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Frank Durkan (1930-2006) was a New York-based Irish American attorney active in legal cases and human rights issues related to Northern Ireland. He was a central player on the U.S. end of the Northern Ireland Peace Process, particularly in his role as Chairman of the political pressure group Americans for a New Irish Agenda (ANIA). The papers reflect those activities, including the granting of a visa to Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams in 1994, the Good Friday Agreement in 1998, and decommissioning efforts down to 2002 as well as document his work as an attorney with O'Dwyer Bernstien in New York. Durkan was widely consulted on deportation and extradition cases involving Irish Americans living in the United States and the collection documents the defense efforts mounted on behalf of his clients, particularly between 1991 and 2001. The collection also contains material of a personal nature on topics of interest to Durkan, including the Great Famine in Ireland, shipwrecks of Irish coming to the Americas, his membership and activities in the Irish History Roundtable and a collection of his books, legal, history and sports-related. A small amount of audio visual material completes the collection. NOTE: This collection is housed offsite and advance notice is required for use.
James J. Comerford was a well-known lawyer and judge in New York City. He also served as the Chair of the St. Patrick's Day Parade and Celebration Committee in New York City for 19 years. A recognized historian, his manuscript entitled "My Kilkenny I.R.A. Days 1916-1921" along with writings on the history of Ireland are included in the papers as is correspondence between Mr. Comerford and well-known politicians and other leaders in New York and the United States.
Thirty-four 34 origional audio tapes and access CD-Rom copies comprise the Jane Conlon Muller Oral History The interviees include civil rights lawyer and politician Paul O'Dwyer (29 tapes), Irish Northern Aid founder Michael Flannery (4 tapes), and Kings County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes (1 tape). These interviews were produced as a part of an oral history project with the New York Irish History Roundtable to record the lives and experiences of those of Irish ancestry. Transcripts of the O'Dwyer interviews are included with the Cds.
Brian McGinn was a scholar of the Irish Diaspora and authors of articles on this topic. The bulk of the collection consists of McGinn’s working papers: largely photocopied sections of books (some rather rare), articles, pamphlets, monographs, and government records concerning the Irish and their migration to various parts of the world. There are photocopies of colonial records and diaries written as far back as the 16th century, and articles and correspondence through 2004. The collection also includes correspondence with other scholars of the Irish and Irish Diaspora and various archivists and librarians concerning research material. NOTE: This collection is stored offsite and advance notice is required for use.
The collection comprises minute books of the various Tracy family tugboat companies operating in New York harbor between 1917 and 1983. Three brothers, John, Michael J. and Thomas Tracy, organized the Tracy Towing Line in 1917. The Tracy family sisters Catherine and Helen also sat on the board of the various companies the family created for their tugboat and towing business. The company was located at 1 Broadway in New York City with additional offices in Brooklyn.
The collection contains correspondence, printed materials and membership information related to an effort to build an Irish Center in New York City in the 1940s. The purpose of the club was to promote Irish culture and arts.
This is a digital collection of 64 images contributed for research purposes by Dermot Gately, a professor of economics at New York University in 2000. Dermot Gately’s great grandfather, Thomas Gately (1828–1905), emigrated from Ireland to New York City in 1847 and became an American citizen in 1854. This collection contains photographs of his descendants and some documents.
The Mick Moloney Irish-American Music and Popular Culture Collection in the Archives of Irish America at the Tamiment Library, New York University constitutes an aurally and visually rich resource for scholars and students of the Irish-American experience. Sound recordings on disc make up Part I of this collection, including thousands of 78 RPM records, hundreds of 33 1/3 RPM LPs a small collection of 45 RPM records and several hundred cassettes collected by Mick Moloney over the course of four decades. The records document nearly a century of Irish and Irish-American music in all its permutations from Tin Pan Alley through the folk revival and beyond. While the majority of the discs are commercial recordings of Irish music released on American labels, Part I also contains a sizeable number of releases on Irish, English and Scottish labels representing both Irish music and closely related musical traditions in those countries. A small number of non-commercial acetates and privately made recordings are also found in the series.
The collection contains correspondence from Marie Walsh to editors of the New York Times and members of Congress including Daniel Moynihan and Joseph Biden. Letters to the former discuss media coverage of activities of the IRA by the American press while those to Congress deal with Ms. Walsh's opposition to the Supplementary Extradition Treaty, eventually passed during the Reagan Administration. Other materials include an article authored by Ms. Walsh on the originations of Sinn Fein and proceedings from a conference held at Columbia University in 1994 on the MacBride Principles.
