Boston Workmen's Circle, Triangle Fire Centennial Show: "The Cloth From Which We Are Cut"

Collection Number: 6036/094 AV

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


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
Boston Workmen's Circle, Triangle Fire Centennial Show: "The Cloth From Which We Are Cut", 2011
Collection Number:
6036/094 AV
Creator:
Boston Workmen's Circle Center for Jewish Culture and Social Justice;
A Besere Velt (A Better World)
Quantity:
0.1 linear ft.
Forms of Material:
Records, audiovisual material.
Repository:
Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
This collection consists of an audio CD and the script, program, flyers, and photographs from A Besere Velt's performance of "The Cloth from Which We Are Cut: A Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire." The performance was part of the Boston Jewish Music Festival, on March 6, 2011.
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.

ORGANIZATIONAL HISTORY

A Besere Velt, Yiddish for "A Better World," is an 80-member intergenerational community chorus that performs Yiddish folk music. Founded in 1997, A Besere Velt has performed throughout New England and New York and released its debut CD in 2006.
SUBJECTS

Names:
Boston Workmen's Circle Center for Jewish Culture and Social Justice
A Besere Velt Chorus
Boston Jewish Music Festival
Triangle Shirtwaist Company -- Fire, 1911

Subjects:
Clothing trade--New York (State)--New York--History--20th century
Fires--New York (State)--New York--History--20th century

Form and Genre Terms:
Records
Audiovisual material


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Cite As:
Boston Workmen's Circle, Triangle Fire Centennial Show: "The Cloth From Which We Are Cut" #6036/094 AV. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library.

RELATED MATERIALS

Related Collections:
6317 PUBS: Kheel Center Triangle Fire Centennial Commemoration Collection Publications

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
Box 1
Box 1 Item 1 2011
Format: CD/DVD
Triangle Fire Centennial Show, Boston Jewish Music Festival, March 6, 2011
Box 2 Item 1 2011
from the Boston Jewish Music Festival, March 6, 2011.