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RG1331.AM:  United Service Organization (Nebraska)



Records:  1942-1946

Nebraska:  Service organization

Size:  9.5 cu.ft.; 19 boxes



BACKGROUND NOTE



The national United Service Organization (USO) was organized on April 17, 1941. It was created to serve the religious, spiritual, and educational needs of the men and women in the armed forces. USO clubs were to be financed by the public through voluntary contributions. During the war, volunteers, mostly women, organized USO clubs throughout Nebraska. USO clubs sponsored a variety of activities for service personnel that included dances, sporting events, and dinners in the homes of local families.



The flag of the National War Fund often hung in USO clubs. Because there were so many agencies seeking funds during the war, the government created the National War Fund. It was based on the idea of a Community Chest, consolidating many causes in one large fund drive. To receive funds an agency had to be approved as being essential to the war effort by the president’s War Relief Control Board. The USO received nearly half of the money collected by the National War Fund in 1944.



Locally, the Lincolnettes, an organization of young women from Lincoln, served as partners and hostesses in recreational activities for service men stationed in Lincoln.



Note:  This Background Note was taken from the Nebraska Studies website.



SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE



This collection consists of records documenting the activities of the United Service Organization in Nebraska. The material in this collection is divided into four series: (1) Correspondence, 1942-1946; (2) Financial Records, 1946; (3) Printed Material; and (4) Miscellaneous.



Note:  The photo component for this collection [RG1331.PH] contains various photographs and negatives relating to the USO in Nebraska. Ask a staff member for assistance with the photos. For related materials held by the Nebraska State Historical Society, see the bottom of this page.