This collection of oral histories and the resulting publication, "When Mem'ry Brings Us Back Again" describe life for newly arrived immigrants in New York City in the 1950s and 1960s. The impetus for the project was a creative writing class run at the Aisling irish Community Center.
The Archives of Irish America Material Culture collection is a conglomeration of objects individually donated or found in collections and removed.
James P. Sullivan was the third of six children born to Irish immigrants Jeremiah Sullivan, a grocer, and his wife Elizabeth Flynn Sullivan. Young J.P., or Jim, was born on February 28, 1885 and spent his early years in Manhattan where he attended P.S. 14 on East 27th Street and joined the track team of the St. Bartholomew Boys Club and, later, of the 22nd Regiment. By that time, six foot tall Jim could run a mile in 4:50. In September 1905 at the New York Metro Senior American Athletic Union Championships, Sullivan ran the mile in 4:22 creating a new American record. After impressive showings at the Canadian Championships and the New York Athletic Club Games that same month, he became known in the press as “4:22 Jim” and by March 1906 had been selected for the American Olympic team. The collection consists of items from the Sullivan family scrapbook. Included are photographs, newspaper clippings, correspondence and membership cards for the Irish-American Athletic Club.
The Patrick Daughton Collection documents activities of the San Francisco and Northern California Irish Republican Clubs (IRC). The collection contains correspondence between local IRC offices and the National office in New York as well as clubs in St. Paul, MN, Chicago, Boston and Philadelphia. Leaflets and clippings produced in coalition with other Irish and non-Irish groups for events such as Prince Charles' and Queen Elizabeth’s visits, national and regional newsletters, and financial records are included in the collection. Material on other organizations such as the Institute for Celtic Studies in St. Paul, Minnesota, Irish National Caucus, and Noraid, Irish American Action Association, a group in San Francisco formed from a split from Noraid and the local Na Fianna Slua is also included. A significant collection of posters complementing the manuscript material completes the collection.
The collection contains the personal papers of Dorothy Hayden Cudahy, host of Irish Memories, as well as materials from her husband John J. Cudahy and her father, John Hayden. Among the papers are included correspondence, financial documents, editorials written by John Cudahy, and materials related to professional achievements, such as Dorothy Cudahy's position as the first female St. Patrick's Day Parade Grand Marshall and John Cudahy's assignment in the United States Army. The collection also contains material from the Irish Memories radio program which John Hayden hosted until his death in 1943, after which Dorothy took over. She remained the host until the 1990s. Of particular interest in the collection is a series of photographs docuemting the life of Irish Americans in New York, many collected by her father of famous musicians, although many others unidentified. Several photographs of Dorothy Hayden Cudahy at organized events or with the Dorothy Hayden Cudahy's Irish Steppers are also included. A small series of ephemera containing holiday cards and newspaper clippings completes the collection.
The materials in this collection were collected and assembled by the staff of the Archives of Irish America and various donors in an attempt to document the variety of newspapers and other publications produced by and for the Irish American community. It consists of major runs of several prominent Irish American newspapers and periodicals, ranging from general interest weekly newspapers to more narrowly focused, overtly political publications. The collection’s major runs include An Phoblacht / Republican News (1906-present), the official organ of Sinn Féin; Irish Echo (1964-present); Irish People (1972-2004); Irish Voice (1987-2003). The explicitly political publications focus mostly on Irish republicanism and conflict in Northern Ireland.
Sean Prendiville is a first-generation Irish American, born and raised in San Francisco, California. Members of the Prendiville family living in Ireland were active Republicans during the Irish War of Independence (1919-1921) and the Irish Civil War (1922-1923). Prendiville joined Irish support groups established in San Francisco during confict in Northern Ireland in the late 1960s. This collection contains material concerning the Irish American experience with specific focus on Northern California. Materials include personal correspondence and other documentation regarding numerous Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests made by Prendiville to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) concerning several Irish American individuals and organizations suspected of Irish Republican activity from approximately 1920 to 1979. Also included are original letters written by a Fenian prisoner in Western Australia in 1870, as well as newspaper accounts from the same time period. The collection also includes ephemera and physical objects, including flyers, broadsides, bumper stickers, and a singificant button collection supprting Irish prisoners and the Republican movement.
