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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.

Scope and Content Note

Among the subjects represented are group photographs and portraits of members of the International Brigades (Including British, Dimitrov, Dombrowski, Lincoln-Washington and MacKenzie Papineau Battalions), International Brigades training, life in camp, leisure activities, International Brigades Band, Spanish Republican military leaders, Communist Party leaders (including Earl Browder and Harry Pollitt), distinguished visitors such as Langston Hughes and George Orwell (Eric Blair), and a photo album compiled by Major Stefanovich prior to the Brunete offensive. Although these photographs were not the work of the unit specifically designated to record activity of the English-speaking units, there are a substantial number of images of U.S. and Canadian volunteers included. The collection also includes street scenes, wall newspapers and posters, scenes of civilians socializing with or observing IB volunteers, and a few images of Nationalist casualties. One group of images reproduces each page of a souvenir album presented to the U.S. Communist volunteers by the Communist Party of Spain.

Each file folder has a descriptive title provided by the International Brigades Archive. Basic caption information comes from an English translation of the Guide to the International Brigade Archives (Moscow) commissioned by ALBA for their own use. Some proper names have been corrected or expanded, and some abbreviations have been expanded. Many captions have been edited and expanded, and unidentified images have been provided with descriptive captions by Tamiment Library staff. Additions to the original caption list are enclosed in brackets.

Four-hundred-and-twenty-five (425) photographs are attributed to Yugoslavian volunteer, Major Vladimir Stefanovich. Folder 5 (Moscow no. 5/179) contains 195 of his photographs and folder 22 (Moscow no. 5/196) contains 230 of his photographs. The remaining 623 images are not credited to a photographer.

The negatives are printed on 5 x 7 inch sheets with 3 or 4 images per sheet.

Note to the Researcher: Only a selection of photographs from the IB collection at Moscow was copied for the ALBA archive. A comprehensive caption list of photographs in the International Brigades Archive, Moscow is available in the Tamiment Library. It comprises Series 5 of an English translation of the Russian-language guide to the International Brigades Archive, Moscow. Consult staff for access. Note, too, that all negatives from ALBA Photo 177 that were identified as being by Lincoln Brigade photographer Harry Randall and his team are not listed in this finding-aid, but are included in the finding-aid to the Randall photo collection (ALBA Photo #11). Thus, the present finding-aid does not list all negatives that are physically located in ALBA Photo 177.


Folders are arranged numerically according to three-part numbers assigned by the International Brigade Archives, Moscow. The three-part numbers represent series, file, and individual image numbers.

Organized in one series, arranged by image number.

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