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The Woman’s Veteran Relief Union Collection

Identifier: RH-A-3861

Scope and Contents

This collection is comprised of one booklet titled “The Book of Presidents” compiled in 1905 by the Woman’s Veteran Relief Union of Kalamazoo, Michigan.


  • Publication: 1905


Biographical / Historical

Started in 1899, the Woman’s Veteran Relief Union was a national patriotic society whose members included mothers, wives, widows, sisters, daughters and granddaughters of soldiers, sailors and marines who served in the Union Army during the Civil War. As an auxiliary society it was similar to the Woman’s Relief Corp (1884-1948). (From the New International Encyclopedia vol. 20, 1909).

In a Kalamazoo Gazette article dated 7/26/1899, it is suggested that the Woman’s Veteran Relief Union and the Woman’s Relief Corp were at odds. The article states that since the organization of the Relief Union a couple of months prior, there had been “an unpleasant feeling” between the two auxiliaries, especially since both organizations held social events on the same night two weeks prior. It was later decided that the Woman’s Veteran Relief Union would no longer hold their meetings in the Grand Army of the Republic Hall, finding another venue to do their business. The Woman’s Veteran Relief Union dissolved in 1910.


.05 Cubic Feet

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Physical Description

This collection amounts to 0.05 cubic feet of space and is comprised of one paper booklet titled “The Book of Presidents” which was published in 1905. It is cream in color with black printing. The cover page notes the title of the book and has a picture of George Washington in the center. The back cover has an advertisement for the Kalamazoo Gas Company printed on it. The inside pages contain short biographies, pictures and statistics of all U.S. presidents up to 1905, ending with Theodore Roosevelt. There are also advertisements for various Kalamazoo area companies scattered throughout. The booklet bound with staples, measures 10 ½” x 7” and is in fair condition with minor tears and creases on the front and back covers. The inside pages are in better condition with no signs of wear or yellowing.

The Woman’s Veteran Relief Union Collection Finding Aid
Ashley Kirvan
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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