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Guide to the Hispanic Apparel Union Officers Oral History Collection OH 004

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This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on July 20, 2018
Finding aid is in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Descriptive Summary

Title: Hispanic Apparel Union Officers Oral History Collection
Dates [inclusive]: 1983-1984
Abstract: The collection is comprised of interviews with 26 organizers, which were conducted by Geoffrey Fox as part of a study entitled "Hispanic Organizers and Business Agents." The study was published as an occasional paper of New York University's Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies in 1984. It explored how Hispanic immigrants were assimilated into labor organizations and how they, in the process, adapted and reformed these organizations for themselves. Interviewees were mostly members of the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union and the International Ladies' Garment Workers Union. Except for four New York-born Puerto Ricans, all interviewees are immigrants from Latin America, including: Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Chile, and Honduras. Interviewees discuss their careers, experiences in the industry and unions, organizing methods, and views on the labor movement.
Quantity: 1 Linear Feet in 1 compact disk box, 1 manuscript box, and 1 card catalog drawer.
Language: Materials are in English and Spanish.
Call Phrase: OH 004

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Historical/Biographical Note

The interviews were conducted by Fox as part of a study entitled "Hispanic Organizers and Business Agents," published as an occasional paper of New York University's Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies in 1984. The study explored how Hispanic immigrants were assimilated into labor organizations and how they, in the process, adapted and reformed these organizations for themselves.

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Scope and Contents

The collection consists of interviews in English and Spanish with 26 organizers, most of whom worked for the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union and the International Ladies' Garment Workers Union. Except for four New York-born Puerto Ricans, all interviewees are immigrants from Latin America, including: Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Chile, and Honduras. Interviewees discuss their careers, experiences in the industry and unions, organizing methods, and views on the labor movement. Additionally, there is one box of transcripts and interview notes, which also contains Geoffrey E. Fox's "Hispanic Organizers and Business Agents in the New York Apparel Industries," a paper derived from the interviews.

Arrangement

Access compact disks, transcripts, and interview notes are arranged alphabetically by interviewee. Master cassettes are arranged by an an assigned numbering scheme.

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Access Points

Document Type

  • Oral histories (document genres)

Subject Organizations

  • Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union
  • International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union

Subject Topics

  • Working class -- Organizing.
  • Immigrants -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Hispanic Americans -- New York (State) -- New York.

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Because of the assembled nature of this collection, copyright status varies across the collection. Copyright is assumed to be held by the original creator of individual items in the collection; these items are expected to pass into the public domain 120 years after their creation. Repository is not authorized to grant permission to publish or reproduce materials from this collection. Copyright (or related rights to publicity and privacy) for materials in this collection, created by Olga Velasco, Ernesto Castillo, and Juan Laboriel, was not transferred to New York University. Permission to use materials must be secured from the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, date; Hispanic Apparel Union Officers Oral History Collection; OH.004; box number; folder number; Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, New York University.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Access to audiovisual materials in this collection is available through digitized access copies. Researchers may view an item's original container, but the media themselves are not available for playback because of preservation concerns. Materials that have already been digitized are noted in the collection's finding aid and can be requested in our reading room.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Geoffrey Fox in 1984. The accession number associated with this collection is 1950.132.

Processing Information

Original audiocassettes were digitized in 2013.

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Container List

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : 1 (Transcript) Kathy Andrade

Historical/Biographical Note

Union colonizer, organizer.

Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers UnionInternational Ladies' Garment Workers' Union
1983
Box: 1 Cd : Andrade 1 (Access cd)
Box: Shared Cassette Box 6 Cassette : 21 (Master cassette [31142054612497])
Box: 1 Cd : Bermejo 1 (Access cd) Sandy Bermejo

Historical/Biographical Note

Headwear Joint Board, business agent.

Dec 8, 1983
Box: 2 Folder : 2 (Mixed Materials)
Box: Shared Cassette Box 6 Cassette : 1 (Master cassette [31142054612497])
Box: 2 Folder : 3 (Mixed Materials) José Berríos

Historical/Biographical Note

District 65 organizer, Headwear Joint Board, Hatters Union.

Dec 8, 1983
Box: 1 Cd : Berrios 1-2 (Access cd)
Box: Shared Cassette Box 6 Cassette : 2 (Master cassette [31142054612497])
Box: 1 Cd : Carrion 1 (Access cd) Enio Carrion

Historical/Biographical Note

UFWA organizer, local business agent, secretary treasurer, president, AFL/CIO.

undated
Box: 2 Folder : 4 (Transcript)
Box: Shared Cassette Box 6 Cassette : 3 (Master cassette [31142054612497])
Box: Shared Cassette Box 6 Cassette : 4B (Master cassette [31142054612497]) Ernesto Castillo, Rosa Mejias, and Julia Pietri
Jan 9, 1984
Box: 1 Cd : Castillo, Mejias, Pietri 1 (Access cd)
Box: 2 Folder : 5, 19, 22 (Mixed Materials)
Box: Shared Cassette Box 6 Cassette : 5B (Master cassette [31142054612497]) Delores Dávila and Juan Laboriel

Historical/Biographical Note

ACTWU 169 council member, vice-president, chair, claims department, business agent.

Dec 8, 1983 and Dec 9, 1983
Box: 1 Cd : Davila and Laboriel 1-2 (Access cd)
Box: 2 Folder : 6 (Mixed Materials)
Box: Shared Cassette Box 6 Cassette : 6 (Master cassette [31142054612497]) Edwin Espaillat

Historical/Biographical Note

Flight engineer, ACT union founder, AFT local chair, HCL secretary, LCLAA vice-president, AIFLD teacher.

