Held at: Grand Army of the Republic Civil War Museum and Library [Contact Us]4278 Griscom Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19124
This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Grand Army of the Republic Civil War Museum and Library. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.
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The General George G. Meade Camp No. 16, Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War was a beneficial association for the descendants of Civil War veterans.
The records of the Sons of the Union Veterans George G. Meade Camp No. 16 cover the years 1881 to 1966 and consist of thirteen bound volumes and three framed items. The records are organized into five series. It is not known how G.A.R. Civil War Museum and Library acquired the records or if additional records survived or existed.
Series I: Administrative Records-This series consists of minutes. The minutes are of the Camp’s meetings from 1902 to 1966. The minutes are in bound volumes arranged chronologically. Numerous items are tipped into the minutes, including receipts, treasurer reports, memos, and correspondence.
Series 2: Relief Committee Reports: This series consists of Relief Committee Reports, which list the name of a sick member, detail the members condition, and then provide detail on any benefits granted or dispersed to the member. The Report is one bound volume that dates from March 28, 1928 to August 31, 1934.
Series 3: Proceeding of Annual Pennsylvania Department of Encampments- The Proceedings of the Annual Pennsylvania Department of Encampments are two bound volumes. The two years in the record group are 1950 and 1959.
Series 4: Membership History- The descriptive books are two bound volumes, one dating from 1881 to 1920 and the other dating from 1920 to 1923. The SUVCW descriptive books contain information on Camp members’ ages, birthplace, residence, occupations, and muster. The books details Camp member’s information about their grandfather or father’s Civil War service. This detail includes the name of the family member and military service details, such as discharge, date of entry into service, and their infantry.
Series 5: Plaques and Resolutions- The Plaques and Resolutions are three framed items from 1965, 1965, and 1953.
The records were rough sorted and placed in archival boxes by board members and volunteers of the GAR Civil War Museum & Library in 2008. In 2009-2010 they received preliminary processing by Archival Consultant Jack McCarthy and Intern Megan Atkinson, working on a project funded by grants from the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission and National Endowment for the Humanities. This finding aid is the result of that project. The grant funds allowed for only minimal processing and very little re-housing of the records; as noted above, the records require more thorough processing.
The finding aid created by McCarthy and Atkinson was converted to the EAD format in 2011-2012 as part of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania’s Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories (HCI-PSAR), funded by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
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- Finding aid prepared by Jack McCarthy and Megan Atkinson, 2009-2010. EAD conversion was completed through the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories.
- This preliminary finding aid was created by staff of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania’s Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories (HCI-PSAR) using data provided by the Grand Army of the Republic Civil War Museum and Library. The HCI-PSAR project was made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
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