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Guide to the United Automobile Workers of America, District 65 Negatives PHOTOS.023

Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South
New York, NY, 10012
(212) 998-2630

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Collection processed by Erika Gottfried, Mary Allison Farley, Katie Kirwan, Miriam Frank, Penny Kalloo, Tim Donohue, Tylea Richard, Krista Hahn, Sarah Demott, 1979-1985; 1989-1991; 2008-2011. Revised by Erika Gottfried to reflect addition of materials, May 2014.

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on January 23, 2015
Description is in English. using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Edited by Heather Mulliner to reflect updated administrative information  , Sep 2014

Descriptive Summary

Creator: International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America. District 65.
Title: United Automobile Workers of America, District 65 Negatives
Dates [inclusive]: 1940-1962
Dates [bulk]: Bulk, 1940-1959
Abstract: Between 1937 and 1942, District Council 65, United Automobile Workers (UAW) was at the center of a group of New York City left-wing locals organizing large numbers of warehouse and retail workers; it later expanded its organizing to include white-collar workers in publishing and universities.The collection consists of nearly 30,000 black and white negatives spanning the late 1930s through the early 1960s, with the bulk from the 1940s and 1950s, shot by members of District 65's own Camera Club, which functioned as staff photographers for the union's newspaper. The images document the everyday organizational life of District 65, its leaders and its diverse membership (including men and women of Jewish, African-American, Irish and Hispanic descent), while at the same time providing especially strong documentation generally for left and liberal causes of the 1940s-1960s, including civil rights, rank and file participation in union activities, working class leisure and recreational activities.
Quantity: 32.25 linear feet 32 boxes and 1 folder
Location note: Materials in this collection are stored offsite and advance notice is required for their use. Please contact at least two business days prior to visiting the library.
Call Phrase: PHOTOS.023