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Elizabeth Fischer'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, Fischer describes improved wages, hours, and the ability to negotiate piece work rates for operators with the Marlene Dress Company organized ILGWU Local 274.

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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

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

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

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.

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1937

Photograph of the cutting room at The Donnelly Garment Company in the Corrigan Building at 1828 Walnut, Kansas City, Missouri. In this photograph, the employees are working entirely by daylight.

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1937

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

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1937

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

Date: 
1937

Employees of The Donnelly Garment Company inspecting newly created clothing in the Corrigan Building at 1828 Walnut, Kansas City, Missouri.

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1937

An employee of The Donnelly Garment Company using a double stitching machine in the Corrigan Building at 1828 Walnut, Kansas City, Missouri.

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1937

An employee of The Donnelly Garment Company using a double stitcher seam binding machine in the Corrigan Building at 1828 Walnut, Kansas City, Missouri.

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1937

An employee of The Donnelly Garment Company creating a new design for garments in the Corrigan Building at 1828 Walnut, Kansas City, Missouri.

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1937

A Donnelly Garment Company designer showing a sewing machine operator how to work with her original design.

Date: 
1937

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