Danish, Max D. Collected Documents.

Collection Number: 6036/013

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


Danish, Max D. Collected Documents., 1946-1964
Collection Number:
Danish, Max D.
1.5 linear ft.
Forms of Material:
Articles, reprints, pamphlets, correspondence, photographs.
Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
This collection includes play scripts and other writings by Max Danish, as well as notes and collected documents about the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union.
Collection material in English


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).


Max D. Danish, born in 1887 in Vitebsk, Russia, immigrated to the United States at the age of 14 and began work in the garment industry. He was involved with the early struggles and strikes of the union, and provided publicity for the union during the Cloakmakers' strike in 1910. Danish worked on a daily newspaper in Connecticut and went to New York University to study journalism and received a law degree. In 1914, he became the managing editor of the official ILGWU publication, the "Ladies' Garment Worker," and director of press relations. When the ILGWU publication became "Justice" in 1919, Danish took over as editor, helming the publication until his retirement in 1951. Danish also served the union as director of publicity and attempted to change the impression of union news, creating a paper that had more general interest. Through his positions with publicity and publications for the union, Danish strived to change the attitude of the press toward union news. Danish wrote the biographies "William Green: A Pictorial Biography" and "The World of David Dubinsky." With close to four decades of service to the ILGWU, Danish was a reporter, editor, public relations expert and historian. He died on January 11, 1964 at the age of 77.


The collection contains manuscripts, plays and drafts of original material by Max D. Danish. Many are fiction and focus on the fashion and garment industry, including "57th Street" and a similar version entitled "Pirates on 5th Avenue," "Dresses, Unlimited," a play in three acts from 1940, and "Inside Dresses or Town and Gown: A Play in Three Acts," a precursor to "Dresses, Unlimited," and "Mr. Lewis and Mr. Green," a conversation between John Lewis and William Green in verse. Also included is a manuscript for the "History of the ILGWU." The collection has numerous rough drafts, ideas for stories, speeches and articles, items both typed and handwritten. Available is collected material on historical information, newspaper clippings, and articles on David Dubinsky.
The collection contains biographical material on Max Danish, including clippings from his retirement from the union in 1951, his brief stint as an AFL news southern correspondent in Miami in 1954, articles written by Danish in "The New Leader" (paper devoted to Socialist and labor movements), and the clippings of the many letters and opinions he wrote to various newspapers regarding labor matters.

Danish, Max D.
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union -- Archives.

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Cite As:
Danish, Max D. Collected Documents. #6036/013. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library.


Related Collections:
5780: ILGWU records
5780/070: ILGWU. Ladies' Garment Worker
5780/051 mf: ILGWU. Justice. Microfilm.


Box 1 Folder 1
Box 1 Folder 2 1940
Box 1 Folder 3 1940
Box 1 Folder 4 1940
Box 1 Folder 5
Box 1 Folder 6
Box 1 Folder 7
Box 1 Folder 8
Box 1 Folder 9
Box 1 Folder 10 1959-1961
Correspondence, speeches, notes
Box 1 Folder 11
Box 2 Folder 1
Box 2 Folder 2
Box 2 Folder 3
Box 2 Folder 4 1945-1946
Box 2 Folder 5
Box 2 Folder 6 1951
Box 2 Folder 7 1954
Box 2 Folder 8 1949-1952
Box 2 Folder 9
Box 2 Folder 10 1957
Box 2 Folder 11 1964
Letters to Mrs. Danish
Box 2 Folder 12 1948-1961
Box 2 Folder 13 1955
Box 2 Folder 14 1957
Box 2 Folder 15
Box 2 Folder 16
Box 2 Folder 17
Box 2 Folder 18
Box 3 Folder 1
Box 3 Folder 2
Box 3 Folder 3