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War History Committee for Los Angeles County Records, 1914-1921
GC 1130  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography/Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: War History Committee for Los Angeles County Records, 1914-1921
    Dates: 1914-1921
    Collection Number: GC 1130
    Creator/Collector:
    Extent: (Boxes: 25 letter, legal)
    Repository: Seaver Center for Western History Research, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
    Abstract: Los Angeles County region. World War I information. Lists of enlistees and inductees by local boards, and some lists include addresses and nearest relatives. Correspondence of the committee, and biographies and photos of veterans of the war, including those who died while in service. Records include regional subcommittees, in example the Compton Branch of the committee and Pasadena.
    Language of Material: English

    Access

    Research is by appointment only

    Publication Rights

    Permission to publish, quote or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder

    Preferred Citation

    War History Committee for Los Angeles County Records, 1914-1921. Seaver Center for Western History Research, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

    Biography/Administrative History

    The War History Committee of Los Angeles County was organized under the California War History Committee of the State Council of Defense in Sacramento, California. The goal of this volunteer project was to create a historical record of veterans who served in the war as well as to document domestic war efforts. Correspondence indicate that Mrs. Frances M. Harmon was the chairman of the county committee. Veterans' photograph portraits were compiled as early as 1918-19. In 1920 Harmon solicited heavily to county branch librarians to get questionnaires completed by veterans of the war. Other establishments were also asked, in example the records show that the downtown L.A. Broadway Department Store supported the war history effort.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Los Angeles County region. World War I information. Lists of enlistees and inductees by local boards, and some lists include addresses and nearest relatives. Correspondence of the committee, and biographies and photos of veterans of the war, including those who died while in service. Records include regional subcommittees, in example the Compton Branch of the committee and Pasadena. The committee also compiled reports and histories of local civilian war organizations, in example, Women's Improvement Association of South Pasadena; American Protective League; California Loyal League; Daughters of the American Revolution; local induction boards; the Los Angeles chapter of the American Red Cross; Jewish Women's Red Cross Auxiliary and the LA Council of Jewish Women; Pasadena chapter of the Red Cross; Japanese war work; volunteer intelligence and secret service organizations in the county; and there is one historical narrative of the Southwestern Ship Building Company in San Pedro. See also GC 1070.

    Indexing Terms

    World War, 1914-1918--Veterans--United States.
    World War, 1914-1918