George Harrison (1915-2004) was a socialist and revolutionary Irish Republican who spent his life supporting the causes of oppressed peoples around the globe. The collection consists of correspondence, legal files, memoranda, publications, ephemera, financial records, photographs, and material objects. The materials document his family history, Harrison's gunrunning trial, and political affiliations and involvements. This collection includes materials from many organizations in which Harrison was active during the period 1970-1995, especially the Irish American Defense Fund, the Irish Republican Socialist Committee of North America, the National Graves Association, and Republican Sinn Fein. The materials also reflect his interests in liberation movements in South Africa, Cuba, Latin America, Palestine and the Philippines, particularly through a collection of political buttons.
The Irish Immigration Reform Movement (IIRM) was a grassroots organization established in 1987 whose primary objective was to legalize the status of undocumented immigrants from Ireland and 34 other countries adversely affected by America’s 1965 Immigration Act. Working for legislative reform, the IIRM grew from a small New York-based group to a national organization with branches from Boston to San Francisco. The Irish Immigration Reform Movement (IIRM) records chronicle its activities on behalf of undocumented Irish immigrants between 1987 and 1990. The collection also includes materials related to the 1988 establishment of its sister organization, the Emerald Isle Immigration Center (EIIC), and to that organization’s work meeting the day-to-day needs of immigrants through 2007.
This collection consists of approximately 250 photographs, arranged in 5 series. The majority of the photos are black and white, 8 x 10 prints. While the collection also contains some photos that Dolan collected from earlier in the twentieth century, the majority of the photos were taken and printed by Dolan himself during the 1970s and 1980s, and focus heavily on Irish-American social and political events in and around New York City. The activities of many well-known Irish-American groups, such as the Ancient Order of Hibernians, The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, the United Irish Counties Association (as well as individual county associations), and the Irish National Caucus are documented in the collection, along with images of the day-to-day life of individuals. As Dolan lived and worked in the Inwood neighborhood of Manhattan, many of the photos are focused there. There is also a heavy emphasis on Irish-American politics, particularly on protests about the political situation in Northern Ireland at the time.
The Mick Moloney Irish-American Music and Popular Culture Field Recordings at the Tamiment Library, New York University consists of field recordings made and collected by Dr. Moloney in the course of his career as folklorist, producer, musician and academic. The recordings include interviews and private performances, commercial recording sessions, rehearsals, demos, concert performances, informal group sessions, ceilis, competitions, lectures and broadcasts. The field recordings range in date from 1956-2001. The majority of the original tapes are ¼″ reel-to-reels and audio cassettes but also include some 8, 16 and 24-track master reels. A percentage of the recordings have been digitized.
This collection of Irish-American ephemera and published music is part of the larger Mick Moloney Irish-American Music and Popular Culture Collection. This subcollection consists of sheet music, songsters, jokebooks, advertisements, and other forms of printed ephemera documenting the Irish and Irish-American image in American popular culture during the 19th and 20th centuries, with particular emphasis on ethnic perceptions and representations.
Part V of the Mick Moloney Irish-American Music and Popular Culture Collection consists of videotapes acquired in the course of Dr. Moloney's career as folklorist, producer, musician and academic. The tapes include amateur and professional recordings of Moloney's performances; extensive documentation of the 1987 International Village Fair; commercial videotapes collected as teaching aids; and videotapes used as masters and safeties for recording sessions. The tapes are in three formats: VHS cassette, Beta and U-Matic. NOTE: This collection is stored offsite and advance notice is required for use.
The Irish Echo is a nationally circulated ethnic newspaper published weekly in New York City since 1928. The paper covers political, social, entertainment, and sporting news from both Ireland and Irish America, in addition to national and international content from the perspective of the Irish American community. This collection consists of the photographic prints, transparencies, and photographic slides used to produce The Irish Echo. Common subjects documented include Irish and Irish American politicians, society events, sporting events, musical groups, arts and cultural events, and visiting celebrities and dignitaries. The files provide visual documentation of Irish American communities and American assimilation processes in the late 20th century. Particularly rich are the images portraying the ways in which these populations negotiated their dual identities and transmuted cultural traditions.
The materials in this collection were collected, purchased, and assembled by the staff of the Archives of Irish America and various donors in an attempt to document the variety of pamphlets produced by and for the Irish American community. The collection includes pamphlets, leaflets, and booklets concerning socialism, labor relations, Irish immigration, Irish republicanism, England’s relationship with Ireland, and conflict in Northern Ireland, with specific emphasis on deportation cases, the 1981 hunger strikes, and British military practices. Major writers represented include Éamon de Valera, James Connolly, Sean O’Casey, Gerald O’Reilly, Bobby Sands, and Francis Sheehy-Skeffington.
