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Guide to the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union Printed Ephemera Collection PE.019

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Description is in English

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Tamiment Library
Title: Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union Printed Ephemera Collection
Dates [inclusive]: 1910-2000
Abstract: The Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union (ACTWU) Printed Ephemera Collection is an artificial collection, collected and assembled by the Tamiment Library over the course of several decades. ACTWU was formed in 1976, when the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America (ACWA) and the Textile Workers Union of America (TWUA) merged. In addition to contracts and agreements, there is a small amount of printed ephemera from the ACTWU including, fliers, brochures and pamphlets having to do with a range of subjects including sexual harassment, occupational safety and the strike and nationwide boycott of J.P. Stevens. There are also a number of bibliographies put out by the ACTWU Research Department. The collection, however, largely consists of material from the ACWA and the TWUA and is made up of printed ephemera such as fliers, brochures, newspaper clippings, and pamphlets from these two unions. Included are files on the 1972 strike at the Farah Company, a clothing manufacturer in Texas, correspondence courses that were taught in the 1940s, fliers of early organizing drives throughout the country and advertisements and fliers on the union label campaign.
Quantity: 6 Linear Feet (6 boxes)
Language: Materials are in English
Call Phrase: PE.019

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Historical/Biographical Note

The Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union (ACTWU) was formed in 1976 when the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America (ACWA) and the Textile Workers Union of America (TWUA) merged. The ACWA was formed in 1914 as a break away union from the United Garment Workers. Sydney Hillman was an influential leader of the Union and served as president for thirty years. The TWUA was formed out of the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) in 1939 and was established largely as a project of the CIO to organize southern textile workers. In 1995, the ACTWU joined with the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union to form the Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile employees, also known as UNITE. UNITE went on to merge with the Hotel Employees and Hospital Employees Union, to form UNITE HERE in 2004.

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Scope and Content Note

The Amagamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union Printed Ephemera Collection consists of contracts, agreements, constitutions and reports, as well as printed ephemera such as fliers, circular letters, newspapers clippings, pamphlets and publications.

Series I: Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union (ACTWU), 1976-2000, largely consists of collective bargaining agreements and contracts originating at the national, regional and local level. Also included in this series is printed ephemera such as fliers, brochures, newspaper clippings and pamphlets. This printed matter covers a wide range of topics having to do with the Union's policy on sexual harassment and workplace safety, but also documents the strike and nationwide boycott of the J.P. Stevens Corporation that took place in 1976. Included in the collection is material from various departments of the ACTWU, notably the Education Department and the Research Department. From the Education Department, there are songbooks, member's kits, guides to running union meetings, and film guides. The Research Department produced a highly informative bibliography on works pertaining to the ACTWU and its predecessor unions, including archival collections and oral histories. Also represented in this series is material on Threads, a humanities project organized through the Social Services Department of ACTWU and established by funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Threads provides labor education and history for union members through informative program and discussion guides; several of these guides are included in this series.

Series II: Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America (ACWA), 1910-1977, contains fliers, brochures, newspaper clippings, pamphlets and publications from the ACWA at the national, regional and local level. Included in this series are illustrated Almanacs, telling the history of the ACWA, commemorative volumes, fliers on early organizing drives through the country, advertisements and other material documenting the Union Label campaign, and a number of photocopied letters dating from 1919-1923 written by manufacturers addressed to workers against the organizing efforts of the ACWA. Several of the ACWA departments, including the National Education Department, the Department of Cultural Activities, and the Research Department are represented in the collection. The National Education Department, sometimes also simply called the Education Department, published informative "how to" publications on conducting union meetings, running a mimeograph machine, and establishing a local educational program. Also included are pamphlets on Soviet Russia, internationalism, the open shop movement, as well as on the history of trade unionism generally and on organizing clothing workers more specifically. The National Education Department also produced a collected sampling of leaflets for use in local organizing campaigns. In 1937 and again in 1957, the Research Department published a directory of manufacturers working in agreement with the Union, which provided consumers with assistance on how to buy and shop for "Union Made" products. Included in this series from the Department of Cultural Activities are several plays produced by the Department as well as a published volume of letters sent to President Franklin D. Roosevelt in support of his 1940 bid for presidency and selected through the "Write-a-Letter-for-Roosevelt" contest. Also in the 1940s, the ACWA offered a set of correspondence courses to its membership. Courses were taught on writing, democracy, labor history, and collective bargaining, among other topics; the curriculum for each course is included in this series. Aside from printed material generated by the ACWA at the national level and through its departments, there are also fliers, brochures, pamphlets and publications from the Regional and Joint Boards of the ACWA as well as locals from around the country, including a number a beautifully decorated pictorial history books.

