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Finding Aid to the Clemmie Shuck Barry oral history, 1931-1978 (bulk 1975-1978), MS 3251
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Contains a transcript and sound recording of Lucille Kendall's interviews with Clemmie Shuck Barry, an interview history, and scattered personal papers documenting Barry's activities as a labor organizer for the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America (ACWA) in the 1930s, particularly during the 1934 strike at Sam Finkelstein & Sons in Norfolk, Virginia, and the 1936 strike at Friedman-Harry Marks Clothing Co. in Richmond, Virginia. Also documents Barry's involvement in the Communist party in San Francisco in the late 1930s and 1940s, and her efforts to integrate housing in Marin County in the 1950s.
Clemmie Shuck Barry was born on August 24, 1901, in Edgar, Nebraska. She was the first person in her family to attend college, graduating from the University of Denver in 1927. After college, Barry directed educational programs for the Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) in West Virginia and New York. In 1934, Barry resigned from the YWCA and accepted a position as organizer with the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America (ACWA). Between 1934 and 1937, she organized clothing workers in Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Georgia. Notably, she participated in the 1934 strike at Sam Finkelstein & Sons in Norfolk, Virginia; and acted as chief organizer during the 1936 strike at Friedman-Harry Marks Clothing Co. in Richmond, Virginia, which led to the 1937 Supreme Court case upholding the National Labor Relations Act (Labor Board v. Friedman-Harry Marks Clothing Co.).
Transcript and papers: 2 folders (0.2 Linear feet); Tapes: 9 audiocassettes
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