Daniel Cassidy (1943-2008), Irish-American writer, singer, filmmaker, and professor. Beginning his career as a musician and screenwriter, Cassidy later turned his interests towards research and academia, focusing on storytelling, newspaper writing, and broadcast history. A prolific writer, Cassidy’s works include numerous newspaper and journal articles, as well as the book How the Irish Invented Slang: The Secret Language of the Crossroads. Materials in this collection include notes, manuscript drafts, annotated newspapers, play scripts, census documents, and annotated research files. The material primarily documents Cassidy’s research interests and film work, with smaller portions concerning his personal life and his time with both the New College of California and the Crossroads Irish American Festival.
The collection contains primarily printed materials such as circular letters, dinner journals and flyers related to the activities of Emerald Societies in New York City.
Ernie O'Malley was an Irish Republican Army officer during the Irish War of Independence of 1919-1921 and a senior commander of the anti-treaty IRA during the Irish Civil War, 1922-1923. During the course of the war he was wounded, captured, and participated in a hunger strike. After the war he traveled in Europe and in the United States to raise funds for the Irish Press. O’Malley was a man of diverse intellectual and artistic interests, which led him to live in New Mexico and New York and travel in Mexico. He was married to American artist Helen Hooker in 1935, the two moved to Ireland, divorcing in 1952. O'Malley died in 1957. The collection contains manuscript works of Ernie O'Malley and other individuals; correspondence, both personal and business-related; finacial and legal records; materials concerning art and art-collecting; and nationalist material including military training manuals, diaries, clippings, and financial and legal material. Of special interest are drafts and publicity related to several of O'Malley's works including On Another Man's Wound, The Singing Flame (published in the United States as Army without Banners), Raids and Rallies, and several poems. Of note is correspondence between O'Malley and the artist Jack B. Yeats. Additional series contain materials collected by O'Malley and his son Cormac O'Malley.
This collection consists of material from the 1970s-1980s accumulated by Lincoln Brigade veteran Randall B. (Pete) Smith in his role as chair of the Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade (VALB) Historical Commission. It contains of files on various collective and individual veterans' projects (historical and commemorative), including the researching, funding and publication of (1986) by Carl Geiser. There are also typescripts of some twenty published and unpublished memoirs of varying length. Includes correspondence with veterans, researchers, and other individuals, as well as clippings, articles, and mailing lists.
Carl Frederick Geiser was born in Orrville, Ohio on December 10, 1910. He fought with the International Brigades in the Spanish Civil War and was taken prisoner and held in a fascist prisoner of war camp for a year before being released in April 1939. After a successful career as an aeronautical engineer, in his retirement he began to research and write a history of American volunteers captured during the Spanish Civil War. His labors resulted in the publication of Prisoners of the Good Fightin 1986. In addition to Geiser’s Spanish Civil War correspondence, this collection consists chiefly of research materials gathered by Geiser in the course of writing his book. It includes correspondence with International Brigade veterans, biographical materials and subject files, along with typescript copies of Geiser’s original 900-page manuscript.
Steve Nelson (1903-1993) was a labor activist and organizer, former Communist Party official, Political Commissar in the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, and National Commander of the Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade (VALB). In the 1950s Nelson was convicted and imprisoned under the Pennsylvania Sedition Act and the Federal Smith Act. In 1957 he left the Communist Party following Khrushchev’s revelations of the atrocities that occurred under Stalin’s regime. Nelson authored two memoirs and an autobiography. Nelson’s papers reflect his political and personal activities including his participation in the Spanish Civil War, his six years of sedition trials and appeals, his writings, and his activities with VALB. His papers also include correspondence with friends and colleagues, which reflect the close interconnection between Nelson’s political and personal lives.
Theodore Rose Cogswell (1918-1987) went to Spain to join the International Brigades at the age of 19, working as an ambulance driver. He returned to the States in 1938. In World War II, Cogswell flew cargo planes with the U.S. Army Air Corps. After the war, he became a writer of science fiction. This collection consists of documents, clippings, correspondence and ephemera from Cogswell's year in Spain, as well material from after he was back in the States but continuing to support the Republican effort.
