Abraham Feinglass Papers

Institution: Chicago History Museum
1601 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60614
Phone: (312) 642-4600
Date: 1937-1981
Extent: 16.75 Linear Feet
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Biographical/Historical Note:
Abraham Feinglass was a labor union officer, left-wing political activist, and a leader in civil rights and peace movements. He was born in Kishinev, Bessarabia, on April 20, 1910. In 1921, he immigrated to the United States with his family. Throughout his career Abe Feinglass espoused progressive and liberal causes, and was recognized internationally as a vigorous and effective spokesman for civil rights, free trade unionism, and world peace. He chaired the International Civil Rights Committee of Amalgamated Meat Cutters, served as a member of the General Assembly of the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions, and took leadership roles in a number of related organizations. He was a member of the Commission of Inquiry into the Status of Human Rights in Chile, which was created in 1974, and upon the return of a delegation from Chile, he presented testimony to a U.S. congressional committee. In the late 1970s he devoted many speeches and writings to issues of civil rights in Latin America.

Scope and Content Note:
The papers of Abraham Feinglass date from 1937 to 1981 and consist of correspondence, memoranda, reports, published materials collected by Feinglass, speeches and articles written by him, a copy of an FBI personal file on Feinglass, and bound volumes of the Fur Worker and the Fur and Leather Worker, the trade union news organ of the International Fur and Leather Workers (which merged with the Amalgamated Union in 1954-55). The correspondence is both personal and business-related. It consists of letters from family and friends as well as correspondence generated by Feinglass in his related capacities as international vice president, director of the Fur and Leather Department, and Chairman of the Civil Rights Committee of the Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butcher Workmen of North America from 1955 to 1979.

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