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Guide to the Albert Prago Papers ALBA.135

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Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Prago, Albert
Title: Albert Prago Papers
Dates [inclusive]: 1937-1994
Abstract: Albert Prago (1911-1993) was born in New York City. He was scholar of Latin American history and Marxist economics, a college teacher and a veteran of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade. After being wounded in Spain, he returned to the United States in 1938, and pursued a career in teaching and research. He published several books and articles on labor history, Latin-American history and the Spanish Civil War, earned a Ph.D. in history in 1976, and co-edited the 1987 anthology Our Fight with fellow Lincoln Brigade veteran Alvah Bessie. Much of the collection is comprised of material selected for inclusion in Our Fight. Another section consists of materials compiled by Prago for a course in American labor history. There are also original documents from the 1930s, mostly programs and handbills advertising events in support of the Loyalist cause. Of interest is a series of folders documenting the controversy among VALB members about Arthur Landis's contribution to the book International Solidarity with the Spanish Republic, 1936-1939.
Quantity: 1 Linear Feet (2 boxes)
Call Phrase: ALBA.135

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Historical/Biographical Note

Albert Prago was born in New York City in 1911. His parents were Latvian Jewish immigrants to the United States. Although his upbringing was not religious, he explained in an interview that his desire to volunteer to fight fascism had its roots in his Jewish cultural identity, an identity that is reflected in his later research on Jewish involvement in the Spanish Civil War. He joined the Communist Party in 1934. Before his departure for Spain in 1937, he was a charter member of Local 453, American Federation of Teachers, and taught social sciences in the Works Projects Administration adult education project. While a member of the Lincoln Brigade, he served both as Anglo-American editor of the International Brigades' daily newsletter and as the battalion's interpreter. Prago was wounded in the thigh by mortar fire during the second battle of Belchite in March 1938, and complications from osteomyelitis required him to spend over a year in the hospital before his recovery was complete.

After his return to New York in 1938, Prago concentrated his efforts on teaching and research, and remained deeply involved in radical political activity. He eventually earned a Ph.D. in history at the age of 65 from Union Institute and University, and taught at the Jefferson School of Social Science, Hofstra University, Cornell University's N.Y.State School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Empire State College, and the New School for Social Research. His publications on the Spanish Civil War and the International Brigades include several articles exploring the roles of Jews and women in the conflict; these are collected in the 1987 anthology Our Fight: Writings by Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, Spain 1936-1939 co-edited by Prago and Alvah Bessie.

Prago retired to West Palm Beach, Florida. He continued to publish historical articles and remained actively involved with the Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade until his death from cancer in July 1993.

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Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of correspondence, research and reference materials focused on the International Brigades and the Spanish Civil War. The bulk of the folders contain material selected for inclusion in Our Fight: Writings by the Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, Spain 1936-1939 (New York: Monthly Review Press, 1987), edited by Alvah Bessie and Albert Prago. Most of the selections consist of photocopies of previously published articles and poems, but a few are original typescripts and/or previously unpublished material. Of interest are several folders containing submissions of the same type and format as the Our Fight materials but not found in the published work.

Notable materials dating from the 1930s and 40s include several programs and handbills advertising anti-fascist events and a memorial handbill and telegram on the death of SCW veteran Gerald (Jerry) Weinberg in World War II. The later part of the collection is perhaps most notable for the detailed correspondence and other documentation of the controversy among VALB members with regard to Arthur Landis's contribution to the book International Solidarity with the Spanish Republic, 1936-1939.

Arrangement

Folders are arranged alphabetically.

The files are grouped into one series:

Missing Title

  1. I, Subject Files, 1937-1994.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Prago, Albert

Document Type

  • Articles.
  • Correspondence.
  • Research (document genres).
  • Drafts (documents)

Subject Organizations

  • Spain. Ejercito Popular de la Republica. Abraham Lincoln Battalion
  • Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade
  • Spain. Ejército Popular de la República. Brigada Internacional, XV--Biography
  • Spain. Ejercito Popular de la Republica. Brigada Internacional, XV
  • Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives

Subject Topics

  • Teruel, Battle of, Teruel, Spain, 1937-1938.
  • Brunete, Battle of, Brunete, Spain, 1937.
  • Ebro River, Battle of the, Spain, 1938.
  • Spain -- History -- Civil War, 1936-1939.

