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Department of Connecticut United Spanish War Veterans records

 Collection
Identifier: RG081

Scope and Content

The records include office files; rosters and papers relating to the individual camps; papers relating to various encampments and social events; photos and memorabilia, including a diary written by Catharine Pilgard, a nurse who served during the Spanish-American War; financial records; secretary's records; and published materials.

Dates

  • 1898-1973

Language of Materials

The records are in English.

Historical Note

The United Spanish War Veterans was organized in 1904 by the amalgamation of a number of veterans organizations, including the National Army and Navy Spanish War Veterans, the National Association Spanish-American War Veterans, the Service Men of the Spanish War, etc. According to the Constitution and Rules and Regulations United Spanish War Veterans, 1951, Art. 3, it was composed of men and women who "served at any time during the war between the United States of America and the Kingdom of Spain, or at any time during the war for the suppression of the insurrection in the Philippine Islands, including the China Relief Expedition [from April 21, 1898]…to July 4, 1902…"

Among its objects were to unite in fraternal bonds those who served during the War with Spain or the campaigns growing out of that war; to honor the dead; to assist former comrades and their families; to perpetuate the memories of the war and to collect and preserve the records of service of the individual members of the Order; to inculcate the principles of universal liberty, equal rights and justice to all mankind, etc.

The Department of Connecticut was divided into 31 local camps which reported to the Department and met annually in an encampment.

Extent

25 cubic feet

Abstract

The United Spanish War Veterans was organized in 1904 by the amalgamation of a number of veterans organizations, including the National Army and Navy Spanish War Veterans, the National Association Spanish-American War Veterans, the Service Men of the Spanish War.

Arrangement

Series 1. Office Files, 1946-1971.

Series 2. Rosters, correspondence with camps, and related papers, 1947-1971.

Series 3. Encampments and Social Events, 1927-1971

Series 4. Catharine D. Pilgard Materials, 1898, 1939-1941.

Series 5. Unsorted correspondence and papers, 1938-1972.

Series 6. Photographs and memorabilia.

Series 7. Financial Records, 1920-1972.

Series 8. Secretary's Records, 1932-1971.

Series 9. Per Capita Tax Returns, 1941-1971

Series 10. Reports, 1918-1940.

Series 11. Published Material, 1904-1973.

Series 12. Scrapbook, 1898.

Series 13. Card File of United Spanish War Veterans.

Series 14. Charter, 1932.

Provenance

In February 1973, the records came to the State Library under Section 27-131a of the General Statutes of Connecticut: "…If, at any time, said department is dissolved or ceases to exist or becomes inactive, said records shall become the property of the state of Connecticut and shall be transferred to the department of war records of the state library…"

Related Material

RG 069:148, John J. McMahon Papers, Connecticut State Library.

Separated Material

The following items were transferred to the Museum of Connecticut History.

1. 1 large cannon bullet.

2. 1 kit for soldier with bullets and pipe.

3. 1 small box with two metal stamps.

4. 1 Charles P. Dunlay notary stamp.

5. 1 1/2 boxes of plaques.

6. 1 medal in envelope.

7. 1 bunch of delegate ribbons.

8. 1 envelope containing Charles B. Linke medals.

9. 1 flag.

10. 1 gavel.

11. 2 boxes containing various medals.

12. 1 die for medals.

13. 1 old native Philippine comb.

14. 1 box containing medals and 1 die and buttons.

15. 2 silver cups.

16. 1 USWV banner.

17. 2 frames containing medals, buttons, etc.

Title
RG 081, Department of Connecticut United Spanish War Veterans
Subtitle
Inventory of Records
Author
Finding aid prepared by Connecticut State Library staff.
Date
2008
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script

Repository Details

Part of the Connecticut State Library Repository

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