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Louise Delgado Interview, Tape 3

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Interview with Louise Delgado. Delgado speaks about how she became the "Chair Lady" of her shop, what that entails, and the overall work and pay structure of the garment shops. She discusses the rise of piece work in Pennsylvania as a result of the closure of the coal mines, and how that impacted the work and pay in the shops in New York.

Note: at 00:07:13 [Side B] Gloria Maldonado begins speaking until the end of Side B. Maldonado speaks about garment workers jobs being lost to overseas imports.

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



00:28:54 [Side A]
00:30:56 [Side B]




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


Side B single channel.

At 00:07:13 [Side B] Gloria Maldonado replaces Louise Delgado in interview though to end of Side B.

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

Finding aid available.