Subject Places

  • Spain -- History -- Civil War, 1936-1939 -- Personal narratives.
  • Spain |x History |y Civil War, 1936-1939 |v Biography.
  • Spain |x History |y Civil War, 1936-1939 |v Periodicals.

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Administrative Information

Provenance

This collection came to New York University in January 2001 as part of the original acquisition of ALBA collections, formerly housed at Brandeis University.

Access Restrictions

Materials are open to researchers. Please contact the Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives for more information and to schedule an appointment, tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu or 212-998-2630.

Use Restrictions

Copyright (or related rights to publicity and privacy) for materials in this collection was not transferred to New York University. Permission to use materials must be secured from the copyright holder. For more information, please contact the Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu or 212-998-2630.

Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date; Collection name; Collection number; box number; folder number;
Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012, New York University Libraries.

Related Material at the Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives

ALBA collections at the Tamiment Library.

Separated Material

Several photographs were separated from the Albert Prago Papers in the course of processing.

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Container List

Series I: Subject Files, 1937-1994.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Amblard, Manuel: "23 Years in Franco's Jails," from The Nation
1965
Box: 1 Folder : 2 American Labor History: Course Materials (I)
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 3 American Labor History: Course Materials (II)
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 4 American Labor History: Readings and Documents edited by AP
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 5 American Youth Congress: Message from George Washington Battalion, Copy of Irving Keith Postcard
1937
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Amery, Al: Contribution to Our Fight
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Amnesty for Spanish Political Prisoners and Exiles, No. 6
1963
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Articles by AP
undated , 1948
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Australian Spanish Civil War Memorial: Correspondence with VALB
1992-1993
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Bailey, Bill: Contribution to Our Fight
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 11 Bessie, Alvah: Contribution to Our Fight
[1952]
Box: 1 Folder : 12 Bessie, Alvah (aka D.A.N.): Contribution to Our Fight
[1938]
Box: 1 Folder : 13 Blair, John C.: Contribution to Our Fight
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 14 Brower, Brock: "The Abraham Lincoln Brigade Revisited," from Esquire
1962
Box: 1 Folder : 15 Brunete Offensive: Excerpt from Log Book (photocopy)
1937
Box: 1 Folder : 16 Burns, Paul: Contribution to Our Fight
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 17 California Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade: Program from Tribute to Spanish Civil War Dead, "Camarada I.B.," by Leonard Cahn
1939
Box: 1 Folder : 18 Carsman, Sam: Contribution to Our Fight
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 19 C.H.: Contribution to Our Fight
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 20 Clippings: Re: VALB, AP
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 21 Cogswell, Theodore R.: Contribution to Our Fight
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 22 Colodny, Robert G.: Contribution to Our Fight
[1958]
Box: 1 Folder : 23 Colow, Maury: Contribution to Our Fight
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 24 Correspondence
undated , 1974 , 1986
Box: 1 Folder : 25 Court Case Records: VALB, Subversive Activities Control Board
1964-1966
Box: 1 Folder : 26 Democratic Coordination, Spain: Press Release: Formation of
1976
Box: 1 Folder : 27 De Vries, Lini: Contribution to Our Fight
[1979]
Box: 1 Folder : 28 End McCarranism: On This We Stand Together: Pamphlet of Speeches from Rally, New York City
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 29 Fajans, Irving: Contribution to Our Fight
[1952]
Box: 1 Folder : 30 Fisher, Harry: Brief Biography, Reminiscences: Marty Sullivan
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 31 Geiser, Carl: Contribution to Our Fight
