Back from NYC and the VALB/ALBA events. The lectures series on the newly found Capa photographs (The Mexican Suitcase) was very interesting. I was also able to put in a few hours work in the Archive itself at NYU. The whole staff there is really great to work with. I found some great information and my wife was able to obtain supporting documents for her work on the Vaughn Love manuscript.
I was able to look over the papers of Hilliard Bernstein and found some great material. He ran for Governor in the early 1940s and there was an article from a Richmond paper! I will be digging into these in the near future. Also found numerous books of poetry self-published by Bernstein.
I stumbled over another bit of information on another Virginia volunteer. Pat Read, the head of the communications section mentioned that Vernon Snow was killed in action by a nationalist aircraft. So it looks like Snow was in the Lincoln-Washington BN instead of the Mackenzie-Papineau Battalion.
I met the family member of a volunteer at the event on Sunday. Her uncle was a Spanish-American who went back to Spain to fight for the Republican government. Many of the men with Hispanic names on the Sail List appear in no other area. I believe that most served in regular Republican formations, as they were able to speak the language.
I also bumped into Len and Nancy, literally, and confirmed that it would be okay to put up the biographical sketches they provided me several years ago.