Series III: Textile Workers Union of America (TWUA), 1939-1988, contains agreements, contracts, constitutions, convention proceedings and reports as well as printed ephemera such as fliers, brochures, newspaper clippings, pamphlets and other publications produced largely by the TWUA at the national level through its various departments, but there is also some material from locals. The Education Department of the TWUA produced guides on stewardship, running union meetings, consumer activism, organizing members, and how to finance a college education. Also published by the Education Department are songbooks, bibliographies, reports and course outlines for worker education. The collection consists of several fliers showcasing the TWUA's support of democratic candidates for president. There are also materials highlighting some of the internal struggles for leadership that took place in the Union in the early 1950s. The TWUA struggled to organize textile workers in the southeast United States, pamphlets put out in 1950s and 1960s highlighting the Union's stance on this issue are included in this series. Also included in this series are several informative pamphlets on the difficulty of organizing under Taft-Hartley and the history of the TWUA, as well as a polemic against the 1948 Henry A. Wallace bid for presidency citing charges of communism, and a guide to buying and shopping for union made goods.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged into three series: Series I: Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union (ACTWU), 1976-2000; Series II: Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America, 1910-1977; Series III: Textile Workers Union of America, 1939-1988. Folders are arranged alphabetically within series.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Hillman, Sidney, 1887-1946.

Document Type

  • Constitutions.
  • Printed ephemera.
  • Fliers (printed matter)
  • Clippings (information artifacts)
  • Pamphlets.
  • Publications (documents)
  • Agreements.

Subject Organizations

  • Textile Workers Union of America
  • Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America
  • Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union

Subject Topics

  • Labor unions -- New York (State) -- New York.
  • Labor unions -- Organizing -- United States.
  • Labor unions -- United States.
  • Labor unions
  • Clothing workers -x Labor unions -- New York (State) -- New York.
  • Clothing workers -x Labor unions -- United States.
  • Clothing workers -- New York (State) -- New York.
  • Clothing workers -- United States.
  • Labor unions -- New York (State)

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Administrative Information

Custodial History

The provenance of the materials is varied. Items were obtained through purchases, donations, standing orders with publishers, arrangements with labor unions and other organizations, exchanges with other libraries, and through ongoing collecting by Tamiment staff. A significant portion of the material in Series II, Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America is stamped from the Hillman Memorial Collection.

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. Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Archives is not authorized to grant permission to publish or reproduce materials from this collection.

Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date; Collection name; Collection number; box number; folder number;
Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012, New York University Libraries.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Materials in this collection have been compiled by the Tamiment Library. A portion of the collection was part of the Sidney Hillman Collection donation from the New School Library in 1990. There is no accession record associated with this collection.

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Container List

Series I: Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union (ACTWU), 1976-2000

Container 1     Title Date
Box: 1 Agreements and Contracts
1976-1995
Box: 2 Circular Letters
1978-1989, undated
Box: 2 Civil Rights Department
undated
Box: 2 Constitutions
1976-1990
Box: 2 Conventions
1978-1995
Box: 2 Department of Occupational Safety and Health
undated
Box: 2 Education Department
1977, 1989, undated
Box: 2 Fliers
undated
Box: 2 Headwear and Allied Workers Joint Board
1983
Box: 2 J.P. Stevens (I)
1976-1979, undated
Box: 2 J.P. Stevens (II)
1976-1979, undated
Box: 2 J.P. Stevens (III)
1976-1979, undated
Box: 2 J.P. Stevens Boycott: Fact Sheets
1976-1979
Box: 2 Local 169 (New York, NY)
1980-1983
Box: 2 Joint Council 13: Shoe Division
1984, undated
Box: 2 Newspaper Clippings, Articles and Publications On
1984-1987, 1995
Box: 2 Pamphlets and Publications
1977, 1987-1989, undated
Box: 2 Pension and Benefits
1979, undated
Box: 2 Philadelphia Joint Board
undated
Box: 2 Research Department
1980-2000
Box: 2 Sheinkman, Jack: Tribute Dinner
1986
Box: 2 Social Services Department: Threads/Humanities Project
undated
Box: 2 Social Services Department: Threads/Humanities Project
1980-1982, undated
Box: 2 Stetin, Sol
1982
Box: 2 Summer School Workbook
1976

