ILGWU Abraham Rosenberg "Memoirs of a Cloak Maker, 1882-1910" on Microfilm

Collection Number: 5780/159 mf

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


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
ILGWU Abraham Rosenberg "Memoirs of a Cloak Maker, 1882-1910" on Microfilm, 1883-1910
Collection Number:
5780/159 mf
Creator:
Rosenberg, Abraham;
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (ILGWU);
Horn, Yetta
Quantity:
1 microfilm reel
Forms of Material:
Microfilm, memoirs.
Repository:
Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
This collection consists of a microfilm copy of Abraham Rosenberg's Memoirs of a Cloak Maker.
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.

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

Abraham Rosenberg arrived in the United States from Russia in 1883. He served as president of the ILGWU from 1908 to 1914, and later worked as an organizer with the union.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

This collection is the microfilm version of 5780/159, and is a microfilm copy of Abraham Rosenberg's Memoirs of a Cloak Maker, 1881-1910, translated by Yetta Horn.
SUBJECTS

Names:
Horn, Yetta
Rosenberg, Abraham.
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union.

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

Form and Genre Terms:
Microfilm.
Memoirs.


INFORMATION FOR USERS

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Restrictions on Use:
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Cite As:
ILGWU Abraham Rosenberg "Memoirs of a Cloak Maker, 1882-1910" on Microfilm #5780/159 mf. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library.

RELATED MATERIALS

Related Collections:
5780: ILGWU records
5780/159: ILGWU Abraham Rosenberg "Memoirs of a Cloak Maker, 1882-1910"
5780/167: ILGWU Unpublished Union Histories

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
Reel 1
Reel 1 1883-1910
239 pages.