TABLE OF CONTENTS


Overview of the Collection

Historical Note

Scope and Content

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Container List

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 1898-1900, 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


RG 081, Department of Connecticut United Spanish War Veterans

Inventory of Records

Finding aid prepared by Connecticut State Library staff.

Copyright © 2008 by the Connecticut State Library


Overview of the Collection

Repository: Connecticut State Library
Creator: United Spanish War Veterans. Dept. of Connecticut
Title: Department of Connecticut United Spanish War Veterans records
Dates: 1898-1973
Quantity: 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.
Identification: RG081
Accession: 1973-003
Language: 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.

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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.

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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.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

See the Rules and Procedures for Researchers Using Archival Records and Secured Collections policy.

Restrictions on Use

See the Reproduction and Publications of State Library Collections policy.

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Related Material

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

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.

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Index Terms

Organizations:

United Spanish War Veterans. Dept. of Connecticut

Persons:

Pilgard, Catharine D.

Subjects:

Spanish-American War, 1898 -- Connecticut -- Societies, etc.
United Spanish War Veterans. Dept. of Connecticut -- Records and correspondence

Document Types:

Account books
Cashbooks
Charters
Check stubs
Correspondence
Financial records
Ledgers (account books)
Minutes
Pamphlets
Photographs
Reports
Rosters
Scrapbooks

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Administrative Information

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…"

