Abraham Feinglass Collection of Visual Materials

Institution: Chicago History Museum
Address:
1601 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60614
Phone: (312) 642-4600
Website
Date: 1930-1980
Extent: 6.8 Linear Feet
Finding Aid

Abstract
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. He immigrated to the United States in 1921 with his family, which included his parents, Morris and Anna, and an older brother and sister, Isadore and Beatrice, all of whom had also been born in Russia. The family became residents of Chicago where Morris Feinglass found a job as a tailor for Hart, Shaffner and Marx; he remained in their employment until he retired in 1951.

Scope and Content Note:
The collection primarily depicts union meetings, conferences, conventions, in Chicago and other cities; and leaders of the International Fur and Leather Workers Union (I.F.L.W.U.) and the Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butcher Workmen of North America while Feinglass served as I.F.L.W.U. president (1954-1955) and international vice-president of Fur & Leather Dept. of Amalgamated Meat Cutters (1956-1980). The collection also includes a few photographs of demonstrations by factions of these groups; relations with labor groups in Greece, Israel, France and Canada; selected political leaders; and informal photographs and one caricature of Chicago area residents, Feinglass and his wife, Bessie.

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