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RG1494.AM:  Veterans of Foreign Wars. Nebraska

Records:  1927-1963


Size:  0.5 cu.ft.; 1 box


The VFW traces its roots back to 1899 when veterans of the Spanish-American War (1898) and the Philippine Insurrection (1899-1902) founded local organizations to secure rights and benefits for their service: Many arrived home wounded or sick. There was no medical care or veterans’ pension for them, and they were left to care for themselves.  In their misery, some of these veterans banded together and formed organizations with what would become known as the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States. After chapters were formed in Ohio, Colorado and Pennsylvania, the movement quickly gained momentum. By 1915, membership grew to 5,000; by 1936, membership was almost 200,000.


This collection consists of records of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Nebraska Department.  The items date from 1927 to 1963 and include minutes of meetings, annual encampment programs and proceedings, and issues of The G.I. Club Monthly, published by The Military Order of the Cootie, the honor degree of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.  Also included are a few items relating to two local VFW posts in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Note:  See RG2042.AM for records relating to VFW Post No. 854, Fremont, Nebraska.  See the library for various publications relating to the VFW in Nebraska.


Box 1


  1. Minutes of meetings, 1927-1928

  2. Annual Encampment publications, 1927-1956, including:

    2nd Annual Review, June, 1927

    9th Annual Proceedings, 1929

    10th Annual Proceedings, 1930

    12th Annual Encampment, 1932

    14th Annual Encampment, 1934

    15th Annual Encampment, 1935

    Joint Encampment, Nebraska and Wyoming, 1940

    22nd Annual Encampment, 1942

    23rd Annual Encampment, 1943

    24th Annual Encampment, 1944

    26th Annual Encampment, 1946

    27th Annual Encampment, 1947

    29th Annual Encampment, 1949

    31st Annual Encampment, 1951

    32nd Annual Encampment, 1952

    33rd Annual Encampment, 1953

    34th Annual Encampment, 1954

    35th Annual Encampment, 1955

    36th Annual Encampment, 1956

  3. Annual Encampment publications, 1957-1963, including:

    37th Annual Encampment, 1957

    38th Annual Encampment, 1958

    39th Annual Encampment, 1959

    40th Annual Encampment, 1960

    41st Annual Encampment, 1961

    42nd Annual Encampment, 1962

    43rd Annual Encampment, 1963

  4. The G.I. Club Monthly, 1945-1946

  5. Misc. local posts, including:

    Charles A. Fraley Post No. 1450, Lincoln, 8th Annual Souvenir Book, 1934

    Sgt. Richard L. Harris Post No. 131, Lincoln, Year book, 1939-1940

    Sgt. Richard L. Harris Post No. 131, Lincoln, Monthly News, August 1938


Subject headings:

Veterans — Nebraska

Veterans of Foreign Wars. Charles A. Fraley Post No. 1450, Lincoln, Nebraska

Veterans of Foreign Wars. Sgt. Richard L. Harris Post No. 131, Lincoln, Nebraska

Veterans of Foreign Wars. Nebraska Department


APD                     05-29-1987

Revised TMM      08-06-2018