Local History Collections

Collection ID: LH-349
Location: LH-349

(Description ID: 595635)

Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums

Veterans of World War I OF THE U.S.A., Inc.


Agency History
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 in 2008.

Agency History
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 clippings.

Ac. 5695
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


8.  Newspaper, "The Torch", 1980 - 1984

9.  Newspaper, "The Torch", 1985 - 1994