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Guide to the Edward K. Barsky Photograph Collection ALBA.PHOTO.125

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Collection processed by Evan Daniel, 2004

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on July 19, 2017
Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Barsky, Edward K., 1895-1975
Title: Edward K. Barsky Photographs
Dates [inclusive]: circa 1937
Abstract: Dr. Edward K. Barsky (1897-1975) was a prominent physician who led a group of American medical volunteers in Spain during the Civil War. The images in this collection were either taken by Barsky and his assistant or accrued in the course of his work as a surgeon in Spain. The collection contains portraits of Dr. Barsky, Albert Einstein and Jolliet Curie, Francisco Franco and Benito Mussolini, American Medical Bureau to Aid Spanish Democracy (AMB) doctors and nurses, Canadian nurses affiliated with the MacKenzie-Papineau Battalion, and Spanish doctors and nurses. The collection also contains snapshots of surgeries, medical vehicles, political demonstrations/rallies, Spanish civilians, and scenes of Spanish village life.
Quantity: 2.5 Linear Feet (5 boxes)
Quantity: (5 document boxes) Approximately 450 black and white photographs sized from 1.75 x 2.25 inches to 8 x 10 inches, and approximately 335 negatives sized from 1.25 x 1.25 inches to 2.5 x 5 inches.
Call Phrase: ALBA.PHOTO.125

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Historical/Biographical Note

Dr. Edward K. Barsky was a prominent surgeon who led a group of American medical volunteers during the Spanish Civil War. For further biographical information on Edward Barsky, and to review the scope and contents of his manuscript collection see, The Guide to the Edward K. Barsky Papers, ALBA 125.The images in this collection were either taken by Barsky and his assistant or accrued in the course of his work as a surgeon in Spain.

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Scope and Content Note

The Dr. Edward Barksy Photograph Collection includes approximately 450 black and white photographs ranging in size from 1 ¾ x 2 ¼ inches to 8 x 10 inches. The approximately 335 negatives range in size from 1 ½ x 1¼ inches to 2 ½ x 5 inches. The negatives are stored separately from the prints, in Box 4 and 5.

Series I: Prints

The approximately 450 black and white prints are arranged alphabetically by topic and most are photographs taken in Spain during the Civil War. Approximately half of the prints relate to the practice of medicine including portraits of doctors and nurses and recovering patients. The series contains portraits of Dr. Barsky, Albert Einstein and Jolliet Curie, Francisco Franco and Benito Mussolini, American Medical Bureau to Aid Spanish Democracy (AMB) doctors and nurses, Canadian nurses affiliated with the MacKenzie-Papineau Battalion, and Spanish doctors and nurses. The collection also contains snapshots of surgeries, AMB ambulances and other medical vehicles, political demonstrations/rallies, bombed/shelled buildings, Spanish civilians, a Spanish campesino shaking the hand of a Mexican campesino, scenes of Spanish village life, and unidentified group photographs. Some of the prints of are credited to: Foto Mayo [Madrid?]; Libsohn-Ehrenberg, New York, New York; General Photographic Co., Inc. New York, New York; and Walter Rosenblum. The photographs taken outside of Spain include portraits of Dr. Barsky for Spanish Refugee Appeal, portraits of Joilot-Curie and Einstein at Princeton, New Jersey and photographs of the mercy ship SS Mexique. The SS Mexique carried Spanish refugees from Spain to Mexico.

Series II: Matched Negatives

There are approximately 170 negatives that match prints in Series I. They are arranged alphabetically by topic.

Series III: Unmatched Negatives

The approximately 170 negatives that do not match any prints are arranged alphabetically by topic. The negatives include portraits of Dr. Barsky, surgeries, medical vehicles, political demonstrations/rallies, Spanish civilians, and scenes of Spanish village life.

Arrangement

Folders arranged alphabetically by topic in the prints and negatives series.
The photographic prints are identified by four numbers separated by colons. The first number refers to the collection number, the second to the box number, the third to the folder number, and the fourth to the individual print. For example, the first print in this collection is labeled 125:1:1:1. Negatives are numbered in the same fashion and if there is a matching print, the print number is listed below the negative number.

The files are grouped into 3 series:

Missing Title

  1. I: Prints
  2. II: Matched Negatives
  3. III: Unmatched Negatives

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Barsky, Edward K., 1895-1975
  • Libsohn-Ehrenberg.
  • Rosenblum, Walter, 1919-2006
  • Franco, Francisco, 1892-1975
  • Joliot-Curie, Irène, 1897-1956
  • Mussolini, Benito, 1883-1945
  • Einstein, Albert, 1879-1955.

