21st Century ILGWU Heritage Fund Oral History Project

Collection Number: 6036/076 OH

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


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
21st Century ILGWU Heritage Fund Oral History Project, 2008-2012
Collection Number:
6036/076 OH
Creator:
21st Century ILGWU Heritage Fund;
Quantity:
0.7 linear ft.
Forms of Material:
Oral histories (document genres), computer file.
Repository:
Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
This collection consists of the digital recordings and transcripts of oral histories conducted by the ILGWU Heritage Project.
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.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

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. The project is funded by the 21st Century ILGWU Heritage Fund.
The first round of interviews was conducted by Daniel Soyer, a professor in the History Department at Fordham University, 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.
The second round of interviews were also conducted by Daniel Soyer and Daniel Katz from 2010 - 2012. 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: Ruth Antoniades, Bernard Bellush, Jewell Bellush, Wing Fong Chin, Thomas Donahue, Eugene Goldstein, Jack Glauberman, Ramelle MaCoy, Martin Morand, Edward Morrison, and Bill Schulman. Many of the interviews have various levels of restrictions for use.
SUBJECTS

Names:
Antoniades, Ruth
Bellush, Bernard
Bellush, Jewell
Chin, Wing Fong
Donahue, Thomas
Foner, Henry.
Goldstein, Eugene
Glauberman, Jack
Katz, Daniel
Laufman, Barbara.
Leventhal, Emanuel.
MaCoy, Ramelle
Mankoff, Walter.
Morand, Martin
Morrison, Edward
Reuter, Ralph.
Rosen, Saul.
Shulman, Beverly.
Schulman, Bill
Solomon, Irwin.
Soyer, Daniel.
Wells, David.
Zimny, Max.
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union
21st Century ILGWU Heritage Fund

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

Form and Genre Terms:
Oral histories (document genres)
Computer file


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Access Restrictions:
Access to the collections in the Kheel Center is restricted. Please contact a reference archivist for access to these materials.
Restrictions on Use:
This collection must be used in keeping with the Kheel Center Information Sheet and Procedures for Document Use.
Cite As:
21st Century ILGWU Heritage Fund Oral History Project #6036/076 OH. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library.

RELATED MATERIALS

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

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
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.
Box 2 Folder 1 2008-2009
Box 3 Folder 1 2012
Format: CD/DVD
audio recording
Box 4 Folder 1 2010-2012
Ruth Antoniades (audio recording and transcript) RESTRICTED
Bernard and Jewell Bellush (audio recording and transcript)
Wing Fong Chin (audio recording and transcript of English portions only)
Thomas Donahue (audio recording and transcript)
Eugene Goldstein (transcript) (audio file is on CD in box 3)
Jack Glauberman (audio recording and transcript)
Ramelle MaCoy (audio recording and transcript)
Martin Morand (audio recording and transcript)
Edward Morrison (audio recording and transcript)
Bill Schulman (audio recording and transcript)
Box 5