American Legion – North Carolina Department Records

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American Legion – North Carolina Department Records, 1920 – 1945
The American Legion was founded in 1919 in Paris, France, as an organization for the veterans who had served during World War One. Their primary objectives are benefits for disabled veterans and their families, and helping their local communities. In the beginning, membership was limited to veterans of WWI, but later membership was opened up to veterans of other wars as well. As of 2011, The American Legion considers the pillars of their organization to be: Americanism, Children and Youth, National Security and Foreign Relations, Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation, and Community Service. The American Legion continues to lobby for adequate funding to cover medical, disability, education and other veterans benefits. Many programs that were started in the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s continue to the present day. This collection has been divided into fourteen series, including administration, American Legion Auxiliary, annual conferences and conventions, committees, correspondence, emblem division, financial records, general records, minutes, posts, publications, publicity, scrapbooks, and standing committees. The bulk of the material covers the years from 1927 to 1945, but there are some records from as early as 1920. The organization filed their correspondence and other records according to subject, and this arrangement has been retained when possible. (101 fibredex boxes)