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Guide to the Milton Wolff Photograph Collection ALBA.PHOTO.170

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Collection processed by Gail Malmgreen, 2011

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on March 29, 2012

Descriptive Summary

 
Creator: Wolff, Milton.
Title: Milton Wolff Photographs
Dates [inclusive]: 1939-1960
Abstract: Milton (Milt) Wolff (1915-2008) was born in Brooklyn, NY to a working-class family. He left school at fifteen, found work in a Manhattan garment factory, and became politically active through membership in the Young Communist League. When the Civil War broke out in Spain he responded to a YCL appeal for volunteers and sailed for Europe, aged 21, in March 1937. He fought in the Battle of Brunete, at Belchite and in the unsuccessful assault at Fuentes del Ebro, and was promoted to captain during the battle of Teruel in January 1938. Wolff, aged 22, soon became the youngest commander of the Abraham Lincoln Battalion. He served in Burma, Italy, France and India in World War II, and continued to be active in a variety of left-wing causes throughout his life. The collection consists of 27 black and white photos and 7 contact sheets, mostly dating from the 1940s. Many of the images are of Milton Wolff speaking at meetings or demonstrations; others show him marching in demonstrations or with other Spanish Civil War veterans and guests at Abraham Lincolon Brigade anniversaries or other large gatherings. Prominent individuals pictured include Hugo Gellert, Burl Ives, Vito Marcantonio, John Gates, and Paul Robeson.
Quantity: 0.25 linear feet (1 box)
Call Phrase: ALBA.PHOTO.170