National Women's Trade Union League of America

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The National Women's Trade Union League was founded in Boston, Mass., in 1903 to organize women workers into trade unions. The league also held training programs for workers, conducted research re: working conditions, and supported strikes.

From the description of Records, 1914-1942 (inclusive). (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 232007821

The National Women's Trade Union League of America was founded in Boston, Mass., in 1903 to "assist in the organization of women wage workers into trade unions and thereby to help them secure conditions necessary for healthful and efficient work and to obtain a just reward for such work."

From the description of Records, 1903-1950 (inclusive). (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 232007653

The Trade Union League was established in Boston in 1903 to organize women workers into unions, thereby helping them to "secure conditions necessary for healthful and efficient work and to obtain a just reward for such work." The League was dissolved in 1950.

From the description of Records, 1904-1950 (inclusive). (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 232006761

The Women's Trade Union League was founded in 1903 during the annual convention of the American Federation of Labor. Local branches were organized within a year in Boston, Chicago and New York. In 1907 its name became the National Women's Trade Union League of America. The League sought to counter the exploitation of working women by organizing them into trade unions and by securing protective legislation regulating their hours and working conditions and setting minimum wage standards. Its dual membership of working and middle class women made the League unique among social reform organizations of its day.

As the League's president from 1907 to 1922, Margaret Dreier Robins, the well-to-do daughter of a Brooklyn businessman, guided it through the period of its most active work. Among her close associates were several working class women who served as officers of the national or local Leagues, including Leonora O'Reilly of New York and Agnes Nestor and Mary Anderson of Chicago. After 1922, working women took over the leadership; Rose Schneiderman, a veteran leader of strikes in the needle trades, served as national president from 1926 to 1950.

From the description of Records, 1903-1950. [microform] (Cornell University Library). WorldCat record id: 64755372

The Women's Trade Union League was founded in Boston in 1903 during the annual convention of the American Federation of Labor. In 1907 its name became the National Womens Trade Union League of America. Local branches were organized within a year in Boston, Chicago and New York. The League sought to counter the exploitation of working women by organizing them into trade unions and by securing protective legislation regulating their hours and working conditions and setting minimum wage standards. Its dual membership of working and middle class women made the WTUL unique among social reform organizations of its day.

As the League's president from 1907 to 1922, Margaret Dreier Robins, the well-to-do daughter of a Brooklyn businessman, guided it through the period of its most active work. Among her close associates were several working class women who served as officers of the national or local Leagues, including Leonora O'Reilly of New York and Agnes Nestor and Mary Anderson of Chicago. After 1922, working women took over the leadership; Rose Schneiderman, a veteran leader of strikes in the needle trades, served as national president from 1926 to 1950.

From the description of National Women's Trade Union Legaue of America papers of the Women's Trade Union League and its principal leaders, 1855-1964, bulk 1903-1950. [microform] (Cornell University Library). WorldCat record id: 64091532

