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NEBRASKA STATE HISTORICAL SOCIETY MANUSCRIPT FINDING AID



RG3262.AM:  United War Fund of Nebraska, Inc.



Records:  1943-1947

Nebraska:  War relief organization

Size:  13.5 cu.ft.; 14 boxes



BACKGROUND NOTE



A realization of earlier efforts by Governor Griswold and Thomas C. Woods, the United War Fund of Nebraska was incorporated on May 6, 1943. Its purpose was to represent the National War Fund in obtaining voluntary war relief contributions from Nebraska by uniting twenty-two separate service agencies. The United Service Organization (USO) was the largest participant in this fund-raising venture. The general plan of organization included the selection of not less than ninety-three trustees and of county organizations headed by a county chairman in each county. State officers included Governor Dwight Griswold, Honorary Chairman; Thomas C. Woods, State Chairman; Walter F. Roberts, Executive Director; Fred C. Williams, Assistant Director; Elsworth F. DuTeau, Publicity Director on a part-time basis; and Roberta Roberts, Office Secretary. All of the state staff remained intact during the life of the organization, May 6, 1943 – June 1, 1946.*



*United War Fund of Nebraska, Inc., “History and Final Report,” June 1, 1946.



SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE



The United War Fund of Nebraska collection contains some material dating prior to organization and after dissolution, but the bulk of records and correspondence span the years from the organizational meeting on May 6, 1943, to the final report of June 1, 1946. These records provide a comprehensive history of the volunteer efforts of the citizens of Nebraska during World War II. The collection deals particularly with the administration of this massive fund-raising campaign.



The collection is arranged into eight series: (1) General files, 1943-1945; (2) District Correspondence, 1943-1945; (3) County Correspondence, 1943-1945; (4) Treasurers’ Reports, 1943-1945; (5) Financial Records, 1943-1947; (6) Bulletins of other State War Funds, 1943-1946; (7) National War Fund memoranda, 1943-1946; and (8) United War Fund of Nebraska, Inc. campaign publicity, 1943-1945.



The general files in Series 1 contain correspondence, reports, and printed matter which are arranged alphabetically by topic. Series 2 consists of correspondence between district chairmen and the Executive Director, 1943-1945, and is arranged by district. Series 3 contains correspondence between county chairmen and the Executive Director, 1943-1946, and is arranged alphabetically by county. See also box 14 for note cards listing county chairmen and other officers. Series 4 consists of treasurers’ reports to the state headquarters, 1943-1945, and is arranged alphabetically by county.



The financial records of Series 5 consist of bank statements, ledger entries, accounts paid receipts, receipt books, check stubs, cancelled checks and other records covering the years 1943-1947. The remaining three series consist of printed matter received by the state offices. Series 6, Bulletins of other State War Funds, 1943-1946, and Series 7, National War Fund memoranda, 1943-1946, are arranged chronologically. Series 8 consists of extensive clipping files, which provide a record of the publicity of the three annual campaigns, 1943-1945. The series is arranged both chronologically by year and alphabetically by county.



