The Spanish Collection comprises the archives of the International Brigade Association and those of individual Brigaders. It documents the Aid Spain campaign in the UK and abroad – a grass roots response to the Spanish Civil War 1936-39 –, the experiences of Brigaders fighting in Spain and subsequent campaigns against the Franco dictatorship. It includes photographs, diaries, correspondence, printed ephemera, periodicals and artefacts.
The Spanish Collection is currently being recatalogued, with work on the collection expected to finish in February 2018. The collection will be open to researchers throughout this period but if you are planning to visit before February 2018 please contact us in advance with details of the material you would like to see. We cannot guarantee access to material without advance bookings during this period.
The Spanish Collection's photo library is a unique resource of around 1,500 photographic prints covering the Spanish Civil War, the Aid Spain Movement, subsequent Anti-Franco campaigns and memorials and re-unions. The MML is undertaking an ambitious digitisation project and presents here a sample of the images available at the MML, marking 80 years since the formation of the International Brigades. These images form part of the Spanish Collection, our phenomenal archive donated to the MML by the International Brigade Association, and added to by many families of brigaders over the years. Where the images are unattributed, efforts have been made to trace the copyright holder.
Volunteers for Liberty: The Archives of the International Brigades
The Spanish Collection is an internationally significant research resource on the Spanish Civil War, International Brigades and Aid Spain Movement which has been accumulated at the Marx Memorial Library for forty years. Thanks to a grant from The National Archives Cataloguing Grants Scheme the MML is currently undertaking a project to catalogue the Spanish Collection. The catalogue will be available via fully searchable item level descriptions on our online catalogue, making it accessible to new generations of researchers.
Thanks to newly acquired material from the International Brigade Memorial Trust and the families of members of the International Brigades the catalogue will include exciting new material which has not been available to researchers before.
This collaborative project with the International Brigade Memorial Trust will also see the creation of an education pack on the Spanish Civil War and International Brigades for school children.