Scope and Content
Title: Sarah Rozner Collection,
Date (inclusive): 1924-1975
Collection number: MSS 024
Extent: 3 Record Storage Boxes
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[Identification of item], Sarah Rozner Collection, Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research, Los Angeles.
Sarah Rozner (1892-1976), lifelong union activist in the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America, emigrated from Hungary to
Chicago in 1908 and began working in the garment trade the same year. Her union activism began when she took part in the major
1910 garment trade strike . She joined the Amalgamated soon after it was formed. As an early member she knew and worked with
all the early leaders.
Rozner's union activities during her Chicago years included serving as president of the 1915 Strike Committee, helping to
form a women's local, Local 275, in 1920, and being elected the first woman to serve as a business agent in 1921. Rozner,
who was self-educated, was awarded a scholarship to attend Brookwood Labor College for two years in 1924. A Socialist Party
member since 1928, she launched an unsuccessful campaign as the Socialist Party candidate for the office of Alderman in 1934.
In 1938 Rozner moved to Los Angeles. She was active in Amalgamated Local 278 as she continued to work in the garment industry.
Her activities in Los Angeles included working on the Glickman strike and the wardrobe laundry workers organizing campaign,
both in 1939, and serving as shop chair at Louart Manufacturing where she worked for 15 years until her retirement in 1959.
A strong believer in representation of women in unions, Rozner started a scholarship program in 1956, through the Amalgamated,
to train young women for union leadership. She was a staunch supporter of the idea of women from different unions coming together,
and became a member of the Coalition of Labor Union Women when a Los Angeles chapter was formed in 1974.
In 1973 Sherna Gluck, Director of the Oral History and Women's History Programs at California State University at Long Beach,
conducted extensive oral history interviews with Rozner who died in Los Angeles in 1976.
Scope and Content
The Sarah Rozner Collection was donated by Sherna Gluck in 1996. The Collection is divided into two series: UNION PAPERS (one
record storage box) and PERSONAL PAPERS (two record storage boxes.)
Ruth Miller, ILGWU, Amalgamated