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Guide to the Alfred and Hortense Wagenknecht and Helen and Carl Winter Family Papers TAM.583

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Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive

Collection processed by Peter Meyer Filardo, Nicole M. Greenhouse, Hanan Ohayon

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on May 21, 2014

Descriptive Summary

 
Creator: Crockett, George W.
Creator: Wagenknecht, Alfred
Creator: Winter, Carl, 1906-1991
Creator: Winter, Helen, 1908-2001
Title: Alfred Wagenknecht and Hortense Allison and Helen and Carl Winter Family Papers
Dates: circa 1890-2002
Abstract: Carl Winter (1906-1991) and Helen Winter (1908-2001) were Communist Party USA activists and officials. Carl Winter was the Chair of the Communist Party of Michigan, was convicted in 1949 under the Smith Act of conspiracy to overthrow the government of the U.S., served three years in prison, and later became the editor of the Party's newspaper, The Worker. His wife Helen was a Smith Act defendant and daughter of Alfred Wagenknecht (1881-1956), a leading member of the Socialist Party, and later a charter member of the Communist Party USA. The collection contains correspondence, including Carl Winter's prison correspondence, family correspondence including that of Alfred Wagenknecht with his wife Hortense and daughters during the 1920s; some documentation of the political activity of Wagenknecht; clippings, most related to Helen Winter's Smith Act trial, and to the Winters' Michigan activism; Detroit Police Department Red Squad files on Carl and Helen Winter; FBI files; speeches; legal documents; Communist Party of Michigan printed ephemera; Allison family materials (the maternal branch of Helen's family); writings; interview transcripts; commemorative and memorial materials and memorabilia, and photographs.
Quantity: 12.75 linear feet in 7 record cartons, 3 manuscript boxes, 3 oversize flat boxes
Language of Materials: Materials are in English, with some postcards in German.
Call Phrase: TAM.583