Tamiment Library and Wagner Archives

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"Our Planes"; Harry Randall: Fifteenth International Brigade Films and Photographs; ALBA PHOTO 011; box 6; 1504; Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives 

78 years ago today, the Spanish Civil War began between the nationalists  led by General Francisco Franco and the democratically-elected Spanish Republic.  In January of 1937, the first American volunteers arrived in Spain to aid in the fight against fascism.  

 

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Harry Randall: Fifteenth International Brigade Films and Photographs; ALBA PHOTO 011; box 1; 405; Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives 

Eventually, 40,000 international troops would come to the aid of the Spanish Republic.  The many volunteers wrote letters home, brought back posters, and took photographs.

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Harry Randall: Fifteenth International Brigade Films and Photographs; ALBA PHOTO 011; box 5; 1493; Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives 

The Tamiment Library holds hundreds of linear feet of materials from the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, the group of 2,800 American volunteers in Spain.  Though the nationalist Franco won the war, the volunteers’ contributions are preserved in the Tamiment’s collections.

 

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Harry Randall: Fifteenth International Brigade Films and Photographs; ALBA PHOTO 011; box 5; 1490; Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives 

The Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives, or ALBA, encompass personal papers, printed ephemera, posters, photos, scrapbooks, films, artifacts, records from the Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigades, and much more.  The collections are particularly notable for the strong representation of female volunteers such as chief nurse Fredericka Martin.  Peruse the list of volunteers here or browse the full list of ALBA collections here.

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Harry Randall: Fifteenth International Brigade Films and Photographs; ALBA PHOTO 011; box 1; 403; Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives 

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Many St. Patrick’s Day parades have been controversial for their prohibitions on including LGBT groups, with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio marching in the alternate St. Pat’s For All, and Guinness, Heineken, and the Boston Beer Company pulling sponsorship from the Boston and New York City parades.

Irish Echo Photographs; AIA 045; Archives of Irish America, Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, New York University.

Reposting this in honor of LGBT Pride Month!

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The Equal Pay Act was signed into law on this day 51 years ago by then-President John F. Kennedy.  It was meant to be a step forward in ensuring equal wages across gender lines.
This 1982 cartoon is from the Tamiment’s Gary Huck and Mike Konopacki Labor Cartoons Collection, which contains 38 linear feet of political cartoons created in the 1980’s, 1990’s, and 2000’s.  Huck’s cartoon illustrates the gender wage gap that persisted 19 years after the Equal Pay Act was passed.  
The Equal Pay Act was signed into law on this day 51 years ago by then-President John F. Kennedy.  It was meant to be a step forward in ensuring equal wages across gender lines.

This 1982 cartoon is from the Tamiment’s Gary Huck and Mike Konopacki Labor Cartoons Collection, which contains 38 linear feet of political cartoons created in the 1980’s, 1990’s, and 2000’s.  Huck’s cartoon illustrates the gender wage gap that persisted 19 years after the Equal Pay Act was passed.  

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Tamiment is celebrating Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month! Come in and check out a few of our dynamic collections highlighting Asian-Pacific American’s in Labor: Asian Women United Records and Photographs, the Darlene Woe Papers, and the Rocky Chin Papers!

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