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Finding Aid to the Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, Bay Area Post Records, 1928-1995 (bulk 1937-1988)
BANC MSS 71/105 z  
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  • Collection Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Alternate Forms Available
  • Indexing Terms
  • Acquisition Information
  • Accruals
  • Processing Information

  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, Bay Area Post records
    Date (inclusive): 1928-1995
    Date (bulk): 1937-1988
    Collection Number: BANC MSS 71/105 z
    Creator: Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, Bay Area Post
    Extent: 9 cartons, 3 oversize boxes, 47 oversize folders (17 linear feet) 1 digital object (1 image)
    Repository: The Bancroft Library.
    University of California, Berkeley
    Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
    Phone: (510) 642-6481
    Fax: (510) 642-7589
    Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
    URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
    Abstract: The Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, Bay Area Post records including correspondence, administrative files, posters, postcards, artifacts, clippings, articles, scrapbooks, artifacts, biographical material, broadsides and organizational information.
    Languages Represented: Collection materials are in Spanish, English, Catalan, Polish, German


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 94720-6000. Consent is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html. 
    Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.Materials in this collection may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted by terms of University of California gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing and trademarks. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owner. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, Bay Area Post records, BANC MSS 71/105 z, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley

    Alternate Forms Available

    There are no alternate forms of this collection.

    Removed or Separated Material

    Books, serials and pamphlets which are unique at Bancroft have been transferred to the Rare Book Collection and cataloged individually. Provenance tracings to the Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, Bay Area Post records have been made in these catalog records. A considerable number of pamphlet duplicates can be found scattered among the various subject or topical files.
    Photographs have been transferred to the Pictorial Collection of the Bancroft Library.
    Audio tapes have been transferred to the Microforms Division of the Bancroft Library and are listed separately.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog
    Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, Bay Area Post
    Americans--Spain--History--20th century
    Spain--History--Civil War

    Acquisition Information

    The Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, Bay Area Post records were donated to the Bancroft Library by multiple donors. These included: Donald MacLeod, 1970-1987; Hank Rubin, 1988 and 1990; Peter Carroll, 1991 and 1993; and various unnamed members of the Brigade from 1987-1991.


    No additions are expected.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Mario H. Ramirez in 2012.

    Biography/Organization History

    The Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade (VALB) is the collective organization that represents men and women from the United States who volunteered to fight in the Spanish Civil War from 1936-1938. Made up of individuals from a number of battalions (including the Abraham Lincoln, George Washington and the MacKenzie-Papineau), the organization also has members that served in the medical corps (American Medical Bureau to Save Spanish Democracy), transport group (Regiment de Tren) and artillery units such as the John Brown Artillery Corps.
    The VALB was formally founded in 1939 and acts as a forum for the remembrance of and dissemination of information on the Spanish Civil War, as a mechanism for networking among veterans, their families and their supporters, and as a tool for political advocacy. In recent decades, it has taken up the task of documenting its own history and collected papers, oral histories and other records under the auspices of the Archives of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade. The bulk of these materials are found at the Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives at New York University.

    Scope and Content Note

    The Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade (VALB), Bay Area Post records lend researchers insight into both the local, national and international activities of the VALB and its members and affiliates, as well as key historical information on the Spanish Civil War. In addition, it features information on the everyday workings of the Bay Area Post, and the contributions of its members to the history of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, as well as contemporary political causes.
    Containing minutes, broadsides, magazines, writings, clippings and administrative files, highlights of the collection include extensive holdings of posters and postcards, as well as numerous artifacts (pins, scarves and buttons) and veteran correspondence from the civil war.
    The collection spans the years 1928 to 1995, with the bulk concentrating on the years 1937-1988. It is divided into eleven series: I. Administrative, II. Correspondence, III. Biographical, IV. Subject Files, V. Organizations, VI. Publications, VII. Clippings and Articles, VIII. Postcards and Transparencies, IX. Posters and Other Oversize, X. Scrapbooks and XI. Artifacts.