWU Southeast Region Audio Recordings, 1975-1979
Collection Number:
5780/058 AV
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (ILGWU)
1 linear ft.
Forms of Material:
Audiovisual materials.
Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
This collection contains audio recordings of the Southeast Region's conferences in 1978 and 1979, as well as audio recordings of speeches and Union Label songs.
Collection material in English


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.


Established in 1937, the Southeast Region of the ILGWU covered eight states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.
John S. Martin served as director from the regional department's founding until his retirement in 1954. Elmer Kehrer succeeded him, holding the position until resignation in 1964. Martin Morand was director from 1964 to 1969, and after Morand's resignation, Nicholas Bonanno was appointed Director of the Southeast Region. Bonnano was still director of the region, at the time of the ILGWU's merger with ACTWU in 1995.


The collection consists of reel to reel audio recordings, mainly of the Southeast Region Conference for various years, but there is also material on the union label song, as well as director's speeches.

International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union.
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union. -- Southeast Region.

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

Form and Genre Terms:
Audiovisual materials.


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Cite As:
ILGWU Southeast Region Audio Recordings #5780/058 AV. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library.


Related Collections:
5780: ILGWU records
5780/058: ILGWU Southeast Region Records


Box 1 Item 1 1975
August 7, 1975 meeting, 215-229; marking on front: 9/6/74: reel #1, side #1 first session; 9/7/74: reel #2, side #2 morning session
Box 1 Item 2 1975
August 7, 1975
Box 1 Item 3 1975
1 7/8 speed
Box 1 Item 4 1976
Box 1 Item 5 1976
Box 1 Item 6 1978
August 4, 1978; Dan Miller, President, Florida American Federation of Labor; Evelyn Dubrow, V.P.; Lou Rolnick; Bob Cheponis; Q &A Lucie Roberts (516), Shirley Cook (384); James Gutmann; Q & A Betty (523, New Bern, N.C. Health (?), Adel Lacy; Fred Siems
Box 1 Item 7 1978
August, 4, 1978; Singing; Berger; Busky (?); Berger; Bonanno; Dan Savage (Alabama); Art Martin (North Carolina); Lennie Finkel (Florida); Mike Ruano (?) (Florida); Mary Cameron (Tennessee); Joe Ferguson (South Carolina)
Box 1 Item 8 1978
August, 5, 1978; 2nd Day, Atlanta Regency. Opening Singing, Approx. 44; Bonanno (Introduction), 65; Chaikin, 370; Bonanno; Berger, 630, end Georgia report, Benefit Fund; Bruce Barcan (?); Dorothy Armstrong, 576K; Eunice Snyder, 467; Mildred Bennett, 480; Edna Smith, 308, Adel Lay, 555; Shuan Ratcliff, 305C; 3, Rosalie Tucker, 581; 9, Shirley Jones, 363; 11 Betty Davis, 576Q; Jane Rutledge (?), 408, 566; Emma King, 417; Aileen Brown, 515
Box 1 Item 9 1978
Afternoon session. Nick Bonanno; Cecil Brandstetter, Attorney; Erving Gordon; Nick Zeigler
Box 1 Item 10 1978
Box 1 Item 11 1979
Box 1 Item 12 1979
Box 1 Item 13 1979
Box 2