CEDOBI

The center of Studies and Documentation of the International Brigades (CEDOBI) is a joint research center of the Institute of Albacete Studies "Don Juan Manuel" and the University of Castilla-La Mancha. It is governed by the cooperation Agreement between the IEA and the UCLM. (Official Gazette of the University of Castilla-La Mancha. November and December 2012/n º 150).

It was created in 2012 thanks to the agreement of the Institute of Albacete Studies "Don Juan Manuel" (IEA), autonomous body of the provincial Council of Albacete, and the University of Castilla-La Mancha (UCLM). It melted two previous initiatives and intensified the collaboration between both agencies. On 22 September 1989, a documentation centre for International Brigades was founded within the IEA on the proposal of the Archivist Francisco Fuster Ruíz and the historian Manuel Requena Gallego. The aim was to strengthen the studies related to the International Brigades and to gather documentation of them. And on October 2, 2003, almost three decades later and by agreement of the Council of Government of the UCLM, it was created in its bosom the center of Studies and Documentation of the International Brigades, that counted with the direction of Professor Manuel Requena Gallego and the estimable Labor , until his death, of the teacher and archivist Rosa Sepúlveda Losa.

The general function of the CEDOBI is to expand scientific knowledge about the International brigades and the last Spanish Civil War (1936-1939). The city of Albacete was the headquarters of the International Brigades during the war and the center of the memory for the foreigners who were there and for their inhabitants. They also had a relationship with them villages in their province, where the brigades were lodged and instructed, such as Almansa, Casas Ibáñez, Caudete, Chinchilla, Fuentealbilla, La Roda, Burrows, Mahora, Pozo Rubio and Tarazona de La Mancha, or populations Cuenca Like Quintanar of the Republic, today Quintanar of the king, or Villanueva de la Jara.