ILGWU Memorabilia Banners

Collection Number: 5780/188 MB

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


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
ILGWU Memorabilia Banners,
Collection Number:
5780/188 MB
Creator:
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (ILGWU)
Quantity:
47 linear ft.
Forms of Material:
Memorabilia.
Repository:
Kheel Center for Labor- Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
The ILGWU Memorabilia Banners collection include banners from several ILGWU Locals and range in dates from the late 1800's to around 1950.
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.
SUBJECTS

Names:
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union--Collectibles

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

Form and Genre Terms:
Memorabilia.


INFORMATION FOR USERS

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Restrictions on Use:
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Cite As:
ILGWU Memorabilia Banners #5780/188 MB. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library.

RELATED MATERIALS

Related Collections:
5780: ILGWU records

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
Box 1 Folder 1 1935
- maroon; metal fringe, gold
Box 2 Folder 1 1886
- red/maroon; gold, metal trim
Box 3 Folder 1
white (1 layer cotton/linen); blue letters; red, white and blue Union label; top sleeve for pole
Box 4 Folder 1 1906
- red; yellow/gold text with black outline; white label with green eagle; fringe on 3 edges, text on 2 sides; sleeve on one edge for pole?
Box 5 Folder 1 1940-1950
- red silk; fabric fringe; gold and black decoration, possibly hand stitched text
Box 6 Folder 1 1937
- maroon with gold decoration; wool/felt; rayon acetate backing
Box 7 Folder 1
- red; fabric fringe
Box 8 Folder 1 1977
- red; yellow fabric fringe; large eagle, handshake
Box 9 Folder 1
- blue with yellow fabric fringe - double sided
Box 10 Folder 1
- red with fabric fringe
Box 11 Folder 1
- gold; silver trim on bottom (added at a later date?), silk screen; wood dowel with caps to thread through banner; synthetic; nylon over wood; maker's label; (same as #25 and #26)
Box 12 Folder 1 1933
- maroon; no lining
Box 13 Folder 1 1900
- red; bright yellow edging, fringe and tassels; machine stitching, 2 cornucopias with torches
Box 14 Folder 1 1901
- purple and gold; hand painted; silk?; metal fringe, gold and tassels; Union Label - has union bug 510 hand drawn
Box 15 Folder 1 1900
- very similar to #13, except no tassels; red, with gold, pink, green, purple, red, and blue decoration; machine stitching, 2 cornucopias and 2 torches with grapes, leaves, fruit; ribbons, fringe, hanging loops
Box 16 Folder 1 1909
- maroon; gold text; 2 hands holding torches tan, green, red, olive; stitched down cord; fringe along top and bottom; loops for hanging -satin
Box 17 Folder 1 1901
- red; silk; gold fringe on bottom; gold letters with silver or green outline; stamped/hand painted; fringe on bottom; braided edges and top; 6 hanging loops
Box 19 Folder 1
- white; red, white and blue decoration
Box 20 Folder 1 1941
- blue and gold; wool/felt
Box 22 Folder 1 1900-1950
- pieced sections red, white and blue faded to purple/brown; Nylon
Box 23 Folder 1
- red stamped on white nylon; silk screened
Box 24 Folder 1
- white; red and blue label on bottom half "Made in the USA"
Box 25 Folder 1 1930-1940
- gold; silver trim on bottom (added at a later date?), silk screen; wood dowel with caps to thread through banner; synthetic; nylon over wood; maker's label; (same as #11 and #26)
Box 25.1 Folder 1
Box 26 Folder 1
- gold; silver trim on bottom (added at a later date?), silk screen; wood dowel with caps to thread through banner; synthetic; nylon over wood; maker's label; (same as #11 and #25)
Box 29 Folder 1
Box 30