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referencedIn Rose Schneiderman Papers, Bulk, 1909-1920, 1909-1964, (Bulk 1909-1920) Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
referencedIn Rose Schneiderman Papers, Bulk, 1909-1920, 1909-1964, (Bulk 1909-1920) Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
referencedIn National Women’s Trade Union League of America Records, 1903-1950 Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Foley, Margaret, 1875-1957. Papers of Margaret Foley and Helen Elizabeth Goodnow, 1882-1965 (inclusive). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Winslow, Mary N. (Mary Nelson). Papers, 1923-1951 (inclusive). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Rose Schneiderman Papers, Bulk, 1909-1920, 1909-1964 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
referencedIn International Federation of Working Women. Records, 1919-1923 (inclusive). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
creatorOf National Women's Trade Union League of America. Women's employment collection, 1897-1980 (bulk 1900-1952). The Claremont Colleges, Claremont University Consortium
referencedIn Women's Trade Union League of America. Papers of the Women's Trade Union League and its principal leaders, 1855-1964 (inclusive), [microform]. Yale University Library
creatorOf National Women's Trade Union League of America. [Miscellaneous programs of conventions, anniversary dinners, etc.]. Chicago History Museum
creatorOf National Women's Trade Union League of America. Records, 1903-1950 (inclusive). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Newman, Pauline. Papers, 1903-1982 (inclusive). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Rose Schneiderman Collection. Photographic prints, 1909-1962. Churchill County Museum
referencedIn Papers of Frieda S. Miller, 1909-1973 (inclusive), 1929-1967 (bulk) Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Margaret Dreier Robins Collection, 1876-1950, 1905-1945 Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida
creatorOf National Women's Trade Union League of America. Records, 1914-1942 (inclusive). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Roscoe Pound papers, 1888-1964 Harvard Law School Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Elizabeth Robins Papers, 1803-1963 Fales Library & Special Collections
referencedIn National Women's Trade Union League of America collection, 1905-1950. University of Illinois at Chicago Library, UIC
referencedIn O'Reilly, Leonora, 1870-1927. Papers, 1886-1927 (inclusive). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Olander, Victor A., 1873-1949. Victor Olander papers, 1898-1955. Chicago History Museum
referencedIn Minnesota Woman Suffrage Association. Records, 1894-1923 Minnesota Historical Society
referencedIn New York (State). Division of Labor Standards. New York (State). Division of Labor Standards selected minutes and reports of Minimum Wage Boards, 1933-1962. Cornell University Library
referencedIn International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Chauffeurs, Warehousemen, and Helpers of America. Records, 1904-1952. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Boston Women's Trade Union League. Records, 1923-1933 (inclusive). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Miller, Frieda S. Papers, 1909-1973 (inclusive), 1929-1967 (bulk). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
creatorOf National Women's Trade Union League of America. National Women's Trade Union Legaue of America papers of the Women's Trade Union League and its principal leaders, 1855-1964, bulk 1903-1950. [microform] Cornell University Library
referencedIn Manchester, Lee. Life and labor, a short history of the Women's Trade Union League, 1973. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Boston Women's Trade Union League. Records, 1924-1945 (inclusive). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Nestor, Agnes, 1880-1948. Agnes Nestor papers, 1896-1954. Chicago History Museum
referencedIn Committee on the Cause and Cure of War. Records, 1923-1948 (inclusive). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Newman, Pauline. Additional papers, 1926-1982 (inclusive). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn O'Reilly, Leonora. Leonora O'Reilly Collection, 1912. Western Michigan University, Dwight B. Waldo Library
referencedIn Pinchot, Cornelia Bryce, 1881-1960. Cornelia Bryce Pinchot papers, 1899-1960 (bulk 1918-1947). Library of Congress
referencedIn O'Sullivan, Mary Kenney, 1864-1943. Autobiography, ca. 1930. Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
creatorOf National Women's Trade Union League of America. Records, 1904-1950. Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Switzer, Mary Elizabeth, 1900-. Papers, 1922-1973 (inclusive). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Rose Schneiderman Photographs, 1909-1962 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
referencedIn Boston Women's Trade Union League. Records, 1923-1933 (inclusive). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
creatorOf Schneiderman, Rose, 1882-1972. [Letter], September 13, 1934, Washington, D.C. / Rose Schneiderman, President, National Women's Trade Union Leagure of America. University of Michigan
referencedIn Washington State Federation of Labor records, circa 1901-1967 University of Washington Libraries Special Collections
creatorOf National Women's Trade Union League of America. Records of the National Women's Trade Union League of America, 1903-1950. Library of Congress
