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Army Mothers, Post No. 1 - Scrapbook
Dates: Oct. 1956-Sept. 1957
Accession Number: 20051212C
Description: 39 loose pages, including 3 photographs
The United States Army Mothers organization was founded in
September 1940. While the organization originally might have been limited to
mothers of army enlistees and officers, the US Army Mothers seems, shortly after
it was founded, to have included as members women with children in all of the
military branches. In an article in the scrapbook the 1955-56 national
commander told a reporter, “Our title refers to an ‘army of mothers' rather than
to one branch of the service.” The 1956 bylaws expands on the original
membership guidelines including “mothers, wives, sisters and daughters” as being
eligible for membership.
One of the main goals of the U.S. Army Mothers was “to promote the social, cultural, recreational and general welfare of those near and dear to us, men and women of the Armed Forces of the United States who offer their all on the altar of freedom . . .”
The Terre Haute branch of the U.S. Army Mothers worked closely with the Veterans Administration's Voluntary Service program. Meeting at the Salvation Army Temple, members would sew items needed by veterans at the Cold Springs Veterans Hospital in Indianapolis. During the year covered in this collection the members also assisted in the charitable endeavors of the Vigo County Association for Mental Health and the Vigo County Tuberculosis Society's Easter Seals campaign.
Content and Scope of Collection
This collection consists of a scrapbook of the US Army Mothers Post No. 1 for Terre Haute from October 1956 to September 1957.
The scrapbook contains programs, newspaper clippings, postcards, obituaries, officer photographs, cards and letters.
Due to space considerations, the scrapbook covers have been removed.