The selection process for this digital collection was performed by James Fernandez, a Professor in NYU’s Department of Spanish and Portuguese Languages.

Once the images were selected, they were converted to digital format. The letters and prints were scanned at 600 dpi resolution using an Epson flatbed scanner.

The resulting TIFF files (archival images) for the letters and prints are stored at the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives. Access images (PDF files) were created from the TIFF files for Web delivery. The collection was built with CONTENTdm digital media management software using Dublin Core metadata.

To make searching easier for the end-user, the resulting images have been indexed. Two different thesauri were used in the indexing process. Library of Congress’ Authorities: Thesaurus for Graphic Materials provided the terms used in the subject fields (e.g. War relief, International organizations). In determining geographic location – Continent, Country/Region, State/Province, City/Place, and Geographic Feature – Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names was used.

The ALBA Digital Library is available through Digital Metro New York, a collaborative effort between the Metropolitan New York Library Council, OCLC CONTENTdm, and New York Heritage Digital Collections.