ILGWU Myrtle Banks Photographs

Collection Number: 5780/212 P

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


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
ILGWU Myrtle Banks Photographs, 1956-1987
Collection Number:
5780/212 P
Creator:
Banks, Myrtle;
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (ILGWU)
Quantity:
1.6 linear ft.
Forms of Material:
Photographs .
Repository:
Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
This collection includes photographs of Myrtle Banks' retirement party in 1984, events at the City of Hope medical center, local union meetings, and ILGWU conventions.
Language:
Collection material in English, Chinese


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

Myrtle Banks was born in North Little Rock, Arkansas in 1919, and in 1946, began work in California's garment industry, and became a member of in the Dressmakers' Union Local 101 in San Francisco. In 1961, after fifteen years working as a garment worker and, for a time, serving as shop steward at Koret of California in San Francisco, Myrtle Banks became a business agent with the ILGWU. In 1984, Banks retired from her position as business representative in the Pacific Northwest District Council. Throughout her career, she served as Chair of the Alameda County Chapter of the A. Philip Randolph Institute, Vice President of the Alameda County Civil Service Commission, and Trustee of the San Francisco Joint Board.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

This collection includes photographs of Myrtle Banks' retirement party in 1984, events at the City of Hope medical center, local union meetings, and ILGWU conventions.
SUBJECTS

Names:
Banks, Myrtle
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union

Subjects:
Clothing workers--Labor unions
Textile workers--Labor unions

Form and Genre Terms:
Photographs.


INFORMATION FOR USERS

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Restrictions on Use:
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Cite As:
ILGWU Myrtle Banks Photographs #5780/212 P. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library.

RELATED MATERIALS

Related Collections:
5780/212 MB: ILGWU Myrtle Banks Memorabilia

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
Box 1 Folder 1 1984
Photographs Included
Box 1 Folder 2 1984
Photographs Included
Box 1 Folder 3
Photographs Included
Box 1 Folder 4 1983
Photographs; 13 of Retirement
Box 1 Folder 5 1966
Photographs Included
Box 1 Folder 6 1983
Photographs Included
Box 1 Folder 7
Photographs Included
Box 1 Folder 8 1980
Photographs Included
Box 1 Folder 9 1985
March 1; Photographs Included
Box 1 Folder 10 1968
Photographs Included. May
Box 1 Folder 11 1971
May; Photographs Included
Box 1 Folder 12 1981-1982
Photographs Included
Box 1 Folder 13
Photographs Included
Box 1 Folder 14 1956-1987
Union August 29; Photographs Included
Box 1 Folder 15 1956
December 24; Photographs Included
Box 1 Folder 16
Photographs Included
Box 1 Folder 17 1973-1984
Photographs Included
Box 1 Folder 18 1980
Photographs Included
Box 1 Folder 19
Photographs Included
Box 1 Folder 20 1974
Photographs Included
Box 1 Folder 21
Photographs Included
Box 1 Folder 22
Photographs Included
Box 1 Folder 23
Photographs Included
Box 1 Folder 24
Photographs Included
Box 1 Folder 25 1979-1982
Photographs Included
Box 1 Folder 26
Guiton Buses
Box 1 Folder 27 1976
January 21; Chinese Included
Box 1 Folder 28
June 16
Box 1 Folder 29 1962
Photographs Included
Box 1 Folder 30
Photographs Included
Box 1 Folder 31
Box 1 Folder 32 1956-1968
32nd Convention, Miami Beach 1965, ILGWU ; Atlantic City, N.J., May, 10-18, 1956, ILGWU (brittle with a couple tears) ; 33rd Convention, International Ladies Garment Workers Union, Atlantic City, N.J. May 23rd to 30th, 1968 ; 34th Convention, Internation
Box 2 Folder 1 1983
June
Box 2 Folder 2 1984
May
Box 2 Folder 3 1983
Box 2 Folder 4 1962-1976
Honoring W. March. Atlantic City (6/1962)
Box 2 Folder 5
Pin Included; Myrtle Banks and Others
Box 2 Folder 6 1956/1987
Myrtle Banks and others
Box 2 Folder 7 1956-1971
ILGWU - Atlantic City, NJ - May, 10-18, 1956 ; 34th Convention, ILGWU, AFL-CIO, Miami Beach, Florida - May 6-15, 1971 ; 32nd Convention, ILGWU - Miami Beach 1965 ; Twenty-Ninth Convention - ILGWU, AFL-CIO - Atlantic City, NJ - May 10-18, 1956 ; 33rd Conve
Box 3