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Descriptive inventory for the Gil Green papers, ca. 1935-1986

Gil Green papers

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Descriptive inventory for the Gil Green papers, ca. 1935-1986

Prepared by CHM staff, 2008; revised by Julie Wroblewski, 2017
  
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Collection Overview +/-

Title: Gil Green papers, circa 1935-1986 (inclusive)
Creators: Green, Gil, 1906-1997
United States Federal Bureau of Investigation
Dates: circa 1935-1986 (inclusive)
Accession number: M1981.0036
Bib number: 00065626
Call numbers: MSS Lot G
OMM.248
Size:3.25 linear feet (8 boxes)
1 VHS tape
Language of material:Collection is written in English.

Provenance statement:

Materials were a gift of Gil Green in installments beginning in 1981 (accession #: M1981.0036).

Terms governing use:

Copyrights owned by Green were retained by him.

Restriction(s):

For viewing purposes, it is necessary to use a copy, not the original VHS recording (and to have a viewing copy made if one is not available).

Please cite this collection as:

Gil Green papers (Chicago History Museum) plus a detailed description, date, and series/box number of a specific item.

Additional Materials +/-

Related material:

A related collection is the Gil Green papers at the Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives in New York City.

Collection Summary +/-

Correspondence, notes, annotated drafts of speeches, clippings, and other materials documenting Green's personal life and his activities as an activist and Communist party leader. Also included are books, articles, and other publications on a variety of political topics, copies of FBI files obtained through Freedom of Information Act requests, and a VHS tape of a 1986 interview with Gil Green by Northeastern Illinois University professors J. Murphy, V. Simms, and F. MacDonald. Duplicates of these files were deposited at the Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives in New York City.

Biographical/Historical Note +/-

Gil Green was born Gershon Greenberg in 1906 in the Maxwell Street area of Chicago, Ill. Beginning in 1924, when he joined the Young Workers League (YCL, later the Young Communist League), he became active in a variety of labor and Communist organizations and causes. He went on to hold a variety of leadership roles, including national secretary of the YCL and in 1941 became head of the New York Communist Party. He later returned to Chicago and became head of the Illinois Communist Party. Green was sentenced to prison in 1949 under the Smith Act for "conspiracy to teach and advocate" the overthrow of the government. After evading arrest for several years, Green turned himself in in 1956 and served almost six years in the penitentiary at Leavenworth, Kan. Following his release, he returned to his work as a Party organizer in New York and became its head in 1966. He resigned in 1968 over the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia. He went on to help found the Committees of Correspondence organization and took up construction work, helping to construct the World Trade Center in New York.

Catalog Subject Headings +/-

Subjects:
Communist trials--United States--20th century
Communists--Illinois--20th century
Communists--New York (State)--20th century
Communists--United States--20th century
Internal security--United States--20th century
Politicians--United States--20th century
Persons:
Green, Gil--1906-1997--Archives
Organizations:
Communist Party of the United States of America
Genre/Form:
Correspondence
Publications
Speeches
Videotape
Geographic:
Guatemala--Description and travel--20th century
United States--Politics and government--20th century

Organization and Arrangement of Collection +/-

The collection is arranged in two series.

Click on heading to view series description.

Series 1. Personal Papers and Publications (box 1-4, 7-9)
Series 2. FBI Files (box 5-6)

About This Finding Aid +/-

Creation: Finding aid encoded by Julie Wroblewski using Oxygen editor, 2017.
Language: Finding aid is written in English.
Other Finding Aids: Finding aid also submitted to the Explore Chicago Collections portal.
Processing Note:This collection was partially processed by CHM staff in 2008; Materials in box 8, which were previously restricted, were integrated into the collection and the finding aid updated in 2017. No other changes were made to the arrangement in 2017.
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