Jon Bilbao Correspondence - Translation

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During his exile after the Francoist troops conquered the Basque Country in 1937, José Antonio Agirre, the first lehendakari or president of the Basque Government, maintained correspondence with a variety of individuals in exile. First, in connections to his government role while the Basque Government continued to operate in exile, from Paris, New York, and other locations. Then, due to his interest as a researcher in Basque culture and history. The letters between Agirre and Jon Bilbao fall in both fields. Bilbao's political activity brought him to fight with the Basque Army during the war and to represent the Basque Government in the American West after that. Simultaneously, his close connection with the Basque exile in the Americas made him a hub on the communications between Agirre and other political figures. Jon Bilbao served as well as a bibliographer to fill Agirre's needs for lehendakari's research.

Jon Bilbao carried on correspondence in Spanish with Jose Antonio Aguirre and many others while he was living and traveling in the United States, Cuba, and Europe. His extensive collection of this correspondence is now located in the Jon Bilbao Basque Library. If you would like to help make this important part of Basque history more accessible by translating one or more of his letters, please contact Iñaki Arrieta Baro.

02 - January 20, 1942

02 - January 20, 1942

A one-page letter from Jon Bilbao in Berkeley, California to José Antonio Agirre in New York.

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03 - July 15, 1942

03 - July 15, 1942

A brief one-page letter from Jon Bilbao in Berkeley, California to José Antonio Agirre in New York.

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04 - April 23, 1949

04 - April 23, 1949

A brief, one-page letter to Jon Bilbao in Berkeley, California from José Antonio Agirre in Paris.

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05 - April 15, 1949

05 - April 15, 1949

A brief 2-page letter from Jon Bilbao in Biarritz to José Antonio Agirre in Paris.

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06 - May 20, 1949

06 - May 20, 1949

A one-page letter to Jon Bilbao's wife, Marta, from José Antonio Agirre in Paris.

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07 - January 14, 1954

07 - January 14, 1954

An incomplete (one-page) letter from Jon Bilbao in Havana, Cuba to José Antonio Agirre in Paris.

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08 - January 18, 1954

08 - January 18, 1954

A 3-page letter from Jon Bilbao in Havana, Cuba to José Antonio Agirre in Paris.

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09 - February 8, 1954

09 - February 8, 1954

A brief one-page letter from Jon Bilbao in Havana, Cuba to José Antonio Agirre in Paris.

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10 - February 23, 1954

10 - February 23, 1954

A two-page letter from Jon Bilbao in Havana, Cuba to José Antonio Agirre in Paris.

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11 - February 27, 1954

11 - February 27, 1954

A two-page letter to Jon Bilbao in Havana, Cuba from José Antonio Agirre in Paris.

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