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Woman's Relief Corps collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S3296

Scope and Contents

This collection includes speeches given at a meeting of the 9th District of Indiana in Crawfordsville, dated 1937/09/23, one Christmas card, and several newspaper clippings circa 1942.

The 2 oversize folders (OB045) comprise 102 pages of a deconstructed scrapbook that includes newspaper clippings, photographs, ribbons, programs and other materials covering the activities of the Woman's Relief Corps and the Grand Army of the Republic from 1942 to 1943. The scrapbook is organized under headings for 22 chapters of the W.R.C. in 22 cities in Indiana by city name, chapter name, and chapter number. There are also loose materials throughout the scrapbook pages.

Events covered by the newspaper clippings and other materials are social activities of W.R.C. chapters, campaigns of home front support for World War II, patriotic ceremonies, benevolent activities, and major gatherings of the G.A.R. and W.R.C. Prominent coverage is given to the 76th, 77th, and 78th annual encampments of the G.A.R. and the 55th national convention of the W.R.C.


  • 1937-1943


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical / Historical

The Woman's Relief Corps (W.R.C.) was an auxiliary to the Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) organized following the Civil War. The W.R.C. worked actively on the behalf of veterans of all wars and their dependents. The W.R.C. worked to preserve a respect for the nation and its military history by establishing memorials, distributing flags, conducting memorial Day observances, and furthering war support efforts. As a social organization, the Woman's Relief Corps held chapter meetings and social affairs.


0.08 Cubic Feet (1 folder, 2 oversize folders)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Related Materials

Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN:

OB045: Woman's Relief Corps oversize collection

Processing Information

Collection processing completed in 1999 by Philip N. William. EAD finding aid created 2019/08/09 by Lauren Patton.
Women's Relief Corps collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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