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American Legion National Executive Committee portrait photographs

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: SP132

Scope and Contents

This collection includes black-and-white portrait photographs of past national commanders and other National Executive Committee members of the American Legion in Indianapolis, Indiana ranging from 1919 to 1968.


  • 1919-1968

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.

Administrative History

The American Legion was charterd by the U.S. Congress as a patriotic veterans organization in 1919 following the end of World War I. Its national headquarters are located in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana, across from the Legion's Indiana Department. Today, membership stands at nearly 2 million in more than 13,000 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.

The American Legion is led by its national commander, 5 national vice commanders, and 6 national constitutional officers. The National Executive Committee (NEC), which is comprised of elected representatives from each department, as well as the national commander and 5 national vice commanders. Each department elects a national committeeman and an alternate. The NEC drafts the organization's annual budget, approves contracts and spending, and oversees the Legion's administration.


American Legion. "History.", 2021. Accessed November 18, 2021.

American Legion. "Leadership.", 2021. Accessed November 18, 2021.


0.03 Cubic Feet (3 folders)

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This collection is arranged alphabetically.

Custodial History

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


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2021/11/18 by Brittany Kropf. EAD finding aid created 2021/11/18 by Brittany Kropf.
American Legion National Executive Committee portrait photographs
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.