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The United Women Firefighters (UWF) was founded in 1982 as a support organization for women firefighters in the New York City Fire Department. The New York City Fire Department began accepting applications from women for the position of firefighter in 1977, but did not hire any women until after Brenda Berkman successfully sued the City of New York on behalf of herself and other women who had passed the written examination, questioning the validity of the physical exam. The UWF was founded to deal with the occupational and sexual discrimination and the sexual harassment women firefighters faced. These records cover Brenda Berkman's career, legal cases (Brenda Berkman et al. v. City of New York et al.; Brenda Berkman et al. v. City of New York et al., Appeal; and Brenda Berkman v. City of New York, Carlos Rivera, & Selig Ginsberg), and the founding and development of the United Women Firefighters of New York City and the related national support group, Women in Fire Service (WFS, alternately known as Women in Fire Suppression). The collection contains scrapbook material, personal correspondence, legal documents, organizational files, subject files, clippings, photographs, videos and memorabilia.
Stewardesses for Women’s Rights (SFWR) was founded in 1972 after two flight attendants, Sandra Jarrell and Jan Fulsom, took Eastern Airlines to court on discrimination charges. The organization grew nationwide and worked to inform the public and other flight attendants about airline companies’ sexist advertisements, company discrimination, and airline health and safety hazards. This collection includes correspondence, the constitution and by-laws, membership lists, and agendas. Along with general records, there is extensive research material from each of the SFWR task forces, records from affiliated unions, updates from regional offices, photographs, and papers from SFWR national conferences.
International Photographers of the Motion Picture Industry, Local 644, was chartered by the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees in 1926 in response to theatrical and newsreel cameramen’s dissatisfaction with their working conditions. The original charter gave Local 644 jurisdiction over all cameramen in the United States, after which additional local unions were established in California and Chicago. Local 644’s cameramen have worked in television news, commercials, feature films, and the Army Signal Corps. This collection includes minutes of executive board and general meetings, correspondence files, contracts, and legal files concerning motion picture feature production, documentary film photographs, newsreel photographers, broadcast news photographers, and the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees East Coast Council.
Judith Mushabac Layzer became an activist for women employed in New York City government and particularly for those in non-traditional blue-collar jobs when she worked as a contract compliance officer for the City during the John Lindsay administration. The collection consists of a small selection of records of Women in City Government United (WCGU) and a larger group of records of the Committee for Women in Non-traditional Jobs (CWNJ); Layzer played a leading role in both groups. The two organizations addressed a broad range of issues of importance to working women, including occupational choice, discrimination, availability of job training and health insurance problems. The collection includes attendance records, brochures, correspondence, flyers, fundraising plans, interviews, minutes, newsletters, clippings, press releases, photographs, reports, and surveys.
Seymour Posner (1925-1988) was a pro-labor New York State Assemblyman, who represented the 76th District in the Bronx. He was actively involved with the Workman's Compensation Board, in addition to the Workers Defense League, Inc. Posner was an admitted Socialist who joined the Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee during the late 1970s. The papers and photos featured in Posner's collection mostly relate to his service as Assemblyman and his work with the Workman's Compensation Board.
Saul Mills was a union activist, PR representative and journalist born in New York in 1910. Between 1927 and 1936, Mills worked in varying capacities with a number of newspapers, including The New York Daily News, The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, The Brooklyn Standard Unionand The City News Association. Mills' newspaper experience and his association with the noted newspaper columnist Heywood Broun gave rise to Mills' involvement in the labor movement. In 1934, he became a charter member of Broun's Newspaper Guild which led to Mills being dismissed from The Eagle. Between 1936 and 1940, Mills worked as a public relations representative for CIO and AFL affiliated unions and later went into private PR practice. The collection includes: Mills' personal correspondence, Greater New York CIO Council administrative records, photographs and ephemera that document various aspects of Mills' work and life.
