|Title||American Red Cross Papers II|
|Extent of Description||1 box; .5 linear feet|
|Catalog Number||Collection No. 151|
|Scope & Content||
Abstract: Collection contains documents and items related to the American Red Cross dated 1917-1969. The majority of the items are from the first World War era; although there is a collection of registration cards naming residents who volunteered for Red Cross duty in WW II as well. The collection would interest anyone researching the Hunterdon Red Cross, the homefront of WWI and WWII, and Hunterdon County history.
Scope and Content: Documents and items from 1917-1969 related to the American Red Cross in general and some documents/items specific to Hunterdon County. 11 folders include memoranda, bulletins, publications, newspaper articles, general correspondence, registry cards for volunteers, and membership materials.
The Hunterdon County Chapter of the American Red Cross was formed on March 9, 1917 at a meeting of concerned citizens in the County Court House. The temporary president was the Hon. A.F. Foran, and the Atlantic Division representing attendant was Mr. Albert W. Staub.
50 citizens joined as volunteers on that first evening. The headquarters of the Chapter was designated as a room on the first floor of the Deats Building, donated by Hriam E. Deats for free for the duration of the war plus three months afterward.
The Chapter has been in existence continuing its good works, providing war relief and aid through two world wars and many smaller wars and conflicts; assisting in domestic relief efforts for natural and artifical disasters; and aiding in the everyday lives of Hunterdon residents who need nursing, elder, and home care.
|Access Conditions||Manuscript collections may only be viewed at the Hiram E. Deats Memorial Library on days the Society is open for business, or during appointments for research purposes that are pre-arranged with the Society’s Executive Director. The retrieval and use of manuscripts, microfilm, and other library materials ends 15 minutes prior to closing time of each open business day.|