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Register of the Sarah Rozner Collection, 1924-1975
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Sketch
  • Scope and Content
  • Related Collections

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Sarah Rozner Collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1924-1975
    Collection number: MSS 024
    Creator: Rozner, Sarah
    Extent: 3 Record Storage Boxes
    Repository: Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research.
    Los Angeles, California
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    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 item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Sarah Rozner Collection, Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research, Los Angeles.

    Biographical Sketch

    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.)

    Related Collections

    Ruth Miller, ILGWU, Amalgamated