International Ladies Garment Workers Union

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Physical Objects

Banner for the Coat and Suit Workers Local 270 of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union, as seen on display at the entrance to the Kansas City Garment District Museum.

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Miscellaneous Documents

Death certificate for Lottie Conroy issued by the Missouri State Board of Health. She died on March 24, 1934, and her cause of death is listed as second and third degree burns resulting from her clothing catching fire.

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Photographs
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Photograph of a woman with torn clothing, "caught in the middle of a fight between women garment workers and strike pickets," outside of a dress factory in Memphis, Tennessee.

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Miscellaneous Documents

Frederick F. Umhey'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, Umhey provides general information about the ILGWU, labor conditions in the garment industry, and other garment associations in the United States and Canada.

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Miscellaneous Documents

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.

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Photographs

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

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Photographs

Photograph of The Donnelly Garment Company 1935 Christmas Party, hosted by Nell Donnelly Reed.

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Photographs

Photograph of protestors at a demonstration on March 17, 1937 by the International Ladies Garment Workers Union. This image was captured outside of the Grand Avenue Building, location of the Gordon Brothers Garment Company, Gernes Garment Company, and Missouri Garment Company building at 2617 Grand Avenue (now Grand Boulevard), Kansas City, Missouri. This photograph was taken near the front entrance of the building by Kansas City Journal-Post newspaper photographer George Cauthen.

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Miscellaneous Documents

Eight line graphs that display the hourly earnings of Donnelly Garment Company employees in relation to other national garment companies in early 1937. These companies include the Apex Dress Co., Action Dress Inc., Philip Zahn & Co., Samax Dress Co., Max Wiesen, Inc., Famous Dress Co., Haas and Bernstein, and Rudy Dress Co.. The data shows that a majority of Donnelly Garment Company employees earn less than the company's national competitors.

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Correspondence

A letter from Fred L. Smith of C. J. Gayfer & Company, Inc., Mobile, Alabama to the "Gentlemen" at Donnelly Garment Company (DGC). Upon receiving literature criticizing the DGC from the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (ILGWU), Smith urges DGC "to deal with your employees on a collective basis for a reasonable salary and reasonable working hours." Else, Smith warns that the ILGWU will make their accusations public, which would potentially force retailers to withdraw DGC products.

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Miscellaneous Documents

Meyer Perlstein'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.

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Miscellaneous Documents

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.

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