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Guide to the Louis Weinstock Papers and Photographs
||Weinstock, Louis, 1903-1994
||Louis Weinstock Papers and Photographs
||circa 1910-1994, bulk 1930-1980
||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.
||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.