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Container List

Series 1. Office Files, 1946-1971
Box
Council of Administration minutes, 1946-1964 1
General orders, 1959-1970
Installation reports, 1964-1969
Legislation, national and state, correspondence, 1947-1962
Mailings, listings, etc., 1948-1970
Murphy, Newton, Comrade correspondence, 1968-1970
National aides de Camp correspondence, 1947-1969
National semi-annual tax reports, 1946-1971
National Headquarters U.S.W.V.
Newspaper clippings, circa 1943-1960 2
Pending folio, correspondence, 1961-1967
Rocky Hill Home Day & Christmas Cheer reports, correspondence, etc., 1949-1968
Rosters of department officers, 1930-1970
VA Voluntary Service Advisory Committee minutes, 1968-1970
Veterans benefits, new program, 1967
Veterans miscellaneous inquiries, 1947-1969
Veterans Administration Regional Office
Widows benefits correspondence, 1947-1969
Series 2. Rosters, correspondence with camps, and related papers, 1947-1971
Arranged numerically by camp.
Allan Osborn Camp No. 1, New Haven 3
Charles B. Bowen Camp No. 2, Meriden
Lieut. N. W. Bishop Camp No. 3, Bridgeport
Charles L. Burdett Camp No. 4, Hartford
A. G. Hammond Camp No. 5, New Britain
Major R. S. Griswold Camp No. 6, Norwich
George M. Cole Camp No. 7, New London
Col. A. C. Tyler Camp No. 8, Willimantic
William McKinley Camp No. 9, Norwalk
Sidney Beach Camp No. 10, Bridgeport
Emerson H. Liscum Camp No. 12, Waterbury
Ward Cheney Camp No. 13, Manchester
James W. Milne Camp No. 14, Rockville
Frederick A. Hill Camp No. 15, Stamford
Charles P. Kirkland Camp No. 18, Winsted
W. S. Steele Camp No. 19, Torrington
William H. Hamilton Camp No. 20, Danielson
See Series 14 for charter.
George A. Hadsell Camp No. 21, Bristol
Milford Camp No. 22, Milford
Frederick Fuller Camp No. 24, Guilford
Gen. Nelson A. Miles camp No. 25, Middletown
Ernest Weichert Camp No. 26, Danbury
Gen. Joe Wheeler Camp No. 28, Ansonia
A. Wilder Merriam Camp No. 29, Putnam
William G. Bee Camp No. 31, East Hartford
Gen. Edward Schulze Camp No. 31, West Hartford
Series 3. Encampments and Social Events, 1927-1971
Convention audits, 1955-1968 3
Includes correspondence, paid bills, etc.
Department encampments, dinners, programs, 1943-1970 3-4
Includes correspondence, financial and other reports, resolutions, guest lists, plus a list of comrades entitled to vote at the 30th encampment, 1933.
Department memorials, 1947-1955 4
Correspondence, questionnaires, and minutes of the Spanish War Memorial Committee.
Charles P. Dunlay correspondence, 1937-1939
National encampments, 1951-1971
Correspondence, forms, lists, notes, etc.
Charles W. Newton correspondence, 1927-1930
United Spanish War Veterans Auxiliary, 1949-1971
Department Presidents' letters, general orders, reports, correspondence.
Series 4. Catharine D. Pilgard Materials, 1898-1900, 1939-1941
Pilgard was a nurse on the transport Lampasas during the Spanish American war.
Diary, 1898 July 4 - August 8, 1 volume 4
Photographs taken on Lampasas + letter, 1898, 1900, 21 small snapshots
Letters re claim for pension and bill for her relief, 1939-1941
Series 5. Unsorted correspondence and papers, 1938-1972
Records, 1938-1972 5
Includes one folder of unsorted newspaper clippings.
Arranged chronologically by year.
Series 6. Photographs and memorabilia
Award for service to the community to William B. Heald, 1964 October 5
Plus envelope of photographs.
Cuba, 1928, 2 photographs
Pass issued to Private Max J. Schiessl , 1898 June 27
Issued in Fort Knox, Maine.
Photograph of President McKinley's coffin
State Arsenal and Armory Dedication at Hartford, Conn. program, 1909 November 12
Miscellaneous photographs 23 and oversize map case
Series 7. Financial Records, 1920-1972
Account book, 1920-1921, 1 volume 6
Contains receipts and disbursements of United Spanish War Veterans, Dept. of Connecticut. Also accounts of World War Veterans Relief Fund.
"Financial Administration. State of Connecticut. Staff Interim Report No. 1. The Comptroller's Department with Special Reference to Accounting and Auditing.", 1927 May 26, carbon copy
Cash books, 1934-1957, 2 volumes
Cash book for 1957-1971 was returned to the organization several years ago.
Ledgers, 1934-1970, 3 volumes
Contain debits, credits, and other accounts of various camps.
Record book of convention, encampment, and banquet accounts, 1949-1956, 1 volume
Financial report, 1955 June 4
Donations, 1956-1957, 1 volume
Audit reports, appropriations and expenditures, budget summaries, inventories of property, and other papers relating to funds or grants received from the State of Connecticut, circa 1964-1972 7
