Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, 1861-1865, Records, 1895-1965

Dates: 1895-1965
Size: 6.5 linear feet
Repository: Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, 400 S. State Street, Chicago, IL 60605
Collection Number: W00051
Provenance: Provenance unknown, but likely acquired through the Library’s relationship with the Grand Army of the Republic. It appears that at least some tents of the Daughters of Union Veterans gave their materials to the Grand Army of the Republic, which, in turn, gave everything to Chicago Public Library.
Access: No restrictions. Researchers, please request this material 24 hours in advance of use.
Citation: When quoting material from this collection the preferred citation is: Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, 1861-1865, Records, [Box #, Folder #], Special Collections, Chicago Public Library
Processed by: Johanna Russ, August 2016

Historical Note

The Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, 1861-1865, is an organization whose membership can trace its lineage to soldiers who served on the Union side in America’s Civil War, 1861-1865. The DUVCW was founded in 1885 in Massillon, Ohio, and was originally called the National Alliance Daughters of Veterans. The Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of Union veterans, endorsed the daughters’ group in 1900 at its annual meeting in Chicago. In 1925, the organization changed its name to the Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War. In 1944, the name changed again to include the dates of the war: Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, 1861-1865. As of 2016, its national headquarters was in Springfield, Illinois.

Groups are organized locally into “tents,” which were named for army nurses who served during the Civil War or for other women whose deeds between 1861 and 1865 were deemed patriotic and loyal to the Union cause. If a state has more than three tents, they are organized under a state-level department. The organization flourished in the first half of the twentieth century, but many tents began disbanding when those generations closest to the Civil War and its veterans aged and died.

The DUVCW supports scholarships and projects that help preserve and maintain the history and legacy of the Union soldiers of the Civil War. These include maintenance of historic monuments, battlefields, sites and cemeteries; participating in Memorial Day events and other ceremonies; maintaining a museum; and volunteering with veterans and veteran hospitals.

Scope and Content

This collection is comprised almost entirely of minute books from the Department of Illinois and various local tents throughout the state. Some president and treasurer reports and membership rosters are also included. The minute books describe the groups’ activities, including their founding and, sometimes, disbandment; election and installation of officers; finances; committee work; membership applications, increases, illnesses and deaths; communications and invitations from other organizations; convention delegate appointment, procedures and disputes; programming at meetings such as guest speakers; programming and events for Memorial Day, Flag Day, Lincoln’s birthday and other patriotic holidays; fundraising events; and charitable efforts. The Julia Dent Grant Tent #12 from Chicago is especially well documented.

Arrangement/Series Description

The collection is arranged in two series.

Series 1: State Department of Illinois, 1895-1962

This series contains minute books, rosters, treasurers’ reports and ephemera from the Illinois state-level unit of the Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, 1861-1865 organization. Items are arranged chronologically.

Series 2: Illinois Tents, 1907-1965

This series contains minute books, rosters, treasurers’ reports and ephemera from various Illinois local units of the Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, 1861-1865 organization. The local units, called “tents,” represented in this collection hail from all over the state. Items are arranged sequentially by tent number and chronologically within each tent.

Related Materials

American Civil War Documents, Manuscripts, Letters and Diaries and Grand Army of the Republic Collections

Subject Headings

  • United States—History—Civil War, 1861-1865—Veterans
  • Women—Societies and clubs
  • Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, 1861-1865

Container List

Series 1: State Department of Illinois, 1895-1962

Box 1 Folder 1 State Department of Illinois minute book, 1895 May 14-1909 May 20. Includes annual convention minutes
Box 1 Folder 2 State Department of Illinois minute book, 1909 July 22-1912 May 25
Box 1 Folder 3 State Department of Illinois minute book, 1917 July 20-1921 May 16
Box 1 Folder 4 State Department of Illinois minute book, 1921 May 19-1925 January 27.
Treasurer’s reports, 1922 June 30-1926 March 31
Box 1 Folder 5 State Department of Illinois minute book, 1926 April 12-1929 June 10
Box 1 Folder 6 State Department of Illinois minute book, 1929 June 13-1933 June 5
Box 1 Folder 7 Incorporation papers, treasurer’s reports, resolutions, 1929-1933. Separated from minute book.
Box 1 Folder 8 National rosters, 1957-1962
Box 1 Folder 9 Department of Illinois roster, 1963-1964

