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Guide to the George Marion Photograph Collection ALBA.PHOTO.045

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Collection processed by Evan Daniel, 2003

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on September 07, 2017
Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Marion, George, 1905-
Title: George Marion Photographs
Dates [inclusive]: 1930s
Abstract: George Marion (1905-1955) was a journalist, author, and Communist Party activist. In 1936, Marion went to Spain to cover the Spanish Civil War for the Daily Workerand the  New Masses. The images in this collection were accrued by Marion in the course of his work as a journalist in Spain. The collection contains group photographs and portraits of members of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, Republican military leaders, Communist Party leaders, military vehicles, political demonstrations/rallies, Spanish munitions workers, and street scenes.
Quantity: 0.75 Linear Feet (2 boxes)
Quantity: 145 b & w Photographs sized from 3 x 4.5 to 9.5 x 3.25 inches and 20 black and white negatives sized from 2.5 x 2.5 to 4 x 5 inches.
Call Phrase: ALBA.PHOTO.045

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Historical/Biographical Note

George Marion was a journalist, author, and Communist Party activist. For further biographical information on George Marion and to review the scope and contents of his manuscript collection see, The Guide to the George Marion Papers, ALBA 45.

Marion accrued the images in this collection during his tenure as a correspondent for the Daily Workerand the  New Masses. The majority of the images were procured by Marion from the photographic bureau, Photo Mayo, Madrid. Two photographs are credited to D. Kraman. The images in the Marion Photograph Collection were separated from Marion’s manuscript materials in the course of processing.

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Scope and Content Note

The George Marion Photograph Collection includes 145 black and white photographs of varying sizes including: 3 x 4.5 inches, 3.5 x 4.75 inches, 6.5 x 4.5 inches, 6.75 x 4.5 inches and 9.5 x 3.25 inches. The twenty negatives are two sizes. Sixteen negatives are 2.5 x 2.5 inches and four negatives are 4 x 5 inches. The negatives are stored separately from the prints, in Box 2.

Series I: The 145 black and white prints are arranged alphabetically by topic and most are photographs taken in Spain during the Civil War. Approximately three-fourths are attributed to the photographic bureau, Photo Mayo, Madrid. One-half of the images are portraits and one-half are photos of soldiers in combat and at rest. The collection includes vivid combat images in addition to portraits of Abraham Lincoln Brigade volunteers, Republican military leaders including General Jose Miaja, Communist Party leaders including Raphael Alberti, José Diaz, Enrique Lister Forjan, Carlos Contreras (alias of Vittorio Vidali), and Rafael Herche, military and transport vehicles, political demonstrations/rallies, Spanish munitions workers, and street scenes. Three of the transport vehicles bear the inscription “U.H.P.” which stands for Unión de Hermanos Proletarios (United Proletarian Brothers), a slogan first used during the Asturian miners' uprising of October 1934. All of the photographs except two were taken in Spain. Of the two photographs taken outside of Spain, one is a group photo onboard the transport ship Ile de France and the other is a photographic postcard depicting the Fuenta de Quijote in Chapultepec, Mexico.

Series II: Negatives arranged alphabetically by topic. The twenty negatives are contained in a separate box from the photographs. Nineteen of the negatives have matching prints. The negative that does not match any prints is a portrait of an unidentified seated male.

The photographic prints are identified by four numbers separated by colons. The first number refers to the collection number, the second to the box number, the third to the folder number, and the fourth to the individual print. For example, the first print in this collection is labeled 45:1:1:1. Negatives are numbered in the same fashion and if there is a matching print, the print number is listed below the negative number.

Arrangement

Folders arranged alphabetically by topic in the Prints and Negatives series.

The files are grouped into 2 series:

Missing Title

  1. I: Prints
  2. II: Negatives

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Miaja Menant, José, 1878-1958
  • Kraman, D. (photographer).
  • Díaz, José, 1896-1942
  • Vidali, Vittorio.
  • Galan, Francisco.
  • Herche, Rafael.
  • Líster, Enrique.
  • Alberti, Rafael, 1902-1999
  • Marion, George, 1905-

Document Type

  • Negatives (photographic)
  • Black-and-white photographs.

Subject Organizations

  • Spain. Ejercito Popular de la Republica. Brigada Internacional, XV
  • Spain. Ejercito Popular de la Republica. Abraham Lincoln Battalion

Subject Topics

  • Spain -- History -- Civil War, 1936-1939.

