ILGWU. Ohio Kentucky Region photographs

Collection Number: 5780/183 P

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


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
ILGWU. Ohio Kentucky Region photographs, 1924-1996
Collection Number:
5780/183 P
Creator:
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union
Quantity:
4.9 linear ft.
Forms of Material:
Photographs.
Repository:
Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
This collection consists of photographs transferred from the Ohio Kentucky Region records. Photographs document the activities of the regional department, including meetings, rallies, and conventions. Some photographs appear to have been used in the Ohio Kentucky Region periodical, Ohio Kentucky News.
Language:
Collection material in English


ILGWU ORGANIZATIONAL HISTORY

Founded in 1900 by local union delegates representing about 2,000 members in cities in the northeastern United States, the ILGWU grew in geographical scope, membership size, 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. In 1995, the ILGWU merged with the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union (ACTWU) to form the Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees (UNITE).

OHIO-KENTUCKY REGION ORGANIZATIONAL HISTORY

The ILGWU had been organizing in Cleveland since its early years, and by the 1930s, the union was organizing in other parts of Ohio and Kentucky as well. The Cleveland Joint Board and Cleveland Knitgoods Council represented workers in Cleveland, and Cincinnati Joint Board represented workers in Cincinnati and parts of Kentucky. Together, these represented ILGWU members in the Ohio-Kentucky Area.
By 1977, the Ohio-Kentucky Area, which included local unions in the Ohio-Kentucky Region, Cleveland Joint Board and Knitgoods Council, and unaffiliated locals, claimed a total membership of roughly 5,500 people. In 1978, the Ohio-Kentucky Regional Office was dissolved. Local unions in Ohio became part of the Northeast and Western Pennsylvania Department to create the Northeast, Western Pennsylvania, and Ohio Department. Kentucky locals became part of the Upper South Department.
Abraham Katovsky was the ILGWU representative in Ohio from 1910 until his death 1945. Nathan Solomon was appointed Manager of the Cleveland Joint Board, a position he held until his passing in 1948. Louis Friend and Hyman Langer served short appointments, until Nicholas Kirtzman assumed leadership of the region in 1950 and stayed in that role until his death in 1963. Sam Janis was director of the regional office from 1963 until its dissolution in 1978.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

The predominant theme of the photograph collection is union business, mainly exemplified by individuals seated around tables for meetings. There are group photos at meetings, conferences, and dinners, with individuals either sitting at tables or standing, and people at podiums. There are also numerous panoramic photographs of various ILGWU conventions with the delegates from the Ohio- Kentucky Region. The images also help to illustrate events of the union at the local level, with numerous parties for holidays and retirement dinners, as well as members participating in classes offered by the various locals. Several of the photographs are identified by strike, meeting or city or local, but the majority of the images remain unidentified, these are mainly of individuals or an unknown meeting or conference. Some of the photos appear to have been used in publications for the region. The collection contains different formats, such as prints and snapshots, 35mm negatives and contact sheets.
SUBJECTS

Names:
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union.
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union. -- Ohio-Kentucky Region.

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

Form and Genre Terms:
Photographs.


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. Ohio Kentucky Region photographs #5780/183 P. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library.

RELATED MATERIALS

Related Collections:
5780: ILGWU records
5780/183: ILGWU. Ohio Kentucky Region records
5780/183 AV: ILGWU. Ohio Kentucky Region audio-visual materials