DESCRIPTION



Series 1 – General files, 1943-1945



Box 1

Folder




  1. History of the United War Fund of Nebraska, Inc.

  2. Advertising Solicitation, 1944

  3. Advertising & Publicity, 1944

  4. Advertising & Publicity, 1945

  5. Agencies committee chairmen in Nebraska, 1944

  6. Agencies included in National War Fund, 1943-1945

  7. Annual meeting, 1944, Apr. 4

  8. Annual meeting, 1945, Apr. 3

  9. Annual report, 1944, Apr. 1 to 1945, Apr. 1

  10. Auditor’s reports (Lester M. Buckley), 1943-1945

  11. Bulletins of the United War Fund of Nebraska, 1945

  12. Bulletins (Weekly) of the United War Fund, 1943

  13. Bulletins of the United War Fund of Nebraska, 1944

  14. Census Publications (Housing and Population)

  15. Church Cooperation, 1944

  16. Church Cooperation, 1945

  17. Community Chest Correspondence (except Omaha and Lincoln), 1943-1945

  18. Community Chest Correspondence, 1945

  19. Omaha Community Chest Correspondence, 1943

  20. Omaha Community Chest Correspondence, 1944-1945

  21. Lincoln Community Chest Correspondence, 1943-1945

  22. Correspondence, 1943, July-Aug.

  23. Correspondence, 1943, Sept.-Oct.

  24. Correspondence with other state war funds, 1943

  25. Correspondence with other state war funds, 1944

  26. Correspondence with other state war funds, 1945



Box 2

Folder




  1. County Chairmen, 1943

  2. County Chairmen, 1944

  3. County Chairmen, 1944

  4. County Chairmen, 1945

  5. County Chairmen, 1945

  6. County organization for United War Fund, 1945

  7. District chairmen (General File), 1943-1945

  8. Elsworth F. DuTeau (State publicity director), 1943

  9. Elsworth F. DuTeau (State publicity director), 1944

  10. Endorsements and proclamations, 1943-1945

  11. Executive committee, 1943-1945

  12. Films (motion pictures), 1944

  13. Films (motion pictures), 1945

  14. Income tax, 1943-1945

  15. Financial reports, 1943-1945

  16. Labor (A.F. of L. and CIO), 1943-1944

  17. Labor (A.F. of L. and CIO), 1945

  18. Trustees and Executive Committee Meeting, 1943, June 18

  19. Publicity Handbook – Labor League for Human Rights

  20. Literature & Supplies, 1943-1944

  21. Literature & Supplies, 1945

  22. Martin Bomber Plant & Mead Ordnance Plant, 1943

  23. Martin Bomber Plant & Mead Ordnance Plant, 1944

  24. Memoranda of agreement

  25. National credits, 1943

  26. National credits, 1944-1945

  27. National headquarters correspondence, 1943



Box 3

Folder




  1. National headquarters correspondence, 1943

  2. National headquarters correspondence, 1944

  3. National headquarters correspondence, 1945

  4. National Hospital Service, 1943

  5. National War Fund, board of directors, 1943, 1945

  6. National War Fund Bulletins (Special Services), 1943

  7. National War Fund Bulletins (Special Services), 1944, pt. 1

  8. National War Fund Bulletins (Special Services), 1944, pt. 2

  9. National War Fund Bulletins (Special Services), 1945, pt. 1

  10. National War Fund Bulletins (Special Services), 1945, pt. 2

  11. National War Fund conference, 1943, May 24-28

  12. National War Fund conference, 1944, Feb. 7-11

  13. National War Fund conference, 1945, Jan. 29-Feb. 2

  14. Newspapers, 1943

  15. Newspapers (correspondence, lists, etc.), 1944

  16. Newspapers, 1945

  17. Omaha-Lincoln correspondence, 1943

  18. Pre-organizational correspondence, 1943

  19. Outdoor advertising (companies), 1944

  20. Outdoor advertising, 1945

  21. Press releases (state), 1943

  22. Press releases (state), 1944

  23. Publicity campaign, 1945 (All Directives, Bulletins, Press Releases, & Material Released Regarding Publicity Campaign)

