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Isaiah Bennett papers

 Collection
Identifier: AMN 1056

Collection Overview

This collection contain five small series:

The first series consists of biographical documents regarding Isaiah Bennett's life. They include a disassembled album regarding Bennett's campaign for Charleston County Council in 1980, with a letter from Rosalynn Carter; an obituary and funeral program; and the finding aid for the collection he donated to the Georgia State University archives pertaining to his involvement with the local 1199 Union.

The second series consists of primary and secondary source material on the Charleston Hospital Workers' Strike of 1969 and includes correspondence between Bennett and other leaders of the strike, memorabilia, photographs, and news clippings.

The third series contains original items donated to the Avery Research Center for inclusion in the Isaiah Bennett Papers from the Georgia State University archives collection on the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO). These include strike bulletins, correspondence, and news releases regarding the national 1945 Tobacco Workers' Strike.

Materials regarding the local South Carolina chapter and the national A. Philip Randolph Institute constitute the fourth series. Included are correspondence, minutes, and bylaws.

The miscellaneous series includes resolutions from the AFL-CIO on Civil Rights and the South Carolina Democratic Party regarding state minimum wage, voter registration, and election reform as well as other material.

Dates

  • 1932-2002

Creator

Access Restrictions

No restrictions.

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Biographical Note

Isaiah Bennett was born in McClellanville, South Carolina on September 19, 1926 and died on February 24, 2002. He moved to Charleston, South Carolina and was employed at the American Tobacco Company's Cigar Factory in 1942. He was drafted in the Second World War and served with the United Stated Army from 1943-1946. Bennett returned to work at the Cigar Factory until his retirement in 1973.

Active in Union work, Bennett served as the business director for the local tobacco workers' union (Local 15A of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union) and state director of the National Hospital Workers. He played a key role as a leader and negotiator of the Charleston Hospital Worker's Strike of 1969. In 1969, he joined the staff of the Local 1199-B of the the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO). He also founded and was president of the Charleston chapter of the A. Phillip Randolph Institute, an umbrella organization for black trade unions.

Bennett was active in politics and ran unsuccessfully for Charleston County Council in 1980.

Extent

0.5 linear feet (1 archival box)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Isaiah Bennett (1926-2002) served as a union representative for tobacco workers at the American Tobacco Company's Cigar Factory and as a leader and negotiator of the Charleston Hospital Workers' Strike of 1969. Bennett also founded and was president of the Charleston chapter of the A. Phillip Randolph Institute, an umbrella organization for black trade unions.

This collection contains five small series that pertain to the life and career of Isaiah Bennett. 1.) The biographical series includes a album relating to Bennett's campaign for Charleston County Council in 1980; an obituary and funeral program; and the finding aid for the collection he donated to the Georgia State University archives pertaining to his involvement with the local 1199 Union. 2.) The second series consists of primary and secondary source material on the Charleston Hospital Workers' Strike of 1969 and includes correspondence between Bennett and other leaders of the strike, memorabilia, photographs, and news clippings. 3.) The third series contains original items donated to the Avery Research Center for inclusion in the Isaiah Bennett Papers from the Georgia State University archives collection on the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO). These include strike bulletins, correspondence, and news releases regarding the national 1945 Tobacco Workers' Strike. 4.) Materials regarding the local South Carolina chapter and national A. Philip Randolph Institute constitute the fourth series. Included is correspondence, minutes, and bylaws. 5.) The miscellaneous series includes resolutions from the AFL-CIO on civil rights and from the South Carolina Democratic Party regarding state minimum wage, voter registration, and election reform, as well as other material.

Collection Arrangement

1. Biographical, 1930-2002

2. Hospital Workers' Strike, 1969-1994

3. The American Tobacco Workers' Strike, 1945

4. A. Philip Randolph Institute, 1976-1981

5. Miscellaneous, 1970-1980

Acquisitions Information

Donated by Isaiah Bennett, May 1992

Processing Information

Processed by Jessica Lancia, April 2008

Encoded by Melissa Bronheim, August 2010

Edited by Melissa Bronheim, August 2010, and Amanda Ross, February 2011

Funding from the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelly Foundation supported the processing and encoding of this finding aid.

Funding from the Council on Library and Information Resources supported the encoding of this finding aid.

Title
Inventory of the Isaiah Bennett Papers, 1932 - 2002 AMN 1056
Status
Completed
Author
Finding aid prepared by Processed by: Jessica Lancia; machine-readable finding aid created by: Melissa Bronheim
Description rules
DACS
Language of description
English
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
Description is in English
Sponsor
Funding from the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation and the Council on Library and Information Resources supported the collection processing and encoding of this finding aid.

Repository Details

Part of the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture Repository

Contact:
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Charleston South Carolina 29424 United States
843-953-7608