ILGWU Benjamin Schlesinger Papers, 1900-1923

International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union President's Office


2 linear feet.
Arranged in two sections: General correspondence and Subject files; alphabetically arranged within each section.
Correspondence, form letters, circulars and subject files relating to Schlesinger's term, June 1914 to January 1923. Topics covered in these materials include union organizing; strikes, labor disputes, working conditions, and other labor issues in the women's garment industry, particularly in New York City; inter-union relations; relations between manufacturers' associations and the union; efforts by Schlesinger and others to form an alliance of garment workers' unions; discussions with foreign garment workers' unions; education for workers in New York City; and Jewish war relief efforts during World War I..
"Permanent deposit".
The ILGWU Records, except for publications and materials produced for publication, are restricted. Materials created prior to twenty years from the current date are open to researchers only with prior written permission from the Director of the Kheel Center; materials created during the past twenty-years are closed; the minutes of the General Executive Board are closed. For more information contact the Kheel Center.
ILGWU Benjamin Schlesinger Papers, 5780/009. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Martin P. Catherwood Library, Cornell University.
Related collections: 5780/002, 5780/010, 5780/056.
Files of the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (ILGWU) president Benjamin Schlesinger during his second term as president, from June 1914 to January 1923. Schelsinger was a Jewish immigrant from Lithuania who began working in the garment industry in Chicago as a teenager. He became a union organizer soon after and rose quickly in the ranks of the Chicago Cloakmakers' Union. He served as president of the ILGWU for a brief time in 1903. Later, he was business manager of the Jewish Daily Forward in Chicago, and was elected to two more (non-concurrent) terms as ILGWU president.
English and Yiddish.
Finding aid available in repository and through interlibrary loan, folder level control.
Forms part of: ILGWU records, 1884-2006, bulk 1923-1995.

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