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Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives Vertical Files: Individuals

Call Number



1930-2011, inclusive


Tamiment Library


11 Linear Feet
in 27 manuscript boxes and one oversize box.


24.26 Megabytes
in 25 graphics

Language of Materials

Materials are in English.


The Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives (ALBA) Vertical Files are a rich source for background information on the people, events and topics related to the ALBA collections in the Tamiment Library and include coverage of the International Brigades as well. The files contain a variety of documents such as newspaper clippings, flyers, brochures, biographical material, anniversary and exhibit programs, obituaries, and other items.


The collection is arranged alphabetically by surname.

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of files of printed ephemera such as biographical data, broadsides, brochures, bulletins, clippings, flyers, leaflets, obituaries, pamphlets, reprints, unpublished papers and other documents relating to a broad range of individuals connected in some way with the Abraham Lincoln Brigade. The bulk of the collection consists of files on individual Lincoln Brigade volunteers, but there are also files on Spanish participants in the Civil War, International Brigade volunteers from other nationality groups, journalists, visitors to Spain, and historians and others who have studied the conflict. (Some files include non-print items such as donor correspondence, typed notes, etc.)

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open to researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

Because of the assembled nature of this collection, copyright status varies across the collection. Copyrights held by original creators of individual items in the collection are expected to pass into the public domain 120 years after their creation. 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 ALBA materials must be secured from the Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives. For more information, contact 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.


The provenance of the materials is varied; much of it came to the Tamiment Library with the original acquisition of ALBA collections in 2001. Other items were obtained through donations, arrangements with organizations, and ongoing collecting by Tamiment staff.

Born-Digital Access Policies and Procedures

Advance notice is required for the use of computer records. Original physical digital media is restricted. An access terminal for born-digital materials in the collection is available by appointment for reading room viewing and listening only. Researchers may view an item's original container and/or carrier, but the physical carriers themselves are not available for use because of preservation concerns.


In May 2024, the physical folder for Aris Hagis (Box 9, Folder 39) was deaccessioned. The folder contained print-outs of scanned photographs and documents that were transferred to the Tamiment Library on optical discs. The files from the discs have been preserved and are accessible through standard born-digital processes.

Related Materials

ALBA Vertical File on Subjects (ALBA VF 001)

Collection processed by

Tamiment Staff

About this Guide

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2024-05-22 13:26:20 -0400.
Language: Description is in English.

Processing Information

Decisions regarding arrangement, description, and physical interventions for this collection prior to 2021 are unknown. In November 2021, the collection was rehoused into manuscript boxes. Folded items were flattened and moved to an oversized box.

In May 2024, two optical discs were forensically imaged, analyzed, and inventoried. New York University Libraries follow professional standards and best practices when imaging, ingesting, and processing born-digital material in order to maintain the integrity and authenticity of the content.

Revisions to this Guide

November 2021: Revised by Weatherly Stephan to reflect rehousing of collection
May 2024: Revised by Rachel Searcy to reflect imaging and description of optical discs


Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South
2nd Floor
New York, NY 10012