The collection consists of materials collected by John Longstaff, a British volunteer in the International Brigades in the Spanish Civil War. The contents include photocopies of pages of 1938 souvenir album containing signatures of British, Canadian, American and other volunteers of the XVth International Brigade; the album was compiled in late 1938 or early 1939,whens these volunteers were gathered at Ripoll, Spain, awaiting repatriation. Also included are articles about British reunions of IB volunteers, illustrations of British landmarks, and a photocopy of Longstaff's World War II Bronze Star citation "for heroic achievement in connection with military operations against the enemy in Italy on 26 October 1944."
Lawrence Cane (1912-1976), who changed his name from Lawrence Cohen in 1939, sailed for Spain in July 1936 to join the International Brigades. There, as part of the Canadian MacKenzie-Papineau Battalion, he saw heavy combat. He returned to the United States in December 1938. Cane was later decorated for bravery in action in World War II. The collection consists of materials from Cane's time in Spain, and includes military citations, artifacts and papers, identity books, and memorabilia.
Materials related to the Convencion de Solidaridad con el Pueblo Espanol, held between 20-22 August 1943 in Mexico. Includes the program, speeches, resolutions, and reports.
Includes material celebrating International Brigades volunteers in the Spanish Civil War, including 1966 German-language certificate and Hans-Beimler Meda, awarded by the DDR (East Germany), DDR commemorative postage stamps, and a 1970 Soviet medal and certificate. Also includes 3 photographs from the Spanish Civil War.
Joseph Dallet, Jr. (1907-1937) was a labor organizer and Communist Party activist. He volunteered with the Abraham Lincoln Brigade in the Spanish Civil War and was killed in action in October 1937. The bulk of the collection is correspondence from Dallet to his family during the 1920s and early 1930s, describing his political and labor-movement work. Also included are political materials and sympathy correspondence to the family after his death in Spain.
Bernard N. Danchik was a New York City clerk and gymnast who traveled to Barcelona, Spain in 1936 with eight other American athletes to participate in the People’s Olympics, which were being held in protest against the Berlin Olympics in Nazi Germany. On July 19, the day the People’s Olympics were set to begin, fighting broke out on the streets in Barcelona, marking the beginning of the Spanish Civil War. The People’s Olympics were canceled, and Danchik returned home with many photographs and souvenirs to commemorate all that he had witnessed.
Harry Fisher (1911-2003) fought with the Abraham Lincoln Brigade in Spain and later served as an engineer gunner in the American Air Force during World War II. The collection consists chiefly of letters written to his family during the Spanish Civil War.
Alice Bache Gould, scion of a distinguished New England family, Bryn Mawr graduate, and university teacher in the field of mathematics, became a pioneer scholar of the history of early exploration in the Caribbean, and particularly of Chistopher Columbus's voyages. She pursued this work in many libraries and archives, and spent much of the last forty years of her life in Spain. The collection consists of correspondence between Alice Bache Gould and Samuel Vaughn, her trustee in Boston. The letters, mostly written from Spain during the late 1930s and early 1940s, allude to Gould's financial circumstances, her travels and her social and scholarly pursuits.
The collection includes a folder with Groden's military ID and other personal documents from his service in Spain; a program from a musical concert in Barcelona; a photo of Dr. Edward Barsky and Constancia de la Mora at an unidentified event. Also includes WWII newspapers articles with reports of his activities; materials related to VALB anniversary programs and dinners, photos, and pamphlets; artwork by Anthony Toney; a copy of an Alva Bessie script; tape cassettes; and clippings on politics in Spain during the 1970s.
George Marion was a journalist, author, and activist born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1905. After moving to New York City and meeting Celia Greenspan, Marion joined the Communist Party. In 1936, Marion went to Spain to cover the Spanish Civil War for the Daily Workerand the New Masses. Greenspan went to Spain shortly after Marion to volunteer as a medical worker. After they returned to New York in late 1937, Marion worked as a journalist and freelance writer, writing primarily on the Spanish Civil War, the Soviet Union, the Cold War, and censorship issues in the mainstream American press. Marion died of a heart attack in New York City at 50.
Harry Hakam (1913-1996) was an electrician and union activist who fought with the International Brigades in the Spanish Civil War as a machine-gunner, a runner, and an electrician, taking part in the Jarama, Brunete and Aragon offensives. The collection consists of materials dating from Hakam's time in Spain, including correspondence and propaganda graphics; as well as materials relating to post-Spanish Civil War political events in Spain, and the activities of Spanish Civil War veterans.