Subject Places

  • Spain -- History -- Civil War, 1936-1939 -- Participation, American.
  • Barcelona (Spain)
  • Seville (Spain)

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Administrative Information

Provenance

The Marion Photograph Collection was donated to the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives, formerly housed at Brandeis University, by Elizabeth Craney Marion, George Marion's second wife, in 1983. The collection came to New York University in January 2001 as part of the original acquisition of ALBA collections.

Access Restrictions

Materials are open to researchers. Please contact the Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives for more information and to schedule an appointment, tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu or 212-998-2630.

Use Restrictions

Any rights (including copyright and related rights to publicity and privacy) held by the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives (ALBA), were transferred to New York University in November 2000 by the ALBA Board of Governors. Permission to publish or reproduce materials in this collection must be secured from the Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives. For more information, contact tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu or 212-998-2630.

Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date; Collection name; Collection number; box number; folder number;
Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012, New York University Libraries.

Related Material at the Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives

George Marion Papers, ALBA 45

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Container List

Series I: Photographs

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Alberti, Raphael: Communist Poet/Minister for Public Education [?]
1930s
Box: 1 Folder : 2 American Group: Embarking for Spain
1930s
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Arconada, Giorla and Felipe
1930s
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Asaña, I.R.
1930s
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Athletic Activities/Events
1930s
Box: 1 Folder : 6 At the Front: Combat
1930s
Box: 1 Folder : 7 At the Front: Non-Combat
1930s
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Ballesteros, Navarro
1930s
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Bombed Buildings: Barcelona and [?]
1930s
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Carrillo, Santiago [?]
1930s
Box: 1 Folder : 11 Castro, Enrique [?]: Commandante
1930s
Box: 1 Folder : 12 Casualties
1930s
Box: 1 Folder : 13 Civilians: Portraits
1930s
Box: 1 Folder : 14 Coll, Antonio: Frente Popular
1930s
Box: 1 Folder : 15 Contreras, Carlos aka Vittorio Vidali: Italian Communist
1930s
Box: 1 Folder : 16 De la Funete, Soledad
1930s
Box: 1 Folder : 17 Demonstrations/Political Rallies/Political Graffiti
1930s
Box: 1 Folder : 18 Diaz, José: Partido Comunista
1930s
Box: 1 Folder : 19 Farmers/Farming
1930s
Box: 1 Folder : 20 Galan, Francisco: Partido Comunista, Colonel, Commander of Cartagena Naval Base
1930s
Box: 1 Folder : 21 Giron: Portrait
1930s
Box: 1 Folder : 22 Herche, Rafael: Politburo Member, Education and Fine Arts Minister/Education and Health Minister
1930s
Box: 1 Folder : 23 Hernandez, Jesus: Partido Comunista
1930s
Box: 1 Folder : 24 Lister Forjan, Enrique: Communist Militia Leader, Commander of 5th Regiment, later Colonel
1930s
Box: 1 Folder : 25 Lomoneda, [?]
1930s
Box: 1 Folder : 26 Medical Personnel
1930s
Box: 1 Folder : 27 Miaja, Jose [?]: General and Commander of Madrid Army
1930s
Box: 1 Folder : 28 Military Ranks/Insignia
1930s
Box: 1 Folder : 29 Military/Transport Vehicles
1930s
Box: 1 Folder : 30 Nicoletti, [?]: Commander
1930s
Box: 1 Folder : 31 On the Barricades
1930s
Box: 1 Folder : 32 Photographic Postcard: Fuenta de Quijote; Chapultepec, Mexico
1930s
Box: 1 Folder : 33 Sailors
1930s
Box: 1 Folder : 34 Soldiers: Group Shots (non-combat)
1930s
Box: 1 Folder : 35 Soldiers: Militia Women
1930s
Box: 1 Folder : 36 Soldiers: Portraits
1930s
Box: 1 Folder : 37 Spanish Children
1930s
Box: 1 Folder : 38 Spanish Civil War Poster: Photographic Reproduction
1930s
Box: 1 Folder : 39 Spanish Workers
1930s
Box: 1 Folder : 40 Street Scenes: Barcelona, Seville, and [?]
1930s
Box: 1 Folder : 41 Thorez, Maurice [?]: French Communist Leader
1930s
Box: 1 Folder : 42 Weila, Harry and Wilson, Al: Brigade Members
1930s

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Series II: Negatives

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : 1 Matched Negatives
1930s
Box: 2 Folder : 2 Unmatched Negative
1930s

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