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The Leo Deaner Radical Left-Wing Publications collection
Scope and Contents
This collection, composed of material from a number of different sources, offers researchers a unique look at the 20th and early 21st century American Left. It is comprised mainly of various printed material, including pamphlets, newsletters, journals and flyers dating from 1890-2017.
- Deaner, Leo (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.
94 Linear Feet
This collection is composed of 20th and early 21st century American radical Left-Wing publication material. It is comprised mainly of various printed material, including pamphlets, newsletters, journals and flyers dating from 1890-2017. The individuals and groups represented in these publications were active in the American labor, anti-war, black power and radical student movements. Many of them espoused a proletarian revlutionary agenda. In 2009, Leo Deaner donated a collection of books and pamphlets related to the radical left-wing movements in America. Numerous donations followed this initial one. The books donated by Mr. Deaner are cataloged and housed in the Special Collections book collection. For locating these books use the GW Libraries online catalog. The pamphlets, flyers, and newsletters donated by Mr. Deaner became this collection. To compliment and deepen the research value of Mr. Deaner's donations the Labor History Research Center staff have purchased additional materials and added them to this collection. Leo Deaner is a longtime trade unionist and political activist. He joined Teamsters Local 776 located in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in 1968 after serving in the US Army. He served the local as an elected Business Agent for a number of years. While attending Harrisburg Area Community College and the University of California at Berkeley he played leadership roles in the progressive movements of that era. Most recently Mr. Deaner has served since 1999 as a senior staff member of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters reporting directly to the General President.
Organized into five series: Pamphlets by title: Old Left [arrangement aphabetical], Pamphlets by title: Old Left [arrangement loosely chronological], Pamphlets by title: New Left [arrangement alphabetical], Pamphlets by title: New Left [arrangement chronological], and Pamphlets by topic
Materials are stored off-site, and will require additional retrieval time. Please contact the Special Collections Research Center for more information.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The core of this collection is a series of donations made by Leo Deaner beginning in in 2009. Over the course of three years Mr. Deaner donated a significant number of books and pamphlets on the New Left and the Black Liberation and anti-Vietnam War movements. This orignal donation from Mr. Deaner has been made subsequent donations multiple times per year since 2015 of purchased pamphlets.
The final arrangement of this collection is unusual and reflective of the fact that the materials in this collection have arrived at the library in many separate donations from different donors and over time a variety of arrangement schemes have been used.
- Guide to The Leo Deaner Radical Left-Wing Publications collection, 1890-2017
- Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University
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- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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- Finding aid written in English