This small collection consists of the personal
and business correspondence of William A. Seligman, organizer of the Los
Angeles local of the United Shoeworkers of America C.I.O.
William A. Seligman came to Los Angeles from Boston in late 1934 or
early 1935. Seligman had been involved with the Workers Education Council, and
union activities on the East Coast. In Los Angeles, he taught classes at a
labor school and eventually found work at a Los Angeles area shoe factory.
Disappointed with the working conditions there, he spent several years
attempting to start a Los Angeles local of the United Shoeworkers of America
C.I.O.[Congress of Industrial Organizations] The Los Angeles local (Local 122)
was finally formed in August 1937. After the formation, of the local he served
as Secretary/Organizer until the end of 1940 when he left for a new position in
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