ILGWU Photographs and ad boards

Collection Number: 5780/125 G

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


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
ILGWU Photographs and ad boards,
Collection Number:
5780/125 G
Creator:
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (ILGWU)
Quantity:
3.3 linear ft.
Forms of Material:
Graphic document genres .
Repository:
Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
This collection consists of fliers, posters, and broadsides produced and distributed by the ILGWU. Some of these materials announce meetings, rallies, and other events; others more generally relate to the garment industry.
Language:
Collection material in English, Yiddish


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.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

This collection consists of fliers, posters, and broadsides produced and distributed by the ILGWU. Some of these materials announce meetings, rallies, and other events; others more generally relate to the garment industry.
SUBJECTS

Names:
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union.

Subjects:
Women's clothing industry--New York (State) -- New York
Clothing workers--Labor unions--New York (State) -- New York
Clothing trade--New York (State) -- New York
Industrial relations--New York (State) -- New York

Form and Genre Terms:
Graphic document genres.


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Access Restrictions:
Access to the collections in the Kheel Center is restricted. Please contact a reference archivist for access to these materials.
Restrictions on Use:
This collection must be used in keeping with the Kheel Center Information Sheet and Procedures for Document Use.
Cite As:
ILGWU Photographs and ad boards #5780/125 G. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library.

RELATED MATERIALS

Related Collections:
5780: ILGWU records
5780/125: ILGWU Newspapers

CONTAINER LIST

Container
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Box 1 Folder 36 1968
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9 photographs, some matted, some mounted
Box 3 Folder 3
Box 3 Folder 4
1 broadside ; 2 Yiddish news clippings
Box 4 Folder 1
16 photographs
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Box 5 Folder 3 1977
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