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American Legion Post No. 66 - DeKalb Records


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American Legion Post No. 66 - DeKalb Records, 1919-1979 | Northern Illinois University

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Collection Overview

Title: American Legion Post No. 66 - DeKalb Records, 1919-1979

ID: RHC/RC/154

Extent: 1.0 Linear Feet

Date Acquired: 08/02/1982

Subjects: American Legion, DeKalb (Ill.), Veterans, World War I

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The records in this collection partially document the activities of the DeKalb American Legion Post #66 from 1919 to 1979.  Types of records include: meeting minutes (1969-1971), membership records (1929-1942), newsletters, certificates, cemetery maps, and photographs.  Due to the extensive gaps in the documentation, the research value of the collection is limited.

Collection Historical Note

The American Legion traces its origins to a meeting of members of the American Expeditionary Force held in Paris in March 1919 known as the “Paris caucus.”  This caucus was followed in May by another meeting in St. Louis and in November by the American Legion’s first national convention in Minneapolis.   

Local veterans first met to discuss the formation of a DeKalb American Legion on June 6, 1919 at city hall.  An organizational committee was appointed with Thomas S. Murray as chairman.  With the assistance of Lieutenant William Knight of Rockford, the DeKalb American Legion was formally organized on June 20, 1919.  The first chairman (later Commander) was a DeKalb physician, Captain John P. Kane; the secretary was Harris M. Fisk.  Membership was open to all veterans who were in a branch of the Armed Services during wartime.  By October 1919 local membership had grown to 135 members.  The American Legion auxiliary was formed in 1920.  The DeKalb American Legion Post #66 participates in many veteran’s activities, athletic events, as well as community events.  Membership in 1984 was 425 members.

Subject/Index Terms

American Legion
DeKalb (Ill.)
World War I

Administrative Information

Repository: Northern Illinois University

Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions on access to the collection.

Use Restrictions: Property rights in the collection are held by the Regional History Center; literary rights are dedicated to the public.

Acquisition Method: The records of DeKalb American Legion Post #66 were donated to the Northern Illinois Regional History Center on August 2, 1982.

Related Materials: Researchers should refer to related materials held by the Center: DeKalb Daughters of Veterans Club (RC 127); Grand Army of the Republic (RC 126); and Vertical File Manuscripts.

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Box 1
Folder 1: History, 1933-1935
Folder 2: By-Laws, DeKalb County Council, 1952
Folder 3: Meeting Minutes, 1969-1971
Folder 4: Correspondence, 1961
Folder 5: Newsletters, 1965-1972
Folder 6: Financial Records, 1961, 1972
Folder 7-8: Official Members Ledger, 1929-1942
Folder 9: Past Commanders Club, 1972-1973
Folder 10: Certificates, 1929-1947
Box 2
Folder 1: Honor Roll, DeKalb County, 1919
Folder 2: Portraits, Post Commanders  (13), 1919-1969
Folder 3: Parade Photos  (5), 1947, 1979, no date
Folder 4: Baseball Teams (3), 1977, 1979, no date
Folder 5: Miscellaneous Photographs, Unidentified (8, 1 negative)
Folder 6: Convention Report, 1972
Folder 7: Counseling the Veteran, 1972
Box 3
Item 1: Membership Cards, 1964-1967
Oversize Drawer 17
Folder 3
Item 1: Certificates, Photographs, Malta Cemetery Map, Afton Cemetery Map, DeKalb Honor Roll
Folder 4
Item 1: Photographs: Company A, 3rd Illinois Infantry, ; Company A, Illinois National Guard, ; Company H or K?, 344th Infantry, Camp Grant, Illinois, 1917; June 22, 1916

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