University of Texas Arlington

International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union, Texas Locals Records:

A Guide



Descriptive Summary

Creator: International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union
Title: International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union Collection
Dates: 1934-1970
Abstract: The International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (ILGWU) was founded, June 3, 1900, in New York and was chartered by the American Federation of Labor on June 23, 1900. The ILGWU established its first Texas local in Dallas in 1934, and successful organization efforts in Houston and San Antonio followed shortly thereafter. This collection contains correspondence, agreement, handbills, newspaper clippings, newsletters, speeches, financial report, proceedings, hearing report, brochures, and list of ILGWU locals. Materials document the activities of ILGWU locals in Texas, especially Dallas, as well as the ILGWU national office and locals in other states.
Identification: AR167
Extent: 10 folders (0.4 linear ft.)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries

Historical Note

The International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (ILGWU) was founded, June 3, 1900, in New York and was chartered by the American Federation of Labor on June 23, 1900. The labor union represented workers in the women and children's apparel industries and was mostly comprised of female workers. The ILGWU established its first Texas local in Dallas in 1934, and successful organization efforts in Houston and San Antonio followed shortly thereafter. Notable strikes were carried out by the Dallas and San Antonio locals in the 1930's and the San Antonio local in the 1950s and 1960s.


Scope and Contents

This collection contains correspondence, agreement, handbills, newspaper clippings, newsletters, speeches, financial report, proceedings, hearing report, brochures, and list of ILGWU locals. Materials from several Texas locals and the national office comprise the bulk of the collection. Also included are newsletters representative of locals in several states; clippings which deal primarily with the strike activities of Dallas locals, 1934-1941; and copies of speeches delivered by Meyer Perlstein, ILGWU Vice-President and Southwestern Regional Director. An NLRB hearing report describes the proceedings regarding the discharge of Mrs. Carmen Jackson held in the matter of the ILGWU vs. Aronson-Rose Manufacturing Company, Dallas, Texas, 1935.


Organization

Materials are arranged according to subject-document type in 10 folders.

Restrictions

Access

Open for research.


Index Terms

These materials are indexed under the following headings in the catalog of The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Persons
Perlstein, Meyer, 1884-1958--Archives.
Jackson, Carmen--Biography--Sources.
Organizations
International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union--Records and correspondence.
United States. National Labor Relations Board--Records and correspondence.
Subjects
Clothing trade--Labor unions--Texas--History--Sources.
Strikes and lockouts--Clothing trade--Texas--History--Sources.
Women labor union members--Texas--Dallas--History--Sources.
Places
Dallas (Tex.)--History--Sources.
Texas--History--Sources.
Alternate Titles
Texas Labor Archives

Related Material

  • AR29: International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union, Local 214 Records, 1947-1963
  • AR30: International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union, Local 180 Records, 1936-1960


Administrative Information

Citation

International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union Collection, AR167, Box Number, Folder Number, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries.

Acquisition

Gift, 1974.


Administrative Information

Grant Support

The retrospective updating and conversion of this finding aid was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications & Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Special Collections "Documenting Democracy: Access to Historical Records" project, 2014-2015.


Container List

Box Folder
1 1 I.L.G.W.U.- Dallas Locals- Misc. Records, 1935-1970
2 I.L.G.W.U.- Dallas Locals- Scrapbook, c. 1934-1941
2a National Labor Relations Board. Stenographic Report of Hearing, in the Matter of I.L.G.W.U., Re: Discharge of Mrs. Carmen Jackson, Complainant, vs. Aronson-Rose Mfg. Co., Dallas, Respondent. Dallas, Texas, Jan. 12, 1935.
3 I.L.G.W.U.- Organizing Campaigns: Denton, 1951; Fort Worth, 1970; Waxahachie, c. 1939.
4 I.L.G.W.U.- Various Locals- Newsletters (in alphabetical order by state), 1942-1950, undated
5 Perlstein, Meyer, I.L.G.W.U. Vice-President and Southwestern Regional Director- Misc. Records, 1944-1956
6 I.L.G.W.U.- Proceedings, 1937-1968
7 I.L.G.W.U.- Misc. Publications by and about the union, 1942-1970
8 I.L.G.W.U.- Speeches and Articles, 1946-1968
9 Miscellaneous, 1941-1958