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Elizabeth Kimmel Papers:

A Guide



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Kimmel, Elizabeth.
Title: Elizabeth Kimmel Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1944-2001
Inclusive Dates: Undated
Abstract: Elizabeth Kimmel was born in 1915. She was a union organizer for over 60 year, serving with the International Ladies Garment Workers Union from 1938 until 1963 and with The American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees from 1963 until her retirement in 1986. Liz was an early champion for the civil rights of women and minorities, and furthered those causes through her work with the Democratic Party. She was the Treasurer of the Harris County Chapter of the AFL-CIO Retirees at the time of her death. She was the first women inducted into the Texas Labor Hall of Fame. She died at the age of 86 in 2001. She was the wife of Alexander Hieken. This collection of Elizabeth Kimmel’s personal papers includes correspondence, news-clippings, labor-related essays and statements, newsletters, programs, and photographs related to her labor activities.
Identification: Unprocessed mss.2009-73
Extent: 1 box (0.2 linear ft.)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library

Biographical Note

Elizabeth “Liz” Kimmel was born in Ennis, Kentucky on June 21, 1915. She worked in the garment industry during the Great Depression, which led to her active involvement in the labor movement. She was a union organizer for over 60 year, serving with the International Ladies Garment Workers Union from 1938 until 1963 and with The American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees from 1963 until her retirement in 1986. Liz was an early champion for the civil rights of women and minorities, and furthered those causes through her work with the Democratic Party. She was the Treasurer of the Harris County Chapter of the AFL-CIO Retirees at the time of her death. She has received numerous awards and was the first women inducted into the Texas Labor Hall of Fame. She died at the age of 86 on September 8, 2001 after a battle against ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease. She was preceded by her late husband, Alexander Hieken.


Scope and Contents

This collection of Elizabeth Kimmel’s personal papers includes correspondence, news-clippings, labor-related essays and statements, newsletters, programs, and photographs related to her labor activities.


Restrictions

Access

Open for research.

Literary Rights Statement

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Index Terms

These materials are indexed under the following headings in the catalog of The University of Texas at Arlington Library. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Texas Labor Archives
Persons
Kimmel, Elizabeth, 1915-2001.
Kimmel, Elizabeth, 1915-2001--Records and correspondence.
Alternate Titles
Texas Labor Archives
Subjects
Women labor union members--Texas--Archives.

Related Material

Unprocessed mss. 97-9: Kimmel Papers (1947-1986)

Unprocessed mss. 2009-69: Alexander Hieken Papers (1955-1989)

HD8083.T4T47no.116B: Oral history interview with Liz Kimmel


Administrative Information

Citation

Elizabeth Kimmel Papers, Unprocessed mss. 2009-73, Box Number, Folder Number, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library.

Acquisition

Legacy, Unknown date.

Accessioned as number 2009-73.