  24. Publicity chairmen, 1943

  25. Publicity chairmen, 1944

  26. Publicity chairmen, 1945

  27. Publicity material, 1943

  28. Publicity reports from counties, 1943

  29. Quotas (county, state, and national) and Quota Committee, 1943

  30. Quota remittances to National War Fund, 1943-1945

  31. Radio, 1943



Box 4

Folder




  1. Radio, 1944

  2. Radio, 1945

  3. Red Cross, 1944-1945

  4. Speeches, 1943

  5. Speeches, 1944

  6. Speaking engagements and tours, 1943-1944

  7. Speaking engagements and tours, 1944

  8. Speaking engagements and tours (Edward Serle and Adele Longmire), 1945

  9. Speaking engagements and tours (Paula Bane & Miscellaneous), 1945

  10. State office bulletins of information, 1943

  11. State tour (stories, schedules, etc.), 1944

  12. Treasurer’s reports to National War Fund (from state office), 1943-1945

  13. Trustees, 1943-1945

  14. United War Fund Treasurers (answers to Mr. R.E. Campbell’s letter)

  15. United War Fund Articles of Incorporation, By-Laws, & Surety Bond

  16. Victory speakers, 1943

  17. Victory speakers, 1945

  18. Thomas C. Woods, state chairman, 1943-1945

  19. Miscellaneous, 1944

  20. Miscellaneous, 1943-1945

  21. Procedures, manuals, publicity aids, etc.

  22. Procedures, manuals, publicity aids, etc.

  23. Publicity kit

  24. National War Fund radio kit



Series 2 – District Correspondence, 1943-1945




  1. District 1, 1943-1945 (W.C. Fraser & Sam W. Reynolds, Chairmen)

  2. District 2, 1943-1945 (Reuben A. Johnson, Chairman)

  3. District 3, 1943-1945 (John T. Bressler, Jr. & A.D. Raun, Chairmen)

  4. District 4, 1943-1945 (John F. LeRoy, Chairman)

  5. District 5, 1943-1945 (Donald T. Swaim & Judge I.J. Nisley, Chairmen)

  6. District 6, 1943-1945 (Harold A. Prince & H.P. Zieg, Chairmen)

  7. District 7, 1943-1945 (Marion A. Shaw & E.S. Schiefelbein, Chairmen)

  8. District 8, 1943-1945 (Ralph A. Baker, Chairman)



Box 5

Folder




  1. District 9, 1943-1945 (Ray C. Murphy, Chairman)

  2. District 10, 1943-1945 (L.T. Waterman, Chairman)

  3. District 11, 1943-1945 (F.J. Kobes, Chairman)

  4. District 12, 1943-1945 (Fay Wood, Chairman)

  5. District 13, 1943-1945 (Joseph C. Reavis, Chairman)



Series 3 – County Correspondence, 1943-1945




  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 4

  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 8

  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 County, District 1

  29. Franklin County, District 10

  30. Dundy County, District 9

  31. Filmore County, District 11

  32. Frontier County, District 9

  33. Furnas County, District 9



Box 6

Folder




  1. Gage County, District 11

  2. Garden County, District 4

  3. Garfield County, District 6

  4. Gosper County, District 9

  5. Grant County, District 4

  6. Greeley County, District 6

  7. Hamilton County, District 6

  8. Hall County, District 6

  9. Harlan County, District 10

  10. Hayes County, District 9

  11. Hitchcock County, District 9

  12. Holt County, District 2

  13. Hooker County, District 5

  14. Howard County, District 6

  15. Jefferson County, District 11

  16. Johnson County, District 13

  17. Kearney County, District 10

  18. Keith County, District 5

  19. Keya Paha County, District 8

  20. Kimball County, District 4

  21. Knox County, District 2

  22. Lancaster County, District 12

  23. Lincoln County, District 5

  24. Logan County, District 5

  25. Loup County, District 6

  26. Madison County, District 2

  27. McPherson County, District 5

  28. Merrick County, District 6

  29. Morrill County, District 4

  30. Nemaha County, District 13

  31. Nuckolls County, District 10

  32. Otoe County, District 12

  33. Pawnee County, District 13



Box 7

Folder




  1. Perkins County, District 5

  2. Phelps County, District 10

  3. Pierce County, District 2

  4. Platte County, District 2

  5. Polk County, District 7

  6. Red Willow County, District 9

  7. Richardson County, District 13

  8. Rock County, District 8

  9. Saline County, District 11

  10. Sarpy County, District 1

  11. Saunders County, District 7

  12. Scotts Bluff County, District 4

  13. Seward County, District 12

  14. Sheridan County, District 8

  15. Sherman County, District 6

  16. Sioux County, District 8

  17. Stanton County, District 2

  18. Thomas County, District 5