Series 2: Illinois Tents, 1907-1965

Box 2 Folder 1 Mary Turchin Tent #8, East St. Louis, Illinois, minute book, 1911 July 15-1916 April 13
Oversize box at 6S-1-2 Keturah Hoover Tent #10, Chicago, Illinois, charter, 1905 December 8
Oversize box at 6S-1-2 Keturah Hoover Tent #10, Chicago, Illinois, painted decoration of a medal, presented in memory of Matthew McCahill of Iowa, 1944.
Box 2 Folder 2 Julia Dent Grant Tent #12, Chicago, Illinois, report of the president, undated
Box 13 Folder 1 Julia Dent Grant Tent #12, Chicago, Illinois, ledger including roster and dues payments, 1907 October 1-1923 December 31
Box 2 Folder 3 Julia Dent Grant Tent #12, Chicago, Illinois, minute book, 1909 December-1912 May 27
Box 2 Folder 4 Julia Dent Grant Tent #12, Chicago, Illinois, minute book, 1912 July 24-1914 February 23
Box 2 Folder 5 Julia Dent Grant Tent #12, Chicago, Illinois, minute book, 1914 March 9-1915 June 14
Box 2 Folder 6 Julia Dent Grant Tent #12, Chicago, Illinois, minute book, 1916 July 10-1917 September 10
Box 2 Folder 7 Julia Dent Grant Tent #12, Chicago, Illinois, minute book, 1917 September 24-1918 October 24
Box 2 Folder 8 Julia Dent Grant Tent #12, Chicago, Illinois, minute book, 1918 November 25-1919 November 24
Box 3 Folder 1 Julia Dent Grant Tent #12, Chicago, Illinois, minute book, 1919 December 8-1920 December 27
Box 3 Folder 2 Julia Dent Grant Tent #12, Chicago, Illinois, minute book, 1921 January 5-1922 June 26
Box 3 Folder 3 Julia Dent Grant Tent #12, Chicago, Illinois, minute book, 1922 July 10-1923 September 10
Box 3 Folder 4 Julia Dent Grant Tent #12, Chicago, Illinois, minute book, 1923 September 24-1926 May 24
Box 13 Folder 2 Julia Dent Grant Tent #12, Chicago, Illinois, ledger including roster and dues payments, 1924 January 1-1932 December 31
Box 3 Folder 5 Julia Dent Grant Tent #12, Chicago, Illinois, minute book, 1926 June 14-1928 January 23
Box 3 Folder 6 Julia Dent Grant Tent #12, Chicago, Illinois, minute book, 1928 February 13-1929 December 23
Box 4 Folder 1 Julia Dent Grant Tent #12, Chicago, Illinois, minute book, 1930 January 13-1932 October 10
Box 4 Folder 2 Julia Dent Grant Tent #12, Chicago, Illinois, roster, 1931 (2 copies)
Box 4 Folder 3 Julia Dent Grant Tent #12, Chicago, Illinois, minute book, 1932 October 24-1933 December 11
Box 4 Folder 4 Julia Dent Grant Tent #12, Chicago, Illinois, minute book, 1933 December 27-1935 July 8
Box 4 Folder 5 Julia Dent Grant Tent #12, Chicago, Illinois, minute book, 1935 August 26-1937 May 24
Box 4 Folder 6 Julia Dent Grant Tent #12, Chicago, Illinois, treasurer’s reports, 1937-1938, 1945-1950
Box 4 Folder 7 Julia Dent Grant Tent #12, Chicago, Illinois, minute book, 1937 June 14-1940 January 8
Box 4 Folder 8 Julia Dent Grant Tent #12, Chicago, Illinois, Patriotic Social Club minute book, 1939 February 7-1942 January 3
