B. Hayes Presidential Center
Veterans of World War I
of the U.S.A., Inc.
Scope and Content
The records of the Veterans of World War I of the U.S.A., Inc.
were donated to the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center by Carolyn Bahnsen
The Veterans of World War I of the U.S.A., Inc., was formed to
represent World War I veterans. In 1953,
a number of associations from around the country that represented veterans of
the First World War met in Maryland
to establish a national organization. In
1958, the Veterans of World War I of the U.S.A.
received a congressional charter from the 85th Congress of the United States,
thus recognizing the group on a national level. The purpose of the organization was to
initiate contact between World War I veterans across the country, encourage the
government to provide for former WWI soldiers and their families, to uphold the
law and the Constitution, and to defend national security and the American
people. An adjunct of the organization
was the Ladies’ Auxiliary to the Veterans of World War I, consisting mainly of
the wives and daughters of WWI veterans.
Scope and Content
These records, relating largely to the years 1975 to 1980, contain
several publications of the Veterans of World War I of the U.S.A. These include issues of the newsletter “The
Voice” and the newspaper “The Torch.” A
brochure and flag of the organization are also present, along with newspaper
clippings relating to members. Records
of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of World War I are included as well,
such as rosters, forms, general orders, booklets, articles, and other
5/12 linear ft.
1. Newsletter, “The Voice,” 1975-1977
2. Newsletter, “The Voice,” 1978-1980
3. Newspaper, “The Torch,” 1977-1978
4. Newspaper, “The Torch,” 1978-1979
5. Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of World War I –
rosters, forms, general orders
6. Veterans of World War I – organization brochure,
newspaper items; Ladies Auxiliary – organization booklets, clippings
7. Organization flag