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
Box 1 Folder 1
Box 1 Folder 2
"Your Money's Worth" graphic and negatives
Box 1 Folder 3
Includes: meeting, Jay Mazur, Sol Hoffman
Box 1 Folder 4 1963
August-September 1963
Box 1 Folder 5 1961
November-December 1961
Box 1 Folder 6
Box 1 Folder 7
Includes: photo from Cleveland Plain Dealer, women in line at State Probation and Parole
Box 1 Folder 8
Includes: Stephen M. Young for Senate; members; healthcare; meetings; office; Ohio-Kentucky delegation to convention, 1959; William Corrigan; leafletting at Christmas
Box 1 Folder 9 1962
Box 1 Folder 10 1964
Box 1 Folder 11
Includes: John Gilligan, Clifford Brown, Gertrude Donahey, Joseph O'Neill, Howard Metzenbach, Richard Celeste, Frank Abbuzze [sp?], Tony Hall
Box 1 Folder 12
Box 1 Folder 13
Box 1 Folder 14
Box 1 Folder 15 1969
Includes: [meetings of retirees?]
Box 1 Folder 16
Box 1 Folder 17
Includes: meetings, parties, protest against imports, retirees
Box 1 Folder 18 1961
April 1961
Box 1 Folder 19 1961
April-May 1961
Box 2 Folder 1 1954
Box 2 Folder 2 1954
Summer 1954
Box 2 Folder 3 1960
Box 2 Folder 4 1960
January 14, 1960
Box 2 Folder 5
Box 2 Folder 6 1955
Box 2 Folder 7
Box 2 Folder 8 1956
Also includes: strike at Frisch Knitting Mills, Cleveland, Ohio
Box 2 Folder 9 1958
April 17, 1958
Box 2 Folder 10
Box 2 Folder 11
[Sol Hoffman?]
Box 2 Folder 12 1950
Box 2 Folder 13
Box 2 Folder 14
Box 2 Folder 15 1962
Box 2 Folder 16
Box 2 Folder 17
Box 2 Folder 18 1960
March 29, 1960
Box 2 Folder 19 1960
October 16, 1960
Box 2 Folder 20
Box 2 Folder 21
Box 2 Folder 22
Box 2 Folder 23
Box 2 Folder 24 1957
February 1, 1957
Box 2 Folder 25 1960
April 2, 1960
Box 2 Folder 26 1952
Box 2 Folder 27 1956
March 15, 1956
Box 2 Folder 28 1956
Box 2 Folder 29 1959
Box 2 Folder 30
Box 2 Folder 31 1960
August 2, 1960
Box 2 Folder 32
Box 2 Folder 33
Includes: Earlene Duvall of Local 481, Glasgow, Kentucky, and Dorothy Rhodes of Local 545, Woodsfield, Ohio
Box 2 Folder 34 1971
Box 2 Folder 35
Includes: contact sheet
Box 2 Folder 36 1965
Box 2 Folder 37 1970
Box 2 Folder 38
Includes: contact sheets and negatives
Box 2 Folder 39
Includes: contact sheet and negatives
Box 2 Folder 40
Includes: contact sheet and negatives
Box 2 Folder 41
Includes: contact sheet and negatives
Box 2 Folder 42
Includes: meetings
Box 2 Folder 43
Box 2 Folder 44
Includes: performance
Box 3 Folder 1 1972
Box 3 Folder 2 1970-1971
Box 3 Folder 3
Includes: meeting
Box 3 Folder 4
Box 3 Folder 5
Includes: contact sheets and negatives
Box 3 Folder 6
Box 3 Folder 7
Includes: civil rights conference, 1970; Ohio AFL-CIO Convention, 1970; ILGWU Building; Marietta Cusano P-B retiree; import rally, 1984;
Box 3 Folder 8
Box 3 Folder 9
Box 3 Folder 10
Includes: meetings, Nicholas Kirtzman, and Kirtzman obituary by Michael Frankel
Box 3 Folder 11 1966
Includes: group photos with names
Box 3 Folder 12 1971
Box 3 Folder 13
Includes: Local 795, Nicholas Kirtzman with David Dubinsky (negatives), happy birthday graphic
Box 3 Folder 14
Includes: party
Box 3 Folder 15
Includes: meetings, protest against apartheid
Box 3 Folder 16
Includes: contact sheets and negatives
