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Marvin Rogoff Papers

Identifier: LP001082

Scope and Content

The Marvin Rogoff Collection deals with the formation of FOUR, a proposed union of the bargaining agents of the ILGWU. FOUR was bitterly fought by David Dubinsky, President of the ILGWU. Although the NLRB certified the union, the ILGWU fought the matter through the Federal Court of Appeals. Eventually, the Court upheld the right of bargaining agents to unionize. However, they held that certain challenged ballots had to be counted. The Regional Office of the NLRB had lost the ballots in the intervening years and the Court declared the original election null and void. A new election was never held. The file contains organizational material, publicity, correspondence, affidavits, legal materials, and clippings regarding FOUR. It is closely related to the personal papers of Charles Lang, held by the this archives, which also include materials and clippings regarding FOUR.

Among important correspondents are: John Crowley David Dubinsky George Meany Constantine Sedares Gus Sedares

Series Description: Series 1, Organizational materials, publicity, correspondence, affidavits, legal materials, and clippings regarding the attempted formation of Federation of Union Representatitives (FOUR) of the International Ladies Garment Worker's Union.


  • 1960 - 1971


Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.


Collection is open for research.


Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials.


Martin Rogoff was born in Brooklyn, New York on August 26, 1927. Mr. Rogoff was a bargaining agent employed by the International Ladies Garment Workers Union (ILGWU) from the mid-fifties until the mid-sixties and one of the original founders of the Federation of Union Representatives (FOUR). From 1967 to 1980 he worked as a civil rights and employment discrimination specialist. At the time the collection was received he was again working as a bargaining agent.


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Martin Rogoff served as a bargaining agent for the International Ladies Garment Workers Union (ILGWU) and was active in the formation of the Federation of Union Representatives (FOUR). Mr. Rogoff’s papers document the attempted formation of FOUR. Additional information regarding FOUR may be found in the personal papers of Charles Lang.


Arranged in 1 series – Series 1 (Boxes 1-2). Files are arranged alphabetically by subject or type of material.


The papers of Martin Rogoff were placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs in April of 1982 by Mr. Rogoff and were opened for research in April, 1988.


Numerous newspapers and magazines relating to the labor movement and FOUR have been placed in the Archives Library.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library in April, 1988.
Guide to the Marvin Rogoff Papers
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Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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Detroit MI 48202 USA