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Nicholas S. Bonanno papers

Identifier: L1999-09

Scope and Contents of the Papers

Consists of benefits information, company files, and merger information.


  • Creation: 1982-1997


Restrictions on Access.

Collection is open for research use but has not been processed fully. Please contact Special Collections and Archives to access this collection.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Georgia State University is the owner of the physical collection and makes reproductions available for research, subject to the copyright law of the United States and item condition. Georgia State University may or may not own the rights to materials in the collection. It is the researcher's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and obtain permission from the copyright holder before publication, reproduction, or display of the materials beyond what is reasonable under copyright law. Researchers may quote selections from the collection under the fair use provision of copyright law.

Collection is unprocessed. Allow at least 10 working days for Special Collections staff to evaluate it for use.

Biography of Nick Bonanno

Nick Bonnano was born August 3, 1927 in New York City. He attended New York University’s School of Business and later graduated from the International Ladies Garment Workers Union Training Institute in 1951. Bonnano was closely associated with the leadership of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union (ILGWU) and, besides playing an important role as an organizer, he held a long list of important positions. He served as Assistant Director of the Southeastern Division of the ILGWU from 1956 to 1965, Associate Director of the Central Organizing Department of the ILGWU in 1966, Associate Director of the Upper South Department of the ILGWU in 1969, Regional Director of the Southeastern division of the ILGWU beginning in 1969. He was elected vice-president of the national ILGWU in 1971 for many years and served as a member of the ILGWU’s General Executive Board. As a regional director and international vice president, he was involved in the 1995 merger with the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union that formed UNITE. He died in Atlanta in 2002.

Historical Note on ILGWU

Founded in 1900, the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (ILGWU) was one of the largest and most important unions during the height of the American labor movement. The Southeast Regional Office opened in 1937. In 1995, the ILGWU merged with Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers' Union to form the Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees (UNITE), which after a subsequent merger became UNITE HERE.


16.25 Linear Feet (in 13 boxes)

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The papers retain their original order.

Off-Site Storage

Collection is stored offsite.

Related Materials

The Southern Labor Archives contains numerous collections created by various unions representing workers in the textile industry. These collections include union records from the International Ladies Garment Workers (ILGWU), Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers (ACTWU), United Textile Workers of America (UTWA), Textile Workers Union of America (TWUA), Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Workers (UNITE), and its successors UNITE HERE and Workers United.

Processing Information

This collection is unprocessed. It has not been prepared for use by being organized, housed archivally, or screened for restricted materials or private information. This guide is based upon information gathered at the time of accessioning. Guide created by Hal Hansen, April 2020.

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Nicholas S. Bonanno
A Guide to the Papers at Georgia State University Library
Hal Hansen
April 2020
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