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Collection Details


Collection Name: Manny Harriman Video Oral History Collection
Repository Name: New York University. Tamiment Library, Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives [Repository Details]
Repository Location: New York, New York, United States
URL: http://www.nyu.edu/library/bobst/research/tam/harrimanb.html
Dates Spanned: 1985-1987
Description: Manny Harriman (1919-1997) was a veteran of both the Spanish Civil War (he served under his birth name, Samuel Nahman) and World War II who later pursued careers in tool and die making and publishing. Following his first return trip to Spain in 1977, Harriman became interested in the history of his fellow Spanish Civil War veterans. The collection consists of oral history interviews he began videotaping in 1985 with veterans and/or their surviving relatives and friends across the country. The collection also contains a small number of recordings of VALB political activities during the mid-1980s, particularly around aid to Nicaragua. Harriman captured the personal histories of at least 180 veterans. The interviews cover veterans’ family histories, their motivations for joining the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, their experiences fighting in Spain and later in World War II, and their activities in subsequent years.
Estimated Total of Interviews: 207
Broad Subjects: Military; Wars and Conflicts
ASP Subjects: Oral history; Spain; Spain--History--Civil War, 1936-1939; Spain--History--Civil War, 1936-1939--Atrocities; Spain--History--Civil War, 1936-1939--Veterans; Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939; United States; World War II, 1939-1945; World War, 1939-1945--Atrocities; World War, 1939-1945--Veterans
Collection Code: OHC0002913