Scope and arrangement
The collection contains seventy-three audiotapes (circa 1975-1985) relating to the Spanish Civil War, including interviews with veterans, radio programs, conferences and classes. In addition, the collection holds lists of veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, printed matter and photographs and slides of Spanish Civil War posters, and two original posters.
This collection consists of materials collected by Randall B. Smith relating to the Spanish Civil War and the veterans of the International Brigades. It includes audio cassette tapes, photographs and slides of Spanish Civil War posters, lists of veterans of the Spanish Civil War and printed matter, dating from 1936-1985. The bulk of these items date from 1969-1985.
These materials document the experiences of Americans who fought in the Spanish Civil War. They also provide information on the history of organizations and movements in which these individuals were active before and after that conflict, such as the Communist Party and the labor movement. Some of the audiotapes chronicle the experiences of Spanish Civil War veterans who fought in World War II, including some who participated in Office of Strategic Services (OSS) operations in Europe. A number of the audiotapes, especially the interviews, also document American social movements of the 1960s and 1970s, such as the opposition to U.S. foreign policy in Vietnam and Central America.
The Randall B. Smith collection of Spanish Civil War materials are arranged in two series:
- 1936-19852.0 linear feet
This series consists of a variety of materials, which document the history of the Spanish Civil War and the VALB, and provide biographical information on Spanish Civil War veterans. There are several lists of members of the VALB. A computerized list (c.1969) includes the age, occupation, place of residence, and ethnic background of many of the volunteers. Other lists include the names of the dead and the missing.
Printed matter includes scattered issues of publications of the International Brigades (1937) and several issues of the Volunteer for Liberty (a VALB publication). A binder containing copies of newsclippings about veterans and a few copies of letters make up part of the printed matter.
The series also includes a card file of bibliographic citations for pamphlets, monographs and periodicals relating to the Spanish Civil War and the minutes of a meeting of an International Brigade in Spain in 1937.
- 1975-1985, undated1 linear foot; 73 items
This series consists of sound recordings of veterans meetings, lectures, documentaries, interviews, personal communications, and other recordings relating to the history of the Spanish Civil War and the Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade. These tapes document the battlefield experiences of Americans who fought in the Spanish Civil War, their relationships to the Communist Party, their lives after the war, and the activities of the VALB. They also provide information on various efforts to document the history of the Spanish Civil War and the VALB that were undertaken in the late 1970s and early 1980s.