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Guide to the Mosess (Moe) Fishman Papers ALBA.224

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This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on January 07, 2020
Finding aid written in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Fishman, Mosess (Moe), 1916-2007
Title: Mosess (Moe) Fishman Papers
Dates [inclusive]: undated
Abstract: Mosess (Moe) Fishman fought in the Spanish Civil War with the Abraham Lincoln Brigade and served as Secretary-Treasurer of the Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade (VALB). This collection consists of organizational records, correspondence, clippings, photographs (analog and born-digital), audiocassettes, and videos from his service and activities with VALB.
Quantity: 6 Linear Feet in 10 manuscript boxes, 6 card boxes, and one oversize flat box
Quantity: 23 Cassettes (8) 60 mins., (9) 90 mins., (1) 120 mins., (4) unmarked
Quantity: 8.418 Gigabytes in 440 computer files
Location: Some materials are stored offsite and advance notice is required for use. Please request materials at least two business days prior to your research visit to coordinate access.
Language: Materials are in English, Spanish, German, French, Hebrew, and Yiddish.
Call Phrase: ALBA.224

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Biographical Note

Mosess (Moe) Fishman was born in New York City in 1915. He graduated from Stuyvesant High School in New York City and enrolled in City College, but did not finish college for financial reasons. He later worked in a laundry and driving a truck.

Fishman joined the Young Communist League and became involved in anti-fascist activity in the mid-1930s. In 1937 he volunteered to fight in Spain with the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, taking part in the Brunete offensive, where he was severely wounded when a sniper's bullet shattered his thigh. He spent the next three years in and out of hospitals in Spain and the U.S. He had recovered sufficiently to serve in the Merchant Marine in World War II. After the War he returned to New York and became active in aiding Spanish refugees. In 1951, he took over as Secretary-Treasurer (later Secretary) of the Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade (VALB) when the organization was labeled "subversive" by the Attorney General's office. After a strenuous legal battle, the label was removed in the 1970s. He remained a political activist and kept his post with VALB until his death in 2007.

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Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of paper and born-digital material accumulated by Moe Fishman during his many years as Secretary of the Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade. It includes incoming correspondence from Lincoln Brigade veterans and others, among them representatives of veterans' organizations in Spain and elsewhere in Europe. Also included are clippings, pamphlets, memorabilia and photographs (many of them related to gatherings of Spanish Civil War veterans), letters written by Fishman to Howard Lederer during his service in Spain, and some family papers. Also in the collection is a small body of papers and photographs belonging to Lincoln Brigade veteran, Court Bevensee; these were entrusted to Fishman at the time of Bevensee's death. Document types include correspondence, publicity items, organizational records and reports, clippings and photocopies of clippings, popular publications and article reprints, photographs, videos, and audio recordings of interviews, events, and musical performances.

Arrangement

Materials are arranged in loose chronological order by document type or format.

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Access Points

Subject Organizations

  • Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives
  • Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade

Subject Topics

  • Spain -- History -- Civil War, 1936-1939.

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Any rights (including copyright and related rights to publicity and privacy) held by the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives (ALBA) were transferred to New York University in November 2000 by the ALBA Board of Governors. Permission to publish or reproduce materials in this collection must be secured from the Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives. For more information, contact tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu or 212-998-2630.

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, date; Mosess (Moe) Fishman Papers; ALBA 224; box number; folder number or item identifier; Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, New York University.

Related Materials

For more information about Moe Fishman, ALBA, and VALB, see the Moe Fishman Memorial Exhibit, ALBA.EXHIBITS.001; Moses (Moe) Fishman Videos, ALBA.VIDEO.003; Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Records, ALBA.019.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Audiovisual materials have not been preserved and may not be available to researchers. To request an access copy, or if you are unsure if an item has been digitized, please contact Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives with the collection name, collection number, and a description of the item(s) requested. A staff member will respond to you with further information.

Advance notice is required for the use of computer records. Original physical digital media is restricted. An access terminal for born-digital materials in the collection is available by appointment for reading room viewing and listening only. Researchers may view an item's original container and/or carrier, but the physical carriers themselves are not available for use because of preservation concerns.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Most of these materials were included in Brandeis University Library's transfer of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives to New York University. Some later items came from the creator and Georgia Wever, a member of VALB and friend of Fishman.

