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Guide to the Sidney Jonas Photographs PHOTOS 027

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Description is in English. using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Jonas, Sidney, 1905-
Title: Sidney Jonas Photographs
Dates [inclusive]: circa 1933-1999, (Bulk circa 1933-1938)
Dates [bulk]: 1923-1948
Abstract: Sidney Jonas, a labor union organizer, began his career by organizing shoe-workers. In 1934, he was appointed as a fieldworker for the United Shoe and Leather Workers Union. In 1936, United Automobile Workers (UAW-CIO) president, Homer Martin, appointed Jonas as his personal representative and director of the Northeast Region for the UAW-CIO. Jonas worked in this capacity until 1938. This small collection of mostly black and white photographs includes shots of a crowd gathered at Cadillac Square, Detroit, in support of the Flint sit-down strikers in 1937 and a similar demonstration in front of Ford Headquarters in New York City that same year.
Quantity: 1 box
Quantity: 27 items (4x3, 3x5, 8x10; b&w, color)
Call Phrase: PHOTOS 027

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Historical/Biographical Note

Sidney Jonas, a labor union organizer, began his career by organizing shoe-workers. In 1934, he was appointed as a fieldworker for the United Shoe and Leather Workers Union. In 1936, United Automobile Workers (UAW-CIO) president, Homer Martin, appointed Jonas as his personal representative and director of the Northeast Region for the UAW-CIO. Jonas worked in this capacity until 1938. This small collection of mostly black and white photographs includes shots of a crowd gathered at Cadillac Square, Detroit, in support of the Flint sit-down strikers in 1937 and a similar demonstration in front of Ford Headquarters in New York City that same year.

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Scope and Content Note

This small collection of mostly black and white photographs provides documentation for an important period in the history of the United Autoworkers (UAW). Included are shots of the crowd gathered at Cadillac Square, Detroit, in support of the Flint sit-down strikers (1937), as well as a similar demonstration in front of Ford Headquarters in New York that same year. Another image shows UAW President Homer Martin speaking during the organizing campaign at the Tarrytown, New York Chevrolet Plant (1937). A group portrait at the UAW South Bend Convention (nd) shows Frank Tussi, George Addes and Homer Martin of the UAW with CIO leaders John Lewis, David Dubinsky and John Brophy. Six snapshots provide an informal view of life at Brookwood Labor College. Copyright to all but one of the copy prints belongs to photographer Lucienne Bloch; these require permission to be reproduced. There are also another half-dozen photographs, with no captions or identifying information, that appear to have been shot during the latter part of Jonas' life (they may include images of him as an elderly man).

Arrangement

The files are grouped into 1 series:

Missing Title

  1. Container list

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Bloch, Lucienne, 1909-
  • Lewis, John L. (John Llewellyn), 1880-1969 -- |v Portraits
  • Martin, Warren Homer, 1902-1968 -- |v Portraits
  • Dubinsky, David, 1892-1982. -- |v Portraits
  • Brophy, John, 1883-1963.

Document Type

  • Black-and-white photographs.

Subject Organizations

  • International Union, United Automobile Workers of America (CIO)
  • Brookwood Labor College (Katonah, N.Y.)

Subject Topics

  • Sit-down strikes -- Michigan -- Flint -v Pictorial works.
  • Labor union leaders |x Automobile industry |z United States |v Portraits.
  • General Motors Corporation Sit-Down Strike, 1936-1937 |v Pictorial works.
  • Automobile industry workers -- United States -v Portraits.

Subject Places

  • Detroit (Mich.) |z Cadillac Square.
  • Tarrytown (N.Y.) |v Pictorial works.

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Administrative Information

Provenance

Apparently separated from the Sidney Jonas Papers (Wagner 21).

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Any rights (including copyright and related rights to publicity and privacy) held by Sidney Jonas were transferred to New York University in 1982 by Sidney Jonas. Permission to publish or reproduce materials in this collection must be secured from Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Archives. Please contact tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu, (212) 998-2630.

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, date; Sidney Jonas Photographs; PHOTOS 027; box number; folder number; Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, New York University.

Related Material at the Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives

Sidney Jonas Papers (Wagner 21).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Sidney Jonas in 1982. Photographs from this donation were separated and established as the Sidney Jonas Photographs (PHOTOS 027). The accession number associated with this collection is 1983.009.

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Container List

Container list

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Includes demonstrations supporting the Flint Sitdown Strike of 1937 and various CIO conventions; snapshots of students at Brookwood Labor College.
ca.1933-1938 , [1980-1989]

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