Mar 25, 1983
Box: 1 Cassette : Espaillat 1 (Access cd)
Box: 2 Folder : 8 (Transcript)
Box: 1 Cd : Fonseca 1 (Access cd) Pascual Fonseca

Scope and Content Note

Experience as factory union organizer, balancing personal and professional lives.

Jan 12, 1984
Box: Shared Cassette Box 6 Cassette : 7 (Master cassette [31142054612497])
Box: 2 Folder : 9 (Mixed Materials)
Box: 2 Folder : 10 Geoffrey Fox, "Hispanic Organizers and Business Agents in the New York Apparel Industries."
Apr 1984
Box: Shared Cassette Box 6 Cassette : 8 (Master cassette [31142054612497]) Manuel (Manny) Gonzalez

Historical/Biographical Note

ILGWU Local 22: Head of Education Department, organizer, executive board, secretary-manager, vice-president ILGWU.

Jan 4, 1984
Box: 1 Cd : Gonzales 1 (Access cd)
Box: 2 Folder : 11 (Mixed Materials)
Box: Shared Cassette Box 6 Cassette : 9 (Master cassette [31142054612497]) Emigdio Hernández and Abraham Escobar
Jan 11, 1984
Box: 1 Cd : Hernandez and Escobar 1 (Access cd)
Box: 2 Folder : 7, 12 (Mixed Materials)
Box: 2 Folder : 13 (Transcript) Ernesto Jofre

Scope and Content Note

Discussion of Chilean labor unions, imprisonment, emigration, and experience as ACTWU organizer.

Mar 3, 1983
Box: 1 Cd : Joffre 1 (Access cd)
Box: Shared Cassette Box 6 Cassette : 10 (Master cassette [31142054612497])
Box: Shared Cassette Box 6 Cassette : 5A (Master cassette [31142054612497]) Juan Laboriel

Historical/Biographical Note

UFCW General Organizer.

Dec 9, 1983
Box: 2 Folder : 14 (Transcript)
Box: 2 Folder : 14 (Mixed Materials)
Box: 1 Cd : Laboriel 1 (Access cd)
Box: Shared Cassette Box 6 Cassette : 12 (Master cassette [31142054612497]) Wilfredo Larancuent

Historical/Biographical Note

Headwear Joint Board vice-president, ACTWU local 110 manager, Baby Bonnet Workers Union.

Nov 11, 1983
Box: 2 Folder : 15 (Mixed Materials)
Box: 1 Cd : Laracuent 1 (Access cd)
Box: 2 Folder : 16 (Mixed Materials) Sonia Laracuente

Historical/Biographical Note

ILGWU local 40 translator, business agent, Red Cross CETA Program.

Dec 13, 1983
Box: Shared Cassette Box 6 Cassette : 11 (Master cassette [31142054612497])
Box: 1 Cd : Laracuente 1 (Access cd)
Box: 2 Folder : 5, 17-18 (Mixed Materials) Ernesto Macias, Maria Martinez, and Ernesto Castillo
Jan 9, 1984
Box: 1 Cd : Macias, Martinez, Castillo 1-2 (Access cd)
Box: Shared Cassette Box 6 Cassette : 13 (Master cassette [31142054612497])
Box: 1 Cd : Mejias 1 (Access cd) Rosa Mejias

Historical/Biographical Note

ILGWU local 66 Education Director, active in International Dept. Education.

Jan 9, 1984
Box: Shared Cassette Box 6 Cassette : 4A (Master cassette [31142054612497])
Box: 2 Folder : 20 (Mixed Materials) Lionel Otero and Luis Santiago

Historical/Biographical Note

ACWU Education Director, business agent, Amalgamated Services Joint Bd.

Jun 1, 1984
Box: 1 Cd : Otero and Santiago 1-2 (Access cd)
Box: Shared Cassette Box 6 Cassette : 14 (Master cassette [31142054612497])
Box: 2 Folder : 21 (Mixed Materials) Frank Perez

Scope and Content Note

Discussion of experiences as ILGWU local 132 delegate, organizer, Executive Board, and dismissal.

Jan 23, 1984
Box: Shared Cassette Box 6 Cassette : 15 (Master cassette [31142054612497])
Box: 1 Cd : Perez 1-2 (Access cd)
Box: Shared Cassette Box 6 Cassette : 16 (Master cassette [31142054612497]) Jose Prince

Scope and Content Note

Discussion of Cuban labor movement, CLAT rep. in U.S., Latin American labor movement.

Mar 28, 1983
Box: 1 Cd : Prince 1-2 (Access cd)
Box: 2 Folder : 23 (Transcript)
Box: 1 Cd : Santana 1 (Access cd) Aracelly Santana

Scope and Content Note

Discussion of experience as ILG business agent, corruption, sexism, and harassment in union.

Nov 17, 1983
Box: 2 Folder : 24 (Mixed Materials)
Box: Shared Cassette Box 6 Cassette : 17 (Master cassette [31142054612497])
Box: 1 Cd : Vargas 1 (Access cd) Ed Vargas

Historical/Biographical Note

ILG organizer.

Dec 29, 1983
Box: Shared Cassette Box 6 Cassette : 18 (Master cassette [31142054612497])
Box: 1 Cd : Velasco 1 (Access cd) Olga Velasco

Historical/Biographical Note

Organizer, ACTWU NY Joint Board.

Jan 10, 1984
Box: 2 Folder : 26 (Mixed Materials)
Box: Shared Cassette Box 6 Cassette : 19 (Master cassette [31142054612497])
Box: 1 Cd : Waldinger 1-2 (Access cd) Roger Waldinger

Scope and Content Note

"Immigrant Entrepreneurship in the New York Garment Industry"

Nov 18, 1983
Box: Shared Cassette Box 6 Cassette : 20 (Master cassette [31142054612497])

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