Honoring Merriman: Berkeley's Hero in the Spanish Civil War

Merriman memorial plaque installed in Corbera d’Ebre (Tarragona)
Raised toward our $47,000 Goal
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Project ends on August 01, at 11:59 PM PDT
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Special Event in the Morrison Library (April 29, 2024)

April 08, 2024


Please join us for this special event on Monday, April 29 at 5 PM in the Morrison Library on the Berkeley campus. Special guests include journalist and author Adam Hochschild, Professor Emeritus Peter Glazer, and Christopher Stone, Robert Merriman's nephew. Music by Randy Craig, Rachel Walters Steiner, and Michael Gene Sullivan. Space is limited, so RSVP soon. We hope to see you!

This event is free and open to the public. If you require an accommodation to fully participate in this event, please email us or call 510-643-8966 at least 7-10 days in advance. 

Sponsored by the Arts & Humanities Division of the UCB Library, the Department of Spanish & Portuguese, and the Bay Area Chapter of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives.

Directions to and more information about the Morrison Library.

Interview with Claude Potts and Donna Southard (November 15, 2023)

March 04, 2024

Claude Potts, UCB librarian for Romance Language collections, and Donna Southard, who teaches in UCB’s department of Spanish and Portuguese discussed with Sebastiaan Faber of ALBA the initiative to install a copy of the Robert Merriman Plaque on the University of California at Berkeley's campus.


Recording of Fundraising Kick-off (October 3, 2023)

February 26, 2024

Remembering Robert H. Merriman (1908-1938) From Berkeley to the Trenches of the Spanish Civil WarDepartment of Spanish & Portuguese, University of California, Berkeley. October 3, 2023. (Online recording, 67:41 min.)

Our way
of Thanking You


Visit to ALBA Monument in SF

A guided visit of the San Francisco Monument to the Abraham Lincoln Brigade installed at the Embarcadero Plaza in 2008. The translucent stone squares in the steel structure show scenes from the war and the faces of some U.S. volunteers in the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939), as well as words about the period from writers like Langston Hughes, Ernest Hemingway, Pablo Neruda, and Alvah Bessie. It was designed by Ann Chamberlain and Walter Hood, and donated by the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives together with the Veterans and Friends of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade. 6 person max.

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Merriman's UCB Walking Tour

Join the Merriman Plaque project coordinators on a tour of one of Robert Merriman's favorite places to study, potential locations where the plaque will be installed, and a stroll to the apartment building where he and Marion lived in the 1930s. 6 person max.

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Zoom Webinar on SCW Music

Peter Glazer, emeritus professor in UC Berkeley's Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies and a professional director and playwright whose adaptations and collaborations include Woody Guthrie’s American Song and Heart of Spain: A Musical of the Spanish Civil War, has offered a 90-minute Zoom webinar on the music of the Spanish Civil War.

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Curated visit Bancroft Library

Curated tour of the Bancroft Library's Spanish Civil War and Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, Bay Area Post Records collection at UC Berkeley. Includes correspondence, administrative files, photographs, posters, postcards, artifacts, clippings, articles, scrapbooks, artifacts, biographical material, broadsides and organizational information. 4 person max.

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