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Descriptive inventory for the Grand Army of the Republic, Department of Illinois records, 1873-1944, bulk 1884-1936

Grand Army of the Republic, Department of Illinois records

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Descriptive inventory for the Grand Army of the Republic, Department of Illinois records, 1873-1944, bulk 1884-1936

Prepared by Laura Herlocher, 2015.
  
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Chicago History Museum, Research Center
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Chicago, IL 60614-6038
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Collection Overview +/-

Title: Grand Army of the Republic, Department of Illinois records, 1873-1944 (inclusive), 1884-1936 (bulk)
Creator: Grand Army of the Republic, Department of Illinois
Dates: 1873-1944 (inclusive), 1884-1936 (bulk)
Accession numbers: M1982.0040
M1960.0220
M1976.0004
Bib number: 00065645
Call number: MSS Lot G
Size: 13 linear feet (27 boxes), including 3 volumes
Language of material:Collection is written in English.

Provenance statement:

Minutes of the Ambrose E. Burnside Post #109, South Chicago, Ill., were a gift of Earl F. Bartholomew (accession #: M1982.0040). The rest of the collection were gifts from two other sources (accession #: M1960.0220) and (accession #: M1976.0004).

Please cite this collection as:

Grand Army of the Republic, Department of Illinois records (Chicago History Museum) plus a detailed description, date, and series/box/folder/call number of a specific item.

Additional Materials +/-

Related material:

Related materials at Chicago History Museum, Research Center include the Charles W. Nugent and family papers (1983.0001); Joseph Stockton scrapbook (1987.0620); and Listing of Civil War veterans buried in Oak Woods Cemetery, Chicago (1960.0220).

Collection Summary +/-

The collection contains 111 volumes of minute books, cash books, rosters, and 3 oversize volumes of various northeastern Illinois posts of the Grand Army of the Republic, including Antioch Post #487, Abraham Lincoln Post #91, George H. Thomas Post #5, William T. Sherman Post #146, and Godfrey Weitzel Post #425. One of the oversize volumes is a memorial of sterling silver etched plates that were given to Mary S. Logan, wife of John A. Logan, by the John A. Logan Post #540 in October of 1889. The collection also consists of correspondence within the George H. Thomas Post #5 from 1892-1937.

Biographical/Historical Note +/-

The Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) was an organization of former soldiers and sailors who served in the Union forces during the Civil War or who were members of state militia on active duty and subject to national call during the war. The organization's goals were to maintain comradery and fraternity among its members, to perpetuate the memory of their deeds, and to aid needy soldiers and their families. It was one of the United States' first organized advocacy groups supporting veterans. The first local post was established in Decatur, Illinois on April 6, 1866, and the organization grew to hundreds of posts across the nation. The G.A.R. reached its membership peak in 1890 with over 490,000 members. The organization was dissolved in 1956, when its last remaining member passed away.

Catalog Subject Headings +/-

Subjects:
Veterans - Illinois - 19th century
Veterans - Illinois - Societies, etc.
Persons:
Logan, John Alexander, 1826-1886
Organizations:
Grand Army of the Republic. Department of Illinois - Archives
Genre/Form:
Cashbooks
Correspondence
Membership lists
Minutes
Registers of dead
Geographic:
Illinois - History - Civil War, 1861-1865 - Veterans
United States - History - Civil War, 1861-1865 - Societies, etc.

Organization and Arrangement of Collection +/-

The collection is arranged in one series.

Click on heading to view series description.

Series 1. Grand Army of the Republic, Department of Illinois records, 1873-1944 (box 1-27 and 3 volumes)

About This Finding Aid +/-

Creation: Finding aid encoded by Laura Herlocher using Oxygen editor, 2015.
Language: Finding aid is written in English.
Other Finding Aids: Finding aid also submitted to Explore Chicago Collections portal.
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