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In 1939, the VALB began issuing the Volunteer for Liberty in New York. Appearing every other month, the 4-page publication explained the organization's official positions, disseminated information about Spain and Spanish affairs, and passed on personal information about the vets. One early editor was veteran James Benet, a professional journalist.

In 1941, the Los Angeles Post of the VALB issued a similar publication titled the Western Volunteer, but suspended publication after half a dozen issues. After World War II, the publication appeared more irregularly, and during the 1950s VALB changed the name to The Volunteer. The largest run of the periodical exists in the ALBA collection at New York University's Tamiment Library.

Beginning in March 2010, the Volunteer also appears as an online magazine, at, featuring the full content of the print version, plus the ALBA blog, videos, podcasts, etc.

View and download issue of The Volunteer by year:
1938: January 

1941: February (part 1), February (part 2), March, April

1942: January

1944: January, February, March, May, October, October supplement

1945: January, January supplement, February, March, May, June supplement

1946: November, April

1947: April

1975: December

1976: December

1979: March,  September

1980: March 

1981: December

1987: February, November

1988: April, August, December

1989: March

1991: Summer

1994: September

1995: March, September

1996: March

1997: December

1998: March, September, December

1999: March, July, September

2000: January, March, September, July

2006: March, June, September, December

2007: March, June, September, December

2008: March, June, September, December

2009: March, June, September, December

2010: March, June 2010 [issued online only],  September, December

2011: December, September, June, March

2012: December, September, June, March

2013: June, March

2014: June, September 

In 2007, The Volunteer began publishing a comic titled Robeson in Spain, detailing Paul Robeson's adventures with the Abraham Lincoln Brigade in 1938.  Three years later, the vets made him an honorary member of VALB.  The comic is produced by Joshua Brown and Peter Carroll. This project is brought to you in part by a grant from the Puffin Foundation, Ltd.  Created in collaboration with the Bay Area Paul Robeson Centennial Committee.

In June 2009, ALBA compiled the series into a special Robeson in Spain issue of The Volunteer