Undercover girl : the lesbian informant who helped the FBI bring down the Communist Party

by Davis, Lisa E.,

Format: Print Book 2017
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
Available (2)
Location Collection Call #
CLP - Allegheny Regional Non-Fiction Collection HV7911.C355 D38 2017
Location  CLP - Allegheny Regional
Collection  Non-Fiction Collection
Call Number  HV7911.C355 D38 2017
CLP - Main Library Mezzanine - Non-fiction HV7911.C355 D38 2017
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Mezzanine - Non-fiction
Call Number  HV7911.C355 D38 2017
At the height of the Red Scare, Angela Calomiris was a paid FBI informant inside the American Communist Party. As a Greenwich Village photographer, Calomiris spied on the New York Photo League, pioneers in documentary photography. While local Party officials may have had their sus-picions about her sexuality, her apparent dedication to the cause won them over.

When Calomiris testified for the prosecution at the 1949 Smith Act trial of the Party's National Board, her identity as an informant (but not as a lesbian) was revealed. Her testimony sent eleven party leaders to prison and decimated the ranks of the Communist Party in the US.

Undercover Girl is both a new chapter in Cold War history and an intimate look at the relationship between the FBI and one of its paid inform-ants. Ambitious and sometimes ruthless, Calomiris defied convention in her quest for celebrity.
Additional Information
Subjects Calomiris, Angela, -- 1916-1995.
Photo League -- History.
United States. -- Federal Bureau of Investigation -- History -- 20th century.
Undercover operations -- United States.
Lesbians -- United States -- Biography.
United States -- History -- 20th century.
Publisher Watertown, MA :2017
Language English
Description viii, 247 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 185-247).
ISBN 9781623545222
Other Classic View