ILGWU Paintings, Photographs, and Memorabilia

Collection Number: 5780/098 MB

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


ILGWU Paintings, Photographs, and Memorabilia, 1965-1975
Collection Number:
5780/098 MB
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (ILGWU)
2 linear ft.
Forms of Material:
Records (documents), memorabilia.
Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
This collection contains correspondence, memoranda, and reports relating to the Political Department's lobbying activities in Washington, D.C. Also contained in this collection are letters and receipts documenting campaign contributions, alphabetical files on states, as well as files on local unions, joint boards, and regional departments. The records of the Political Department also contain ephemeral printed material relating to political campaigns, including pamphlets, posters, and fliers.
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.

Carey, Hugh L.
Dubinsky, David, 1892-1982.
Dubrow, Evelyn
Fiene, Ernest, 1894-1966
Gompers, Samuel, 1850-1924
Green, William, 1872-1952
Loeb, Mitchell
Schlesinger, Benjamin, 1876-1932
Sigman, Morris, 1880-1931
Stulberg, Louis, 1901-1977
Wells, David
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union --Collectibles
Jewish Labor Committee (U.S.)
Labor Federation of Jewish Workers
National Coat and Suit Industry Recovery Board (U.S.)

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

Form and Genre Terms:
Records (documents)


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Cite As:
ILGWU Paintings, Photographs, and Memorabilia #5780/098 MB. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library.


Related Collections:
All 5780 Collections


Box 1 Folder 1
Morris Sigman painting ; Benjamin Sclesinger painting ; David Dubinsky, black and white drawing ; President Louis Stulberg painting
Box 3 Folder 1
Box 3 Folder 2
Box 3 Folder 3
Black and white drawing of President David Dubinsky
Box 4 Folder 1
(formerly box 8) -- Presented to David Dubinsky in Deep Appreciation of his role in creating and sustaining the Jewish Labor Committee, November 16, 1973 ; Resolution of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations on David Dubinsky…February 16, 1970 ; United-Italian American Labor Council, Inc. Four Freedoms Award…December 21, 1961 ; Proclamation, State of New York, Executive Chamber…October 9th, 1979 ; The General Assembly of the Citizens gathered in extraordinary session unanimously deliberated to confer the title of Honorary Founder… ; David Dubinsky is recognized by Gov. Silvio Ascari of the Federazione Unitaria Italiana Lavoratori Abbigliamento (FUILA) for 25 years as President of the ILGWU. June 13, 1957. [In Italian]
Box 4 Folder 2
formerly in box 4
Box 4 Folder 3 1952
formerly box 6 - Likeness of David Dubinsky's face from ILGWU, Local 60, Dress Pressers, by Arturo Sofo, Feb. 22, 1952
Box 4 Folder 4 1961
formerly box 7
Box 9 Folder 1 1975
Box 9 Folder 2 1956
Box 9 Folder 3
Box 9 Folder 4 1965
Box 14 Folder 1