INVENTORY



Series 1 – Correspondence, 1942-1946



Box 1

Folder




  1. Adams County

  2. Antelope County

  3. Arthur County

  4. Banner County

  5. Blaine County

  6. Boone County

  7. Box Butte County

  8. Boyd County

  9. Brown County

  10. Buffalo County

  11. Burt County

  12. Butler County

  13. Cass County

  14. Cedar County

  15. Chase County

  16. Cherry County

  17. Cheyenne County

  18. Clay County

  19. Colfax County

  20. Cuming County

  21. Custer County

  22. Dakota County

  23. Dawes County

  24. Dawson County

  25. Deuel County

  26. Dixon County

  27. Dodge County

  28. Douglas County

  29. Dundy County



Box 2

Folder




  1. Fillmore County

  2. Franklin County

  3. Frontier County

  4. Furnas County

  5. Gage County

  6. Garden County

  7. Garfield County

  8. Gosper County

  9. Grant County

  10. Greeley County

  11. Hall County

  12. Hamilton County

  13. Harlan County

  14. Hayes County

  15. Hitchcock County

  16. Holt County

  17. Hooker County

  18. Howard County

  19. Jefferson County

  20. Johnson County

  21. Kearney County

  22. Keith County

  23. Keya Paha County

  24. Kimball County

  25. Knox County

  26. Lancaster County

  27. Lincoln County

  28. Logan County

  29. Loup County

  30. McPherson County

  31. Madison County

  32. Merrick County

  33. Morrill County



Box 3

Folder




  1. Nance County

  2. Nemaha County

  3. Nuckolls County

  4. Otoe County

  5. Pawnee County

  6. Perkins County

  7. Phelps County

  8. Pierce County

  9. Platte County

  10. Polk County

  11. Red Willow County

  12. Richardson County

  13. Rock County

  14. Saline County

  15. Sarpy County

  16. Saunders County

  17. Scottsbluff County

  18. Seward County

  19. Sheridan County

  20. Sherman County

  21. Sioux County

  22. Stanton County

  23. Thayer County

  24. Thomas County

  25. Thurston County

  26. Valley County

  27. Washington County

  28. Wayne County

  29. Webster County

  30. Wheeler County

  31. York County



Box 4

Folder




  1. Region 1 – W.C. Fraser

  2. Region 2 – R.A. Johnson

  3. Region 3 – John T. Bressler, Jr.

  4. Region 4 – John F. Leroy

  5. Region 5 – Verne R. Taylor

  6. Region 6 – Harold A. Prince

  7. Region 7 – Marion A. Shaw

  8. Region 8 – Ralph A. Baker

  9. Region 9 – Ray Murphy

  10. Region 10 – L.T. Waterman

  11. Region 11 – F.J. Kobes

  12. Region 12 – John Curtiss

  13. Region 13 – Joseph C. Reavis

  14. Joint USO Community Chest Campaigns

  15. C.B. McIntyre Memos

  16. C.B. McIntyre Correspondence & Telegrams

  17. USO Headquarters Miscellaneous Correspondence

  18. Forms D & F Reported to National Headquarters

  19. Financial Reports to National Amounts Collected, Invoices, Petty Cash, Revolving Fund



Box 5

Folder




  1. USO Campaign Problems Methodists, North Platte, Braden, Grand Island

  2. Miscellaneous

  3. Statistical Material, Campaign Figures, USO Clubs, Etc.

  4. USO Endorsements – National & Local

  5. Nebraska Organization & Quotas

  6. Newsletters, Bulletins, Memos, from Neb. State Campaign Headquarters



Box 6

Folder




  1. Local Publicity from Mr. Harold Hamil

  2. USO Bulletins

  3. Bulletins

  4. William W. Speer Correspondence, South Dakota

  5. Mailing Lists

  6. Paid Bills



Box 7

Folder




  1. 1946 Press Releases (National)

  2. 1946 Press Releases (State)

  3. Publicity Clippings

  4. 1946 Radio

  5. 1946 Supplies (Samples, Distribution, Etc.)



Box 8

Folder




  1. National Campaign Reports

  2. 1946 Carl D. Ganz, Treasurer (Nebraska Committee)

  3. 1946 National Headquarters Correspondence

  4. 1946 USO Regional Conference (June 12th)

  5. 1946 Trustees

  6. 1946 Financial Reports

  7. Treasurer’s Letters

  8. 12th St. USO

  9. 1946 Thomas C. Woods, Chairman

  10. 1946 Field Man (B.F. Watson)

  11. 1946 Films

  12. 1946 Income Tax

  13. 1946 Miscellaneous Publicity Clippings

  14. 1946 County Chairmen (General)

  15. 1943 County & Local Chairmen for 1942 Drives Conducted by Member Agencies of War Fund



Box 9

Folder




  1. Church Cooperation for USO

  2. 1946 Endorsements and Proclamations

  3. 1946 Bulletins from State War Funds

  4. 1946 District Chairmen (General)

