Stein, Leon, 1912-1990

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Leon Stein (1912 in Baltimore, Maryland – February 13, 1990 in Delray Beach, Florida) was an American writer and longtime editor of Justice, the official newspaper of the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (ILGWU).

Born in Baltimore, Leon Stein moved from New York City as a child and made his home there. By the time he was graduated from the City College of New York in 1934, he had worked in a laundry, for the subway, as a waiter in a Catskill resort and as a ladies' garment cutter, and after his graduation he returned to the garment industry as a cutter and patternmaker.

In 1939, Mr. Stein began writing a regular feature for Justice, the publication of the ILGWU, and soon was made copy editor and, later, assistant editor of the magazine; in 1952, he assumed responsibilities as editor, which he maintained until 1977.

Under Mr. Stein's editorship, Justice received many honors, including, in 1959, the distinction of being chosen by the University of California School of Journalism as the outstanding trade union publication in the country. He coedited, with Max Danish, a documentary history of the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union and helped edit an anthology of writing from the labor press.

This biography was adapted from the dust jacket of the 1962 edition of The Triangle Fire, written by Leon Stein, and published by J.R. Lippincott & Co.

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referencedIn ILGWU. Stein, Leon, 1912-. Leon Stein photographs. Cornell University Library
referencedIn ILGWU Records, 1884-2006, bulk 1923-1995. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives
creatorOf ILGWU. Stein, Leon, 1912-. Leon Stein photographs. Cornell University Library
creatorOf ILGWU. Leon Stein collection, 1911-1977 Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives
referencedIn Robert Parmet. Leon Stein interview. Audio cassettes, 1984. Cornell University Library
referencedIn International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union. Assistant President. ILGWU. Gus Tyler papers, 1952-1980. Cornell University Library
referencedIn ILGWU. Gus Tyler papers, 1952-1980 Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives
creatorOf Stein, Leon, 1912-. Triangle Fire Trial Summary and Partial Transcript, November 1911. Cornell University Library
referencedIn International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union. International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union records 1906-1985, 1923-1984 (bulk). Cornell University Library
creatorOf Thomas, W. I. W. I. Thomas. Papers (Leon Stein, Collector). Cornell University Library
creatorOf Stein, Leon, 1912-. ILGWU. Leon Stein papers. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Triangle Fire Trial Summary and Partial Transcript, November 1911. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives
referencedIn Parmet, Robert. Leon Stein interview. Audiocassettes, 1984. Cornell University Library
referencedIn International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union. ILGWU. Leon Stein collection, 1911-1977. Cornell University Library
referencedIn International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union. International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union. Communications Dept., Biography files. Pt.3. Cornell University Library
creatorOf ILGWU. Leon Stein papers Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives
referencedIn International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union. Communications Dept. ILGWU. Communications Department biography file photographs. Cornell University Library
referencedIn George Meany Center for Labor Studies. Recorded interviews, collection of oral histories conducted by the George Meany Center for Labor Studies, 1979-1980. Cornell University Library
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Place Name Admin Code Country
Delray Beach FL US
Baltimore MD US
New York City NY US
Subject
Clothing workers
Clothing workers
Industrial relations
Industrial relations
Labor unions
Labor unions
Shirtwaist Makers' Strike, New York, N.Y., 1909
Textile workers
Textile workers
Women's clothing industry
Women's clothing industry
Occupation
Editor
Laborers
Patternmakers
Writer
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Birth 1912

Death 1990-02-13

Male

Americans

English

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