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Polish and American World War Veterans Auxiliary Association records

 Collection
Identifier: MC-101

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of a record of the group’s activities 1938-2008 documented in five scrapbooks, a number of loose papers, and programs (folders 1-31). Individual items in scrapbooks and folders include photographs, event programs, invitations, tickets, correspondence and newspaper clippings. Collection also includes a commemorative copy of the auxiliary charter, dated 1954, a complete uniform, including blazer, skirt and vest, hat, embroidered patches, white gloves and ties.

Dates

  • 1938-2008

Language of Materials

Materials in English and in Polish.

Conditions Governing Access

unrestricted

Biographical / Historical

The Polish and American World War Veterans Association, Inc. was formed by veterans returning from World War I; membership was limited to honorably discharged veterans who had served in the American Armed Forces. At about the same time another organization was formed consisting of discharged men who had volunteered with the United State service with the Polish Army, which was part of the Allied Forces. In 1923 the organizations combined to form the Polish and American World War Veterans Association. A permanent home was acquired when the group purchased 97 Kenyon Street. In 1931 the state granted it a charter. In 1936 it moved to 1680 Acushnet Avenue with the purchase of that building. During the same year the Ladies’ Auxiliary was formed. During World War II the auxiliary directed its effort towards the war effort, by purchasing bonds and donating funds to various organizations such as the Red Cross and Salvation Army, and sending packages to family members serving in the military. After World War II (1945) veterans formed their own group, and a World War II Auxiliary was formed. In 1953 the groups merged and a color guard was formed to represent them at parades and civic functions; new uniforms were issued, in maroon and white. Later the organization included veterans of the Korean and Viet Nam conflicts.

Extent

6.7 Linear Feet (4 manuscript boxes and 3 ledger-sized boxes)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of the Council of Women’s Organizations of Greater New Bedford, 2009. Accession # 09-15 and 10-19..

Related Materials

Polish American Veterans of World War II, Inc. Polish American Veterans of World War I Polish-American World War Veterans Association, Inc. Polish American Veterans Auxiliary of Massachusetts Polish and American World War Veterans Association, Inc.

Processing Information

Judy Farrar, March 2011.
Title
Polish and American World War Veterans Auxiliary Association records
Status
Completed
Author
Judy Farrar
Date
March 2011
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Claire T. Carney Library Archives and Special Collections, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Repository

Contact:
285 Old Westport Rd.
N. Dartmouth MA 02747 USA