This collection consists of materials pertaining to ALB veteran Emanuel (Manny) Harriman's Oral History Video Project conducted in the 1980s, including letters between Harriman and his fellow veterans and biographical sketches. Also included are literary works of Harriman and others, printed materials, clippings, Harriman's birth certificate, and court papers related to his change of name in 1957 from Samuel Nahman to Emanuel Harriman. Also included is correspondence regarding a Milt Wollf controversy, a scrapbook, personal documents, and a collection of prints of Nicaragua. 26 videotapes (including interviews with Irv Goff, Lenora Temple, Michael Shantzer, and VALB events such as meetings, memorial services, protests and the Nicaragua ambulances). 64 audio cassette tapes (including recordings of Harriman's memoirs, letters and poetry; interviews with other veterans, and some miscellaneous personal tapes were added to the Harriman video collection.
This collection includes: Herman Hollander's service cap, VALB membership cards and 10th anniversary journal, report to a 1969 VALB Conference by Maury Colow, newspaper articles, postcards, photos, photocopies of Hollander's resume, letters and speech by Hollander, and statement as to why he volunteered. Material related to pharmacist and Lincoln Brigade volunteer Harry Wilkes can also be found in this collection--including photocopies of newspaper articles, photos and biographical material.
Consists of materials collected by George Hendrickson while serving with the International Brigades during the Spanish Civil War. Included are military orders, a printed poem, currency, postcards, Socorro Rojo booklet, leaflets, a letter from Spanish soldier Antonio Machin, and two photos.
Ben Iceland (1910-1990) fought with the Abraham Lincoln Brigade in the Spanish Civil War. In civilian life he found work as a social worker, farmer and, finally, as a high-school teacher of Latin. Iceland was an active member of the Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade (VALB) and edited VALB’s newsletter, the Volunteer, for eight years. This collection contains correspondence written while Iceland was in Spain and memoirs of his participation in the Spanish Civil War. It also contains correspondence and subject files, most from the 1980s, related to VALB and the Volunteer.
Toby Jensky (1911-1995) was a nurse at New York City's Beth Israel Hospital in the 1930s. She went to Spain with the American Medical Bureau to Aid Spanish Democracy and worked as a nurse and administrator in the American hospital in Villa Paz and on the Teruel Front. Philip Schachter (1915-1937) was a machinist in New York City before he volunteered to fight on behalf of the Spanish Republic in the Spanish Civil War. He was lost in action in the Battle of Brunete in July 1937. This collection consists in part of letters written by Jensky to her sister Ida (who was married to Philip Schachter's brother Max) describing her experiences in Spain. It also contains letters written by Schachter to his family from Spain and correspondence between Schachter's family members and various governmental and institutional officials attempting to determine Schachter's whereabouts or the facts of his death after they lost contact with him in July of 1937.
Gottfried Jakob (Fred) Schofs (1910-1975) was a leftist German national who went to the U.S. in 1928 and lived there as an illegal alien. He volunteered for Spain in 1937, and served as a Mess Sergeant for the Abraham Lincoln Brigade. He also took part in the battles of Brunete, Quinto, Belchite, Fuentes de Ebro and Teruel, and was wounded twice. At the end of the war he was incarcerated in several camps in France, and in december 1943 escaped back into Spain, where he spent more than two years in a camp at Miranda del Ebro. After World War II he settled in West Germany where he was a union organizer and political activist. The collection includes his resume (in German), a questionnaire of the West German Spanish Civil War veterans' organization, Letters from authorities in the U.S. and France relating to his return to the U.S., passports from the 1940s through the 1970s, correspondence, journal entries written from Miranda del Ebro, and various VALB publications. Also included is his Hans Beimler Medal awarded by the German Democratic Republic in 1956.
The Joint Anti-Fascist Refugee Committee (JAFRC) was formed in 1941 to supply humanitarian relief to refugees of the Spanish Civil War and to support “anti-fascist fighters trapped in Vichy France, and North Africa.” Citing harassment by the House Committee on Un-American Activities, the Subversive Activities Control Board and the Treasury Department, the board of JAFRC voted to disband in 1955. These records consist of documents related to the political concerns of the JAFRC, both domestically and abroad, and its fundraising activities.
Sidney Kaufman served in the International Brigades in Spain from July 1937 through February 1939. Kaufman later served in World War II transporting troops in the South Pacific. He was a lifelong member of the Marine Cooks and Stewards Union and the International Longshoremen's and Warehousemen's Union. The collection contains Kaufman's correspondence, mementos, military documents, and newspaper articles, primarily dating from his time in Spain.
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