• Identification00217698
  • TitleDescriptive inventory for the Coalition of Labor Union Women, Chicago Chapter records, 1971-1996
  • PublisherChicago Historical Society
  • RepositoryChicago History Museum Research Center 1601 North Clark Street Chicago, IL 60614-6038
  • OriginationCoalition of Labor Union Women (U.S.)
  • Date1971-1996
  • Physical Description3.5 linear feet (8 boxes)
  • LocationMSS Lot C
  • LanguageEnglish

This collection is open for research use.

All rights owned by the donor, including copyright, were deeded to Chicago Historical Society. Copyright may be retained by the creators of items, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law, unless otherwise noted.

Materials were a gift of Frank L. Rosen (accession #: 1999.0037).

Coalition of Labor Union Women, Chicago Chapter records (Chicago History Museum) plus a detailed description, date, and box/folder number of a specific item.

Meeting minutes, membership materials, newsletters, bulletins, newspaper clippings, correspondence, reports, resolutions, event programs, invitations, and other records of the Coalition of Labor Union Women, Chicago Chapter. Materials were compiled by Lois Rosen, a Chicago political activist and labor union advocate who was active in the organization. Topics include affirmative action, childcare, the Equal Rights Amendment, strikes and boycotts in which the CLUW participated, and the case of Karen Silkwood. Notable figures include Florence Criley, Joyce D. Miller, and Addie Wyatt.

The Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW) was founded in Chicago (Ill.) in 1974. Goals of the organization include increasing women's involvement in unions and political activities, as well as promoting affirmative action in the workplace. As of 2011, the organization had more than 40 chapters.

Related materials at Chicago History Museum, Research Center, include the Lois Rosen papers (1999.0037) and Bread and Roses, the newsletter of the CLUW, Chicago Chapter, cataloged separately.

  • Subject
    • Affirmative action programs--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
    • Boycotts--United States--20th century
    • Child care services--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
    • Equal rights amendments--United States--20th century
    • Social action--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
    • Social action--United States--20th century
    • Strikes and lockouts--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
    • Women's rights--Illinois--Chicago--Societies, etc.
    • Women's rights--United States--Societies, etc.
    • Women in the labor movement--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
    • Women in the labor movement--United States--20th century
    • Women labor leaders--United States--20th century
    • Women labor union members--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
  • Names
    • Criley, Florence
    • Miller, Joyce D. (Joyce Dannen), 1928-
    • Rosen, Lois A.
    • Wyatt, Addie L., 1924-
    • Silkwood, Karen, 1946-1974
    • Coalition of Labor Union Women (U.S.)
    • Coalition of Labor Union Women (U.S.). Chicago Chapter--Archives
  • Geographic Coverage
    • Chicago (Ill.)--Economic conditions--20th century
    • United States--Economic conditions--20th century
    • United States--Politics and government--1951-

The collection is arranged in five series.

Series 1. Administrative files, 1971-1996 (box 1-2)

Series 1 consists of meeting minutes, membership lists, directories, financial reports, resolutions, and other administrative records of the CLUW, Chicago Chapter. Includes meeting records handwritten by Lois Rosen. Also present are documents concerning the founding of the CLUW and the creation of the National Executive Board, as well as the constitution and by-laws of the national organization.

Series 2. General materials, 1975-1996 (box 2-4)

Series 2 contains newsletters, bulletins, brochures, flyers, newspaper clippings, photographic prints, and other general materials, mostly published and distributed by the CLUW, but also some related to other organizations. Included are copies of two CLUW publications: CLUW News, a quarterly bulletin of the national organization, and Bread and Roses, a monthly newsletter of the Chicago Chapter.

Series 3. Conference and event materials, 1977-1995 (box 4-6)

Series 3 consists of correspondence, notes, programs, invitations, reports, resolutions, and other materials related to conferences and events hosted by the CLUW (both the Chicago Chapter and the national organization) or attended by members, notably the organization's biennial conventions and International Women's Day celebrations.

Series 4. Topical files, 1979-1993 (box 6-7)

Series 4 contains reports, research materials, flyers, and publications on subjects of interest to the CLUW. Topics include affirmative action, childcare, healthcare, immigration reform, the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), and wage equality. Also present are materials pertaining specific labor issues such as the Coors Boycott, the Pittston Coal Strike, and the case of Karen Silkwood.

Series 5. Correspondence and statements, 1976-1996 (box 7-8)

Series 5 contains correspondence and statements of the CLUW, chiefly mass mailings from the CLUW national office or the Chicago Chapter to members. Also included are letters to CLUW executives, as well as press statements concerning CLUW actions.