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Robert Stradling Papers

Content & Structure

The Robert Stradling collection was compiled by Prof. Robert A. Stradling between 1992 and 2000, and formed the basis for his publication in 1999, entitled 'The Irish and the Spanish Civil War 1936-1939'. The collection was deposited in the University of Limerick in 2002.

Material was sourced from surviving Irish veterans of the Spanish Civil War, their friends and families. In addition, copies of documents were assembled from numerous library and archive services, including the Archivo General Militar at Ávila, Archivo del Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores (Madrid), Archivo General de la Guerra Civil Española (Salamanca), National Library of Ireland, and National Archives, Dublin. The oral accounts were recorded during visits to Ireland in 1994 and 1996, with the exception of the recording of Jimmy Kavanagh by his son, James, in 1992, and the Radio Éireann interview with Phil McBride in 1986. A large quantity of published sources were also assembled and reproduced, including newspapers, books, periodicals and magazines.

Divided into three main sections, the collection focuses on documentation from Irish Brigadiers, administrative documentation, and media coverage of the Spanish Civil War, in Ireland and abroad.

Roisín Berry

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