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Guide to the Edward K. Barsky Papers ALBA.125

Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive
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Creator: Barsky, Edward K., 1895-1975
Title: Edward K. Barsky Papers
Dates [inclusive]: 1936-1970
Dates [bulk]: bulk
Abstract: Edward K. Barsky (1897-1975) was a prominent physician who led a group of American medical volunteers in Spain during the Civil War. After the war, he served as Chairman of the Joint Anti-Fascist Refugee Committee (JAFRC), an organization dedicated to aiding Spanish refugees and lobbying the U.S. leadership on behalf of the deposed Republican government. Barsky and the entire board of JAFRC were charged with contempt of Congress and convicted in June 1947 for refusing to turn over the group’s records. Barsky was sentenced to six months in prison. Following his release the New York Board of Regents moved to suspend his medical license, a decision that was upheld by the Supreme Court in 1954. These papers reflect Barsky’s humanitarian work on behalf of Spain and document the court cases that stemmed from these progressive activities.
Quantity: 2.5 Linear Feet in 5 manuscript boxes
Call Phrase: ALBA.125