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.

Andi Sosin updates this page about the Triangle Fire and related topics. Please contact her or access the Triangle Open Archive (for online capture of documents, photos, audio or video) to submit artifacts and share resources; we’ll spread the word!

Recent Items Key Resources Historical Documents Visual Arts Forthcoming Resources Film, Video, and Audio Poetry Music History Literature Reader Recommendations Performance Essays, Articles and Pamphlets

Education Websites and Lesson Plans Books for Children and Young Adults Student Presentations and Projects Video Projects


Recent Items

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

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Mike Stout and the Human Union perform the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire Song on YouTube


Forthcoming Triangle Fire-related Resources

  • The Triangle Fire: Documentary by Roy Campolongo. A documentary film about the Triangle fire and its commemorations.
  • City of Slaughter, a novel by Cynthia Drew, coming March 2012

Reader Recommendations