referencedIn Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations (University of Michigan--Wayne State University). Program on Women and Work. Transcripts of oral history project, 1970-1978 (inclusive). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Dreier, Mary E. (Mary Elisabeth), 1875-1963. Papers, 1797-1963 (inclusive), 1897-1963 (bulk). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Van Kleeck, Mary, 1883-1972. Papers, 1883-1972 Smith College, Neilson Library
creatorOf Minnesota Woman Suffrage Association records, 1894-1923 [microform]. Minnesota Historical Society Library
referencedIn Schneiderman, Rose, 1882-1972. Papers, 1909-1964 (bulk 1909-1920). New-York Historical Society
referencedIn O'Sullivan, Mary Kenney, 1864-1943. Papers, 1892-1943 (inclusive). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Cornelia Bryce Pinchot Papers, 1899-1960, (bulk 1918-1947) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf National Women's Trade Union League of America. Records, 1903-1950. [microform] Cornell University Library
referencedIn Bilstein, Linda Zufall. Working women and the National Women's Trade Union League / by Linda Zufall Bilstein. University of Houston, Clear Lake, Alfred R. Neumann Library
creatorOf National League of Women Voters (U.S.). Women's suffrage collection, 1912-1920. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
referencedIn O'Sullivan, Mary Kenney, 1864-1943. Papers, 1892-1943 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Robins, Raymond, 1873-1954. Papers, 1878-1956. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Van Kleeck, Mary, 1883-1972. Papers, 1849-1998 Smith College, Neilson Library
referencedIn Records, 1923-1948 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn United States. National Recovery Administration. National Industrial Recovery Administration (NIRA), Hearing reports, 1934-1944. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Earl Browder Papers, 1879-1990 Syracuse University. Library. Special Collections Research Center
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associatedWith Anderson, Mary, 1872-1964. person
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associatedWith Boston Women's Trade Union League. corporateBody
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associatedWith Browder, Earl, 1891-1973 person
associatedWith Christman, Elisabeth. person
associatedWith Christman, Elisabeth, 1881-1975. person
associatedWith Committee on the Cause and Cure of War corporateBody
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associatedWith Duffy, Frank, 1861-1965. person
associatedWith Foley, Margaret, 1875-1957. person
associatedWith FRIEDA SEGELKE MILLER, 1889-1973 person
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associatedWith Henry, Alice, 1857-1943. person
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associatedWith Hoover, Herbert, 1874-1964. person
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associatedWith International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Chauffeurs, Warehousemen, and Helpers of America. corporateBody
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associatedWith James, Edward T., person
associatedWith Kehew, Mary Morton. person
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associatedWith National Women’s Trade Union League of America corporateBody
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associatedWith Newman, Pauline. person
associatedWith New York (State). Division of Labor Standards. corporateBody
associatedWith Olander, Victor A., 1873-1949. person
associatedWith O'Reilly, Leonora, 1870-1927. person
associatedWith O'Sullivan, Mary Kenney, 1864-1943. person
associatedWith Perkins, Frances, 1882-1965. person
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correspondedWith Pound, Roscoe, 1870-1964 person
associatedWith Robins, Margaret Dreier. person
associatedWith Robins, Mary Dreier. person
associatedWith Robins, Raymond, 1873-1954. person
associatedWith Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1884-1962. person
associatedWith Schneiderman, Rose, 1882-1972. person
associatedWith Scott, Melinda. person
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associatedWith Women's Trade Union League of America. corporateBody
associatedWith Women's Trade Union League of Boston. corporateBody
associatedWith Women's Trade Union League of Boston. corporateBody
associatedWith Women's Trade Union League of Chicago. corporateBody
associatedWith Women's Trade Union League of Illinois. corporateBody
associatedWith Women's Trade Union League of New Jersey. corporateBody
associatedWith Women's Trade Union League of New York. corporateBody
associatedWith Women's Trade Union League of Philadelphia. corporateBody
associatedWith Women's Trade Union League. Washington (D.C.) Committee. corporateBody
Place Name Admin Code Country
United States
Danville (Va.)
United States
United States
Chicago (Ill.)
Subject
Clothing workers
Women's rights
Working class women
Women--Health and hygiene
Wage-price policy
Quality of work life
Labor and laboring classes
Civil rights
Textile workers
Labor and laboring classes--Statistics
minimum wage
Labor and laboring classes--Education
Women social reformers
Labor and laboring classes--Law and legislation
Labor laws and legislation
Feminists
Women--Legal status, laws, etc
Labor unions
Household employees
Women--Employment
Eight-hour movement
Social security
Work environment--Research
World War, 1914-1918--Women
Child labor--Law and legislation
Women labor union members
Federal aid to education
Strikes and lockouts
Lobbyists
Sweatshops
Social legislation
Occupation
Function
Lobbyists

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Active 1903

Active 1950

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