ILGWU Library Listing of Selected Material

Collection Number: 5780/140

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


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
ILGWU Library Listing of Selected Material,
Collection Number:
5780/140
Creator:
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (ILGWU)
Quantity:
0.3 linear ft.
Forms of Material:
Records (documents).
Repository:
Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
This collection consists of photocopied catalog cards of materials transferred from the ILGWU library to the Kheel Center.
Language:
Collection material in English


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

The ILGWU maintained an extensive library of publications on labor history and industrial and labor relations, to support the union's work on behalf of its members and the ladies' garment industry. It is unclear whether the ILGWU library represented in this collection was managed by the Research Department, which maintained extensive holdings, or by another department in the International's general office.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

This collection consists of photocopied catalog cards of materials transferred from the ILGWU library to the Kheel Center, representing more than 700 volumes. These volumes included monographs on the history of the labor movement in the United States and elsewhere, government documents on the women's garment manufacturing industry, and analyses of federal codes, industry wages, and international labor organizations. Also included were publications on the ILGWU, and the union's departments and affiliates. The library catalog cards include basic bibliographic information. Many of the volumes represented by the cards are now available in the Catherwood Library or in publications collections of the ILGWU records.
SUBJECTS

Names:
Krupat, Kitty.
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union.
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union. Educational Dept.

Subjects:
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)


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 Library Listing of Selected Material #5780/140. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library.

RELATED MATERIALS

Related Collections:
5780: ILGWU records
5780/049: ILGWU Education Department, Fannia Cohn Papers
5780/086: ILGWU Education Department, Jasper Peyton Papers
5780/106: ILGWU Education Department, Beverly Shulman Papers
5780/166: ILGWU Education Department Records

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Box 1 Folder 1
Photocopies of library card catalog shelf list cards
Box 1 Folder 2
Photocopies of library card catalog shelf list cards