Document Type

  • Black-and-white photographs.
  • Negatives (photographic)

Subject Organizations

  • Spain. Ejercito Popular de la Republica. Abraham Lincoln Battalion
  • Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade
  • Spain. Ejercito Popular de la Republica. Brigada Internacional, XV
  • Medical Bureau to Aid Spanish Democracy
  • Medical Bureau and North American Committee to Aid Spanish Democracy
  • North American Committee to Aid Spanish Democracy

Subject Topics

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

Subject Places

  • Spain -- History -- Civil War, 1936-1939 -- Participation, American.
  • Spain -- History -- Civil War, 1936-1939 -- Pictorial works.
  • Spain |x History |y Civil War, 1936-1939 |v Portraits.
  • Spain -- History -- Civil War, 1936-1939 -- Hospitals.

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Administrative Information

Provenance

The Edward K. Barsky Papers were donated to the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives by Vita Barsky in the late 1970s. The collection came to New York University in January 2001 as part of the original acquisition of Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives collections, formerly housed at Brandeis University. The images in the Barsky Photographic collection were separated from the Barsky manuscript material at the time of processing.

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

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

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

Barsky Manuscript Collection, ALBA 125

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Container List

Series I: Photographs

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 American Medical Bureau (AMB): Ambulance
ca.1937
Box: 1 Folder : 2 AMB: Doctors
ca.1937
Box: 1 Folder : 3 AMB: Nurses
ca.1937
Box: 1 Folder : 4 At the Front: Non-Combat
ca.1937
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Barricades
ca.1937
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Barsky, Edward: Portraits
ca.1937
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Barsky, Edward: Spanish Refugee Appeal
ca.1937
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Behind the Lines: Daily Life of the Soldiers
ca.1937
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Behind the Lines: Rest and Relaxation
ca.1937
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Bombed/Shelled Buildings
ca.1937
Box: 1 Folder : 11 Casualties
ca.1937
Box: 1 Folder : 12 Demonstrations: In Spain
ca.1937
Box: 1 Folder : 13 Einstein, Albert and Irène Joliot-Curie: Portrait at Princeton, New Jersey
ca.1937
Box: 1 Folder : 14 Franco, Francisco General and Mussolini, Benito
ca.1937
Box: 1 Folder : 15 Galeani, Umberto
ca.1937
Box: 2 Folder : 1 Group Portraits: Identified
ca.1937
Box: 2 Folder : 2 Group Portraits: Unidentified
ca.1937
Box: 2 Folder : 3 International Red Cross: Ambulance
ca.1937
Box: 2 Folder : 4 MacKenzie Papineau Battalion: Ambulance
ca.1937
Box: 2 Folder : 5 MacKenzie Papineau Battalion: Nurses
ca.1937
Box: 2 Folder : 6 Medical: Ambulances
ca.1937
Box: 2 Folder : 7 Medical: Doctors and Nurses
ca.1937
Box: 2 Folder : 8 Medical: Hospital
ca.1937
Box: 2 Folder : 9 Medical: Injured/Recovering Patients
ca.1937
Box: 2 Folder : 10 Medical: Surgery
ca.1937
Box: 2 Folder : 11 Mercy Ships: SS Mexique
ca.1937
Box: 2 Folder : 12 Monuments/Statues
ca.1937
Box: 2 Folder : 13 Portraits: Individuals, unidentified
ca.1937
Box: 2 Folder : 14 Spanish Cities
ca.1937
Box: 3 Folder : 1 Spanish Civilians
ca.1937
Box: 3 Folder : 2 Spanish Civilians: Campesinos/Peasants
ca.1937
Box: 3 Folder : 3 Spanish Civilians: Children
ca.1937
Box: 3 Folder : 4 Spanish Civilians: Refugees
ca.1937
Box: 3 Folder : 5 Spanish Civilians: Relaxing/Playing Croquet
ca.1937
Box: 3 Folder : 6 Spanish Civilians: Workers
ca.1937
Box: 3 Folder : 7 Spanish Civilians: Workers, Laundry Women
ca.1937
Box: 3 Folder : 8 Spanish Civilians: Workers, Seamstresses
ca.1937
Box: 3 Folder : 9 Spanish Countryside
ca.1937
Box: 3 Folder : 10 Spanish Villages: Daily Life
ca.1937
Box: 3 Folder : 11 Spanish Villages: Street Scenes
ca.1937
Box: 3 Folder : 12 Stone, Al
ca.1937
Box: 3 Folder : 13 Taroncon
ca.1937
Box: 3 Folder : 14 Valla Paz
ca.1937
Box: 3 Folder : 15 Vanzant, Frances Dr.: Portrait
ca.1937
Box: 3 Folder : 16 Vehicles
ca.1937
Box: 3 Folder : 17 Vehicles: Locomotive
ca.1937
Box: 3 Folder : 18 Vehicles: Transport
ca.1937
Box: 3 Folder : 19 Waters, George Walter
ca.1937

