Skip to main content

Veterans of World War I, Kalamazoo Barracks #551, Ladies Auxiliary

Identifier: RH-A-3725

Scope and Contents

Two ledgers of minutes, 1956-1961, and an invitation from the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary, Department of Michigan, to meet Helen Harys, Department Commander, Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary at the Holiday Inn, Kalamazoo, Michigan.


  • Creation: 1956


Biographical / Historical

The Veterans of World War I, Kalamazoo Barracks #551, Ladies Auxiliary was created on May 7, 1956. The organization was made up of wives, widows, and daughters of World War I veterans. It appears to have been affiliated with Kalamazoo Barrack No. 551 of the Veterans of World War I. However more information about that group was unavailable. The group was founded the home of Mrs. Vera Moyer, 1833 Royce Avenue, Kalamazoo. It then moved to the American Legion hall. The organization worked with both the VFW and American Legion to support aging World War One veterans.
Group activities included social events, fundraisers, and commemoration of veterans who were passing away. The Veterans of World War I United States of America was formed in the late 1940’s to be a veterans organization specifically for World War I veterans. A Ladies Auxiliary was also formed from the female relatives and spouses of veterans. This organization continued through the 1970’s and 1980’s at least in some areas. The length of time which the Kalamazoo branch continued is unknown.


1 boxes

Language of Materials


Physical Description

The Red taped black Record book is 7 ½” x 12”. The other ledger book is 7 1/4” x 12”. The Disabled Veterans invitation is 4 3/4” x 4”. The letter and envelope are 4 ½” x 3 ½”.
The ledgers are in fair condition. They have some wear and stains but the pages are easy to read. The letter, envelope, and invitation are all in good condition.


This collection was acquired from the Starring Endowment and contains two ledgers of minutes, an invitation from the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary and a funeral announcement.

Veterans of World War I, Kalamazoo Barracks #551, Ladies Auxiliary Finding Aid
Dylan Tilbury
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note

Repository Details

Part of the Western Michigan University Archives & Regional History Collections Repository

Charles C. and Lynn L. Zhang Legacy Collections Center
1650 Oakland Drive
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5307 US
(269) 387-8490