Abe Plotkin Papers (ILGWU), 1924-1980

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Register of the Abe Plotkin Papers (ILGWU), 1924-1980

Collection number: MSS 060

Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research



Los Angeles, California

Contact Information:

  • Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research
  • 6120 South Vermont Avenue
  • Los Angeles, CA, 90044
  • Phone: (323) 759-6063
  • Fax: (323) 759-2252
  • Email: archives@socallib.org
  • URL: http://www.socallib.org/
Processed by:
Julia Bazar
Date Completed:
June 2001
Encoded by:
Julia Bazar
© 2001 Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Abe Plotkin Papers (ILGWU),
Date (inclusive): 1924-1980
Collection number: MSS 60
Creator: Plotkin, Abe
Extent: 2 boxes

2/3 linear foot
Repository: Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research
Los Angeles, CA 90044
Abstract: Small collection of correspondence, photographs and clippings related to the personal and professional activities and concerns of Abe Plotkin, first organizer for the ILGWU in California (1922-1932), who went on to organize in Hawaii, Miami, the Midwest, and New York.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Provenance

Donated to library as a result of the Library's ILGWU Symposium Project.

Access

The collection is available for research only at the Library's facility in Los Angeles. The Library is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Researchers are encouraged to call or email the Library indicating the nature of their research query prior to making a visit.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research. Researchers may make single copies of any portion of the collection, but publication from the collection will be allowed only with the express written permission of the Library's director. It is not necessary to obtain written permission to quote from a collection. When the Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research gives permission for publication, it is as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Abe Plotkin Papers (ILGWU), Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research, Los Angeles, California.

Biography

Abe Plotkin was the first organizer for the ILGWU (International Ladies Garment Workers Union) in California in 1922-1932. He was arrested for vagrancy in Los Angeles in 1923. He went on to organize workers in Hawaii, Miami, the Midwest, and New York City before retiring in 1957. Even after retirement Plotkin kept up his union membership and remained in touch with many of the people he had known through organizing. In 1947 Sarah (Sy) Rothblatt became his second wife.

Scope and Content

The collection contains correspondence, clippings, photographs, wedding certificate and other family papers. Correspondence makes up the majority of the collection. Most of it is personal though many of Plotkin's correspondents were also active in union and organizing activities that are referred to in the letters. There are also letters concerning his wife's inheritance of property in Israel and the complicated negotiations involved in settling the estate. Some of the family related documents are in Hebrew. Two folders of correspondence and other documents concern issues around Plotkin's retirement and benefits.
Professional papers include information on organizing in Hawaii (1958), Miami (1954), and at the Real Silk Hosiery Mills in Indiana (1951). The Hawaii materials include scripts from radio addresses Plotkin gave in Hawaii. Among Plotkin's correspondents are: Morris Bialis, Bill Jaffe, Martin Plettl, Richard Rohemer, Morris Siegal, Mark Starr, Lazare Teper, Clore Warne, and Frances Wulkin. Pauline Schindler (wife of architect Rudolph Schindler) wrote seeking his assistance with the case of Jean Field whose children had been removed from her home and custody given to her husband because of her political ideas. Additional correspondence is filed by letter of the alphabet (P-Q, R, S, and W). A 1923, front-page article from the L.A. News, covers Plotkin's arrest and trial for vagrancy during his stint as an organizer in California. Other clippings pertain to African Americans ( Negroes), Russia, and Theory (which deals mainly with economic and political issues). Also included is one folder of photographs, most unidentified, but one group shot from Mexico City includes Diego Rivera.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged alphabetically.

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Collection Contents

Box-folder 1/1

Atwoods (J. Howell & Ruth), 1953-1972

Box-folder 1/2

Bialis (Morris), 1953-1954

Box-folder 1/3

Chicago Raincoats - Clippings, 1940

Box-folder 1/4

Epstein (Esther B.), 1954-1961, n.d.

Box-folder 1/5

Family and Personal Documents, 1924-1955

Box-folder 1/6

Germany - The Destruction of the Labor Movement in Germany, American Federationist, August 1933

Box-folder 1/7

Hannah [Haskel Kriendler], 1974-1981

Box-folder 1/8-1/9

Hawaii

Box-folder 1/8

1958-1961, n.d.

Box-folder 1/9

Radio Broadcasts - KGMB, 1958

Box-folder 1/10

ILGWU - Constitution and Bylaws, 1950

Box-folder 1/11

Illinois Fair Employment Practices Bill, 1949

Box-folder 1/12

Jaffe (Bill & Pippin) - [Includes Snapshot], 1945-1971, n.d.

Box-folder 1/13

L.A. News - Vagrancy Arrest, 1923

Box-folder 1/14

Mexico [Juan Carlos], n.d.

Box-folder 1/15

Miami, 1954-1961, n.d.

Box-folder 1/16

Michigan and Indiana - Local Presidents, n.d.

Box-folder 1/17-1/19

Miscellaneous

Box-folder 1/17

Clippings, 1940-1969, n.d.

Box-folder 1/18

Correspondence, 1937-1978, n.d.

Box-folder 1/19

Information, n.d.

Box-folder 1/20

"Negro" - Clippings, 1966-1969

Box-folder 1/21

New York Joint Board Strike, 1958

Box-folder 1/22

New York Teachers Strike, 1968

Box-folder 1/23

Oak (Liston), n.d.

Box-folder 1/24

Plettl (Martin & Dorothea), 1936-1971

Box-folder 1/25

Photos, n.d.

Box-folder 1/26

[Plotkin], Sy, n.d.

Box-folder 1/27

P-Q, 1934-1959, n.d.

Box-folder 1/28

Ratner (Herbert & Ethel), 1958, 1962, n.d.

Box-folder 1/29

Real Silk Hosiery Mills (Indiana), 1951

Box-folder 1/30-1/31

Retirement

Box-folder 1/30

1948-1956, 1960

Box-folder 1/31

& other Financial Materials, 1959-1982, n.d.

Box-folder 1/32

Rohemer (Richard [Dick]), 1933-1977

Box-folder 2/1

Rosen - Rothblatt Inheritance, 1957-1973, n.d.

Box-folder 2/2

Russia - Clippings, 1951-1973, n.d.

Box-folder 2/3

Ruth & Phyllis [Dalzell Hatfield Galleries], 1978-1980

Box-folder 2/4

R, 1958-1960

Box-folder 2/5

Schindler (Pauline G.), 1951-1955, n.d.

Box-folder 2/6

Bishop Sheil, n.d.

Box-folder 2/7

Siegal (Morris A.), 1944-1954

Box-folder 2/8

Starr (Mark), 1953-1958

Box-folder 2/9

S, 1951-1978

Box-folder 2/10

Tehas (Virginia), 1959, n.d.

Box-folder 2/11

Teper (Lazare), 1950-1959, n.d.

Box-folder 2/12

Theory - Clippings, 1966-1969

Box-folder 2/13

[Thorn], Mary & Bob, 1956, 1969, n.d.

Box-folder 2/14

Umhey (Alice & Frederick), n.d.

Box-folder 2/15

United Nations Association Congress, n.d.

Box-folder 2/16

Warne (Clore), 1955, 1971-1972

Box-folder 2/17

Wulkin (Frances), 1954-1957

Box-folder 2/18

W, 1951-1954