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Guide to the United Automobile Workers of America, District 65 Photographs PHOTOS.023.001

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

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This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on May 12, 2015
Finding aid is written in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Revised by Erika Gottfried to reflect updated scope and contents information.  , May 2015

Descriptive Summary

Creator: United Automobile, Aircraft, and Vehicle Workers of America. District 65.
Title: United Automobile Workers of America, District 65 Photographs
Dates [inclusive]: 1940s-1992
Abstract: District Council 65, United Automobile Workers (UAW) was organized in 1933 by a group of Jewish workers employed in dry goods warehouses on New York's Lower East Side. In 1935 it became a local of the Wholesale Dry Goods Employees Union; subsequently, it affiliated with the Distributive Trades Council of New York and the Retail Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU); it joined with the UAW in 1979. The union went out of existence in 1994, when bankruptcy forced it to close. This Collection consists of photographs spanning the late 1930s through the early 1990s, with the bulk from the 1940s, 1950s and 1980s. Besides documenting the life and times of the union itself, these images provide especially strong documentation for left and liberal causes of the 1940s-1960s, including civil rights, rank and file participation in union activities, and working class leisure and recreational activities. This images in this collection were shot by District 65's own Camera Club, which functioned as staff photographers for the union's biweekly newspaper, the Distributive Worker.
Quantity: 27.0 linear feet in 8 manuscript boxes, 2 photograph boxes, 22 record cartons, and 2 folders in oversize shared boxes and in 2 folders in flatfile cases.
Language of Materials note: Materials are in English
Call Phrase: PHOTOS.023.001