Records of Williams Post No. 78, Grand Army of the Republic
Held at: Grand Army of the Republic Civil War Museum and Library [Contact Us]4278 Griscom Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19124
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G.A.R. members instituted Williams Post No. 78 in 1884 in Muncie, Indiana. The Post continued to meet through 1930; the last meeting minutes are recorded in December 1930.
The records of Williams Post No. 78 consist of twelve bound volumes that date from 1884 to 1930. The records are organized into three series: Administrative Records, Financial Records, and Membership Records. 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 of the Post’s meetings from 1884 to 1930. The minutes are in six bound volumes arranged chronologically. Numerous items are tipped in to the minute books, including newspaper articles and correspondence. The minute book dating from December 1924 to December 1930 contains finances and ledgers dating from 1924 to 1929 and some information on financial accounts dating from 1910 to the 1920s.
Series II: Financial Records – This series consists of five volumes of financial records including dues books, receipts, and disbursements and a cashbook. The Post used most of the volumes for a variety of financial purposes. The first volume is an 1891 to 1900 dues, receipt, and disbursement book. The second volume is an 1894 to 1901 receipt and disbursement book. The third volume is a dues book that records membership dues for the year 1900. The fourth volume contains a member’s roster and records of dues payments for the years 1901 to 1917. This volume also has some finances and ledger information recorded. The cashbook dates January 1911 to May 1917.
Series III: Membership Records - This series consists of one descriptive book with entries from 1884 to approximately 1907. The entries contain detailed information on Post members, including: member’s name, age, birthplace, residence, occupation, details on the entry into service and final discharge (which includes date, rank, company, and regiment), length of service, cause of discharge, the details of his G.A.R. membership, and remarks (which include death notices or membership ending through leaving or transferring). The descriptive book is a rich source of the social and demographic history of members of the Post. The Book also includes the Post’s constitution, bylaws, and a Muster Roll from 1884 to 1907.
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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