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AMERICAN NATIONAL RED CROSS MILE HIGH CHAPTER RECORDS

 Collection
Identifier: WH937

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE

Business conducted by the Mile High Chapter is recorded in the collection of files and scrapbooks. The content represents both the administrative and the public side of the Denver based humanitarian institution. A series of Junior Red Cross scrapbooks represent international junior members from Greece, Peru, and Sweden during the 1960s. Newspaper clippings, files pertaining to volunteers, recognition awards, correspondence, newsletters, pamphlets, and reports cover the national and local phases of work in the Mile High Chapter from the year 1918 to 1985. Black and white photographs of events and entertainers are also here.

SERIES 1 CORRESPONDENCE AND CHAPTER MEETINGS 1918-1978 BOX 1

The series includes letters addressed within the Mile High Chapter and other major chapters around the country pertaining to official business. The Chapter meetings are documented by programs, newsletters, meeting minutes, and notes. One file includes a copy of song lyrics composed for the organization by Irving Berlin.

SERIES 2 PUBLICATIONS AND PUBLICITY 1918-1985 BOX 1-5

The Mile High Chapter published a newsletter entitled Denver Chapter News and kept very thorough scrapbooks of local newspaper clippings. The series contains these materials along with similar national and international publications, which chronicle the events and issues within the Red Cross from WWI to the late 1970s. An extensive scrapbook collection of first day covers, stamps and seals represents virtually every country involved in the organization throughout the years of 1960-1979.

SERIES 3 VOLUNTEERS 1937-1970 BOX 5-7

Mile High Chapter volunteers were frequently awarded for their outstanding service with the posting of a service honor roll. Materials included in the series: the names of volunteers who were awarded this special honor throughout the years, their monthly and annual service reports, and other official documents recording the daily activities of a typical chapter volunteer.

SERIES 4 OVERSIZE 1918-1977 OVBOX 1-2, OVFOLIO 1-16

Newspaper clippings, photographs, newsletters, and other publicity materials are compiled here in 39 oversized scrapbooks, which present a near complete history of the chapter ranging from the years 1918 to 1981. A series of International Junior Red Cross scrapbooks record a global dialogue maintained by junior members during the 1960s.

SERIES 5 PHOTOGRAPHS 1954-1966, N.D. PHOTOBOX 1

Black and white photographs of volunteers, entertainers, aid recipients and others. Some are identified with names and dates, many have photographers name stamped on back. Some appear to be from World War II era.

Dates

  • TBD

ACCESS:

The collection is open for research.

OWNERSHIP:

Literary rights and copyrights are assigned to the Denver Public Library.

PUBLICATION RIGHTS:

All requests for permission to publish, reproduce, or quote from material in the collection should be discussed with the appropriate librarian or archivist. Permission for publication may be given on behalf of the Denver Public Library as the owner of the physical item. It is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained by the customer. The Library does not assume any responsibility for infringement of copyright or publication rights of the manuscript held by the writer, heirs, donors, or executors. Reproduction restrictions are decided on a case-by-case basis.

HISTORICAL NOTE

The American National Red Cross is predominately a volunteer organization, and the Mile High Chapter is no exception. The number of volunteers varied during the 60 years of history represented in the collection, but the chapter always maintained a large membership. Six different chapters, some dating as far back as 1903, merged in 1965 to create the present day Mile High Chapter. The six chapters of the organization's early presence in Denver are not identified in the collection.

The greatest number of members belonged to the Volunteer Special Services Corps, which broke down into separate areas of expertise: Braille, Canteen, Home Services (missing persons), Hospital and Recreation (Grey Ladies), Motor Corps, Nurse's Aides, Production, and Staff Assistance. In the corps, chapter volunteers fed WWI soldiers at Union Station, produced clothing for civilian war victims, located missing veterans for families, and collected pints of donated blood. In peacetime, the volunteers assisted victims of natural disasters, collected blood for war veterans, and maintained the health of the general population of Denver.

Extent

7 Boxes

2 boxes, 16 folios

PROVENANCE:

The American National Red Cross Mile High Chapter Collection was donated by Mrs. Jane O'Donnell on May 17th, 1988.

Physical Description

1

SIZE:

Number of Boxes: 7

Oversize: 2 boxes, 16 folios

Photo box: 1

LOCATION:

WH937

PROCESSED BY:

Shane Trost

Ellen Zazzarino

Chris Basore

Jan Simmons

June 1997

REVISED AND ENCODED BY:

Merrie Jo Schroeder

September 2004

Roger L. Dudley

July 2008

PROJECT MANAGER:

Ellen Zazzarino

Title
AMERICAN NATIONAL RED CROSS MILE HIGH CHAPTER RECORDS
Date
June 2008
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script

Repository Details

Part of the Denver Public Library, Western History and Genealogy Repository

Contact:
10 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy
Denver CO 80204 United States