American Friends of Spanish Democracy

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The American Friends of Spanish Democracy (originally called Friends of Spanish Democracy) was founded in New York City in 1936 by a group of clergymen and intellectuals under the leadership of Roger Baldwin, a member of the executive committee, and Bishop Robert L. Paddock, the chairman. John Dewey was named vice-chairman but his role appears to have been largely honorific. The objective of the organization was to arouse support for the Loyalist government during the Spanish Civil War. By organizing public appeals, petitions and letters of protest and by disseminating information on the situation in Spain, it hoped to counteract the effects of fascist propaganda and bring pressure on the U.S. President and Congress to end the arms embargo against Spain. It also raised funds for medical aid and refugee relief which were distributed by the North American Committee to Aid Spanish Democracy. By decision of its executive committee the organization was dissolved in 1939.

From the description of American Friends of Spanish Democracy records, 1935-1939. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122431610

From the guide to the American Friends of Spanish Democracy records, 1935-1939, (The New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division.)

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Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf American Friends of Spanish Democracy. Correspondence with Van Wyck Brooks, 1933-1937. University of Pennsylvania Library
referencedIn Adams, Mildred, 1894-1980. Mildred Adams Kenyon papers, 1939-1976, (bulk 1939-1942). University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
referencedIn J. B. Matthews Papers, 1862-1986 and undated David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
referencedIn Lewis Gannett papers, 1681-1966 (inclusive) 1900-1960 (bulk). Houghton Library.
creatorOf American Friends of Spanish Democracy. Correspondence with Theodore Dreiser, 1937. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf American Friends of Spanish Democracy. American Friends of Spanish Democracy records, 1935-1939. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf American Friends of Spanish Democracy. Correspondence, 1937, from Lewis Mumford. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Correspondence, 1860-1979. Houghton Library.
creatorOf American Friends of Spanish Democracy records, 1935-1939 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf American Friends of Spanish Democracy. Letter, 1937, to Lewis Mumford. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith Adams, Mildred, 1894-1980. person
associatedWith Ahrend, Evelyn. person
associatedWith American Committee on Spanish Relief. corporateBody
associatedWith Baldwin, Roger Nash, 1884- person
associatedWith Benét, Stephen Vincent, 1898-1943. person
associatedWith Bynner, Witter, 1881-1968. person
associatedWith Chase, Roger. person
associatedWith Chase, Stuart, 1888-1985. person
associatedWith Dewey, John, 1859-1952. person
associatedWith Dos Passos, John, 1896-1970. person
associatedWith Fisher, Dorothy Canfield, 1879-1958. person
associatedWith Frank, Waldo David, 1889-1967. person
associatedWith Friends of Spanish Democracy. corporateBody
correspondedWith Gannett, Lewis, 1891-1966 person
associatedWith Hankemeyer, Natalie person
associatedWith Hankemeyer, Natalie. person
correspondedWith Hocking, William Ernest, 1873-1966 person
associatedWith Holmes, John Haynes, 1879-1964. person
associatedWith Hull, Cordell, 1871-1955. person
associatedWith MacLeish, Archibald, 1892-1982. person
associatedWith Matthews, J. B. (Joseph Brown), 1894-1966 person
associatedWith Mumford, Lewis, 1895-1990. person
associatedWith Nearing, Scott, 1883-1983. person
associatedWith North American Committee to Aid Spanish Democracy. corporateBody
associatedWith Paddock, Robert Lewis, 1869-1939. person
associatedWith Russell, Charles Edward, 1860-1941. person
associatedWith Seldes, George, 1890-1995. person
associatedWith Sherman, John. person
associatedWith Sinclair, Upton, 1878-1968. person
associatedWith White, William Allen, 1868-1944. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Spain
Spain
Subject
Refugees
Neutral trade with belligerents
Bombing, Aerial--Spain
Refugees--Spain
Embargo--Spain
Bombing, Aerial
Embargo
Occupation
Function

Corporate Body

Active 1933

Active 1937

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