Potofsky, Jacob S. (Jacob Samuel), 1894-1979

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From the description of Reminiscences of Jacob Samuel Potofsky : oral history, 1964. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 309722949

Jacob Potofsky, garment worker, labor organizer and leader, Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America.

Jacob Potofsky was born in Radomisl, Ukraine, in 1894. He emigrated to the United States in 1905 and began working in a Chicago men's clothing factory in 1908. He became active in labor matters and took part in the 1910 strike against Hart, Schaffner and Marx that led to the organization of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America (ACWA). He served as an official in ACWA Local 144 and on the Chicago Joint Board before moving to New York to work as assistant general secretary-treasurer for the national union.

Potofsky held a number of positions within the ACWA, including assistant president and general secretary-treasurer. He became the union's president in 1946 after the death of Sidney Hillman, a position he held until 1972.

From the description of Jacob Potofsky correspondence, 1913-1929, 1920-1929 (bulk). (Cornell University Library). WorldCat record id: 63891425

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referencedIn International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union. International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union. Communications Dept., Biography files. Pt.3. Cornell University Library
referencedIn International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union. New York Cloak Joint Board. ILGWU. New York Cloak Joint Board records, 1926-1973. Cornell University Library
referencedIn The Nation, records, 1879-1974 (inclusive), 1920-1955 (bulk). Houghton Library
referencedIn Hofstadter, Richard, 1916-1970. Richard Hofstadter papers, 1944-1970. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Potofsky, Jacob S. (Jacob Samuel), 1894-1979. Jacob Potofsky correspondence, 1913-1929, 1920-1929 (bulk). Cornell University Library
referencedIn Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America. Sidney Hillman correspondence, 1911-1929, 1914-1929 (bulk). Cornell University Library
referencedIn Hillman, Bessie. Bessie Hillman correspondence, 1930-1970, 1945-1970 (bulk). Cornell University Library
referencedIn Congress of Industrial Organizations (U.S.). Files on the Committee for Industrial Organizations, 1935-1941, bulk 1935-1936. [microform]. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union. ACTWU's Secretary-Treasurer's Office Records. 1928-1997. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America. Sidney Hillman papers, 1930-1946 (bulk 1935-1945) Cornell University Library
referencedIn Jacob Potofsky presidential correspondence, 1946-1974, 1960-1970 (bulk) Cornell University Library
referencedIn International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union. Secretary-Treasurer. Joseph Schlossberg Secretary-Treasurer correspondence, 1914-1929, 1915-1925 (bulk). Cornell University Library
referencedIn DeShetler, Irwin L., 1906-. Irwin L. DeShelter papers, 1933-1971. Wayne State University. Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs
creatorOf Potofsky, Jacob S. (Jacob Samuel), 1894-1979. Reminiscences of Jacob Samuel Potofsky : oral history, 1964. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America. General Secretary-Treasurer. Joseph Schlossberg correspondence, 1930-1940. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America. August Bellanca correspondence, 1914-1953, 1925-1950 (bulk). Cornell University Library
referencedIn Shirley Quill Transport Workers Union of America Photographs, Bulk, 1941-1966, 1913-1997 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
referencedIn Clothing worker union charter certificates from Oregon and Washington [manuscript], 1888-1969. Oregon Historical Society Research Library
referencedIn Gottlieb, Delia, Collector. Jacob Potofsky. Memorabilia. 1944-1986. Cornell University Library
referencedIn International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union. Local 22 (New York, N.Y.). ILGWU. Local 22. Charles Zimmerman. Photographs, 1910-1958. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Peterson, Esther, 1906-1997. Papers, 1884-1998 (inclusive), 1929-1998 (bulk). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America records, 1914-1980, 1920-1950 (bulk) Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives
referencedIn Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America. Jacob Potofsky correspondence, 1930-1946, 1930-1940 (bulk). Cornell University Library
referencedIn Bellanca, Dorothy. Dorothy Jacobs Bellanca papers, 1914-1946, 1925-1940 (bulk). Cornell University Library
referencedIn Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America. ACWA's Jacob Potofsky Records from the President's Office. 1941-1977. Cornell University Library
referencedIn ACTWU's Secretary-Treasurer's Office Records, 1928-1997 Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives
referencedIn Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America. Papers of executive officers of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America, 1914-1971, 1930-1950 (bulk). Cornell University Library
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referencedIn Papers, 1884-1998 (inclusive), 1929-1988 (bulk) Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Transport Workers Union of America. Photographic prints, 1913-1986. 1937-1986 (bulk). Churchill County Museum
referencedIn ACWA's Jacob Potofsky Records from the President's Office, 1941-1977 Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives
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referencedIn Labor Leader Biographies, 1873-2010 Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives
referencedIn Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union. ACWA's Sidney Hillman Scrapbooks. 1910-1964. Cornell University Library
referencedIn ILGWU. New York Cloak Joint Board records, 1926-1973 Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives
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New Deal, 1933-1939
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Birth 1894-11-26

Death 1979

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