Ladislaus F. Szeliga (1912-1991), better known as Stanley Postek, was a seaman, union organizer, volunteer in the Spanish Civil War, and prizefighter from Lowell, Massachusetts. Postek went to sea in the mid-1930s, and became an organizer for the International Seamen's Union of America. Along with other members of the union's rank and file, Postek broke to the National Maritime Union in 1937. Postek fought with the Abraham Lincoln Brigade in the Spanish Civil War and served as a merchant seaman during World War II. During the Korean War, he was barred from maritime employment, because of his associations with the Communist Party. Once he regained his papers he sailed until retirement in 1966. Postek was also involved in the Marine Workers Historical Association. He died in San Diego in 1991. The collection includes diaries, photographs, clippings documenting labor activities, sailing paperwork, and union documents. The collection documents the wide range of activities Postek participated in throughout his life, with particular emphasis on his sailing and union activities and his continued interest in these areas after he retired. Information regarding Postek's activities in Spain are represented in the collections Stanley Postek Spanish Civil War Papers (ALBA.089) and Stanley Postek Photographs (ALBA.PHOTO.089), also available at the Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives.
This collection contains the papers and photographs of Freda Casso, who was an elected leader and worker in the United Shoe Workers of America union in the 1930s-1950s. The collection holds photographs, contract agreements, materials related to union elections, correspondence, clippings, conference proceedings, and other materials.
Isaiah Minkoff served as Executive Secretary of the Jewish Labor Committee, Executive Director of the General Jewish Council, and the Executive Director of the National Jewish Community Relations Advisory Council (NJCRAC -- later NCRAC).. In addition to his responsibilities in organizational work, Minkoff continued contact with people around the world, many of whom he had assisted in the Holocaust and postwar years, and Russian-speaking socialists who had been the inspiration of his youth. While they are very incomplete, and mostly date from Minkoff's last three decades of public life, the papers include material that spans the whole range of his interests and accomplishments.
Burton Hall was an attorney in New York who set up practice in 1960 as a labor lawyer. He began by handling a union insurgency case which then led to others, so that his practice was almost entirely comprised of representing rank-and-file members suing to protect their democratic rights within their unions. The collection principally consists of legal case files, including affidavits, depositions, motions, District Court and appellate briefs, exhibits, appendices, transcripts and correspondence. The collection provides a wealth of information about the politics and culture of rank-and-file organizing.
Eleanore Collins (d. 1994) had a passionate concern for labor education, women's rights, and white-collar organizing. As a clerk with the American Telephone and Telegraph Company (AT&T), she joined the Communications Workers of America (CWA), Local 1150, and by the early 1950s she became a steward. In the CWA, Collins was active in organizing, upgrading clerical titles, and boosting the status and pay for female workers. She served as a union board member, convention delegate, education director, and finally president of the CWA, Local 1153 from 1981 to 1984. The collection includes correspondence, election materials, minutes, arbitration awards, clippings, and reports that reflect both Collins's duties as a CWA local officer and her personal political and community interests.
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LGLN was founded in New York City in 1987 to promote lesbian and gay rights in unions and labor solidarity in the gay community. Activities include the Coors Boycott Coalition, publishing Pride at Work, organizing lesbian and gay committees in unions, and resource referral, particularly regarding AIDS in the workplace and domestic partnership benefits. The collection consists mainly of research files collected by Miriam Frank and Desma Holcomb for their book, Pride at Work. Also included are the organizational files, petition files, LGLN Newsletter, DC 37 Committee, and the Lesbian and Gay Teachers Association newsletter.
Breakaway members of the American Communications Association organized Communications Workers of America, Local 1172 in 1954. Local 1172 initially represented employees of the American Cable and Radio Corporation east of the Mississippi. Later Local 1172 became part of CWA District 1, and expanded to represent employees of International Telephone and Telegraph (ITT) Worldwide Communications and Western Union, as well as radio operators employed by Air-India. In 1993, Local 1172 merged with CWA Local 1177. The Communications Workers of America, Local 1172 Records includes the Local's charter, bylaws and minutes of the executive board and membership meetings, bargaining files, agreements, correspondence, photographs, grievance reports and arbitration cases filed on behalf of the Local's members.
