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American Legion Auxiliary, Department of Michigan records, 1917-2008 (majority within 1933-2005)

25 linear feet (in 26 boxes) — 7 oversize volumes — 1 oversize folder

Sister organization to the American Legion organization for Michigan veterans. The record group documents the Department’s administrative functions, its publications, and involvement with the Girls State government simulation program.

The record group of the American Legion Auxiliary, Department of Michigan documents the organization's annual meetings, history, fundraising, and affiliation with the Girls State program. The series are: Administrative Files, Publications, Historical Materials, Girls State, Topical, and Visual Materials.


American Legion, Department of Michigan records, 1919-1999

18 linear feet — 8 oversize volumes — 1 oversize folder — 8 microfilms

State component of larger national organization serving interests of war-time veterans. Series include meeting minutes, annual reports, convention proceedings, constitution and by-laws, records of American Legion Hospital, and records of various youth programs and other community service projects.

The records of the Michigan department of the American Legion date from the early days of the department in 1919 up to the late 1990s, and document the internal functions of the organization as well as various projects and community service programs undertaken by the department. The record group contains the following series: Executive Committee Files, Proceedings and Annual Reports, Publications, Assorted Meeting Minutes, Michigan Department Annual Reports, Cancelled Post Files, Other Records, Otter Lake Children's Billet, Scrapbooks and Photograph Albums, and Sound Recording. Portions of the records are available on microfilm only.


Charles E. Lewis papers, 1917-1958 (scattered dates)

0.2 linear feet — 1 oversize folder

Lawyer in Detroit, Mich., who served as adjutant and judge advocate in the U.S. 339th Infantry during the Allied Intervention in Russia, 1918-1920, the "Polar Bear Expedition." Collection includes biographical and genealogical information, family correspondence, a history of the Manchester, Mich., High School class of 1907; war diary, July-Nov. 1918; correspondence, financial material and memorabilia relating to his war service and veterans' activities; and photographs.

The papers include biographical and genealogical information, family correspondence, a history of the Manchester, Mich., High School class of 1907, a war diary, July-Nov. 1918, describing his activities in Archangel, two letters, 1931 and 1932, answering questions about various aspects of the Archangel campaign, and Polar Bear Association financial records, 1926-1930. Photographs include group portraits of units of the 339th Infantry, portraits of Lewis in uniform, and photo of Charles E. Lewis (Sr.) in front of his shoe store in Manchester, Mich..


Dansk Soldaterforening Michigan records, 1943-1977

0.5 linear feet — 1 oversize folder

Organization of veterans of Danish military service; minutes and other organizational records.

The record group includes bylaws, 1943; minute book, 1946-1977; membership record book; photographs, miscellaneous correspondence, newsletters, and printed material relating to the activities of the organization.


Estabrook Woman's Relief Corps records, 1939-1954

0.4 linear feet (4 volumes)

Auxiliary to the Grand Army of the Republic in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Journal, account book, and scrapbooks of the Estabrook Woman's Relief Corps.

Journal, 1953-1954, account book, 1947-1954, and scrapbooks, 1939-1941.


Jean Worth Papers, circa 1869-1986

8 linear feet

Escanaba, Michigan, newspaperman. Subject files (including collected materials) relating to his research interest in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, notably in the area of Cedar River, Escanaba, and Menominee; include manuscript of writings, subject files, and photographs.

The papers of Jean Worth consists largely of collected material relating to his research interest in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The collection has been divided into the following series: Cedar River; Escanaba; Menominee; and Upper Peninsula -General.


Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 9 (Detroit, Mich.) records, 1973-2011 (majority within 1980-1997)

7 linear feet — 8.4 GB (online)

This collection includes material regarding the activities of the Vietnam Veterans of America, Inc., Chapter 9 (Detroit, Mich.). Some members of this group have also been involved in the Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) State of Michigan Council, as well as the Michigan Veterans Trust Fund and Vietnam Monument Commission so materials from these groups have also been included in this collection.

This collection has five series: Vietnam Veterans of America, Inc. Chapter 9 (Detroit), Vietnam Veterans of America, Inc., Michigan Veterans Trust Fund, Vietnam Monument Commission, and Audio and visual material. Records in this collection include administrative documents, Vietnam Veterans of American national convention materials, and VVA chapter newsletters and publications.


Wilber M. Brucker Papers, 1877-1968

54 linear feet — 2 oversize folders — 22 GB (online)

Prosecuting attorney of Saginaw County, Michigan, attorney general of Michigan, 1929-1931, governor, 1931-1932, general counsel to the Department of Defense during the Army-McCarthy Hearing, 1954-1955, and Secretary of the Army, 1955-1961. Correspondence, speeches, tapes, appointment books, scrapbooks, photograph albums, newspaper clippings, and other materials concerning his political career.

The Wilber M. Brucker Collection consists of correspondence, subject files, scrapbooks, tape recordings, visual materials, political ephemera, and other materials from a lifelong career in public service. The collection provides significant, though not always extensive, material on his activities as state attorney general, governor, and secretary of the army. In addition, the papers include documentation from Brucker's private career: his law practice, his involvement in the preparation of a plan for the reapportionment of the Michigan Legislature, his devotion to Republican Party causes, his activities with the Knights Templar of Michigan, and as a member of the World War I Rainbow Division. With some exceptions, the early phases of Brucker's life are not as well represented as one might hope. There is really no body of Brucker gubernatorial materials extant. What remains are scattered items, largely concerning the election campaigns of 1930 and 1932.

The collection has been arranged into twelve series: Biographical; Correspondence; Family Papers; Subject Files; Knights Templar; Rainbow Division; Appointment Books; Speeches; Secretary of the Army; Newspaper Clippings; Personal: Albums, Scrapbooks, etc.; and Visual Materials.


Wilson I. Davenny papers, 1889-1917

3 linear feet — 1 oversize folder

Newspaperman, lobbyist for the National Rivers and Harbors Congress, and spokesman for the United Spanish War Veterans. Correspondence, scrapbooks, speeches, business papers and account books relating primarily to his work as a lobbyist.

The Davenny collection is comprised of the following series: Correspondence and other papers; United Spanish War Veterans Organization; National Rivers and Harbors Congress; and Other materials. The National Rivers and Harbors Congress series provides insight into the financing and operation of the lobby. Much of the correspondence in this series is with M.A. Thompson, secretary and treasurer of the organization.