Gerry Allard Papers, 1928-1965

Title

Gerry Allard Papers, 1928-1965

Text

Allard, Gerry (1908-1965)

 

Papers, 1928-1965 [1933-1943]

 

0.88 linear feet (1 ½ manuscript boxes, 2 oversize bound volumes and 1 oversize folder)

 

 

 

Coal miner, union activist, socialist, writer and businessman.  Born in France, the son of a coal miner, his family emigrated to Illinois in 1912.  Allard began working in the coal mines at Dowell, Illinois, at age fifteen.  In opposition to actions by John L. Lewis, president of the United Mine Workers of America, Allard helped organize the Progressive Mine Workers of America in 1932.  He edited the union’s The Progressive Miner from 1932 to 1933, when he had disagreements with the union over editorial polices.  He then published The Fighting Miner, representing left-wing miners, in Springfield, Illinois, from 1934 to 1936.  From 1938 to 1940 Allard edited The Socialist Call.  He then became a traveling shoe salesman, until his retirement in 1963.  Allard never lost his interest in workers’ rights, and advocated liberal causes.  He was married to Irene Walley, with whom he had one son.

 

 

 

Newspaper clippings, correspondence, printed material and scrapbooks.  Some material is photocopies only.  Topics include labor unionism, the Progressive Mine Workers of America, Socialist Party activities and coal mining in Illinois.  Copies of The Fighting Miner are also included.

 

 

 

 

1 photograph and 7 broadsides were transferred out of the collection.

 

Access:  Open for research

 

Acc. No. 74-29

 

Processed by:  Anne V. Shaughnessy, December 1988

 

 

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                                                Gerry and Irene Allard                                              Page 2

                                                                  Container List

 

Box     Folder

 

1          1          [Biographical Sketch and Obituary (Gerry Allard) News Clippings (Photocopies),                             April 30-May 1, 1965]

2          [The Call, Vol. VII, No. 1, January 4, 1941 (Includes Article by Gerry Allard, Page              1)]

3          [Correspondence and News Clippings, October 1951-undated]

4          [Correspondence and News Clippings, 1951, 1953-1956 (Photocopies)]

            5          DeRorre, Katie [Memorial, 1961]

            6          [DuQuoin Miners Defense Committee, Gerry Allard, Chairman, 1939]

7          [The Fighting Miner, Vol. 1, No. 1, October 2, 1933 (Gerry Allard and Loren

               Norman, Editors]

8          [The Fighting Miner, Vol. 1, No. 2, October 15, 1933,Springfield,Illinois]

9          [The Fighting Miner, Vol. 1, No. 3, November 1, 1933,Springfield,Illinois]

10        [The Fighting Miner, Vol. 1, No. 4, November 15, 1933,Springfield,Illinois]

            11        [The Fighting Miner, Vol. 1, No. 5, December 1, 1933,Springfield,Illinois]

            12        [The Fighting Miner, Vol. 1, No. 6, December 15, 1933,Springfield,Illinois]

            13        [The Fighting Miner, Vol. 2, No. 4, April 1, 1934,Springfield,Illinois]

            14        [The Fighting Miner, April 15, 1934]

            15        [The Fighting Miner, Vol. 2, No. 7, May 15, 1934,Springfield,Illinois]

            16        [The Fighting Miner, Vol. 2, No. 8, July 1, 1934,Springfield,Illinois]

            17        [Illinois Congress of Farmers & Workers, Springfield, Illinois, Minutes and                                       Resolutions, July 22-23, 1933]

            18        [“Mill Shadows,” Play by Tom Tippett.  Presented by Gillespie Women’s Auxiliary                          of the Progressive Miners of America – News Clippings, May 29, June 24-25, and                     July 12, 1933 and undated]

            19        [“Mill Shadows, A Labor Play in Four Acts,” by Tom Tippett, 1932]

Oversize MS   [Newsclippings, 1928-1933]

            20        [Newsclippings, 1933-1937]

            21        [Newsclippings, 1932-1933, 1935, 1939]

            22        [Newsclippings, 1936, 1940 and undated]

 

1 ½      1          [Newsclippings and Letters, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 1950-1952 (Photocopies); Coal                       Miners Certificate, 1926, Gerry Allard; Clippings, March 28, 1928 and undated]

            2          [Newspapers, 1935, 1937, 1939 and undated]

            3          [Newspapers, 1935-1938, 1942-1943]

            4          [The Socialist Call, Gerry Allard, Editor-Correspondence, August 16-24, October                             10-November 20, 1939 and March 20, 1963]

            5          [Unemployment Insurance Conference, Springfield, Illinois-Minutes and                                           Resolutions, July 21-22, 1933]

            6          [Women’s Auxiliary, Progressive Miners of America-First Annual Report, 1933]

 

Oversize BV1Scrapbook, [January-October 1932 and undated]

Oversize BV2Scrapbook, [1934, 1951 and undated]

                       

Citation

“Gerry Allard Papers, 1928-1965,” Chronicling Illinois, accessed November 18, 2018, http://alplm-cdi.com/chroniclingillinois/items/show/20.