Moe Biller served as president of the New York Metro Area Postal Union (originally the Postal Union of Manhattan-Bronx Clerks) from 1959 to 1980. As local president, Biller led the New York City union through the hard-fought national postal strike of 1970. From 1980 until his retirement in 2001, Biller was president of the American Postal Workers Union. This collection is composed of selected APWU presidential files, documentation of an oral history project carried out by retirees of the New York Metro Area Postal Union in the late 1970s, as well as a selection of printed items, including photographs and protest materials, as well as numerous physical artifacts in the form of plaques and awards.
Maurice Forge (1902-1990) was a New York bus driver who became an organizer, news editor, and ultimately a vice president of the Transport Workers Union (TWU). In the late 1930s, Forge began organizing the TWU’s Airline Transport Division (ATD). A decade later, a union-wide effort to sever TWU ties with the Communist Party resulted in Forge’s expulsion from the TWU. The Maurice Forge Papers include materials from Forge’s TWU career, including union publicity materials, official correspondence, and transcripts of Forge’s TWU hearing and of the government deportation hearing of TWU official John Santo.
The National Organization for Women Legal Defense and Education Fund (NOW LDEF) is a women's rights advocacy group formed in the 1970s. In 1983, a small group of the support workers formed an organizing committee to seek union representation and chose to be represented by the National Organization of Legal Service Workers, UAW Local 2320 (part of UAW District 65). Ultimately, the Legal Service Workers were unsuccessful in obtaining a contract. The Collection includes: correspondence, minutes of negotiating sessions, drafts of collective bargaining agreements, records and transcripts of the NLRB hearing over bargaining unit, and organizational records of Siobhan Cronin.
The Associated Actors and Artists of America was founded in 1919 as an umbrella organization composed of nine autonomous performing arts unions. The main purpose of the Four A's since its founding has been to represent the affiliates' common interests and to resolve jurisdictional problems. These records include the Four A's constitutions, correspondence, financial records and meeting minutes.
This collection contains the records of the Women's Trade Union League of New York, from its founding in 1903 to its fold in 1955. The collection contains minutes, correspondence, reports, publications, photographs, and other materials related to its work in organizing women's trade unions and lobbying for legislation for better conditions for workers. The collection also includes papers from the presidencies of Maud Swartz and Rose Schneiderman and the papers of special interest groups that members worked for, including the New York Conference for Unemployment Insurance Legislation, the New York Joint Committee for Ratification of the Child Labor Amendment, and the Campaign Committee against the Equal Rights Amendment.
Julius Bernstein (1919-1977) served for more than twenty-five years as a field representative of the Jewish Labor Committee based in Boston, but with responsibility for all of New England. A tireless advocate of civil rights, he served on the Massachusetts Advisory Committee of the U.S. Commission on Human Rights and was appointed as a labor representative to the Boston Housing Authority (which he later served as Chairman) in 1968. An active member of the Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee and the Socialist Party, Bernstein was also a member or officer of the Workmen's Circle, the American Veterans Committee, the Massachusetts Civil Liberties Union and many community-based organizations. The collection includes correspondence, reports, flyers, photographs, and clippings reflecting the range of Bernstein's interests and political involvements. Also included are four banners, and a variety of pennants and insignia. Of note are rare materials documenting housing, school desegregation and other political struggles in Boston.
