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Lillian Wales' affidavit in Equity Case No. 2924: Donnelly Garment Company and Donnelly Garment Sales Company, Plaintiffs, vs. International Ladies' Garment Workers Union (ILGWU) and all members of said union as defendants in this class action. In this affidavit, Wales describes the working conditions at Donnelly Garment Company, treatment she received from supervisors upon joining the union, and the layoffs of unionized operators.

Date: 
1937

Vaughn E. Taylor's affidavit in Equity Case No. 2924: Donnelly Garment Company and Donnelly Garment Sales Company, Plaintiffs, vs. International Ladies' Garment Workers Union (ILGWU) and all members of said union as defendants in this class action. In this affidavit, Taylor discusses the changes in the Eppy Coat Manufacturing Company after its employees formed a union, and notes that most local garment factories are now unionzed.

Date: 
1937

Ellen Fry's affidavit in Equity Case No. 2924: Donnelly Garment Company and Donnelly Garment Sales Company, Plaintiffs, vs. International Ladies' Garment Workers Union (ILGWU) and all members of said union as defendants in this class action. In this affidavit, Fry describes working conditions at the Donnelly Garment Company and the reaction she and others faced from supervisors after joining a union.

Date: 
1937

Lillian Rutherford's affidavit in Equity Case No. 2924: Donnelly Garment Company and Donnelly Garment Sales Company, Plaintiffs, vs. International Ladies' Garment Workers Union (ILGWU) and all members of said union as defendants in this class action. In this affidavit, Rutherford discusses joining the ILGWU, and compares the working conditions at the Donnelly Garment Company with those at unionized shops in Kansas City.

Date: 
1937

Dola Pruitt's affidavit in Equity Case No. 2924: Donnelly Garment Company and Donnelly Garment Sales Company, Plaintiffs, vs. International Ladies' Garment Workers Union (ILGWU) and all members of said union as defendants in this class action. In this affidavit, Pruitt describes joining the union and being relocated to a separate building with worse working conditions along with other unionized employees.

Date: 
1937

Tillie Shirley's affidavit in Equity Case No. 2924: Donnelly Garment Company and Donnelly Garment Sales Company, Plaintiffs, vs. International Ladies' Garment Workers Union (ILGWU) and all members of said union as defendants in this class action. In this affidavit, Shirley describes working conditions at the Donnelly Garment Company and being laid off after joining a union.

Date: 
1937

Fern Sigler's affidavit in Equity Case No. 2924: Donnelly Garment Company and Donnelly Garment Sales Company, Plaintiffs, vs. International Ladies' Garment Workers Union (ILGWU) and all members of said union as defendants in this class action. In this affidavit, Sigler describes harrassment from supervisors and coworkers at the Donnelly Garment Company after joining a union.

Date: 
1937

Sylvia Hull's affidavit in Equity Case No. 2924: Donnelly Garment Company and Donnelly Garment Sales Company, Plaintiffs, vs. International Ladies' Garment Workers Union (ILGWU) and all members of said union as defendants in this class action. In this affidavit, Hull describes harrassment from supervisors and coworkers and being laid off from the Donnelly Garment Company after she joined a union.

Date: 
1937

Frederick F. Umhey's second affidavit in Equity Case No. 2924: Donnelly Garment Company and Donnelly Garment Sales Company, Plaintiffs, vs. International Ladies' Garment Workers Union (ILGWU) and all members of said union as defendants in this class action. In this affidavit, Umhey provides documentation of agreements between four textile industry associations in the United States.

Date: 
1937

David Portnoy's affidavit in Equity Case No. 2924: Donnelly Garment Company and Donnelly Garment Sales Company, Plaintiffs, vs. International Ladies' Garment Workers Union (ILGWU) and all members of said union as defendants in this class action. In this affidavit, Portnoy describes his positive experience as a manager of a St. Louis garment company operating with a union contract.

Date: 
1937

Samuel Klein's affidavit in Equity Case No. 2924: Donnelly Garment Company and Donnelly Garment Sales Company, Plaintiffs, vs. International Ladies' Garment Workers Union (ILGWU) and all members of said union as defendants in this class action. In this affidavit, Klein describes his experience as the manager of a garment factory operating with a union contract, specifically noting increased efficiency and productivity.

Date: 
1937

J. M. Braun's affidavit in Equity Case No. 2924: Donnelly Garment Company and Donnelly Garment Sales Company, Plaintiffs, vs. International Ladies' Garment Workers Union (ILGWU) and all members of said union as defendants in this class action. In this affidavit, Braun describes his positive experience as the manager of a St. Louis garment company working with a union contract, noting improved efficiency, productivity, and higher earnings for workers.

Date: 
1937

I. D. Goldberg's affidavit in Equity Case No. 2924: Donnelly Garment Company and Donnelly Garment Sales Company, Plaintiffs, vs. International Ladies' Garment Workers Union (ILGWU) and all members of said union as defendants in this class action. In this affidavit, Goldberg lists the the material costs of the dresses his St. Louis garment company manufacturers, and describes a positive relationship between his company and the union with which it has contracted, citing benefits for the company and its employees.

Date: 
1937

Leonard Williams's affidavit in Equity Case No. 2924: Donnelly Garment Company and Donnelly Garment Sales Company, Plaintiffs, vs. International Ladies' Garment Workers Union (ILGWU) and all members of said union as defendants in this class action. In this affidavit, Williams responds to the affidavit of Freeland Rife, entered by the plaintiffs, in which Rife accuses the unionized shops as having poorer working conditions than at Donnelly Garment Company.

Date: 
1937

Leonard Williams's affidavit in Equity Case No. 2924: Donnelly Garment Company and Donnelly Garment Sales Company, Plaintiffs, vs. International Ladies' Garment Workers Union (ILGWU) and all members of said union as defendants in this class action. In this affidavit, Palmer discusses advertisements for "Nelly Don" dresses in multiple 1937 issues of Vogue magazine.

Date: 
1937

An excerpt of the examination of Elizabeth Gates Reeves by Senator James A. Reed. Reeves, an employee of the Donnelly Garment Company, is shown a series of 27 photographs by Reed and is asked to describe details about the pictures. These included photographs include exterior and interior shots of the Corrigan Building at 1828 Walnut, Kansas City, Missouri, occupied at the time by The Donnelly Garment Company beginning in 1928. Pictured are company parties, employees, and equipment.

An excerpt of the examination of George Cauthen by plaintiff attorney Mr. Depping. Cauthen, a former newspaper photographer for the Kansas City Journal-Post, is shown a series of 18 photographs by Depping and is asked to describe details about the pictures. These included photographs document a demonstration on March 17, 1937 by the International Ladies Garment Workers Union. These images were captured outside of the Gordon Brothers Garment Company, Gernes Garment Company, and Missouri Garment Company building at 2617 Grand Avenue (now Grand Boulevard), Kansas City, Missouri.

Photograph of the Corrigan Building at 1828 Walnut, Kansas City, Missouri, occupied at the time by The Donnelly Garment Company beginning in 1928. This vantage point faces northeast on 19th Street from just east of Main Street.

Date: 
1937

Photograph of the Corrigan Building at 1828 Walnut, Kansas City, Missouri, occupied at the time by The Donnelly Garment Company beginning in 1928. This vantage point faces northwest towards the front of the building from 19th Street between Walnut Street and Grand Avenue (now Grand Boulevard).

Date: 
1937

Photograph of the cutting room at The Donnelly Garment Company in the Corrigan Building at 1828 Walnut, Kansas City, Missouri.

Date: 
1937

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