Gerald O'Reilly Papers Bulk, 1944-1947 1934-1988, (Bulk 1944-1947)

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Gerald O'Reilly Papers, Bulk, 1944-1947, 1934-1988, (Bulk 1944-1947)

Gerald O'Reilly Papers Bulk, 1944-1947 1934-1988, (Bulk 1944-1947)

Born in Ireland, Gerald O'Reilly (1903-1990) joined the Irish Republican Army (IRA), and served time in jail in Dublin. O'Reilly immigrated to the United States in 1926, and in 1928 became a conductor on the Interborough Rapid Transit (IRT) subway line in New York City. In 1934, he helped found the Transit Workers Union (TWU). In the late 1940s, when TWU president Michael Quill wanted to sever TWU ties to the Communist Party, O'Reilly was fired from his union position. A few years later, he was reinstated to his former position. The Gerald O'Reilly Papers reflect O'Reilly's Irish nationalist activities and his union involvement, including correspondence, news clippings, programs, publicity materials, and writings by O'Reilly.

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