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Correspondence documenting Joseph Schlossberg's tenure in the ACWA during the period 1914-1929, particularly in his capacity as secretary-treasurer.
Major organizations represented include local unions and joint boards of the ACWA, the Amalgamated Textile Workers' Union, the United Garment Workers of America, and the Women's Trade Union League.
Much of the correspondence concerns the formation and early struggles of the ACWA. Among the subjects documented in these letters are: union organizing efforts in the U.S. and Canada, especially in Boston, Cincinnati, Montreal, Philadelphia, Rochester, N.Y., and Toronto; individual locals of the ACWA, relations with other garment workers' unions; strikes and lockouts, particularly in Cincinnati; the role of women in the union; and the often tense relations among the Jewish, Italian, German and various Slavic clothing workers.
Significant individuals represented in the collection include: Jane Addams; August Bellanca; Dorothy Jacobs Bellanca; E. J. Brais; Sidney Hillman; Fiorello LaGuardia; A. J. Muste; Jacob Potofsky; and Frank Rosenblum.