Joseph Schlossberg Secretary-Treasurer correspondence, 1914-1929, 1915-1925 (bulk)

International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union Secretary-Treasurer


10 linear ft.
Arranged alphabetically.
Correspondence documenting Joseph Schlossberg's tenure in the ACWA during the period 1914-1929, particularly in his capacity as secretary-treasurer -- Much of the correspondence concerns the formation and early struggles of the ACWA. Among the subjects documented in these letters are: union organizing efforts in the U.S. and Canada, especially in Boston, Cincinnati, Montreal, Philadelphia, Rochester, N.Y., and Toronto; individual locals of the ACWA, relations with other garment workers' unions; strikes and lockouts, particularly in Cincinnati; the role of women in the union; and the often tense relations among the Jewish, Italian, German and various Slavic clothing workers.
Significant individuals represented in the collection include: Jane Addams; August Bellanca; Dorothy Jacobs Bellanca; E. J. Brais; Sidney Hillman; Fiorello LaGuardia; A. J. Muste; Jacob Potofsky; and Frank Rosenblum.
Major organizations represented include local unions and joint boards of the ACWA, the Amalgamated Textile Workers' Union, the United Garment Workers of America, and the Women's Trade Union League.
Joseph Schlossberg, cloakmaker, labor organizer, co-founder and first secretary-treasurer, Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America -- Joseph Schlosseberg was born in Belorussia in 1875 and emigrated to the United States in 1888. He left school in New York after only a year and began working as a garment maker. He became involved in organizing garment workers in the 1890s and worked with several unions in the industry in the 1900s and 1910s. He was one of the founding members of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America (ACWA) and was elected the first secretary-treasurer of the union in 1914. He left the union in 1940 to devote his time to Zionist and community affairs. He died in 1971.
Joseph Schlossberg correspondence, #5619, Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, M.P. Catherwood Library, Cornell University.
Finding aid available in repository and through interlibrary loan; folder level control.
Forms part of: Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers records.

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