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Guide to the Louis Weinstock Papers and Photographs WAG.013

Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
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New York, NY, 10012
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Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive

Collection processed by Keri A. Myers (2009); Edited by Erika Gottfried to reflect the incorporation of nonprint materials and for compliance with DACS and Tamiment Required Elements for Archival Description (2013)

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on July 31, 2014
Description is in English. using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Edited by Maggie Schreiner to reflect updated administrative information  , July 2014

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Weinstock, Louis, 1903-1994
Title: Louis Weinstock Papers and Photographs
Dates [inclusive]: circa 1910-1994, bulk 1930-1980
Dates [bulk]: Bulk, 1930-1980
Abstract: Louis Weinstock was born in Hungary in 1903 and emigrated to the United States in 1923. He settled in New York City and in 1925 joined the Painters’ Union, Local 499. Weinstock became one of the leaders of the “Rank and File” movement in District Council 9 of the International Painters and Paperhangers. He fought for Social Security and initiated the drive for unemployment insurance. Weinstock also led the Rank-and-File painters caucus in a fight against corruption in the union, defeating the corrupt leadership of the infamous Lepke-Gurrah racketeer gang and getting elected to the office of Secretary-Treasurer. In 1951, he was charged with conspiring to violate the Smith Act while teaching a trade union class; he was found guilty and sentenced to three years in jail. Weinstock retired from the union in 1963 and died in 1994 from heart failure.
Quantity: 4.25 linear feet in 3 record cartons, 1 manuscript box, 1 oversized flat box, and 2 oversized folders.
Language of Materials note: Materials are in English and Hungarian.
Call Phrase: WAG.013