[Marxism] "Tamiment’s New Leadership: The Next Chapter"

Kevin Lindemann and Cathy Campo kklcac at earthlink.net
Tue Oct 6 07:10:04 MDT 2015

The Volunteer

Tamiment’s New Leadership: The Next Chapter

September 13, 2015

By Sebastiaan Faber 

Longtime NYU librarian and archivist Timothy Johnson takes over this month as Head of Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, one of the country’s richest archival troves of labor and civil rights activism—and, for the past 15 years, home to the ever-expanding ALBA collection. Johnson, who joined NYU in 2005 as a subject librarian in Africana Studies, is a specialist in African-American history and long-time political activist. In 2007, he helped arrange for the transfer of the archives of the Communist Party of the United States, which are now also at Tamiment. Johnson succeeds Timothy Naftali, and the late Michael Nash and Deborah Bernhardt. 

The history of the ALBA collection is closely connected with the Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade and ALBA’s mission as an educational non-profit. The collection—which includes letters, books, posters, manuscripts, photographs, film, audio, and various other artifacts related to the lives and work of the volunteers of the Lincoln Brigade—was initially held at Brandeis University in Boston. In 2000, ALBA was instrumental in moving it to New York University. This was a major undertaking. “The collection had outgrown Brandeis’s meager resources,” recalls ALBA chairman emeritus Peter N. Carroll, “and NYU was willing to devote the energy to fully organize and index a great multitude of archival material.” 

This summer, I spoke with Tim Johnson and NYU’s Kate Donovan, who since 2013 has served as Assistant Curator and Public Services and Instruction Librarian. 

Why is NYU, and Tamiment in particular, a good place for an archive like the ALBA collection?

Johnson: Tamiment has a world-wide identification with labor, peace, progressive, and left-wing movements. Since the history of the Lincoln Brigade cuts through all of those movements, Tamiment is a logical place for this archive. We have on our faculty at NYU several scholars who study the Lincoln Brigade and/or the Spanish Civil War. And since ALBA is also in New York, there’s a substantial local base of support for, and use of, the collections.

Full article: http://www.albavolunteer.org/2015/09/tamiments-new-leadership-the-next-chapter/

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