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Series II: Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America, 1910-1977

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 The Advance: Reprints
undated
Box: 2 Agreements and Contracts
1916-1923
Box: 2 Agreements and Contracts
1957-1969
Box: 2 Amalgamated Bank of New York
1923-1982
Box: 2 Amalgamated Housing Corporation
1954-1961
Box: 2 Amalgamated Investors (New York, NY)
1927-1930
Box: 2 Amalgamated Laundry Workers Joint Board
1951-1957, undated
Box: 3 Amalgamated Life Insurance Company
1944-1970, undated
Box: 3 Amalgamated Trust and Savings Bank (Chicago, IL)
1920-1955, undated
Box: 3 Anti-Union Efforts
1919-1923, undated
Box: 3 Baltimore Joint Board
1936, undated
Box: 3 Biographical Information (Various Officers)
1935-1965
Box: 3 Boston Joint Board
1938
Box: 3 Buffalo Joint Board
1948
Box: 3 Capitol District Joint Board
circa 1935
Box: 3 Chicago Joint Board
1916, 1923-1972
Box: 3 Chicago Strike (1910)
1910-1914, 1940-1944, undated
Box: 3 Cincinnati Joint Board
1924-1938, undated
Box: 3 Circular Letters
1927-1964, undated
Box: 3 Cleveland Joint Board
1938-1940, undated
Box: 5 Committee on Political and Economic Information
1940
Box: 3 Constitutions
1922-1968
Box: 3 Conventions
1924
Box: 3 Conventions
1940-1946
Box: 3 Conventions
1950-1958
Box: 3 Conventions
1960
Box: 3 Conventions
1964
Box: 3 Cooperative Housing
1947, 1954, undated
Box: 3 Correspondence: Hillman, Sidney
1936, 1944
Box: 3 Correspondence Courses: "Aid to Writing"
undated
Box: 3 Correspondence Courses: "Clothing Unionism"
undated
Box: 3 Correspondence Courses: "Collective Bargaining"
1940
Box: 3 Correspondence Courses: "Democracy"
1940
Box: 3 Correspondence Courses: "Economics of the Men's Clothing Industry"
1940
Box: 3 Correspondence Courses: "Labor in American History"
1940
Box: 3 Correspondence Courses: "Practical Problems in Trade Unionism"
1940
Box: 3 Correspondence Courses: "Public Speaking"
1939-1940, undated
Box: 3 Correspondence Courses: "Quiz Course"
undated
Box: 3 Correspondence Courses: "Reading to Advantage"
1941
Box: 3 Dinners: Seating Lists
1949, 1973
Box: 3 Department of Cultural Activities
1938-1939, undated
Box: 3 Department of Cultural Activities
1940-1941, 1955
Box: 4 Department Store Organizing Committee
undated
Box: 4 Detroit and Central States Joint Board
1946-1958, undated
Box: 4 District Council 6
1915
Box: 4 Farah Strike (TX)
1972-1974
Box: Shared Tamiment 017 Folder : 13 (Mixed Materials [31142062882371])
Box: 4 Film Library
1949-1962
Box: 4 Financial Reports
1944-1958
Box: 4 Fliers and Ephemera
undated
Box: 4 Hamilton Local
1916
Box: 4 History - Pre-ACWA anthologies (reprints)
1855-1921
Box: 4 Laundry Workers Joint Board of Greater New York
1936-1940, undated
Box: 4 Local 25
1938
Box: 4 Local 63
1928
Box: 4 Local 86
1920
Box: 4 Local 88 (Richmond, VA)
undated
Box: 4 Local 119
1958
Box: 4 Local 125
1935, 1943
Box: 4 Local 169
1957-1959
Box: 4 Local 232
1930
Box: 4 Local 239
1963-1969
Box: 4 Local 269
1972
Box: 4 Local 267
undated
Box: 4 Local 279
1920
Box: 4 Local Big 4
1954
Box: 4 Los Angeles Joint Board
1943, 1951
Box: 4 Midwest Regional Joint Board
undated
Box: 4 Minnesota Joint Board
1961
Box: 4 Montreal Joint Board
undated
Box: 4 National Education Department/Education Department
1939-1958, undated
Box: 4 National Education Department/Education Department: Pamphlets and Publications
undated
Box: 4 National Education Department/Education Department: Pamphlets and Publications
1921-1926
Box: 4 National Education Department/Education Department: Pamphlets and Publications
1949, 1957
Box: 4 Neckwear Union
circa 1966, undated
Box: 4 New York Joint Board
1941, 1960, undated
Box: 4 Newspaper Clippings and Articles on
1929-1973, undated
Box: 4 Pamphlets and Publications
undated
Box: 4 Pamphlets and Publications
1916-1939
Box: 4 Pamphlets and Publications
1940-1949
Box: 4 Pamphlets and Publications
1950-1969
Box: 4 Pennsylvania Joint Board
1934, 1958, 1973
Box: 4 Philadelphia Joint Board
1929, undated
Box: 4 Press Releases
1947-1949
Box: 5 Rank and File
undated
Box: 5 Reports
1941-1954, undated
Box: 5 Research Department
1925-1957
Box: 5 Rochester Joint Board
1920-1934, undated
Box: 5 Serial Publications
1924, 1935, 1941-1944, 1976-1977
Box: 5 Sidney Hillman Foundation, Inc.
1952-1961
Box: 5 Sidney Hillman Foundation, Inc.
2002-2006, undated
Box: 5 Sidney Hillman Health Center
1967, undated
Box: 5 Sidney Hillman Preservation Center
1956, undated
Box: 5 Sidney Hillman Recreation Center
1956, undated
Box: 5 Songbooks
1940
Box: 5 South Jersey Joint Board
1938
Box: 5 Southern California Joint Board
1961
Box: 5 Folder : data_value_missing_71b3b59cb0cbb45ec6448e6fa16a4a38 Stein, Sol Anniversaries (50th) Speech/ Flier
1989
Box: 5 Training Institutes
1954-1958
Box: 5 Twin City Joint Board
1929
Box: 5 Union Label Campaign
1951-1964, 1971, undated

