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Descriptive Summary

Historical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Separated Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Onsite at SRH:

Offsite at LSF:

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Texas Records, 1920-2009



Descriptive Summary

Creator: American Legion. Auxiliary. Dept. of Texas.
Title: American Legion Auxiliary Department of Texas Records
Dates: 1920-2009
Abstract: The American Legion Auxiliary Department of Texas Records, 1920-2009, consists of photographs, scrapbooks, administrative files, and printed materials. The photographs primarily depict officers and events of the Department of Texas and its districts, while the scrapbooks contain photographs and newspaper clippings about the organization’s activities. Additionally, the administrative files contain annual department histories and reports from officers of the organizations, and the printed material pertains to the rules and regulations of the Department of Texas and connections with other associations, such as the American Legion and the Veterans Administration.
Accession No.: 2010-145
Extent: 6 ft., 4 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Historical Note

In 1919, the American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) was established as a civilian association for women to support the American Legion, a U.S. military veterans organization founded by men who served during World War I. The Auxiliary’s constitution set forth its goals: to help veterans and American youth, to defend the U.S. Constitution and democracy, to promote nationalism and community involvement, and to support peace and justice. In 1921, the official memorial flower of the Auxiliary became the Poppy of Flanders Field, and the ALA began its well-known poppy program with each department distributing crepe paper poppies in exchange for donations to assist disabled veterans. Four years later, the ALA moved the national headquarters to Indianapolis, Indiana, where the American Legion’s headquarters already resided, and it also joined the Fédération Interalliée des Anciens Combattants (Federation of Interallied ex-Service men), or FIDAC.

On December 20, 1920, the Department of Texas held its first meeting in San Antonio, later establishing its headquarters in Austin. The first president, Mrs. E. C. Murray, served two terms from 1920 to 1922, with the first secretary, Ada Mae Maddox, serving until 1930. The department increased from 23 Units and 400 members its first year to nearly 100 units and over 4,000 members in its second year. By 1949, over 500 units and over 22,000 members composed the Department of Texas, and as of 2010 that membership total still holds.

Numerous programs were established in the Department of Texas’s early years. Immediately following its first convention in Houston, the Department set up the hospital funding program in its second year, and in the 1923-1924 year, the Rehabilitation and Child Welfare Committees were organized. The first national convention in Texas came to San Antonio in 1928, and the next year brought the first issue of the Lone Star News. The Texas Bluebonnet Girls State was instituted in 1940, six years after the national junior membership program and three years after the national Girls State program.

Sources:

American Legion Auxiliary Department of Texas Records, 1920-2009, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.

American Legion Auxiliary. "American Legion Auxiliary."http://www.legion-aux.org/ (accessed July 22, 2010).

American Legion Auxiliary Department of Texas. "American Legion Auxiliary Department of Texas."http://www.alatexas.org/ (accessed July 22, 2010).

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Scope and Contents

The American Legion Auxiliary Department of Texas Records, 1920-2009, consists of photographs, scrapbooks, administrative files, and printed materials. The photographs primarily depict officers and events of the Department of Texas and its districts, while the scrapbooks contain photographs and newspaper clippings about the organization’s activities. Additionally, the administrative files contain annual department histories and reports from officers of the organizations, and the printed material pertains to the rules and regulations of the Department of Texas and connections with other associations, such as the American Legion and the Veterans Administration.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

A portion of these records is stored remotely. Advance notice required for retrieval. Contact repository for retrieval.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Organizations)
American Legion. Auxiliary. Dept. of Texas -- Archives.
American Legion. Auxiliary -- Texas.
American Legion. Dept. of Texas.
Subjects
Veterans -- Societies, etc. -- Texas.
Veterans -- United States.
Patriotic societies -- Texas.
Places
Texas -- History -- Sources.