Processing Information

Physical materials were housed in archival folders and containers.

Three photo CDs and 5 DVDs were forensically imaged, analyzed, and arranged in Forensic Toolkit.

New York University Libraries follow professional standards and best practices when imaging, ingesting, and processing born-digital material in order to maintain the integrity and authenticity of the content.

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Container List

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Moe Fishman personal documents, VALB records: XV Anniversary of Spanish Republic - Records of Service in the International Brigades
1915-1996
Box: 2 VALB records: Volunteers who Liberated Spain, bequest documents, Instituto Beni Cultwali Bologna, Salvador Dali Museum, SIPTU Conference report, Refugi Antiaeri de la Placeta Macia
1980-2002
Box: 3 VALB records: Amicale des Anciens Internes Politiques et Resistants, International Brigade Memorial Trust, Bill Van Felix video and audio tapes lists, Spain Trip, Ebro Battle 65th Anniversary, Memorial events
2002-2008
Box: Electronic Records E-records : TW_ALBA_224_ER_2 VALB records: A Celebration of Chuck Hall's LIfe

A Celebration of Chuck Hall's LIfe: 2005-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/Logon?Action=10&Form=31&Value= http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/alba_224.xml&view=xml

2005
Box: Electronic Records E-records : TW_ALBA_224_ER_3 VALB records: Memorial Day

Memorial Day, NYC: 2005-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/Logon?Action=10&Form=31&Value= http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/alba_224.xml&view=xml

2005
Box: Electronic Records E-records : TW_ALBA_224_ER_5 VALB records: Ebro

Ebro: 2005-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/Logon?Action=10&Form=31&Value= http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/alba_224.xml&view=xml

2005
Box: Electronic Records E-records : TW_ALBA_224_ER_6 VALB/ALBA

VALB/ALBA NYC: 2007-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/Logon?Action=10&Form=31&Value= http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/alba_224.xml&view=xml

2007
Box: Electronic Records E-records : TW_ALBA_224_ER_7 VALB records: No jubilem la memoria Presenta, A Pinch of Priorat Memories

No jubilem la memoria Presenta, A Pinch of Priorat Memories: 2007-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/Logon?Action=10&Form=31&Value= http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/alba_224.xml&view=xml

2007
Box: 4 Court Bevensee records and correspondence
1910-1997
Box: 5 Correspondence: Howard Lederer, Fred Schofs, Roy Hendrickson, Nate and Corine Thornton, C. Brooks, Moe Fishman, others
1937-2008
Box: 6 Clippings, photocopies
1974-2008
Box: 7 Publications
1963-2004
Box: 8 Photographs
1937-2009
Box: Electronic Records E-records : TW_ALBA_224_ER_1 Photographs: Moe Fishman at office, Jessica W. et al at Tamiment Library

Moe Fishman at Office, Jessica W. et al at Tamiment Library: 2003-2004   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/Logon?Action=10&Form=31&Value= http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/alba_224.xml&view=xml

2003-2004
Box: Electronic Records E-records : TW_ALBA_224_ER_8 Photographs: SF Monument dedication

SF Monument dedication: 2008-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/Logon?Action=10&Form=31&Value= http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/alba_224.xml&view=xml

2008
Box: Electronic Records E-records : TW_ALBA_224_ER_9 Photographs: SF Monument

SF Monument: 2008-   https://aeon.library.nyu.edu/Logon?Action=10&Form=31&Value= http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/ead/tamwag/alba_224.xml&view=xml

2008
Box: 9 Plaques
1972-2005
Box: 10 Textiles: hat, t-shirt, flag
undated
Box: 11 Memorabilia: seal, medals, pin
1936-1986
Box: 16
Box: 12 Index cards: "Veterans dead and missing in Spain"
undated
Box: 13 Index address cards
undated
Box: 14 Audiocassettes: interviews, musical performances, anniversary events
1982-1999
Box: 15
Box: 16 Oversize graphics
1937-2007
Box: Shared Tamiment 056 Physical digital media carriers

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