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Series III: Textile Workers Union of America, 1939-1988

Container 1     Title Date
Box: 5 Agreements and Contracts
1948, 1965-1972
Box: 5 Agreements and Contracts
1973-1975
Box: 5 Agreements and Contracts (Various Locals) (I)
1968-1976
Box: 5 Agreements and Contracts (Various Locals) (II)
1968-1976
Box: 5 Benefits
1949-1988, undated
Box: 5 Biographical Sketches
1950-1953
Box: 5 Bulletins
1940, circa 1973
Box: 5 Burlington Mills Corporation: Report on Conditions
1953
Box: 5 Circular Letters
1947-1948, 1963, undated
Box: 5 Constitutions
1952-1964
Box: 5 Conventions
1950-1954
Box: 5 Conventions
1964
Box: 5 Correspondence
1974
Box: 5 Education Department
1943-1948, undated
Box: 5 Education Department
1950-1974
Box: 5 Education Department: Reports
1946
Box: 6 Education Department: Workers Education
1946-1950
Box: 6 Elections (Union)
circa 1964
Box: 6 Elections (Union): Pro-Administration/Anti-Baldanzi Campaign
1951-1952
Box: 6 Financial Reports
1948-1964
Box: 6 Fliers
1942-1964, undated
Box: 6 International Textile and Garment Workers Federation
1960
Box: 6 Local 28
1962
Box: 6 Local 549 (Lynchburg, VA)
1952
Box: 6 Local 1733
1964
Box: 6 Local 1790
1959, 1964
Box: 6 Minimum Wage Campaign
1955
Box: 6 Newspaper Clippings and Articles on
1942-1967, undated
Box: 6 Pamphlets and Publications
undated
Box: 6 Pamphlets and Publications
1939, 1944-1948
Box: 6 Pamphlets and Publications
1950-1959
Box: 6 Pamphlets and Publications
1961-1964
Box: 6 Pamphlets and Publications
1965-1974
Box: 6 Pre-Convention Committee for a Democratic TWUA
1952
Box: 6 Press Releases
1949-1974, undated
Box: 6 Research Department
1942-1947
Box: 6 Research Department
1948-1974
Box: 6 State Historical Society of Wisconsin Oral History Project
1979-1990
Box: 6 Statements and Addresses
1942-1957
Box: 6 Union Label Department
undated

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