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Records of the Death Benefit Association, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War

circa 1940-1975, 4 linear feet

07

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:
Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War. Death Benefit Association.
Title:
Records of the Death Benefit Association, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
Date:
circa 1940-1975
Call Number:
07
Extent:
4 Linear feet
General Physical Description note:
4 boxes
Language:
English
Abstract:
The Records of the Death Benefit Association, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, circa 1940-1965, consists primarily of beneficiary payment records. There are also proofs of death, a minute book, and additional financial records.
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Biography/History

"The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War was a creation of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) which was formed in 1866. Wanting to pass on its heritage, the GAR in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania created a Corps of Cadets in 1878 which later became the Sons of Veterans of the United States of America (SV)... In 1904, the SV elected to become a patriotic education society and in 1925 changed its name to Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW)... Prior to disbanding and before the death of its last member, the GAR officially designated the SUVCW as its successor and heir to its remaining property. On August 20, 1954, the SUVCW was officially incorporated by an Act of Congress by the passing of Public Law 605 of the second session of the 83rd Congress."

Bibliography:

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War. "Introduction." August 30, 2010. Accessed January 18, 2012. http://suvcw.org/suv.htm

Scope and Contents

The Records of the Death Benefit Association, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, circa 1940-1965, consists primarily of beneficiary payment records. There collection also includes: proofs of death, 1950s, and a list of members and causes of death, circa 1940-1975; a minute book with treasurer reports and miscellaneous other documents, 1947-1950s; and additional financial records, such as bank statements, 1960s, and a ledger with payments to various camps, 1958-1960. There are also correspondence files, 1940s-1960s.

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.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials Note

Pennsylvania State Archives: Records of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Pennsylvania Department, MG-486.

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Controlled Access Headings

Subject(s)
  • Beneficiaries
  • Fraternal organizations
  • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
  • Veterans

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