  19. Thurston County, District 3

  20. Thayer County, District 11

  21. Valley County, District 6

  22. Washington County, District 1

  23. Wayne County, District 3

  24. Webster County, District 10

  25. Wheeler County, District 6

  26. York County, District 11



Series 4 – Treasurers’ Reports, 1943-1945




  1. Adams County – Howard County, 1943

  2. Jefferson County – York County, 1943

  3. Adams County – Howard County, 1944

  4. Jefferson County – York County, 1944



Box 8

Folder




  1. Adams County – Howard County, 1945

  2. Jefferson County – York County, 1945



Series 5 – Financial Records, 1943-1947




  1. Accounts with National War Fund, 1944-1945

  2. County ledger sheets, 1943-1946

  3. General ledger sheets, 1943-1946

  4. Cash receipts and disbursements ledger sheets, 1943-1946 (see oversize)

  5. Accounts paid, 1943

  6. Accounts paid, 1943

  7. Accounts paid, 1943

  8. Accounts paid, 1943

  9. Accounts paid, 1943

  10. Accounts paid, 1943

  11. Accounts paid, 1944

  12. Accounts paid, 1944

  13. Accounts paid, 1945

  14. Accounts paid, 1945

  15. Accounts paid, 1945

  16. Accounts paid, 1945

  17. Accounts paid, 1946

  18. Accounts paid and misc., 1947

  19. Pledges, paid



Box 9

Folder




  1. Pledges, unpaid

  2. Bank account books

  3. Check stubs

  4. Check stubs

  5. Cancelled checks

  6. Cancelled checks

  7. Cancelled checks

  8. Cancelled checks



Series 6 – Bulletins of other State War Funds, 1943-1946




  1. Bulletins from other State War Funds, 1943

  2. Bulletins from other State War Funds, 1943

  3. Bulletins from other State War Funds, 1943

  4. Bulletins from other State War Funds, 1943-1944

  5. Bulletins from other State War Funds, 1944

  6. Bulletins from other State War Funds, 1944

  7. Bulletins from other State War Funds, 1944

  8. Bulletins from other State War Funds, 1944

  9. Bulletins from other State War Funds, 1944



Box 10

Folder




  1. Bulletins from other State War Funds, 1944-1945

  2. Bulletins from other State War Funds, 1945

  3. Bulletins from other State War Funds, 1945

  4. Bulletins from other State War Funds, 1945

  5. Bulletins from other State War Funds, 1945

  6. Bulletins from other State War Funds, 1945

  7. Bulletins from other State War Funds, 1945

  8. Bulletins from other State War Funds, 1946



Series 7 – National War Fund memoranda, 1943-1946




  1. National War Fund memoranda, 1943

  2. National War Fund memoranda, 1943

  3. National War Fund memoranda, 1943

  4. National War Fund memoranda, 1944

  5. National War Fund memoranda, 1944

  6. National War Fund memoranda, 1945



Box 11

Folder




  1. National War Fund memoranda, 1945

  2. National War Fund memoranda, 1946



Series 8 – United War Fund of Nebraska, Inc. campaign publicity, 1943-1945




  1. 1943, v. 1

  2. 1943, v. 2

  3. 1943, v. 3

  4. 1943-1944

  5. 1944

  6. Adams County, 1944

  7. Antelope County, 1944

  8. Arthur County, 1944

  9. Banner County, 1944

  10. Blaine County, 1944

  11. Boone County, 1944

  12. Box Butte County, 1944

  13. Boyd County, 1944

  14. Brown County, 1944

  15. Buffalo County, 1944

  16. Burt County, 1944

  17. Butler County, 1944

  18. Cass County, 1944

  19. Cedar County, 1944

  20. Chase County, 1944

  21. Cherry County, 1944

  22. Cheyenne County, 1944

  23. Clay County, 1944

  24. Colfax County, 1944

  25. Cuming County, 1944

  26. Custer County, 1944

  27. Dakota County, 1944

  28. Dawes County, 1944

  29. Dawson County, 1944

  30. Deuel County, 1944

  31. Dixon County, 1944

  32. Dodge County, 1944

  33. Douglas County, 1944

  34. Dundy County, 1944

  35. Fillmore County, 1944

  36. Franklin County, 1944

  37. Frontier County, 1944

  38. Furnas County, 1944

  39. Gage County, 1944

  40. Garden County, 1944

  41. Garfield County, 1944

  42. Gosper County, 1944

  43. Grant County, 1944

  44. Greeley County, 1944

  45. Hall County, 1944

  46. Hamilton County, 1944

  47. Harlan County, 1944

  48. Hayes County, 1944

  49. Hitchcock County, 1944

  50. Holt County, 1944

  51. Hooker County, 1944

  52. Howard County, 1944

  53. Jefferson County, 1944

  54. Johnson County, 1944

  55. Kearney County, 1944

  56. Keith County, 1944

  57. Keya Paha County, 1944

  58. Kimball County, 1944

  59. Knox County, 1944



Box 12

Folder




  1. Lancaster County, 1944