James McNamara was an organizer and served in a number of staff positions for the International Ladies Garment Workers Union in the 1950s and 1960s. He then went on to hold a variety of positions at the New York City and state levels in which he engaged in negotiations, enforcement and investigative activities in relation to the building trades and the construction industry. He worked on investigations for the New York State Organized Crime Task Force and the New York County District Attorney’s Office (Labor Racketeering Unit) before his retirement in 1992. The collection contains background material and legal files relating to investigations of the Carpenters, Mason Tenders, Painters, Plumbers, Service Employees (Local 32 B-J), Operating Engineers, Elevator Constructors and New York area Teamsters unions. Also included are files on jurisdictional matters relating to the Building Trades Employers Association and files on the investigation of Brian McLaughlin as president of the New York City Central Labor Council.
This collection contains the minutes, officers' papers, subject files and photographs files of the Bakery Confectionery and Tobacco Workers International Union, Local 3, including executive and grievance boards, general membership meetings as well as the papers of Presidents Frank Dutto, and Harry Lorber and Business Agent Michael Sandroff. Topics range from bargaining and arbitration to elections and anniversary dinners. There is information on specific bake shops from the small family-run shops to large corporate bakeries.
Teamsters for a Democratic Union was formed in the 1970s by rank-and-file members of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters to combat corruption in their union. The New York - New Jersey regional office of the TDU was established in 1987. Materials include administrative records of the TDU, materials related to the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, records pertaining to Teamsters locals, records related to divisions within the union, individual grievances, legal records, correspondence, resource materials, and photographs.
Chartered by the Congress of Industrial Organizations in 1935-1936, the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America (UE) quickly became one of the “big three” CIO unions. Local 475 was chartered in June 1939 as a merger of three UE locals, all involved in organizing small manufacturing concerns. With the outbreak of WWII and the expansion of war-related manufacturing, Local 475’s organizing efforts were successful. Contracts were negotiated with 100 shops, most of them in Brooklyn, and the local grew to 20,000 members. The UE withdrew from the CIO under threat of expulsion in 1949, and in 1956 Local 475 entered the recently formed International Union of Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers (IUE), becoming Local 485. This collection includes minutes of the Stewards Council, Executive Board and general membership meetings of Local 485 and its predecessor Local 475; information on union elections, conventions, and financial reports; as well as materials pertaining to other locals and special events. The Local’s extensive bargaining and arbitration history is well represented. The collection also includes fifty photographs and a small amount of ephemera.
The Black Trade Unionists Leadership Committee grew out of a loose coalition of New York City African-American trade-unionists, formed during the 1968 teachers’ strike. In 1971 it became a committee of the New York City Central Labor Council, concerned with African-American affairs. The collection contains minutes, correspondence, subject files, and photographs.
John Francis O'Donnell (1907-1993) was a New York City labor lawyer for 55 years. Over the course of his career, O'Donnell achieved many victories for transit and postal workers. The bulk of O'Donnell's papers relate to his work as general counsel for the Transport Workers Union of America (TWU), though his work with the American Postal Workers Union and various other unions also comprises a significant portion of the collection. O'Donnell's daughter, Eileen Ginn, used his papers when researching for her biography on O'Donnell, and some of her correspondence and research files, including a number of oral histories she conducted, are present in the collection.
Bertram Powers served as the President of the International Typographical Union's (ITU) Local 6 from 1961 to 1990. In December 1962, he called the first New York strike in the history of the ITU which targeted major dailies such as the New York Times, Journal-American and the Daily News. The strike ended in April 1963, thanks to a settlement hammered out by New York City Mayor Robert F. Wagner, Jr. In 1973, Powers negotiated a new contract which guaranteed lifetime employment for printers in exchange for allowing their jobs to be phased out by automation. Local 6 suffered a drastic decline in membership as automation took over and in 1987 merged with the Communications Workers of America. Powers retired in 1990 and died in December 2006. The collection contains appointment books, clippings relating to ITU negotiations and strikes, correspondence, election materials, personal documents and biographical information. The collection also contains photographs of Powers and ITU strikes.
