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Ephraim J. Burford Collection

One box of correspondence, photographs, radio broadcasts, press cuttings, a propaganda booklet and ephemera relating to the week E. J. Burford spent in Barcelona, Spain during July 1936, and the military uprising he observed while he was there.

Ephraim John Burford was born in London in 1905, and became a socialist as a teenager. In July 1936, Burford and his wife Nancy motored to Barcelona for the Olympics and became stuck there when the military uprising broke out on the 19th July. Burford broadcast English translations of the news from the government's Radio Barcelona before he and his wife were able to leave on Friday 24th July.

Burford's papers usefully complement the Spanish Civil War research materials in the PeersRonald Fraser and Eleanor Rathbone collections. The collection was presented in 2005 by Sandra Schulman, the wife of Burford's nephew and executor.

 

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