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Separated Material

Some material has been separated to the Library Unit.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

American Legion Auxiliary Department of Texas Records, 1920-2009, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Laurel Rozema, August 2010

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Onsite at SRH:

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2AA12 Department Convention mounted display photographs, 1971
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2AA8 Charter Membership Roll, Unit of Harry M. Wurzbach, Post No. 256, [San Antonio, mounted photograph display,] [ca. 1920s]

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Offsite at LSF:

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2010-145/1 Scrapbooks:
With annual report by Nancye Whitson, Public Relations Chairman, 1981-1982
"Put on a Happy Face!: Jr. Auxiliary State Scrapbook by Jr. Department Historian Shelly Hughes, Fill the World with Peace, Love, ad Happiness!," 1992-1993
With newsletters by Georgia Upson, Department Chairman, Public Relations, 1982-1983
"Department of Texas Jr. Scrapbook," 1984-1985
"Travis Unit ‘76’ Austin," 1954-1955
"Travis Unit ‘76’ Austin, 1954-1955": "Copy and Restore / Cavalcade of Memories / Shirley Denson," 2007
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2010-145/2 "Visual History Compiled for Mrs. Henry Fisk, 14th District President, 1952-1954, by Mrs. Cora Demary, Visual History Chairman," 1950-1955
"History of the Department of Texas, Mrs. Yolanda G. McKinney, Department Historian," 1995-1996
"A History of the Jno. W. Law Auxiliary to the American Legion, Unit Number 53, Dallas, Texas, organized Fall 1919, Chartered February 19th, 1921, by Martha Crawford Riley, Historian, 1930"
"Texas Department Publicity Clippings, 1934, Mrs. L. H. Baskin, President, Mrs. Warren Freund, Publicity Chairman," 1934
"American Legion Auxiliary, Department of Texas, 1932-1933, (Miss) Marguerite Garitty, Dept. Publicity Chairman, Corsicana, Texas," 1932-1933
"Houston Unit '52', Houston, Texas, August 1956-July 1957," 1955-1957
American Legion Auxiliary Child Welfare Health Center, 1929-1935
"American Legion Auxiliary, Department of Texas, 1934-5" by "Mrs. Sidney Eugene Rich, Historian, Travis Post, Aux. 76, Austin, Texas," 1934-1935
Fédération Interalliée des Anciens Combattants, 1927-1932
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2010-145/3 Lone Star News:
[Mrs. Charles] Downey, [President], 1961
1962-1970
Copies, 1942, 1953, 1955, 1966-1975
VA Hospital photographs for various Texas chapters of ALA, [ca. 1960s-1970s]
Chapter VIII lead sheet and correspondence, 1986
Administrative files:
"History, University Post American Legion Auxiliary, 1921-1931, [Unit no.] 288, (Mrs. Joseph Walter) Winifred Mulvihill Ramsay, Historian," 1921-1938
Department histories, 1920-1950
Ten Year History, 1961-1970
Department histories, 1955-1956, 1960, 1962-1973, 1978-1980
1981 Officers and Committee CHM, 1980-1981
Department History (Mildred Handley, Historian), 1981-1982
Department Officers Reports, 1981-1982
Activity Chairmen’s Reports, 1981-1982
Department History (Marie Gregory, Historian), 1982-1983
History, 1983-1984
Roster – Officers & Committee Chairmen, etc., 1984-1985
Autographed headshots, 2003-2005
Certificates, 1967-2006
Newspaper clippings, 1953-1954, 1961, 1965, 1983, 1987
Pamphlets and booklets, [1935], 1945-1954
Inventory, February 1960
Unit Handbook, 1963, 1966, 1970, 1976
FIDAC essays, 1934
Lone Star News Letter, [1983]
(three copies)
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2010-145/4 Administrative files:
Roster – Officers & Committee Chairmen, etc., 1987-1988
Copy of 1987-88 History (Department), Carylon Trahan, Historian, 1988
Scrapbooks:
Texas Legion Auxiliary Child Welfare Committee, [ca. 1933-1934]
Abe Harrison Post 174, Georgetown, TX, 1946-1947
Laminated material, 1947, 1953, 1967, 1973, undated
