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I.L. Peretz Yiddish Writers Union

Title: I.L. Peretz Yiddish Writers Union
Inclusive Dates: 1903-1970s
ID: RG 701
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17'; 37 5"lgl; 1 bankers box; 1 wrapped package (4")
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The collection is arranged in 8 series: I) Minutes (folders 1-9B); II) Finances: a) Financial Reports (10-47); b) Ledgers (48-65); III) Correspondence, 1914-1940 (66-279); IV) Fund for Jewish Refugee Writers - Correspondence, 1939-1943 (280-343); V) Corres. (yellow series) 1940-1945 (344-431); VI) Corres. (blue series) 1945-1956 (432-529); VII) Corres., 1960's (530-680); VIII) Financial Corres., current matters & misc. (681-720); ADDENDA - I) Minutes (721-727); II) Finances (728-736); III) Misc. (737-748)
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Also called Jewish Writers' Union.  Founded in New York in 1915 as a union of Yiddish journalists.  Its first president was Hillel Rogoff and its first secretary was Joseph Margoshes.  The union was a member of the United Hebrew Trades.  It participated in strikes and labor disputes and fought for job security, severance pay benefits and a minimum wage.  A relief fund was organized for Yiddish writers in Europe as well as for members in financial need. In 1929 the union had 200 members.  Although the union continued to be active in labor disputes, its membership and role declined steadily.  While still in existence in the 1980s, it had relinquished much of its role as a labor union and functioned primarily as a literary association.
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Inventory: English, 40 pp., typed
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