Patrick Knight served as president of the Social Service Employees Union (SSEU), Local 371, from 1974 to 1976. The union primarily represents New York City workers in the social service professions. The collection contains files related to the activities of the Social Service Employees Union (SSEU), Local 371, primarily during the 1970s. A large potion of the papers focus on Local 371's legislative advocacy and its support of Local 420's Health and Hospitals Corporation strike.
Gary Stevenson served as an organizer and business agent for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT), Local 810, from 1977 to 1987. Local 810 represents laborers in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania who work in a variety of occupations, including truck drivers, metal and machine shop workers, and lab and manufacturing technicians. The collection contains files related to the organizing efforts and other activities of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) from the 1960s to the 1990s.
The United Office and Professional Workers of America (UOPWA), a union of private sector clerical workers, was formed in 1937 by the merger of 23 white collar unions. UOPWA, whose membership was largely female, had some organizing successes in the 1930s and 1940s, in sectors of the workplace few of which had any history of unionization, including the office staffs of a variety of small manufacturers, the insurance industry, banks and finance, and the direct-mail industry. It reached an apex in 1948 of 75,000 members in more than 100 locals in cities throughout the United States (though it was strongest in the New York City area), but internal disputes and political pressures brought about its demise by 1954. This collection contains materials (much of it from UOPWA’s predecessor unions, including the American Federation of Labor's's Office Workers Union, and Bookkeepers, Stenographers, and Accountants Union) that include bulletins, newsletters, clippings, draft constitutions, board minutes, and national convention materials, as well as other organizational materials and photographs.
Frank Karl was president of Albany, New York Local 1151 of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) from 1958 to 1990. He served on the union’s national bargaining committee, and helped establish several key programs in labor-management relations, work safety, and counseling and support services. The collection is comprised for the most part of CWA records, including bargaining files, agreements, contracts, annual reports, committee updates, correspondence, and training material. Also included are some of Karl’s academic papers, including his Master’s thesis on the history of collective bargaining between the CWA and AT&T.
Frank Herbst was a union leader who worked for the State, County and Municipal Workers Union Local 1 as a manager and business agent in the 1940's and 1950's. Under Herbst the Local achieved gains in wages, working conditions, staff promotions and grievance procedures. Herbst was called before the House Un-American Activities Committee as Local 1 came under McCarthyite criticism. In 1952 Herbst had to leave Local 1 in order for the union to maintain official recognition and continue its representation of the workers. The local eventually merged with Teamsters Local 237. The collection contains Herbst's HUAC testimony, as well as statements and fliers from Teamsters Local 237. Photocopies of three scrapbooks Herbst kept though the 1940s and 1950s contain information on Herbst, Local 1 and anticommunism. Materials pertaining the "Pillar of Labor" tribute to Herbst include biographical information and a compilation of Herbst's columns for Local 1's newsletter, the Welfare Reporter. Approxmiately fifteen black and white photographs document Herbst's student organizing, wartime service and United Public Workers conventions and meetings.
This collection contains a scrapbook and images of Theodore Zittel (1903-1950), a labor publicity director. The bulk of the collection is from the 1940s and documents the strike against the Brass Rail restaurant.
The New York Hard Hat News is a quarterly newspaper for construction workers in the New York metropolitan area that covers topics of concern to workers in the building trades, with a strong emphasis on efforts to both increase union democracy as well as combat corruption. The collection contains materials collected in order to prepare and print the paper, including clippings, subject files and administrative files.
The International Association of Bridge, Structural and Ornamental Iron Workers, Local 580 (Ornamental and Architectural Iron Workers) was chartered in 1938, evidently as a result of the restructuring of an older local, Local 447; its members traditionally did non-structural iron work, for example, construction of stairs, trap doors, metal walls, fire escapes, metal cabinets and furniture and ornamental details. The New York iron workers' organization claimed to be the oldest in the trade, and was at one time affiliated with the Knights of Labor; its members worked on the Statue of Liberty and many other historic projects. Originally dominated by German, Jewish and Irish craftsmen, the local's membership became more diverse by the 1980s, as a result of court orders regarding affirmative action. The collection includes correspondence, financial records, subject files, reports, membership applications and withdrawals and court documents relating to Equal Employment Opportunity Commission findings and directives, photographs, ephemera, and artifacts.