Publicity by Mrs. William A. Wyatt, Department Historian, 1920-1933
Photographs:
Lionell Lewis, Jeanne Pricer, and Ann Petronis distributing reflectors, March 5, 1987
Local, state, and national leaders, [ca. 1960s-1980s]
"Pictures from 10-Yr History 1980-1990," 1979-1990
1966 Dept. Convention and mother of Eleanor Sue Luttig with letter, 1966, 1980
Leaders:
O-P, 1952-1976, [ca. 1990s]
C-D, 1947-1994, undated
W, [ca. 1940s]-1969
J and I, [ca. 1940s-1980s]
K, 1948-1990, undated
L, [ca. 1940s—1991
G with membership cards, 1936-1991
Events, 1958-[ca. 1980s], undated
Minutes of Fall Executive Meetings, 1947-1955
"Fall Executive Committee Minutes, Miscellaneous, for reference only, rough drafts, detailed minutes, attached reports, etc.," 1959-1966
Thomas Dismuke Post #52, Houston, Texas, minutes and reports, 1924-1928
American Legion and ALA national convention programs with inserts and photos, 1961, 1963
American Legion, Department of Wisconsin national convention program with notes, 1961
Code: Covering All Mandates of National Convention and National Executive Committee Meetings of the American Legion Auxiliary, [ca. 1939 or 1940], 1956, 1962, 1969
Supplement to the Code of the American Legion Auxiliary, July 1941
Two plaques for Distinguished Service Award of the Texas Youth Conference from the Texas Law Enforcement and Youth Development Foundation, Robert T. Davis, Director, undated
Department History, 1982-1983, 1986-1987
16th District Fall Convention program, Midland, Texas, 1984
III Division Convention, 15th District, Harlingen, Texas, program, 1986
Building dedication program, Austin, Texas, January 24, 2009
Cavalcade of Memories, 70 Years with Big Bend Unit #79, Alpine, Texas, The American Legion Auxiliary, 1921-1991 by Evie Fulcher Williams, 1991
Certificates, 1983, 1995, 2004-2008, undated
Historical materials, 1920, 1966, 1972, 2005
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2010-145/5 Photographs:
ALA Department of Texas Members and events, 1930-1992
American Legion Department of Texas Commanders, 1955-1983, undated
Officers, L-M, [ca. 1920s]-1992
Officers, T, [ca. 1930s]-1986
Officers, Q and R, [ca. 1920s]-1980
Officers, H, [ca. 1930s]-1991
Department histories, 2001, 2003
Photographs of members and events, 1930-1992
Girls State Archives, 1956, 1970, 2005
Annual reports, 2001
National Veterans Creative Arts Festival letter, program, and poster board, 2007
Typescript of "Veteran Rehabilitation, a Ph. D. Thesis written at the University of Texas in 1932, by Calhoun Harris," 1932
Bound volume of child welfare material, 1932-1936, undated
Freedom Foundation Award, 1986
Award certificates and programs, 1989-1990, 1993-1995, 2004
Department reports, memos, clippings, resolutions, award lists, pamphlets, 1973-2004
Auxiliary Patriotic [flyers and printed material], 1983, undated
M. D. Anderson, 1954-2000
Girls State, 1948-2004
Leadership – Department, [1970-1971], 1991-1997
Liason with Child Welfare Foundation (National), 1987
Junior Activities, [1987]-1996
Past Presidents Parley, 1989, 1999, undated
Poppy, 1957-1966, undated
Poppy stamp program, [ca. 1970s], 1987
VA & R – Copies of forms, 1951, 1988-2002
Holiday Coin Card for donations, undated
Old programs, 1931-1944, 1952-1959, 1972, 1982-1997
ALA and American Legion Department of Texas convention programs, 1931, 1936-1941, 1945-1958, 1989
Book of Reports, 1988
History of the Department of Texas, Mrs. Marguerite McFarland, Department Historian, 1989
(two copies)
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2010-145/6 ALA and American Legion Department of Texas convention programs, 1993-1995, 1997-2009
Convention programs, 1993-1995, 1997-1999, 2001-2009
Annual Report to the Membership, 1987
Book of Reports/History of the Department, 1986, 1990-2009
Junior meeting program, 1990
Summary of Proceedings: Annual Convention, American Legion Auxiliary, Dept. of Texas, 1930, 1934-1948, 1950, 1952-1972, 1976-1977, 1981

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