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Guide to the Anders Overgaard Autobiographical Typescript TAM.130

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Anders Overgaard Autobiographical Typescript
Dates: undated
Abstract: Anders (Andy) Overgaard (1895-1973) was born in Denmark, and emigrated to the United States around 1915. This collection consists of a draft autobiographical typescript describing the family background, travels and political activities of this Communist Party functionary and labor activist, and concludes with the author's deportation from the U.S. in 1950. In the early 1920s he was active in the left wing of the International Assonciation of Machinists and the Chicago Federation of Labor, along with Communist Party leader William Z. Foster.
Quantity: 0.25 Linear Feet (1 box)
Language: Materials are in English
Call Phrase: TAM.130

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Historical/Biographical Note

Anders (Andy) Overgaard (1895-1973) was born in Denmark, and emigrated to the United States around 1915. After traveling extensively as a sailor, he became a skilled machinist, settling in Chicago, where he was active in the left wing of the International Assonciation of Machinists and the Chicago Federation of Labor, along with William Z. Foster. He joined the Communist Party in 1920 and served as an organizer for the Communist-led Trade Union Educational League and Trade Uunion Unity League in Chicago, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Waterbury (CT), Youngstown, Buffalo, and New York City. He taught at Commonwealth College in Arkansas and worked as an organizer for the Diecasters Union, the Unitd Electrical Workers, and the Food, Tobacco, Agricultural and Allied Workers Union. In 1950 he was deported to his native Denmark for his political affiliation.

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Scope and Contents

This collection consists of a draft autobiographical typescript (164 pp.) describing the family background, travels and political activities of this Communist Party functionary and labor activist, including his 1920s communist and labor movement activities in Chicago with Communist Party leader William Z. Foster, and concludes with his 1950 deportation to his native Demmarak for his political affiliation.

Arrangement

This typescript is arranged by page number.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Green, Gil, 1906-
  • Foster, William Z., 1881-1961.
  • Overgaard, Anders, 1895-1973

Subject Organizations

  • Trade Union Educational League (U.S.)
  • Trade Union Unity League (U.S.)

Subject Topics

  • Communists -- United States -- Biography.
  • Danish Americans.
  • Labor unions -- Illinois -- Chicago.
  • Communism -- United States.
  • Communism -- Illinois -- Chicago.

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Materials open without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive has no information about copyright ownership for this collection and is not authorized to grant permission to publish or reproduce materials from it. Materials in this collection are expected to enter the public domain in 2106.

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, date; Anders Overgaard Autobiographical Typescript; TAM 130; box number; folder number; Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, New York University.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Materials were donated by Gil Green (Communist Party, USA leader) in 1986. The accession number associated with this gift is 1950.015.

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