  5. 1946 Executive Committee

  6. Campaign Progress Report Tabulation (USO)

  7. Community Chest Correspondence (Except Lincoln & Omaha)

  8. 1946 Correspondence with Other State USO Committees

  9. 1946 Campaign Bulletins

  10. Blank Citations



Box 10

Folder




  1. 1946 Community Chest Bulletins

  2. 1946 Agreements with Chests

  3. (USO) Accounts Paid

  4. 1946 Campaign Progress Reports – State

  5. 1946 Bulletins & Memorandum for USO

  6. Community Chest Correspondence of Omaha

  7. 1946 USO (1942) Campaign Workers Who Have Assisted in War Fund Campaigns

  8. USO Omaha Campaign

  9. 1946 Lincoln Community Chest

  10. 1946 Accounts Payable



Box 11

Folder




  1. Adams County, District 10

  2. Antelope County, District 2

  3. Arthur County, District 5

  4. Banner County, District 4

  5. Blaine County, District 6

  6. Boone County, District 2

  7. Box Butte County, District 3

  8. Boyd County, District 2

  9. Brown County, District 8

  10. Buffalo County, District 6

  11. Burt County, District 3

  12. Butler County, District 7

  13. Cass County, District 1

  14. Cedar County, District 3

  15. Chase County, District 9

  16. Cherry County, District 7

  17. Cheyenne County, District 4

  18. Clay County, District 10

  19. Colfax County, District 7

  20. Cuming County, District 3

  21. Custer County, District 6

  22. Dakota County, District 3

  23. Dawes County, District 8

  24. Dawson County, District 5

  25. Deuel County, District 4

  26. Dixon County, District 3

  27. Dodge County, District 7

  28. Douglas (Rural) County, District 1

  29. Dundy County, District 9

  30. Fillmore County, District 11

  31. Franklin County, District 10

  32. Frontier County, District 9

  33. Furnas County, District 9

  34. Gage County, District 11



Box 12

Folder




  1. Garden County, District 4

  2. Garfield County, District 6

  3. Gosper County, District 9

  4. Grant County, District 4

  5. Greeley County, District 6

  6. Hall County, District 6

  7. Hamilton County, District 6

  8. Harlan County, District 10

  9. Hayes County, District 9

  10. Hitchcock County, District 9

  11. Holt County, District 2

  12. Hooker County, District 5

  13. Howard County, District 6

  14. Jefferson County, District 11

  15. Johnson County, District 13

  16. Keith County, District 5

  17. Kearney County, District 10

  18. Keya Paha County, District 8

  19. Kimball County, District 4

  20. Knox County, District 2

  21. Lancaster (Rural) County, District 12

  22. Lincoln County, District 5

  23. Logan County, District 5

  24. Loup County, District 6

  25. McPherson County, District 5

  26. Madison County, District 2

  27. Merrick County, District 6

  28. Morrill County, District 4

  29. Nance County, District 6

  30. Nemaha County, District 13

  31. Nuckolls County, District 10



Box 13

Folder




  1. Otoe County, District 12

  2. Pawnee County, District 13

  3. Perkins County, District 5

  4. Phelps County, District 10

  5. Pierce County, District 2

  6. Platte County, District 2

  7. Polk County, District 7

  8. Red Willow County, District 9

  9. Richardson County, District 13

  10. Rock County, District 8

  11. Saline County, District 11

  12. Sarpy County, District 1

  13. Saunders County, District 7

  14. Scotts Bluff County, District 4

  15. Seward County, District 12

  16. Sheridan County, District 8

  17. Sherman County, District 6

  18. Sioux County, District 8

  19. Stanton County, District 2

  20. Thayer County, District 11

  21. Thomas County, District 5

  22. Thurston County District 3

  23. Valley County, District 6

  24. Washington County, District 1

  25. Wayne County, District 3

  26. Webster County, District 10

  27. Wheeler County, District 6

  28. York County, District 11

  29. Omaha Correspondence for USO



Box 14

Folder




  1. Red Cross & Other Organizations

  2. Speakers

  3. Selective Service

  4. Treasurer’s Report Forms

  5. 1946 Bulletins from State USO Committees



Series 2 – Financial Records, 1946



Box 15

Folder




  1. USO Bank Books & Check Stubs, Accounts #1 & 2

  2. News clippings

  3. Railway Express Agency Booklets

  4. USO Invoices #1-30

  5. USO Invoices #51-100

  6. USO Invoices #101-150

  7. USO Bank Statements & Cancelled Checks



Series 3 – Printed Matter



Box 16

Folder




  1. Day Book & Ledger USO

  2. USO Publicity Publications

  3. “Enemy Japan”

  4. USO Posters

  5. 1946 Publicity Kits

  6. Community Chest Bulletins & Literature



Series 4 – Miscellaneous



Box 17

Folder




  1. Operation USO – Report of the President

  2. Letter Campaign

  3. USO News Service Newsletters

  4. Promotional Print Cards



Box 18

Folder




  1. 1946 Miscellaneous Bulletins

  2. Community Chest Bulletins and Literature (File #2)

  3. 1946 USO Monthly Bulletins (National)

  4. Community Chests & Chest Publicity



Box 19

Folder




  1. Junior Hostess Rule Book

  2. Junior Hostess Sponsor Book

  3. Restaurant Certificate of Registration & Tobacco License for Lincoln USO Club



 



Subject headings:



Soldiers — Recreation

United Service Organizations (Nebraska)

United States. Army — Service clubs

United States. Army — World War, 1939-1945



 



RELATED MATERIALS



See RG3262 for records relating to the United War Fund of Nebraska.

See the papers of Fred Cowgill Williams [RG2823] for additional information about the USO and the United War Fund in Nebraska.

See RG1182 for records relating to the Lincolnettes organization.

See the Library collections for published materials about the USO in Nebraska.

See the Nebraska Newspaper Index for various articles about the USO in Nebraska.



 



Revised 12-20-2007   TMM