  2. Lincoln (City), 1944

  3. Lincoln County, 1944

  4. Logan County, 1944

  5. Loup County, 1944

  6. Madison County, 1944

  7. McPherson County, 1944

  8. Merrick County, 1944

  9. Morrill County, 1944

  10. Nance County, 1944

  11. Nemaha County, 1944

  12. Nuckolls County, 1944

  13. Omaha (City), 1944

  14. Otoe County, 1944

  15. Pawnee County, 1944

  16. Perkins County, 1944

  17. Phelps County, 1944

  18. Pierce County, 1944

  19. Platte County, 1944

  20. Polk County, 1944

  21. Richardson County, 1944

  22. Red Willow County, 1944

  23. Rock County, 1944

  24. Saline County, 1944

  25. Sarpy County, 1944

  26. Saunders County, 1944

  27. Scotts Bluff County, 1944

  28. Seward County, 1944

  29. Sheridan County, 1944

  30. Sherman County, 1944

  31. Sioux County, 1944

  32. Stanton County, 1944

  33. Thayer County, 1944

  34. Thomas County, 1944

  35. Thurston County, 1944

  36. Valley County, 1944

  37. Washington County, 1944

  38. Wayne County, 1944

  39. Webster County, 1944

  40. Wheeler County, 1944

  41. York County, 1944

  42. Miscellaneous, 1944

  43. United War Fund of Nebraska, Inc., 1944

  44. United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration, 1944

  45. Adams County, 1945

  46. Antelope County, 1945

  47. Arthur County, 1945

  48. Banner County, 1945

  49. Blaine County, 1945

  50. Boone County, 1945

  51. Box Butte County, 1945

  52. Boyd County, 1945

  53. Brown County, 1945

  54. Buffalo County, 1945

  55. Burt County, 1945

  56. Butler County, 1945

  57. Cass County, 1945

  58. Cedar County, 1945

  59. Chase County, 1945

  60. Cherry County, 1945

  61. Cheyenne County, 1945

  62. Clay County, 1945

  63. Colfax County, 1945



Box 13

Folder




  1. Cuming County, 1945

  2. Custer County, 1945

  3. Dakota County, 1945

  4. Dawes County, 1945

  5. Dawson County, 1945

  6. Deuel County, 1945

  7. Dixon County, 1945

  8. Dodge County, 1945

  9. Douglas County, 1945

  10. Dundy County, 1945

  11. Fillmore County, 1945

  12. Franklin County, 1945

  13. Frontier County, 1945

  14. Furnas County, 1945

  15. Gage County, 1945

  16. Garden County, 1945

  17. Garfield County, 1945

  18. Gosper County, 1945

  19. Grant County, 1945

  20. Greeley County, 1945

  21. Hall County, 1945

  22. Hamilton County, 1945

  23. Harlan County, 1945

  24. Hayes County, 1945

  25. Hitchcock County, 1945

  26. Holt County, 1945

  27. Hooker County, 1945

  28. Howard County, 1945

  29. Jefferson County, 1945

  30. Johnson County, 1945

  31. Kearney County, 1945

  32. Keith County, 1945

  33. Keya Paha County, 1945

  34. Kimball County, 1945

  35. Knox County, 1945

  36. Lancaster County, 1945

  37. Lincoln (City)

  38. Lincoln County, 1945

  39. Logan County, 1945

  40. Loup County, 1945

  41. Madison County, 1945

  42. McPherson County, 1945

  43. Merrick County, 1945

  44. Morrill County, 1945

  45. Nance County, 1945

  46. Nemaha County, 1945

  47. Nuckolls County, 1945

  48. Omaha (City)

  49. Otoe County, 1945

  50. Pawnee County, 1945

  51. Perkins County, 1945

  52. Phelps County, 1945

  53. Pierce County, 1945

  54. Platte County, 1945

  55. Polk County, 1945

  56. Red Willow County, 1945

  57. Richardson County, 1945

  58. Rock County, 1945

  59. Saline County, 1945

  60. Sarpy County, 1945

  61. Saunders County, 1945

  62. Scotts Bluff County, 1945

  63. Seward County, 1945

  64. Sheridan County, 1945

  65. Sherman County, 1945

  66. Sioux County, 1945

  67. Stanton County, 1945

  68. Thayer County, 1945

  69. Thomas County, 1945

  70. Thurston County, 1945

  71. Valley County, 1945

  72. Washington County, 1945

  73. Wayne County, 1945

  74. Webster County, 1945

  75. Wheeler County, 1945

  76. York County, 1945

  77. Miscellaneous, 1945

  78. United War Fund of Nebraska, Inc., 1945

  79. United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration, 1945

  80. Eighth War Loan, 1945



Item: National War Fund printing block



Box 14 – County note cards listing chairmen, officers, etc. for each county



 



ADDED ENTRIES



National War Fund, Inc.

United War Fund of Nebraska, Inc.

World War, 1939-1945 — Civilian relief — Nebraska

World War, 1939-1945 — Civilian relief — United States

World War, 1939-1945 — War work



 



Revised 03-06-2008   TMM