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Guide to the Asian Garment Workers in New York City Oral History Collection OH 018

Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South
10th Floor
New York, NY 10012
(212) 998-2630

Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives

Collection processed by Unattributed Tamiment staff and David A. Olson

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on August 01, 2018
Finding aid written in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of ten interviews with garment workers who came to New York City from Vietnam, China, the Philippines, and California. Interviews are primarily with International Ladies Garment Workers' Union members and staff (especially Local 23-25) and its successor organization, the Union of Needletrades, Industrial, and Textile Employees (UNITE). One interview is with a garment manufacturer. Topics covered include emigration to the United States, working conditions, joining the ILGWU, major strikes, the impacts of globalization, and unique challenges in organizing in the Asian-American community.


Access compact disks are arranged alphabetically. Master cassettes, indexes, and transcripts are arranged according to an archivist-devised numbering system.