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Guide to the James I. Loeb Papers ALBA.158

Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive
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Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives

Collection processed by Wendy Scheir

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on August 09, 2017
Description is in English. using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Scope and Content Note

The bulk of the collection consists of correspondence documenting Loeb's efforts to coordinate international aid for refugees of the Spanish Civil War, as well as his analyses of international and inter-party politics. Index cards with notes in blue felt tip pen interspersed throughout the collection were probably written by Loeb around 1970 in preparation to donate the materials to the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives.

In letters to Socialist comrades and others, including Roger Baldwin of the American Civil Liberties Union, Loeb expresses anger and disappointment at the increasing factionalism on the left; this sentiment is borne out as well in a Socialist Party statement declaring withdrawal from the Medical Bureau and North American Committee to Aid Spanish Democracy. In a section of a book proposal, "The Appeal to Unity," Loeb analyzes international political forces at play during and after the Spanish Civil War. Correspondence with Arthur G. McDowell, Acting Executive Secretary of the Socialist Party discusses underground antifascist activity in Spain and Germany.

Materials from the 1950s include telegrams from Norman Thomas to Franco, Truman and others regarding the threatened executions of Spanish trade union leaders. Also from this period Thomas writes to the Minister of Justice in Barcelona requesting amnesty for leaders of the communist organization Partido Obrero de Unificación Marxista (P.O.U.M.) who had been arrested and accused of being fascist collaborators, and for the release of Russell Blackwell, an American jailed in Spain.


Folders are arranged alphabetically.

The files are grouped into one series:

Missing Title

  1. I, Spanish Refugee Aid and Relief