Box 5 Folder 1 Julia Dent Grant Tent #12, Chicago, Illinois, minute book, 1940 January 22-1942 September 28
Box 5 Folder 2 Julia Dent Grant Tent #12, Chicago, Illinois, minute book, 1942 October 12-1946 February 25
Box 5 Folder 3 Julia Dent Grant Tent #12, Chicago, Illinois, roll of officers books, 1945-1954
Box 5 Folder 4 Julia Dent Grant Tent #12, Chicago, Illinois, minute book, 1946 March 11-1953 June 22
Box 5 Folder 5 Betsy Ross Tent #14, Chicago, Illinois, minute book, 1908 March 13-1913 December 9
Box 5 Folder 6 Martha Adams Tent #15, Chicago, Illinois, minute book, 1908 July 21-1912 January 25
Box 5 Folder 7 Martha Adams Tent #15, Chicago, Illinois, minute book, 1931 January 5-1932 December 5
Box 6 Folder 1 Ida McKinley Tent #21, Oak Park, Illinois, minute book, 1911 June 9-1913 May 1
Box 6 Folder 2 Ida McKinley Tent #21, Oak Park, Illinois, minute book, 1929 April 16-1934 January 16
Box 6 Folder 3 Lucretia Garfield Tent #22, Moline, Illinois, minute book, 1913 April 25-1915 November 11
Box 6 Folder 4 Eliza Garfield Tent #22, Moline, Illinois, minute book, 1947 April 10-1952 March 18 [At some point in the intervening years, Tent #22 must have changed its name from Lucretia Garfield to that of her daughter, Eliza Garfield.]
Box 6 Folder 5 Ann Hunt Tent #24, [Sandwich, Illinois], minute book, 1913 March 7-1918 September 3
Box 6 Folder 6 Ann Hunt Tent #24, Sandwich, Illinois, minute book, 1925 January 6-1932 December 6
Box 6 Folder 7 Eliza Nelson Tent #27, Wyoming, Illinois, minute book, 1914 May 14-1920 December 14
Box 6 Folder 8 Eliza Nelson Tent #27, Wyoming, Illinois, minute book, 1931 January 7-1934 May 9
Box 7 Folder 1 Emma R. Wallace Tent #29, Calumet City, Illinois, minute book, 1914 May 28-1917 June 22
Box 7 Folder 2 Emma R. Wallace Tent #29, Calumet City, Illinois, minute book,1934 January 11-1935 December 18
Box 7 Folder 3 Mary Allen West Tent #50, Galesburg, Illinois, minute book, 1921 April 29-1927 March 24
Box 7 Folder 4 Mary Allen West Tent #50, Galesburg, Illinois, minute book, 1927 May 5-1935 December 19
Box 7 Folder 5 Mary Allen West Tent #50, Galesburg, Illinois, minute book, 1936 January 30-1945 April 26
Box 7 Folder 6 Mary Allen West Tent #50, Galesburg, Illinois, membership applications and lists, 1940s
Box 7 Folder 7 Mary Allen West Tent #50, Galesburg, Illinois, minute book, 1945 May 24-1952 May
Box 8 Folder 1 Susan Lemmon Tent #51, Chicago Heights, Illinois, minute book, 1946 June 25-1954 March 18
Box 8 Folder 2 Susan Lemmon Tent #51, Chicago Heights, Illinois, minutes, 1963 December 19-1965 October 28
Box 8 Folder 3 Dorothy Familton Munhall Tent #52, Watseka, Illinois, minute book, 1922 March 22-1925 February 13
Box 8 Folder 4 Dorothy Familton Munhall Tent #52, Watseka, Illinois, minute book, 1925 February 27-1927 October 14
Box 8 Folder 5 Dorothy Familton Munhall Tent #52, Watseka, Illinois, minute book, 1927 October 28-1932 June 10