After the Taystee Bakery in Flushing, Queens shut down in 1992, the workers at the factory organized to attempt to create the first worker-owned commercial bakery in New York City. The collection is comprised of correspondence, reports, fliers, news articles, fundraising documents, newsletters, notes, photographs, legal and government documents, and other research and organizing materials related to both the protests against shutting down the Taystee Bakery and the attempt to create a worker-owned factory.
Joseph Magliacano (July 11, 1897-September 1997) was a labor activist in New Jersey and New York City. The collection contains correspondence and poetry, and notebooks, speeches and materials related to the United Furniture Workers of America (UFWA); it also includes photographs related to Joseph Magliacano's labor union activities (particularly the UFWA) as well as some personal and family photographs.
Robert Fitch was an independent journalist, labor union organizer and professor of political sociology, urban studies and labor studies. He is the author of Ghana: End of An Illusion, Who Rules The Corporation?, The Assassination of New York and Solidarity for Sale as well as numerous articles in the Village Voice, the Nation, The Baffler, Newsday, Tikkun and other journals, magazines and newspapers. His books and articles largely focus on corruption within labor unions and local government in New York City. Fitch also taught and lectured at universities throughout New York City, including Long Island University, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Queens College and LaGuardia Community College. The bulk of the collection consists of Fitch's research files on a variety of topics, including labor union corruption (particularly in relation to real estate deals and pension funds), political corruption, antisemitism, the development and government of New York City, and the history of labor unions. Also included are Fitch's handwritten notebooks and notecards, his speeches and writings are also present, lectures and syllabi from classes he taught at various institutions, cassette tapes containing copies of Fitch's show on WBAI-FM, and a small amount of personal material.
The collection encompasses a small amount of biographical and documentary material on Sam Reiss (1910-1975), one of the most prominent and prolific photographers of the labor movement in New York City from the 1940s through the 1970s. It also includes individual issues from a wide range of labor and liberal political publications in which his photographs were published.
This collection contains thousands of illustrated and computer generated political cartoons by Gary Huck and Mike Konopacki in addition to business records and background subject files for their labor cartooning partnership--the core of which is their subscription service of monthly packets of labor cartoons. In 1983, Gary Huck and Mike Konopacki created Huck/Konopacki Labor Cartoons, syndicating their cartoons to the labor press in the U.S. and Canada. Collectively, their work covers labor movements, strikes and injustices across the country, often focusing on Wisconsin politics and teachers.
Includes notebooks, contracts, correspondence, and other documents concerning the CTU's negotiations with Western Union in the late 1940s.
The Retail Furniture Employees Union became a Local of the Retail Clerks International Association.The collection contains election materials, correspondence, fliers for protests, speeches, and a program for dinner and dance put on by the local.
The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA), founded in 1952, is a union of approximately 70,000 members representing professional actors, journalists, dancers, singers, announcers, hosts, comedians, and disc jockeys from numerous media industries, including television, radio, cable, sound recordings, video productions, commercials, audio books, non-broadcast industrials, interactive games, internet productions, and other digital media. The union traces its origins to the 1937 founding of the American Federation of Radio Artists (AFRA) with 400 members and locals in New York and Los Angeles. In 2012, after numerous attempts, AFTRA and the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) successfully merged to form SAG-AFTRA. This guide describes the records of AFTRA's New York Local office from its founding through 1990. The collection consists of photographs, memoranda, correspondence, meeting minutes, financial records, formal agreements, recorded negotiations, constitutions and by-laws, and legal files documenting claims and arbitrations. The materials document the union's daily operations and governance, in addition to broader labor and social issues through the lens of entertainers and performers, including civil rights, anti-communism investigations, and workers' rights and protections. The collection also includes materials documenting the union's relationships and interactions with related domestic and international guilds and federations for performers.
