Photographs of the Civil War in Toledo: Vincent Doherty Collection

Photographs of the Civil War in Toledo: Vincent Doherty Collection

The Toledo Municipal Archive has acquired the right to exploit for cultural, informative and non-profit uses the more than forty unpublished photos on the Civil War taken by Vincent Doherty. These photos, most of which were taken in the siege of the Toledo fortress during the war, have been preserved by the family of Vincent Doherty, a South African international brigadier who was in Toledo in the summer of 1936. All can now be consulted on the Toledo City Council website.

Toledo City Council, continuing the initiatives that we have talked about on previous occasions on this website, such as making the publication “Secret Archive” available to visitors to its site, or graphic documentary collections such as postcards, aerial photographs, large collections of photos, plans, lithographs, engravings and posters (all in this link), and thanks to the work done in its Municipal Archive, we can now consult the collection of photographs preserved by the South African brigadista Vincent Doherty, who was in Toledo during the fateful summer days of 1936, during the siege of the Alcázar Toledanos by Republican troops.

The transfer of these rights was signed in December 2007 by the spokesman of the municipal government of Toledo, Rafael Perezagua, and by Josep Maria Masachs, director of the archive of the Catalan region of Alt Penedés, and by Ruth Annya Dopherty, granddaughter of the South African aviator.

Through the intermediary of historian Carlos Querol Rovira, who was mayor of Sant Sadurní d´Anoia between 1979-1997, the Municipal Archive of Toledo was informed a few weeks ago of the existence of a photographic collection related to the Civil War in Toledo.

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Photographs of the Civil War in Toledo: Vincent Doherty Collection


The authorship of the photographs is not known, as on the back there are some annotations and acronyms that could correspond to the photographer or some news service of the time.

During the signing of this agreement, as reported by the City Council, Ruth Annya Doherty has commented that she received photos of some of her aunts, with the order that they be delivered to some Spanish public entity, and chose the Arxiu Comarcal of l´Alt Penedés.

The Toledo Municipal Archive facilitates its use by Toledo historians and researchers and disseminates the images through the Toledo City Council website.

Vincent Doherty was born in Cape Town (South Africa) in 1910 and died in Inyanga (Zimbabwe) in 1967. He participated as a British volunteer during the summer of 1936 in the International Brigades and left Spain, war wounded, during the same year.

Click here to access Vincent Doherty’s photographic collection.

Source (Toledo edition) dated 15/12/07.