Box 3 Folder 17
Includes: portraits
Box 3 Folder 18
Box 3 Folder 19
Includes:Gilligan supporters
Box 3 Folder 20 1954
Los Angeles, California, September 18, 1954
Box 3 Folder 21
Box 3 Folder 22
Includes: contact sheet and negatives
Box 3 Folder 23
Includes: Kentucky State AFL-CIO, meetings, Union Label
Box 3 Folder 24
Box 3 Folder 25 1955
January 1955
Box 4 Folder 1
Box 4 Folder 2
Includes: meeting
Box 4 Folder 3
Includes: class
Box 4 Folder 4
Includes: party, people in shop
Box 4 Folder 5
Box 4 Folder 6
Includes: Christmas party, retiree [?] trip
Box 4 Folder 7 1992
March 11, 1992
Box 4 Folder 8 1992
March 14, 1992
Box 4 Folder 9
Box 4 Folder 10
Includes: meeting
Box 4 Folder 11
Box 4 Folder 12
Box 4 Folder 13
Includes: recreation
Box 4 Folder 14
Box 4 Folder 15
Box 4 Folder 16
Box 4 Folder 17
Box 4 Folder 18
Box 4 Folder 19
Includes: meetings and trip to Sotus Candies
Box 4 Folder 20
Box 4 Folder 21
Includes: meeting
Box 4 Folder 22
Box 4 Folder 23 1979
Box 4 Folder 24 1969-1970
Box 4 Folder 25 1979
July 17, 1979
Box 4 Folder 26
Includes: meetings
Box 4 Folder 27 1984
August 1984
Box 4 Folder 28
Box 4 Folder 29 1992
Cleveland Knitting Mills, March 24, 1992; K-Mart Apparel, March 26, 1992; Ohio Knitting Mills, March 26, 1992
Box 4 Folder 30
Box 4 Folder 31 1992
March 14, 1992
Box 4 Folder 32
Includes: portraits
Box 4 Folder 33
Box 5 Folder 1 1996
Includes: leafletting, Judy Hathaway, Patty Chine, Mary Ann Gould, Joy Friend, Viola Streight, Fran Green (Local 590, UNITE), Kevin Plank (Under Armour), Sal Fasciana (UP/Plan Manager, Triple A in the USA)
Box 5 Folder 2
Box 5 Folder 3
Includes sign, "Fight Discrimination: Boycott Kmart!"
Box 5 Folder 4
Box 5 Folder 5 1996
Box 5 Folder 6
Box 5 Folder 7
Includes: speaker with group
Box 5 Folder 8
Box 5 Folder 9
Box 5 Folder 10
Box 5 Folder 11
Includes: dinner
Box 5 Folder 12
Includes: meeting
Box 5 Folder 13
Box 5 Folder 14
Box 5 Folder 15
Box 5 Folder 16
Includes: meeting
Box 5 Folder 17
Box 5 Folder 18
Includes: various speakers at podium, meeting
Box 5 Folder 19
Box 5 Folder 20 1992
Box 5 Folder 21
1992?
Box 5 Folder 22
Includes: swearing in, speakers against NAFTA, convention, meetings, Union Label
Box 5 Folder 23
Includes: woman cutting cake
Box 5 Folder 24
Includes: office, Christmas party
Box 5 Folder 25
Includes: Lion Knit Negotiating Team, Unity House
Box 6 Folder 1
Includes: meeting
Box 6 Folder 2
Includes: Christmas party
Box 6 Folder 3
Includes: Josephine Kucera, P.B. retiree, June 26; speaker on food stamps
Box 6 Folder 4
Includes: Barbara Janis, Coalition of Labor Union Women; letter from Mary Jung to Bill Sullivan regarding the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA)
Box 6 Folder 5
Includes: election or raffle [?]
Box 6 Folder 6 1978
Box 6 Folder 7
Includes: meeting at Sheraton Hotel, Columbus, Ohio
Box 6 Folder 8
Includes: classes, office
Box 6 Folder 9 1972
Box 6 Folder 10
Includes: party; Brownsville; meeting; Christmas party, 1970; Learning Lab, Elizabeth Wright, Joint Board meeting, self defense class, retirees Christmas party, Kentucky December 1969 meeting, Cincinnati Christmas party, retirees
Box 6 Folder 11
Includes: class [?]
