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Louise Delgado Interview, Tape 2

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Interview with Louise Delgado. Delgado speaks about her work in the garment industry and the union. She explains the role and functions of shops and jobbers, and talks about how extensively the union worked to organize shops. She discusses the close-knit social life of union members and the rise of tensions between Italians and Puerto Ricans in East Harlem. Louise also talks about travelling and her family.

Louise Delgado was a garment worker and union representative of the ILGWU (International Ladies’ Garment Workers Union) and Local 22 (Dressmakers’ Union) in New York. She was born in Guayama, Puerto Rico and migrated to New York City in 1923 at age 8. Sewing and garment work was a common activity in her family and she began working at a garment shop at a young age. She was a member of the executive board of the ILGWU and as business agent in Local 22. She was among one of the first Puerto Rican women to diversify and shift the racial composition of the garment industry, which at the time was predominantly European in the 30’s-40’s. She retired in 1978.
Language: English and Spanish



00:26:53 [Side A]
00:00:00 [Side B]




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Preservation file: 24-bit/96 kHZ uncompressed WAV file
Access file: MP3


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Transcript available at Center for Puerto Rican Studies: Box 227 f8

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