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Interview with executive members of the Union of United College Employees (UCE) of FIT: Joe Garofalo, Judy Wood, Arthur Levinson, & Juliette Romano, 1994 November 14

This is an interview with four executive members of the Union of United College Employees (UCE) at FIT: Joseph Garofalo, Judy Wood, Juliette Romano, and Arthur Levinson. The four begin by explaining their backgrounds and initial involvement with FIT in the 1960s and 1970s. They discuss how difficult it was to get promotions under the administration of Lawrence Bethel, and how the union had to fight for many rights such as faculty status for “non-classroom faculty.” They also discuss the crowded state of the FIT offices before 1976 and the steadying role the union played in such chaos. The four then describe their connections to the NYC labor movement and close relationships with the Central Labor Council and the Municipal Labor Coalition. State and federal connections also played an important role, and Judy Wood describes her active political involvement with councilman Ed Sullivan. The group then mentions their parent organization, the AFL-CIO, and further union connections with the United Federation of Teachers. They take a moment to remember a strike at Radio City Music Hall, and how they convinced a union to pause the strike to facilitate an FIT graduation, kick-starting a long friendship. The group pays homage to Marvin Feldman, an FIT president they found especially supportive. They mention an upcoming negotiation and go one to detail how union negotiations with the school and city work. Finally, the four describe the union’s relationship to students and the creation of the George Levinson Scholarship Fund in fond memory of his legacy.

Garofalo, Joseph

Photographs, probably 1970s

Random assortment of photographs. Several copies of a photograph of Madeline Wilson, FBM 1970, who was the runner-up for Miss Black America. Photograph of a group of students at the Carnegie Mansion in period costume. Photograph of students holding signs displaying the names of their departments. Contact sheet of janitorial staff and a woman and man with a dog exiting a building.

FIT Oral histories project

This oral history collection contains close to 400 interviews of prominent 20th-century fashion industry insiders, including Ralph Lauren, Liz Claiborne, Princess Grace of Monaco, and Vera Maxwell, as well as members of the FIT faculty and staff. This collection of in-depth interviews with individuals in every segment of the fashion business creates a broad historical record that is drawn directly from the knowledgeable, informal, and often colorful verbalization of its practitioners. FIT's Oral History Project is a unique record of facts, ways and means, points of view, practice and personality that could be preserved in no other way.

Fashion Institute of Technology (New York, N.Y.). Gladys Marcus Library

Museum at FIT records

  • US NNFIT SC.FITA.10
  • subgroup
  • 1948-2019

The Museum at FIT records are arranged into six (6) series; they are Administrative records, Exhibition records, Promotional material, Symposia records, Correspondence, and Fashion Culture records.

Museum at FIT

N.Y. - NYC - Manhattan - 42nd Street to 96th Street - West side, 1977-1988

Photocopied, pasted, and laminated articles concerning retail business and urban planning in Manhattan, from 42nd Street to 96th Street and from 5th Avenue to the Hudson River. Folder includes articles from Crain's New York Business as well as two booklets from the New York Department of City Planning.

N.Y. - NYC - Manhattan - General, 1946-1991

Photocopied, pasted, and laminated articles concerning retail business, urban planning, and rent in Manhattan. This folder also includes shopping maps and a Moving to New York research report.

N.Y. - NYC - Queens, 1978-1991

Photocopied, pasted, and laminated articles concerning retail business, urban renewal, and neighborhoods in Queens, including articles from Crain's New York Business and Daily News. Folder also includes a booklet from the New York Department of City Planning.

N.Y. - NYC - Bronx, 1977-1988

Photocopied, pasted, and laminated articles concerning retail business, urban renewal, and neighborhoods in the Bronx, including articles from Crain's New York Business and The New York Times. Folder also contains three booklets from the City of New York's Department of City Planning concerning neighborhoods and revitalization in the Bronx.

N.Y. - NYC - Brooklyn, 1971-1991

Photocopied, pasted, and laminated articles, especially from Crain's New York Business, concerning retail business in Brooklyn and Brooklyn neighborhoods in terms of demographics and urban development. This folder also contains booklets from the City of New York's Department of City Planning concerning neighborhoods and revitalization in Brooklyn.

N.Y. - NYC - General, 1963-1993

Photocopied, pasted, and laminated articles concerning retail business in New York City, as well as more articles and booklets concerning New York City in terms of demographics, urban development, and neighborhood living conditions. This includes articles from Crain's New York Business as well as three Moving to New York research reports.

FIT Library Marketing Files, 1949-1995

The Marketing Files were a unique research collection created and originally kept in the library's former Vertical Files unit. They were popular resources for researchers before the internet dominated such searches. The files were largely composed of thousands of articles related to the business and marketing side of the fashion industry that were clipped, photocopied, pasted, or laminated by the Vertical Files staff. They also included promotional and informational materials such as pamphlets, booklets, press kits, annual reports, financial reports, industry studies, and catalogs. These collected materials are grouped chronologically within each folder, and the folders are arranged alphabetically by company within each alphabetical topic. These topics include the apparel industry, cosmetics and toiletries, furs, leather, licensing, and retail stores. The dates of these collected materials range from 1949 to 1995. (The Vertical Files unit was closed in January, 1996.) Upon introduction to the College Archives these folders filled 131 archival boxes, but those have been weeded for online redundancy and condition. The remaining hard-to-find materials are now housed in 44 boxes containing 201 folders. These files might appeal to students of Fashion Business Management, Global Fashion Management, and International Trade and Marketing for the Fashion Industries who are researching the history of various aspects of the industry.

Vertical Files unit

Symposium records

This folder includes digital copies of the papers and presentations delivered at the 2020 Symposium, which occurred completely online due to restrictions placed upon students and faculty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, 2020. The names of the presenters and the title of their presentations contained in this folder are:

  • Bobbi Wall - "Ruth Reeves’ Lasting Imprint on Modern American Fashion"
  • Anna Lucia Uihlein: "Louella Ballerino: Fashioning California"
  • Brynnea Irvine: "The Fall of Luxury: The Forgotten History of Farquharson & Wheelock"
  • Molly Hartvigsen: "Tobé-Coburn School for Fashion Careers"
  • Brigid Gerstenecker: "Elizabeth Hawes: Mass Production for the Millions?"
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