This collection contains records of pioneering New York City firefighter Brenda Berkman related to the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks. Included in the collection are letters of condolence, correspondence, newsletters from firefighters' associations and women's organizations, newspaper clippings related to the event, and national publications contianing articles related to the role of women firefighters during 9/11. Also included in the collection are materials related to Berkman's artwork.
Most of the files in this collection relate to two components of May Chen’s work as a labor organizer and community activist in the New York's Chinatown from 1989 to 2005. The first component is organizing Chinese immigrant garment workers to fight sweatshop conditions. These files contain newspaper clippings, logistic planning documents, meeting notes, contact lists, press releases, flyers and memos for UNITE's Chinatown Rally to Stop Sweatshops on August 28, 1998. The other component of Chen's collection consists of advocacy work to aid Chinatown's economic recovery after 9/11. These files include reports and conference materials relating to a variety of organizations, for example, Asian Americans for Equality's Rebuild Chinatown Initiative, the Asian American Federation's economic impact study of Chinatown after Sept 11th, and the Asian American Leadership Conference, "Healing and Rebuilding in New York," held on May 10, 2002. In addition, there are materials relating to Chen's work as a founding member and executive officer of the Asian-Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA); these include a constitution and chapter by-laws, an application for tax exempt status, contact mailing lists, an executive board directory, and a directory of Asian-American organizations in New York and California.
The Harry and Mae Millstone Papers contain records of Mae Kaplan Millstone (1913-2009) and Harry Millstone (1907-1999), labor activists and organizers. Mae Kaplan Millstone and Harry Millstone met in Detroit while organizing with the C.I.O. and later married in 1938. The collection includes documentation of their work as organizers and activists in the 1970s and 1980s. Also included is a variety of subject files regarding women's history, and women in the workplace. Mae Millstone was the editor of the women's pages of the newspaper of York, Pennsylvania in the 1960s. Included in the collection are women's pages from the dating from 1962-1965, 1967, 1970 and 1971.
Rockwell "Rocky" Chin has lived and worked in Lower Manhattan since the early 1980s, where he has been active in labor, community, and civil rights struggles. The collection documents Chin's work as an activist, particularly through his involvement with various Asian Pacific American (APA) organizations.
Joshua B. Freeman is a historian whose research focuses on U.S. labor history and the U.S. in the twentieth century. The collection is primarily records of the Federal Bureau of Investigation pertaining to the Transport Workers Union of America and its subunits during the 1940s, obtained by Freeman under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) in 1980.
The Southern Tenant Farmers’ Union (STFU) was founded in 1934, in Tyronza, Arkansas by an interracial assembly of eighteen local sharecroppers and tenant farmers. Despite extreme persecution by landowners and deputy sheriffs the movement quickly developed locals in communities throughout the delta region and beyond. The STFU numbered 31,000 members at its peak in 1938. Several agricultural strikes and two roadside encampments-highlighting the plight of agricultural workers-garnered national press coverage. State commissions were established to relieve the plight of sharecroppers in Arkansas and neighboring Missouri and federal legislation was passed, creating programs to underwrite loans for sharecroppers to buy their own farms, as well as programs to build emergency housing for agricultural laborers. This collection consists of several hundred slide photographs, approximately ninety audio cassettes, sixty video cassettes, a dozen reel to reel tapes and a dozen 16mm films. The slides document sharecroppers, STFU leaders and rank-and-file members, and the devastation in Depression-era Dust Bowl farms. The film, video and reel to reel tape recording were generated in the course of filming the documentary "Our Land Too" on the history of the STFU.
This collection of oral histories and the resulting publication, "When Mem'ry Brings Us Back Again" describe life for newly arrived immigrants in New York City in the 1950s and 1960s. The impetus for the project was a creative writing class run at the Aisling irish Community Center.
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