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Series II: Matched Negatives

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 4 Folder : 1 AMB: Ambulance
ca.1937
Box: 4 Folder : 2 AMB: Nurses
ca.1937
Box: 4 Folder : 3 Barsky, Edward Dr
ca.1937
Box: 4 Folder : 4 Behind the Lines: Daily Life of the Soldiers
ca.1937
Box: 4 Folder : 5 Behind the Lines: Rest and Relaxation
ca.1937
Box: 4 Folder : 6 Group Portraits: Unidentified
ca.1937
Box: 4 Folder : 7 International Red Cross: Ambulance
ca.1937
Box: 4 Folder : 8 Medical: Ambulance
ca.1937
Box: 4 Folder : 9 Medical: Doctors and Nurses
ca.1937
Box: 4 Folder : 10 Medical: Hospital
ca.1937
Box: 4 Folder : 11 Medical: Injured/Recovering Patients
ca.1937
Box: 4 Folder : 12 Medical: Surgery
ca.1937
Box: 4 Folder : 13 Monuments/Statues
ca.1937
Box: 4 Folder : 14 Spanish Cities
ca.1937
Box: 4 Folder : 15 Spanish Civilians
ca.1937
Box: 4 Folder : 16 Spanish Civilians: Children
ca.1937
Box: 4 Folder : 17 Spanish Civilians: Relaxing/Playing Croquet
ca.1937
Box: 4 Folder : 18 Spanish Civilians: Workers, Laundry Women
ca.1937
Box: 4 Folder : 19 Spanish Civilians: Workers, Seamstresses
ca.1937
Box: 4 Folder : 20 Spanish Countryside
ca.1937
Box: 4 Folder : 21 Spanish Villages: Daily Life
ca.1937
Box: 4 Folder : 22 Spanish Villages: Street Scenes
ca.1937
Box: 4 Folder : 23 Vehicles
ca.1937
Box: 4 Folder : 24 Vehicles: Transport
ca.1937

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Series III: Unmatched Negatives

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 5 Folder : 1 AMB: Ambulance
ca.1937
Box: 5 Folder : 2 AMB: Doctors
ca.1937
Box: 5 Folder : 3 AMB: Nurses
ca.1937
Box: 5 Folder : 4 Barsky, Edward Dr.
ca.1937
Box: 5 Folder : 5 Behind the Lines: Daily Tasks
ca.1937
Box: 5 Folder : 6 Behind the Lines: Rest and Relaxation
ca.1937
Box: 5 Folder : 7 Bombed/Shelled Buildings
ca.1937
Box: 5 Folder : 8 Fortifications
ca.1937
Box: 5 Folder : 9 Groups: Unidentified
ca.1937
Box: 5 Folder : 10 Individuals: Unidentified
ca.1937
Box: 5 Folder : 11 International Red Cross: Ambulance
ca.1937
Box: 5 Folder : 12 Medical: Hospital
ca.1937
Box: 5 Folder : 13 Medical: Injured/Recovering Patients
ca.1937
Box: 5 Folder : 14 Medical: Nurses
ca.1937
Box: 5 Folder : 15 Medical Surgery
ca.1937
Box: 5 Folder : 16 Rallies/Demonstrations
ca.1937
Box: 5 Folder : 17 Spanish Civilians
ca.1937
Box: 5 Folder : 18 Spanish Civilians: Children
ca.1937
Box: 5 Folder : 19 Spanish Civilians: Relaxing/Playing Croquet
ca.1937
Box: 5 Folder : 20 Spanish Civilians: Workers, Laundry Women
ca.1937
Box: 5 Folder : 21 Spanish Civilians: Workers, Seamstresses
ca.1937
Box: 5 Folder : 22 Spanish Countryside
ca.1937
Box: 5 Folder : 23 Spanish Villages: Daily Life
ca.1937
Box: 5 Folder : 24 Spanish Villages: Panormas/Street Scenes
ca.1937
Box: 5 Folder : 25 Unidentified/Unknown: Over/Under-Exposed Negatives
ca.1937
Box: 5 Folder : 26 Vehicles
ca.1937

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