A. J. Babcock Ladies Auxiliary No. 12 Records
00098

Summary Information

Repository
Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Creator
United Spanish War Veterans. National Auxiliary.
Title
A. J. Babcock Ladies Auxiliary No. 12 records
ID
00098
Date [inclusive]
1918-1957
Extent
0.66 Cubic feet
Language
English

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: "Item title, Collection title, Collection Identifier, Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections, East Lansing,Michigan".

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Historical Note

The A. J. Babcock Chapter of the United Spanish War Veterans Auxiliary was organized in Flint, Michigan, in 1918. All members were relatives (wives, mothers, sisters) of Spanish-American War veterans. The chapter was sponsored by the A.J. Babcock Camp, the local branch of the United Spanish War Veterans. Both groups were part of a broader national movement supporting pension rights and government services for American war veterans, which took place during the latter part of the nineteenth and the first four decades of the twentieth century. The Military Order of the Lizard was a strictly social group affiliated with the United Spanish War Veterans Auxiliary.

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Scope and Contents note

The records in this collection were accumulated by Jennie Dewar, who was active in the Auxiliary and the Military Order of the Lizard, and her husband, Neil A. Dewar, who was a member of the A. J. Babcock Camp. They provide only fragmentary documentation of the three organizations and reveal surprisingly little about the political activities of the United Spanish War Veterans, even though most of the records date from the 1920s and 1930s, the period during which agitation for veterans' rights peaked.

The Auxiliary records (1918-1955) are the most complete. Meeting minutes reflect the chapter's social orientation and describe the moderate detail meeting ritual and social activities. Reports to the national organization are limited to a tally of commemorative celebrations. Delegate reports on state (department) and national meetings primarily focus on procedural matters. Only the national publications offer significant information about the political goals of the organization and its lobbying efforts to achieve them.

The Camp records (1923-1957, undated) consist of miscellaneous materials such as an insurance policy and a list of local pensioners. The Goodwill Bulletin, published by the state organization, contains obituaries of Michigan Spanish-American War veterans, historical sketches relating to the war, and other news of interest to veterans.

Military Order Of The Lizard records (1958-1959) are limited to a few items which report the election of officers in the local "swamps."

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections November 1981

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824
517-355-2330
archives@msu.edu

Revision Description

  January 2002

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University Property Rights: Michigan State University

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Custodial History

Gift of Melvin E. Banner.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Grand Army of the Republic.
  • Military Order of the Lizard.
  • United Spanish War Veterans.

Geographic Name(s)

  • Muskegon (Mich.) -- Maps

Personal Name(s)

  • Banner, Melvin E.
  • Dewar, Jennie
  • Wilson, Ellsworth

Subject(s)

  • Congresses and conventions
  • Veterans -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- United States
  • War poetry
  • Women -- Societies and clubs

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Collection Inventory

Papers 

Box

Auxiliary Records 

1
Box

Minutes 

1
Box

Volume 1 August 28, 1918 - January 6, 1930 

1

Volume 2 1934-1938 

1
Box Folder

Reports to National Organization 1933, 1934, 1936, 1937, 1941, 1955 

1 1

Officer Lists 1931-1932, 1935-1938, 1941 

1 2
Box

Delegate Reports 

1
Box Folder

Annual State Convention 1921,1924, 1925, 1932, 1935 

1 3

Annual National Convention 1926, [1931], [1932] 

1 4

Department of Michigan Publications 

1
Box Folder

Annual Convention Proceedings 1925, 1928 

1 5

Annual Convention Proceedings 1931, 1932 

1 6

Annual Convention Proceedings 1934, 1939 

1 7

General Orders 1925-1929 

1 8

General Orders 1930-1937 

1 9

Rosters 1927-1929 

1 10

Special Orders 1929 

1 11

National Auxiliary Publications 

1
Box Folder

Annual Convention Proceedings 1923, 1933, 1935 

1 12

Annual Convention Proceedings 1937, 1940 

1 13

Circular Letters 1929, 1930, undated 

2 1

General Orders 1923-1926 

2 2

General Orders 1927-1929 

2 3

General Orders 1930-1937, 1941, 1945 

2 4

Special Orders 1928 

2 5
Box Folder

Auditor's Report 1925-1928, 1936-1939 

2 6
Box

Monthly Treasurer's Reports 

2
Box Folder

 1931-1932 

2 7

 1933-1934 

2 8

 1935-1936 

2 9

 1937-1938 

2 10
Box Folder

Incoming Letters 1923, 1925-1929 

2 11

Incoming Letters 1930, 1932-1933, 1935-1937, 1941, 1944 

2 12

National Bylaw Revisions [1928] 

2 13

Miscellaneous 1941, undated 

2 14

Miscellaneous National Convention Materials 1926, 1927, undated 

2 15

Envelopes 

2 26

Camp Records 

2
Box Folder

Pensioners' File 1926, undated 

2 16

Insurance Records 1931-1933, 1936, 1940 

2 17

Dues Records 1927-1932 

2 18
Box

Department of Michigan Publications 

2
Box Folder

Annual Encampment Program 1930, 1932 

2 19

Goodwill Bulletin 1944-1945 

2 20

Goodwill Bulletin 1954-1955 

2 21

Goodwill Bulletin 1956-1957 

2 22
Box Folder

Incoming Letters 1925, 1933 

2 23

Miscellaneous National Encampment Materials 1923, 1924, 1929, 1936 

2 24
Box Folder

Military Order Of The Lizard, Bantagas Swamp Records 1958-1959 

2 25

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Oversized Materials 

Drawer

Spanish-American War. Soldiers 

2

War Veterans Meeting 

2

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