ILGWU Publication "The Ladies' Garment Worker"

Collection Number: 5780/070

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


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
ILGWU Publication "The Ladies' Garment Worker", 1911-1918
Collection Number:
5780/070
Creator:
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (ILGWU)
Quantity:
2.5 linear ft.
Forms of Material:
Publications (documents).
Repository:
Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
The collection contains both bound and unbound volumes of The Ladies' Garment Worker.
Language:
Collection material in English, Yiddish, Italian


ILGWU ORGANIZATIONAL HISTORY

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.

ORGANIZATIONAL HISTORY

First published by the ILGWU in April 1910, the Ladies' Garment Worker was the official organ of the International and issued monthly in Yiddish, English, and Italian. In 1919, the Ladies' Garment Worker ceased publication and Justice became the official organ of the ILGWU.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Collection consists of issues of the Ladies' Garment Worker published between 1911 and 1917. Issues from the publication's first year (1910) and its final year (1918) are available on microfilm.
SUBJECTS

Names:
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union.

Subjects:
Labor unions--Clothing workers--New York (State)--New York.
Labor unions--Clothing workers--United States.
Textile workers--New York (State)--New York.
Textile workers--United States.

Form and Genre Terms:
Publications (documents)


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Access Restrictions:
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Restrictions on Use:
This collection must be used in keeping with the Kheel Center Information Sheet and Procedures for Document Use.
Cite As:
ILGWU Publication "The Ladies' Garment Worker" #5780/070. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library.

RELATED MATERIALS

Related Collections:
5780: ILGWU records
5780/070 mf: ILGWU Publication "The Ladies' Garment Worker" on Microfilm
5780/051 PUBS: ILGWU Publications Justice
5780/051 mf: ILGWU Justice on Microfilm
5780/180: ILGWU Publication "Justice" Index
5780/185 mf: ILGWU Publication "Gerechtigkeit" (Justice) on Microfilm
5780/186: ILGWU Publication "Giustizia" (Justice)
5780/186 mf: ILGWU Publication "Giustizia" (Justice) on Microfilm
5780/201: ILGWU Publication "Justicia" (Justice)

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
Box 1 Folder 1 1911
vol.2:no.6-12 (1911:June-Dec.)
Box 1 Folder 2 1912
vol.3:no.1-12 (1912:Jan.-Dec.)
Box 2 Folder 1 1913
vol.4:no.1-12 (1913:Jan.-Dec.)
Box 2 Folder 2 1914
vol.5:no.1-12 (1914:Jan.-Dec.)
Box 3 Folder 1 1915
vol.6:no.1-12 (1915:Jan.-Dec.)
Box 3 Folder 2 1916
vol.7:no.1-12 (1916:Jan.-Dec.)
Box 3 Folder 3 1917
vol.8:no.1-12 (1917:Jan.-Dec.)
Box 4 Folder 1 1913
vol. 4: no. 1-12 (1913: Jan.-Dec.)
Box 4 Folder 2 1913
vol. 4: no. 1-12 (1913: Jan.-Dec.)
Box 5 Folder 1 1912-1916
vol. 3: no. 9 (1912: Sep.); vol. 7: no. 1-5 (1916: Jan.-May)
Box 5 Folder 2 1916
vol. 7: no. 6-8; 11-12 (1916: Jun.-Aug., Nov.-Dec.)
Box 5 Folder 3 1917
vol. 8: no. 1-4 (1917: Jan.-Apr.)
Box 5 Folder 4 1917
vol. 8: no. 5-10 (1917: May-Oct.)
Box 5 Folder 5 1918
vol. 9: no. 1-4 (1918: Jan.-Apr.)
Box 5 Folder 6 1918
vol. 9: no. 5-6; 8-10 (1918: May-Jun., Aug.-Oct.)
Box 5 Folder 7 1915
vol. 6: no. 1-12 (1915: Jan.-Dec.)
Box 6