Hartford National Bank and Trust Co., 1939-1972
Check stubs, 1939-1966
1968-1971 returned to organization.
1939 November 23 - 1942 November 11, 1 volume
1968-1971 returned to organization.
1955 June 24 - 1957 July 24, 1 volume
1957 March 6 - 1961 July 19, 1 volume
1963 December 16 - 1966 February 14, 1 volume
Blank checkbook
Bank statements and cancelled checks
1942 June - 1943 May
1965 June - 1966 April
1968 June - 1972 August
Phoenix State Bank and Trust Company, 1951-1955
Check stubs
1951 April 13 - 1953 June 1, 1 volume
1953 June 15 - 1955 June 15, 1 volume
Connecticut Bank and Trust Company, 1963-1972
Bank statements and cancelled checks, 1954 June - 1955 June, 1977 July 29 - 1980 May 9
Check stubs
1963 July 30 - 1966 February 14
1966 February 14 - 1968 August 15
Blank checkbook
Envelope of "Unaudited ck book and cancelled cks for Current Audit 1970-71 & 1971-1972"
Check stubs, 1968 September 3 - 1971 March 30
Bank statements and cancelled checks
1965 July - 1966 October
1968 November - 1971 July
1972 August, November
Phoenix State Bank and Trust Company bank book
Series 8. Secretary's Records, 1932-1971
Minutes of meetings of the Major L. B. Almy Auxiliary #15, U.S.W.V., 1934-1964 8
1934-1951, 1 volume
1951-1964, 1 volume
Minutes or reports of proceedings of annual encampments, 1932-1935, 1939, 1956-1958, 1960-1970
Starts with 29th, ends with 67th.
Mortuary record, 1 volume
Men buried in cemetery.
Desk telephone and address listing, 1 volume
Stenographer's notebook, 3 memo books, 2 receipt books, 1 "Taps Record," "Roster of...Officers," and telephone directory, circa 1956-1971, 1 folder
Series 9. Per Capita Tax Returns, 1941-1971
1941 June - 1952 December 9
1954 January - 1971 June
Series 10. Reports, 1918-1940
Inspection reports, 1918-1939 9
By camp to Connecticut Dept.
Indorsement reports, 1920-1940
By camp.
Quartermaster reports, 1917-1926
Series 11. Published Material, 1904-1973
By-Laws. Dept. of Connecticut. , 1922, 1934, 2 pamphlets 10
Strickland, Daniel W. Connecticut Fights: The Story of the 102nd Regiment Quinnipiack Press, 1930,, 1 volume
Connecticut Laws Affecting Veterans and their Dependents, 1947, 1953, 1958, 1960, 1968, 5 pamphlets
Connecticut Men in the Army, Navy and Marine Corps of the United States in the Spanish-American War, Philippine Insurrection and China Relief Expedition. From April 21, 1898 to July 4, 1904. Case, Lockwood & Brainard Company, 1919
The Connecticut State Soldiers' Sailors' and Marines' Fund, 1 pamphlet
Constitution and Rules and Regulations of the United Spanish War Veterans, 1920, 1930, 1936, 1941, 1951, 5 volumes
Etiquette of the Stars and Stripes, 1 pamphlet
Federal Benefits for veterans and Dependents. VA Fact Sheet, 1965 January
The Flag of Destiny, 1 pamphlet
General Orders, 1939-1940, 41 items
Holy Bible
Proceedings of Annual Encampments of the Dept. of Connecticut United Spanish War Veterans: 33rd - 52nd, 1936-1955, 20 pamphlets
Proceedings of the 53d National Encampment United Spanish War Veterans, Grand Rapids, Mich.,, 1951 August 26-30, 1 volume
Proceedings of the 53d National Encampment United Spanish War Veterans, Grand Rapids, Mich.,, 1964 August 30 - September 3, 1 volume
Programs of annual encampments and conventions, 1915-1965, 45 pamphlets 11
Connecticut's 1949 Independence Day Program, Hall of Flags, State Capitol, 1949 July 4, 1 pamphlet
Register of the Connecticut Commandery of the Naval and Military Order of the Spanish-American War, Hartford, Conn., 1904, 1 volume
Maris, Jesse C. "Remembering", 1 pamphlet
Reports and Proceedings of Conventions of National Auxiliary, United Spanish War Veterans
1904-1906, 1913
1910-1924
1925-1929
Ritual Books, 1907-1952, 12 volumes
Not all years included.
Rosters, 1922-1969, 38 pamphlets
"Target" Vol. XXIII, No. 3, February 1973. Veterans Home and Hospital, Rocky Hill
Wright's Official History of the Spanish-American War, 1900, 1 large oversize volume Item 12
Series 12. Scrapbook, 1898
Scrapbook of clippings from newspapers and magazines, 1898, 1 large oversize volume Item 13
Series 13. Card File of United Spanish War Veterans
Card files B and C contain cards with record of service of Connecticut men who served in the war.
Card File A
Living as of November 1972 14
Deceased
A - G 15
H - O 16
P - Z 17
Card File B
A- Ma 18
Me - Z 19
Card File C
A - Cl 19
Co - Pl 20
Po - Z 21
Series 14. Charter, 1932
Charter of William H. Hamilton Camp, Danielson, Conn., 1932 March 16 Item 22