[1986]
Box: 2 Folder : 1 Gerlach, John R.: Contribution to Our Fight
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 2 Goff, Irving: IG Interviewed by Studs Terkel, from The Good War
[1984]
Box: 2 Folder : 3 Gordon, Joe and Leo (formerly Mendelowitz): Contribution to Our Fight
[1955]
Box: 2 Folder : 4 Grunblatt, Jacques, M.D.: Contribution to Our Fight
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 5 Hemingway, Ernest: Contribution to Our Fight
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 6 Hughes, Langston: Contributions to Our Fight
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 7 Hutchins, Evelyn: Contribution to Our Fight
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 8 Jewish Volunteers in the Spanish Civil War: Articles
1938 , 1980
Box: 2 Folder : 9 Jones, James Moore: Contribution to Our Fight
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 10 Kaufman, Sid: Contribution to Our Fight
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 11 Komodowski, Edward: Album Presented to Steve Nelson, Typescript Critical Account of the International Brigades from the Point of View of a Canadian Veteran (illustrated)
1991
Box: 2 Folder : 12 Landis, Arthur: Contribution to Our Fight
[1975]
Box: 2 Folder : 13 Landis, Arthur: Controversy Re: Chapter in International Solidarity with the Spanish Republic, 1936-1939: Correspondence and Reports
1975-1976
Box: 2 Folder : 14 Landis, Arthur: Controversy Re: Chapter in International Solidarity…: Notes and Exhibits C-J (?)
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 15 Landis, Arthur: Correspondence with AP
1976
Box: 2 Folder : 16 Landis, Arthur: "The United States of America," chapter from International Solidarity…
1975
Box: 2 Folder : 17 Lardner, Jim: Contribution to Our Fight
[1938]
Box: 2 Folder : 18 MacLeod, Don: Contribution to Our Fight
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 19 Martin, Fredericka: Contribution to Our Fight
[1937]
Box: 2 Folder : 20 Memorial: Gerald (Jerry) Weinberg
1944
Box: 2 Folder : 21 Memorial Program: J. Alvarez del Vayo
1975
Box: 2 Folder : 22 Memorial Program: Orrin E. Feldt
1993
Box: 2 Folder : 23 Memorial Resolution in Honor of Milton M. Cohen
1994
Box: 2 Folder : 24 Negrin, Juan: Copy of Letter to Josef Stalin: Armaments Request
1938
Box: 2 Folder : 25 Nelson, Steve: Transcript of Interview by AP, Tribute by Jessica Mitford, Contribution to Our Fight
1975 , 1994
Box: 2 Folder : 26 Neugass, James: Contribution to Our Fight
[1938]
Box: 2 Folder : 27 Osheroff, Abe: Contribution to Our Fight
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 28 Our Fight: Editor's Notes, Blank Agreements, Miscellaneous Documents
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 29 Poetry from the Spanish Civil War: Program from St. Clement's Poetry Festival
1980
Box: 2 Folder : 30 Polish Jewish SCW Veterans Controversy: VALB Correspondence
1986 , 1990-1993
Box: 2 Folder : 31 Prago, Albert: Contributions to Our Fight
[1979]
Box: 2 Folder : 32 Raven, Robert: Handbills for Los Angeles Program in Support of Loyalist Spain
[1938]
Box: 2 Folder : 33 Rolfe, Edwin: Contributions to Our Fight
[1951]
Box: 2 Folder : 34 Russian SCW Veterans: Victor Lavsky Correspondence with VALB
undated , 1993
Box: 2 Folder : 35 Segre, Sergio (Communist Party of Italy): Interview with VALB Delegation (Transcript)
1976
Box: 2 Folder : 36 Spain: Speeches to the Cortez
1937-1939
Box: 2 Folder : 37 Steck, Bob: "The Life and Death of Walter Grant," Article from The Volunteer
1984
Box: 2 Folder : 38 Swedish SCW Veterans: Per Erikson Correspondence and Issues of För Ett Fritt Spanien (For a Free Spain)
1982-1983
Box: 2 Folder : 39 Thompson, Robert: Pamphlet re: "The Arlington Case"
undated , [1966]
Box: 2 Folder : 40 Timpson, Arthur: Contribution to Our Fight
1985
Box: 2 Folder : 41 Toral, María Teresa: Contribution to Our Fight
[1962]
Box: 2 Folder : 42 U.S. Committee for a Democratic Spain: Flyers and Pamphlets
undated , 1963 , 1976
Box: 2 Folder : 43 VALB: Reports and Correspondence
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 44 Wachtel, Marion Merriman and Warren Lerude: Contribution to Our Fight
[1986]
Box: 2 Folder : 45 Watt, George: Contribution to Our Fight
[1984]
Box: 2 Folder : 46 Weissman, Irving: Brief Biography
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 47 Winston, Henry: "Spain in My Heart," Article from Political Affairs
1976
Box: 2 Folder : 48 Wolff, Milt: Contribution to Our Fight
undated

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