Box 8 Folder 6 Dorothy Familton Munhall Tent #52, Watseka, Illinois, minutes, 1932 January 24-1935 January 11
Box 8 Folder 7 Anna A. Binkley Tent #54, Maywood, Illinois, minute book, 1922 September 29-1927 October 3
Box 8 Folder 8 Anna A. Binkley Tent #54, Maywood, Illinois, minute book, 1929 March 4-1934 March 19
Box 9 Folder 1 Anna A. Binkley Tent #54, Maywood, Illinois, minute book, 1935 January 7-1942 February 2
Box 9 Folder 2 Nancy Hanks Tent #56, [Chicago, Illinois], minute book, 1923 May 17-1927 November 1
Box 9 Folder 3 Nancy Hanks Tent #56, [Chicago, Illinois], minutes, 1932 March 7- 1936 February 5
Box 9 Folder 4 Mary H. Evans Tent #58, Sullivan, Illinois, minute book, 1923 June 9-1931 January 19
Box 9 Folder 5 Mary H. Evans Tent #58, Sullivan, Illinois, minute book, 1931 January 27-1934 January 22
Box 10 Folder 1 Marilla Ward Tent #61, Gibson City, Illinois, minute book, 1924 May 5-1937 July 19
Box 10 Folder 2 Marilla Ward Tent #61, Gibson City, Illinois, forms and reports, 1930-1937
Box 10 Folder 3 Helen Gilson Tent #67, [Oquawka, Illinois], minute book, 1930 January 7-1933 December 5
Box 10 Folder 4 Margaret Carr Peace Tent #73 minute book, 1926 June 12-1931 July 3
Box 10 Folder 5 Sarah Gallup Gregg Tent #79 minute book, 1927 October 25-1931 December 9
Box 10 Folder 6 Sarah Gallup Gregg Tent #79 minute book, 1932 January 29-1936 November 19
Box 10 Folder 7 Phoebe M. Mathews Tent #82, [Chicago, Illinois], minute book, 1928 July 3-1930 May 26
Box 10 Folder 8 Phoebe M. Mathews Tent #82, [Chicago, Illinois], minute book, 1930 June 20-1931 September 14
Box 11 Folder 1 Phoebe M. Mathews Tent #82, [Chicago, Illinois], minute book, 1931 September 28-1933 November 10
Box 11 Folder 2 Phoebe M. Mathews Tent #82, [Chicago, Illinois], minute book, 1933 November 24-1935 December 27
Box 11 Folder 3 Phoebe M. Mathews Tent #82, [Chicago, Illinois], minute book, 1936 January 10-1937 July 9
Box 11 Folder 4 Phoebe M. Mathews Tent #82, [Chicago, Illinois], minute book, 1937 August 27-1938 August 26
Box 11 Folder 5 Phoebe M. Mathews Tent #82, [Chicago, Illinois], minute book, 1938 September 9-1939 November 24
Box 11 Folder 6 Phoebe M. Mathews Tent #82, [Chicago, Illinois], minute book, 1939 December 8-1941 January 3
Box 12 Folder 1 Phoebe M. Mathews Tent #82, [Chicago, Illinois], minute book, 1941 January 10-1944 January 14
Box 12 Folder 2 Phoebe M. Mathews Tent #82, [Chicago, Illinois], minute book, 1944 January 28-1949 January 14
Box 12 Folder 3 Mary Morrison Tent #84, Rockford, Illinois, minute book, 1929 May 25-1936 June 17
Box 12 Folder 4 Mary Morrison Tent #84, Rockford, Illinois, minute book, 1936 July 1-1941 November 29
Box 12 Folder 5 Cordelia Love Lady Tent #88, Salem, Illinois, minutes, 1932 February 19-1937 June 18
Box 12 Folder 6 Mother Sturges Tent #89 minute book, 1932 April 29-1934 April 13
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