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Guide to the Manny Harriman Video Oral History Collection ALBA.VIDEO.048

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Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives

Collection processed by Laura Helton, 2003

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on September 08, 2017
Description is in English. using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Scope and Content Note

Series I: Manny Harriman Oral History Project, contains 209 videocassettes (most camera originals) consisting of approximately 175 separate interviews covering the personal histories of at least 180 Abraham Lincoln Brigade veterans, American Medical Bureau personnel, and Friends of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade organizers. Several of the original 218 videocassettes were not given to ALBA by Harriman or are since missing. Among those veterans who were originally interviewed but whose tapes are since missing are Bernard (Barney) Baley and Joao Marques Albino. The majority of interviews feature surviving veterans, but in cases where the veteran had passed away, interviews were conducted with their widows, surviving children, and friends. Interviews with friends or relatives speaking about a veteran are titled “[Name of veteran] discussed by [name of interviewee]”; interviews with the veterans themselves are titled “[Name of veteran] Interview.”

A duplicate set of these interviews is held by Brandeis University Special Collections.

The interviews cover the following topics: family history and childhood, political activities in the United States, motivations for joining the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, experiences fighting in Spain, repatriation, experiences of discrimination following repatriation, involvement in World War II, and life after the war. Significant interviews (covering three or more videocassettes) include those with Carl Geiser, Irving Goff, Arthur Landis, Vaughn Love, and Steve Nelson.

The series represents a diverse portrait of the veterans still alive during the 1980s, covering more than half of the then-surviving veterans, representing a geographic balance of veterans living in different parts of the country, and including some veterans who were less active in official VALB activities.

Series II: General Subjects, Events, Memorials, etc., is divided into two subseries based on format.

Subseries IIA: Video, consists mostly of recordings of political activities of the Bay Area Post members of the Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, particularly around humanitarian aid to Nicaragua in protest of U.S. support for the Contras. There are also recordings of memorial services for veterans who passed away during the course of the project.

Subseries IIB: Audio, consists mostly of audiocassettes recorded by Manny Harriman. Most notable are the many cassettes recorded on VALB's trip to Spain in 1983.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged in two series:

Series I: Manny Harriman Oral History Project

Series II: General Subjects, Events, Memorials, etc.

Each item has been assigned a unique number (i.e. ALBA V 48-001), and the collection is arranged in item number order.

In first series, the item number order roughly follows the alphabetical order of the last name of the primary interviewee on each tape; however, due to variations of some veterans' names, a few tapes may fall outside of this alphabetical order. In addition, each tape may contain multiple separate interviews with different veterans.

In the second series, the item number order is entirely alphabetical.

The collection is arranged in two series: Series I: Manny Harriman Oral History Project Series II: General Subjects, Events, Memorials, etc.

Each item has been assigned a unique number (i.e. ALBA V 48-001), and the collection is arranged in item number order.

In first series, the item number order roughly follows the alphabetical order of the last name of the primary interviewee on each tape; however, due to variations of some veterans' names, a few tapes may fall outside of this alphabetical order. In addition, each tape may contain multiple separate interviews with different veterans.

In the second series, the item number order is entirely alphabetical.