Resources

What are the best resources about the Triangle fire, the historical texts, literature, music, art, and performances available? Use the links on this page to access them.

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Recent Items

Find it with Erin Essex Podcast : The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire – In order of appearance: LuLu LoLo performance artist, playwright/actor, excerpt from her play Soliloquy for a Seamstress: The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire as William Gunn Shepherd, eyewitness reporter at scene of the Triangle Factory fire; and Ruth Sergel, artist and agitator, CHALK, author of See You in the Streets.

NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò: Remember the Triangle Fire: Performance, Screening, and Presentation – Introduction: Stefano Alberti, Director; Organized by Valeria Giovanna Castelli in partnership with Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition; LuLu LoLo (Pascale) (performance of an excerpt from her one person play Soliloquy for a Seamstress: The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire); and Mary Anne Trasciatti, chair Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition. Co-sponsored with Humanities New York, Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, Italian American Writers Association, National Organization of Italian American Women, NYU Center for Humanities, John D. Calandra Italian American Institute.

Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire Remembered – This event was co-hosted by New York’s Lower East Side Tenement Museum and the Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition. C-SPAN Broadcast with author Kevin Baker, who spoke with four descendants of garment workers employed at New York City’s Triangle Shirtwaist Factory:

  • Suzanne Pred Bass: her Great Aunt Rosie Weiner perished in the fire and Great Aunt Katie Weiner survived the fire.
  • Jerome I. Charyn: his Aunt Rosie Brenman and Aunt Sarah Brenman both perished in the fire. His Grandfather Joseph survived the fire.
  • Vincent Maltese: his Grandmother Caterina Maltese, Aunt Lucia Maltese and Aunt Rosarea Maltese perished in the fire.
  • Lou Miano: his Great Aunt Santina Salemi and cousin Rosina Cirrito, along with their friend Josie Del Castillo perished in the fire. Great Aunt Francesca Salemi survived the fire. They are known as the “Girls from Cherry Street.”

The panel talked about the March 25, 1911 factory fire and about efforts to memorialize the victims. The fire took the lives of 146 garment workers, most of them young immigrant women, and led to many changes in New York’s labor laws and building regulations.

See You in the Streets: Art, Action, and Remembering the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire by Ruth Sergel, founder of the Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition, is now available from the University of Iowa Press. “How can we bring the lessons of the Triangle fire back into practice today? For artist Ruth Sergel, the answer was to fuse art, activism, and collective memory to create a large-scale public commemoration that invites broad participation and incites civic engagement. See You in the Streets showcases her work.”

Triangle Resolution Template: This TEMPLATE can be used to introduce a resolution that recognizes the historical significance of the Triangle fire in the struggle to improve worker safety standards and protections, honor the victims of the Triangle Fire, and commend groups for their roles in aiding victims and those that continue to play instrumental roles in facilitating lasting improvements in worker safety.

Sources for Union-made products: The following links are to websites that supply items that are union-made in the USA, or made globally in Fair Trade circumstances. These firms include: Image Pointe, Union People Products Inc., Ethix Merch, and Global Exchange Fair Trade Store.

 

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International Solidarity from the National Garment Workers Federation of Bangladesh

“Triangle” fires still occur

in Bangladesh: On December 14, 2010 the Associated Press reported a deadly fire in a Bangladesh garment factory with locked exits. SweatFree Communities reports on Fighting Poverty Wages in Bangladesh. This photo is of a march in Bangladesh protesting for workers’ rights.

The Cry Wolf Project has developed an excellent resource for commemorations of the 100th Anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist fire — a backgrounder of industry opposition quotes to the reforms proposed by Al Smith and Robert Wagner’s Factory Investigating Commission established after the fire. It also contains a list of reforms that were enacted in the early 1900’s that are accepted as common sense protections today. This report demonstrates that even after the public outcry after the fire, real estate interests as well as garment manufacturers, and bakery and cannery owners opposed health and safety measures proposed by the commission.

Key Resources

Film, Video and Audio

Historical Documents

  • The 1912 report of the Red Cross Emergency Relief Committee
  • Landmark designation document of the Brown/Asch Building
  • Newspaper reports: The New York Times Archive Online. Search for the “Triangle Waist Company” and/or “Triangle Fire;” request All Results Since 1851. Articles in the Public Domain are free.

Literature

Poetry

History

Essays, Articles & Pamphlets

Visual Arts

  • A Triangle remembrance logo for public use under Creative Commons, offered by Bradley Kemp for the puppet opera Triangle.
  • Susan Harris has created a project that embroiders every name on antique shirtwaists.

 


Performance

Music

Career Resources

Reader Recommendations