Box 6 Folder 12
Includes: party, performance
Box 6 Folder 13 1972
Box 6 Folder 14
Includes: retiree Christmas party [?]
Box 6 Folder 15
Includes: parties
Box 6 Folder 16 1973
Box 6 Folder 17 1969
Box 6 Folder 18
Box 6 Folder 19
Box 6 Folder 20 1962
Includes: Convention, 1962; Union Label; Wayne County Central Labor Union; Bobbie Brooks building; Christmas; meetings
Box 6 Folder 21
Includes: Shirley Stevenson of New Philadelphia, Mary LeGlise of Strasburg, Joan Hutras of Dover, and Ruth and Donna Burns both of New Philadelphia
Box 6 Folder 22
Box 6 Folder 23
Box 6 Folder 24
Includes: Al Gariula, Wilbur Daniels, Joseph Good, Buzz Rosenfeld (company)
Box 6 Folder 25
Includes: meeting, party
Box 7 Folder 1
Includes: meetings
Box 7 Folder 2
Includes: political campaigning, supporters [?]
Box 7 Folder 3
Includes: worker in shop
Box 7 Folder 4
Includes: group photographs
Box 7 Folder 5
Includes: office [?]
Box 7 Folder 6
Includes: UNITE, Columbus Cancer Clinic
Box 7 Folder 7
Includes: office
Box 7 Folder 8
Includes: panel discussion, meeting
Box 7 Folder 9
Includes: meeting
Box 7 Folder 10
Includes: recreation
Box 7 Folder 11
Box 7 Folder 12
Box 7 Folder 13
Includes: meeting
Box 7 Folder 14
Box 7 Folder 15
Includes: stained glass window
Box 7 Folder 16 1976
Includes: meeting, Canada Steamship Lines poster
Box 7 Folder 17
Includes: meeting outside building, office
Box 7 Folder 18
Includes: panel discussion, group photographs
Box 7 Folder 19
Includes: recreation
Box 7 Folder 20
Includes: class, training [?]
Box 7 Folder 21
Includes: self defense class [?]
Box 7 Folder 22
Includes: speakers for Howard Metzenbaum, meetings
Box 7 Folder 23
Box 7 Folder 24 1992
Includes: packing presents in shop, ILGWU "On the Move"
Box 7 Folder 25
Box 7 Folder 26
Box 7 Folder 27
Includes: meeting, group photographs
Box 7 Folder 28
Includes: office and staff
Box 7 Folder 29
Includes: meeting, office
Box 7 Folder 30
Box 7 Folder 31
Includes: meeting regarding NAFTA and health alliance [?], Ohio District Council
Box 7 Folder 32
Box 7 Folder 33
Includes: on strike at Frick Franklin Incorporated, protesting Richman Brothers
Box 7 Folder 34
Includes: Stokes supporters; meetings with Vanik, Stokes, Stanton on minimum wage, 1972
Box 7 Folder 35
Box 7 Folder 36 1996
Negatives, August 20, 1996
Box 7 Folder 37
Includes: meeting at Holiday Inn, Hudson, Ohio
Box 7 Folder 38
Includes: recreation
Box 8 Folder 1
Box 8 Folder 1
Box 8 Folder 2 1975
Strikes: "Save American Jobs," "Stop Imports"
Box 8 Folder 3 1975
Box 8 Folder 4
Box 8 Folder 5 1982
Box 8 Folder 6
Box 8 Folder 7 1962
Box 8 Folder 8 1944-1953
Cleveland Joint Board; Committee on Officers Reports, ILGWU 28th Convention, Chicago May 18-26, 1953; Ohio and Kentucky Delegation 28th ILGWU Convention; Cleveland Delegation at the 25th ILGWU Convention, Boston June 1944
Box 8 Folder 9 1962
Box 8 Folder 10
Box 9OP Folder 1 1953
Box 9OP Folder 2 1959
Box 9OP Folder 3 1950
Box 9OP Folder 4 1971
Box 10 Folder 1 1947
Box 11 Folder 1 1953
Box 11 Folder 2 1956
Box 11 Folder 3 1950
Box 11 Folder 4 1944
Box 11 Folder 5 1944
Box 11 Folder 6 1924
Box 11 Folder 7 1953
Box 11 Folder 8 1953
Box 11 Folder 9 1959