Daniel Soyer. ILGWU Heritage Project.

Collection Number: 6036/076 OH

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


Daniel Soyer. ILGWU Heritage Project., 2008-2009
Collection Number:
6036/076 OH
ILGWU Heritage Project Soyer, Daniel
0.5 linear ft.
Forms of Material:
Articles, reprints, pamphlets, correspondence, photographs.
Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
This collection contains oral history transcripts conducted by Daniel Soyer for the ILGWU Heritage Project.
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).


The ILGWU Heritage Project aims to document the history of the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union by collecting oral histories from retired union officers and staff. Daniel Soyer, a professor in the History Department at Fordham University, conducted the interviews in 2008 and 2009. This collection contains the audio recordings and the transcripts from the oral histories as well as providing biographical information on the subjects and an abstract of the interview. Those interviewed include: Henry Foner, Barbara Laufman, Emanuel Leventhal, Walter Mankoff, Ralph Reuter, Saul Rosen, Beverly Shulman, Irwin Solomon, David Wells, and Max Zimny. Many of the interviews have various levels of restrictions for use.

Foner, Henry.
Laufman, Barbara.
Leventhal, Emanuel.
Mankoff, Walter.
Reuter, Ralph.
Rosen, Saul.
Shulman, Beverly.
Solomon, Irwin.
Soyer, Daniel.
Wells, David.
Zimny, Max.
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union -- Computer files.

Clothing workers -- Labor unions -- New York (State) -- New York.
Textile workers -- Labor unions -- New York (State) -- New York.

Form and Genre Terms:
Oral histories.


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Cite As:
Daniel Soyer. ILGWU Heritage Project. #6036/076 OH. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library.


Related Collections:
5780: ILGWU records
5780 OH: ILGWU. Oral History
5780/110 OHT: ILGWU. Oral histories


Box 1 Folder 1 2009
Interviewed on June 10, 2009. 37 pages.
Box 1 Folder 2 2008
Interviewed on December 18, 2008. 40 pages.
Box 1 Folder 3 2009
Interviewed on March 13, 2009. 62 pages.
Box 1 Folder 4 2009
Interviewed on June 3, 2009. 47 pages.
Box 1 Folder 5 2009
Interviewed on March 4, 2009. 51 pages.
Box 1 Folder 6 2009
Interviewed on June 12, 2009. 39 pages.
Box 1 Folder 7 2009
Interviewed on July 6, 2009. 38 pages.
Box 1 Folder 8 2009
Interviewed on August 12, 2009. 35 pages.
Box 1 Folder 9 2009
Interviewed on April 1, 2009. 40 pages.
Box 1 Folder 10 2009
Interviewed on May 22, 2009. 78 pages.