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Records of Benjamin Franklin Post No. 405, American Legion

1919-1992, 0.75 linear feet

03

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Grand Army of the Republic Civil War Museum and Library. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

Summary Information

Repository:
Grand Army of the Republic Civil War Museum and Library
Creator:
American Legion. Benjamin Franklin Post No. 405 (Philadelphia, Pa.).
Title:
Records of Benjamin Franklin Post No. 405, American Legion
Date [inclusive]:
1919-1992
Call Number:
03
Extent:
0.75 Linear feet
General Physical Description note:
3 flat boxes
Language:
English
Abstract:
The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization. Focusing on service to veterans, servicemembers and communities, the Legion evolved from a group of war-weary veterans of World War I into one of the most influential nonprofit groups in the United States. The records of Benjamin Franklin Post No. 405 (Philadelphia, Pa.), American Legion, 1919-1992, includes financial, administrative, and membership records, as well as newsletters.
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Biography/History

"The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization. Focusing on service to veterans, servicemembers and communities, the Legion evolved from a group of war-weary veterans of World War I into one of the most influential nonprofit groups in the United States. Membership swiftly grew to over 1 million, and local posts sprang up across the country. Today, membership stands at over 2.4 million in 14,000 posts worldwide. The posts are organized into 55 departments: one each for the 50 states, along with the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, France, Mexico and the Philippines.

"Over the years, the Legion has influenced considerable social change in America, won hundreds of benefits for veterans and produced many important programs for children and youth."

Bibliography:

The American Legion. "History," Accessed December 29, 2011. http://www.legion.org/history

Scope and Contents

The records of Benjamin Franklin Post No. 405 (Philadelphia, Pa.), American Legion, includes financial, administrative, and membership records, as well as newsletters. The financial records date from about 1927 to 1933, and include bank statements, cancelled checks financial correspondence, a receipt book, and budgetary committee reports. The administrative records include meeting minutes and correspondence, circa 1930-1933, and Executive Committee minutes, 1979. The membership records include: renewal cards, 1931 and 1992; applications, 1947; member lists, 1978 and 1991-1992; and correspondence and thank-you letters, circa 1980-1992. There is also some event ephemera.

Newsletters from Benjamin Franklin Post No. 405 are bound together with newsletters from two other Philadelphia posts of the American Legion, Taylor E. Walthour Post No. 282 and Post No. 174. The newsletters date from 1921 to 1929.

This collection also includes some meeting minutes, 1919-1923, from Taylor E. Walthour Post No. 282.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

Grand Army of the Republic Civil War Museum and Library

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Celia Caust-Ellenbogen and Michael Gubicza through the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories

Sponsor

This preliminary finding aid was created as part of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories. The HCI-PSAR project was made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Access Restrictions

Contact Grand Army of the Republic Museum and Library for information about accessing this collection.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Andy Waskie, Ph.D., circa 2004.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • American Legion.
Geographic Name(s)
  • Philadelphia (Pa.)
Subject(s)
  • Fraternal organizations
  • Veterans
  • World War, 1914-1918

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