Trabajadores: Spanish Civil War Archives Online

This, by Liz Wood, is in a recent History Workshop Journal:

MRC 2011 087On 12 November 2011, Wembley Stadium hosted a friendly between the football teams of England and Spain. Amongst the usual pre-match shots of flags and anthem singing, the television cameras picked out one English fan in the crowd with a home-made placard commemorating the British volunteers of the International Brigade, who had fought for the Spanish Republic 75 years earlier. The incident was an example of how the Spanish Civil War has maintained its place in the British popular consciousness in a way that is perhaps only exceeded by the two world wars.

In recent years it has been the subject of popular history books and formed the backdrop to best-selling novels and an HBO made/Sky broadcast television series starring Nicole Kidman; meanwhile the often bitter debates between supporters of different Republican factions in 1936-39 continue to be played out on internet message boards.  Despite this public and academic interest, only a small quantity of primary sources in English were freely available to researchers online – last year the Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick, added over 13,000 pages more.

There’s this:

To provide different (although still pro-Republican) opinions on the war, over 100 pamphlets and journals from the archive collections of political activists were also put online. Many of these reflect the Trotskyist view of the conflict– similar to that of George Orwell in ‘Homage to Catalonia’. These include publications from Partido Obrero de Unificación Marxista (POUM), in both English and Spanish, and English language material from anarchist groups, including CNT-FAI. Pamphlets and speakers’ notes from the Communist Party of Great Britain are also included.

Bit of a misuse of “Trostkyist” there, imho, but still…

Here’s 64 pages items returned for the word “POUM”, such as:

 15/3/8/253/3ii Spain and the World. Vol. 1, no. 14 (supplement) / 11 June 1937 / Publications from the archive of Henry Sara and Frank Maitland

 206/3/5/4/1 Independent news. Special issue: the P.O.U.M. trial in Barcelona / 1938 / Publications from the archive of Hugo Dewar

206/3/5/8/1 Juventud Obrera. Year 1, no. 11 / October 1937 / Publications from the archive of Hugo Dewar

Cablegram292/946/24/3 Cablegram 18 October 1938 / Archives of the Trades Union Congress

Juventud Obrera. Year 1, no. 12 206/3/5/8/2 Juventud Obrera. Year 1, no. 12 October 1937 Publications from the archive of Hugo Dewar 

15X/2/536/6 The truth about the Barcelona events / by Lambda ; introduction by Bertram D. Wolfe 1937 / Maitland – Sara – Hallinan collection

Cablegram (copy) 292/946/24/2 Cablegram (copy) / 18 October 1938 / Archives of the Trades Union Congress

Special information meeting about the P.O.U.M. trial (invitation)292/946/24/4 Special information meeting about the P.O.U.M. trial (invitation) 1938 / Archives of the Trades Union Congress

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  1. Bad phrasing on my part there – the “These include publications from…” line should have referred to the “over 100 pamphlets and journals from the archive collections of political activists…” bit rather than the “Many of these reflect the Trotskyist view of the conflict…” bit – as you point out, it would be a fairly flexible use of the word ‘Trotskyist’ otherwise.
    Thanks for the plug.

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