Niels Yde Andersen (1888-1952), Soviet Track Workers, 1934; dry point on paper, plate size: 5 13/16 x 7 15/16 inches; Gift of Andrew Y. Andersen in honor of his father
Niels Yde Andersen was born in Copenhagen and educated as an architect/engineer in Denmark and Germany. In 1912, he came to Buffalo where he married the former Birte Rasmussen and they raised a family of six children. Because of his knowledge and skill, Andersen excelled as a blast furnace designer in the steel industry. In 1932 the Arthur McKee Company of Cleveland, Ohio sent him to Russia as the Senior Design Engineer for the construction of one of the world’s largest steel plants, The Magnitogrosk (“Magnet Mountain”) in the Ural District. While in Russia, he made sketches of the steel plant and its workers. Returning to Buffalo in 1934, he joined Remington Rand, Inc. where he remained as a development engineer in their plant in Tonawanda.