Chicago & Washington, D. C. National Women's Trade Union League of America, ca. 1919-1947. A collection of material from the National Women’s Trade Union League of America founded in Boston in 1903 primarily as an auxiliary of the American Federation of Labor as well as an extension of the settlement movement. The organization was active in supporting strikes, organizing women into unions, and educating the public on the conditions of women workers. The leadership comprised both working class and upper class women, although by the 1920s, the group was primarily run by working class women. and although the organization supported the suffrage movement, it clashed with the National Woman’s Party over the Equal Rights Amendment, to which it was opposed. The group dissolved in 1950.
The bulk of the collection is a broken run of 16 issues of the organization’s publication, the Life and Labor Bulletin, of which there were two series. The first began publication in Aug. 1922 and ceased with Vol. X, No. 2 issue in February 1932. The second series began in April 1933 in a different format.
First series: Bifolium (9 ½” x 12 ½”); Vol. II, No. 12 (Serial No. 24), August 1924; Vol. IV, No. 8 (Serial No. 44), July 1926; Vol. VIII, No. 5 (Serial No. 81), April 1930, Vol. VIII, No. 6 (Serial No. 82), May 1930, Vol. VIII, No. 9 (Serial No. 85); Vol. IX, No. 1 (Serial No. 88), January 1931, Vol. IX, No. 2 (Serial No. 89), February 1931, Vol. IX, No. 4 (Serial No. 91), April 1931, Vol. IX, No. 5 (Serial No. 92), May 1931, Vol. IX, No. 7 (Serial No. 94), July 1931, Vol. IX, No. 8 (Serial No. 95), October 1931), Vol. IX, No. 10 (Serial No. 97), December 1931; Vol. X, No. 1 (Serial No. 98), January 1932. Some tiny splits at old folds, otherwise well-preserved.
Second series: Corner-stapled sheets (8 ½” x 11”) mimeographed on rectos only, each issue 4 p. No. 6, November 1939, No. 7, December 1939, No. 8, January 1940, No. 12, May 1940, No. 14, July 1940, No. 41, April 1943. Some general wear and old folds; the cover sheet of no. 8 is foxed along the spine with biopredation evident along the fore edge of all sheets; no. 41 issued with no staple.
WAGGAMAN, Mary T. National Women’s Trade Union-League of America. An offprint from the Monthly Labor Review (April 1919) providing the group’s history, platform and accomplishments, and concluding with a notice for the group’s seventh biennial convention to be held in Philadelphia, beginning June 2, 1919. Wrappers (6” x 9”), 1183-1190.
Membership Blank National Women’s Trade Union League of America. Chicago, [191-?]. Includes the organization’s platform and space for subscriber information.
FREEDMAN, Blanch. Opposing the So-Called Equal Rights Amendment [cover title]. Washington, D. C.: National Women’s Trade Union League of America, [193-?]. Statement of the Women’s Trade Union League in Opposition to the Proposed Amendment of the National Woman’s Party to Amend the U. S. Constitution. Stapled wrappers (4 ½” x 7”), 12 p.
Annual Report - 1947. New York: New York Women’s Trade Union League, 1947. Three unbound sheets as issued, 10 p. NYU stamp to the top of the front cover with penciled call # to the bottom. Item #08350