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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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G.A.R. members established Anna M. Ross Post No. 94 on November 17, 1874. It initially operated from a location at the southeast corner of Girard Avenue and Hutchinson Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is not known when the Post disbanded.
The records of Anna M. Ross Post No. 94 consist of one series, Post History records, spanning the years 1897 to the 1910s. 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: Post History: The Post History series consists of three bound war memorial sketch books. The books record in detail the history of Post member’s service in the Civil War and information on their membership in the G.A.R. The information in the sketch books was originally recorded on memorial war sketch forms, which were forms that the Post Historian used to compile the war memorial sketch book.
The three volumes of Anna M. Ross Post No. 94’s War Memorial Sketch Books begin with an index of member names. Each member has his own page in the book. At the bottom of each member’s page, the member and the Post Historian certify the accuracy of the information presented.
The Anna M. Ross Post No. 94 Memorial War Sketch Books were presented to the Post by Mrs. W. H. Kemble in 1897. The books were large ornate volumes the pages of which consist of pre-printed forms to be filled out. Working from 1897 to approximately the 1910s, the Post Historian compiled the information in the volumes. Volume One’s supplemental section contains a detailed history of Post member Henry K. Lukens, brief histories of other Post members, resolutions to aid families of deceased members, and lists of the deaths of members dating from December 3, 1875 to December 22, 1909, with a cemetery record. Volume Two’s supplemental section contains cemetery records.
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 as part of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories. The HCI-PSAR project was made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
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