Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, New York Department
Records, 1912-1953

SC14782

Quantity: 3 boxes (1.0 cu. ft.)
Access: Open to research
Acquisition: Deposit: New York Department, Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, July 1957
Processed by: Manuscripts & Special Collections, October 2010

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Historical Note:

The Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War is a fraternal organization composed of women who are direct descendants of Union Army veterans of the United States Civil War.

Scope and Content Note:

The records consist of minutes of conventions (1912-1928); ritual books detailing various ceremonial activities; published constitutions; and membership record books containing biographical and genealogical information on members. The membership record books are from the New York State communities of Albion, Dunkirk, Edmeston, Franklinville, Kenmore, Lockport, Oxford, Palmyra, Pulaski, and Rome.

The ritual books include floor plans and details related to conducting meetings, ceremonies for installation of officers, and funeral ceremonies.

The membership record books consist of one-page forms with the member’s name, age, place of birth, place member lived at time of initiation, and date of initiation. Also included is military service information on the member’s father: date he entered the military, his rank, the company and regiment in which he served, his rank at the time of his discharge and the reason for his discharge. Some forms are more complete than others. The initiation dates range from the mid-1910s through the mid-1940s. The forms in the membership record books of the Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, U.S.A., differ slightly from those in the books of the National Alliance Daughters of Veterans, U.S.A. (The DUV books provide space for listing members’ grandfathers.) Eight of the ten books are indexed; the Kenmore and Oxford books are not.

Provenance Note:

The following items from this record series were removed and cataloged separately: Journal of the ... Annual Convention of the New York Department, Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, 25 volumes (1925, 1927-1944, 1946-1951), J,369.16,D238,86-23070, and Journal of the ... National Convention of the Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, 32 volumes (1918, 1920-1944, 1946-1951), C,369.15,N277,91-12441.

Container List:

Box Volume Contents
    Organizational Records, 1935-1953 (printed documents)
1 1 Ritual of the Daughters of the Civil War, 1861-1865 ([Massillon, Ohio?], s.p., 1935)
1 2 Ritual of the Daughters of the Civil War, 1861-1865 ([Massillon, Ohio?], s.p., 1953)
1 3 Constitution of the Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, 1861-1865 ([Massillon, Ohio?], s.p., 1934)
1 4 Constitution of the Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, 1861-1865 ([Massillon, Ohio?], s.p., 1937)
1 5 Constitution of the Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, 1861-1865 ([Massillon, Ohio?], s.p., 1941)
1 6 Constitution of the Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, 1861-1865 ([Massillon, Ohio?], s.p., 1944)
    Minute Books, 1912-1928 (manuscript)
1 7 Minutes of Convention: 1912, 1913, 1914, 1915, 1916, 1917
1 8 Minutes of Convention: 1918, 1919, 1920
1 9 Minutes of Convention: 1920, 1921, 1922, 1923
1 10 Convention Records for 1924, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1928
    National Alliance Daughters of Veterans, U.S.A., Membership Record Books, ca. 1921-1939 (manuscript)
2 1 Abigail Remington Flagler Tent No. 12, Lockport, N.Y., ca. 1921-1935 (Includes "transfer cards" for three women)
2 2 Lucretia Garfield Tent No. 32 [30?], Albion, N.Y., ca. 1916-1938
2 3 Jenny Wade Tent No. 34, Rome, N.Y., ca. 1920s
2 4 Virginia Grosvenor Stevens Tent No. 52, Dunkirk, N.Y., ca. 1921-1938
2 5 Isidore Van Annam [Arnam?] McVey Tent No. 59, Franklinville, N.Y., 1923-1939
    Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, U.S.A., Membership Record Books, ca. 1926-1945 (manuscript)
3 1 Lavinia H. Chase Tent No. 76, Palmyra, N.Y., ca. 1926-1939
3 2 Celia Dewey Seamans Tent No. 79, Pulaski, N.Y., ca. 1926-1945
3 3 [Anna G. Maxwell] Tent No. 87, Oxford, N.Y., ca. 1930s
3 4 [Mary A. Safford] Tent No. 103, Edmeston, N.Y., ca. 1930s
3 5 Helen Brainard Cole Tent No. 104, Kenmore, N.Y., ca. 1934-1941
Last Updated: December 31, 2010