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Guide to the International Brigades Archive, Moscow: Selected Images ALBA.PHOTO.177

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

Collection processed by Evan Daniel, 2003, Michael Beebe, 2009, and Gail Malmgreen, 2010.

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on July 26, 2017
Description is in English.

Historical/Biographical Note

The “International Brigades Archive, Moscow: Selected Images” is an artificial collection consisting of copy negatives made from images in the International Brigades Archive, which forms part of the Comintern Archive, housed at the Russian State Archive of Socio-Political History (RGASPI) in Moscow. The Moscow IB Archive is comprised of documents and other materials transported to the Soviet Union by Soviet authorities at the conclusion of the Spanish Civil War. Series 5 within IB Archive (Fond 545) consists of photographs taken in Spain from 1937 to 1938 by various photographers associated with the International Brigades. The only identified photographer for any of the images in this group is a Yugoslavian volunteer, Major Vladimir Stefanovich.

In the mid-1990s, as part of preparations for an ALBA-sponsored traveling photograph exhibit, representatives of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives Board of Governors requested the staff at RGASPI to make a selection of images from their collection, emphasizing material relating some way to the Abraham Lincoln Brigade. This selection of black and white photo prints and one presentation album of drawings, inscriptions and photos, were photographed in the Moscow archive and delivered to ALBA in the form of negative sheets.