American Legion, Jefferson Post No. 15 Records, 1919-1988

Held by The Filson Historical Society

Creator: American Legion, Jefferson Post No. 15

Title: Records, 1919-1988

Rights: For information regarding literary and copyright interest for these papers, contact the Curator of Special Collections.

Size of Collection: 1 cubic foot

Location Number: Mss./BM/A512

Scope and Content Note

A collection of the records of the Jefferson Post of the American Legion.  The collection contains meeting minutes, constitutions and by-laws, membership records, financial and realty records, lists of member deaths, and information on club activities.  Also contains information on the American Legion’s work during the 1937 flood and to prevent un-americanism from spreading during the post-World War I period.  Includes some information on negative responses to the civil rights movement and student activism during the 1960s.

Historical Note

Jefferson Post No. 15 of the American Legion was founded in Louisville, Ky., on July 8, 1919.  For almost seventy years, they held their meetings in downtown and the Old Louisville neighborhood at places such as the Seelbach Hotel and Memorial Auditorium.  In that time, they participated in numerous activities, such as putting on Armistice Day parades, providing aid during the 1937 flood, and assisting veterans in various ways.  Jefferson Post was also staunchly anti-radical in both the years after World War I and World War II.  Following the First World War, the Americanism committee investigated citizens of Louisville as well as celebrity visitors who were suspected of “anti-americanism.”  The post thrived throughout the 1920s and was the largest American Legion post for several years at the end of the decade.  The post also hosted the 1929 national convention in Louisville.  In the 1960s, membership began to decline significantly, and the collection ends in 1988, about the time the post disbanded.

Folder List

Folder 1:  Constitution, Resolutions, etc.

Folder 2:  Minutes, 1919-1925

Folder 3:  Minutes, 1928-1932

Folder 4:  Minutes, 1955-1968

Folder 5:  Minutes, 1970-1977

Folder 6:  Minutes, 1978-1987

Folder 7:  Executive Committee Minutes, 1925-1927

Folder 8:  Executive Committee Minutes, 1928-1930

Folder 9:  Executive Committee Minutes, 1945-1951

Folder 10:  Executive Committee Minutes, 1955-1956

Folder 11:  Membership, 1951-1988

Folder 12:  1934 Armistice Day Parade

Folder 13:  1937 Flood

Folder 14:  1937 Flood

Folder 15:  Post Promotion

Folder 16:  History of the 1966-1967 Year

Folder 17:  Fifty Year Ceremony

Folder 18:  Newsletters

Folder 19:  Financial Papers and Contracts

Folder 20:  Main Street House

Folder 21:  War Dead

Folder 22:  Americanism

Folder 23:  Miscellaneous

Folder 24:  Miscellaneous Notebook

Folder 25:  Membership Ledger

Folder 26:  Freiburg Passion Play Scrapbook, 1929-1930

Folder 27:  Membership Drive Scrapbook, 1930

Folder 28:  Membership Drive Scrapbook, 1931

Subject Headings

American Legion. Jefferson Post No. 15 (Louisville, Ky.)

Armistice Day – United States

Baseball – Kentucky – Louisville

Berger, Victor L., 1860-1929

Braden, Carl, 1914-1975

Civil rights movements – History – 20th century

Debs, Eugene V. (Eugene Victor), 1855-1926

Dempsey, Jack, 1895-

Drunk driving – Kentucky – Louisville

Duncan, Isadora, 1877-1927

Floods – Kentucky – Louisville – 20th century

John Birch Society

Kent State University

King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968

Louisville (Ky.) – History – 20th century

Louisville Colonels (Baseball team)

Ludendorff, Erich, 1865-1937

Mammoth Cave National Park (Ky.)

Nearing, Scott, 1883-

Passion-plays

Peace movements

Socialism – Kentucky – Louisville

Southern Conference Educational Fund

Taylor, Zachary, 1784-1850 – Tomb

United States. Espionage Act of 1917

Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975 – Veterans

War casualties – Statistics

William II, German Emperor, 1859-1941

World War, 1914-1918 – Casualties

World War, 1914-1918 – Veterans

World War, 1939-1945 – Casualties

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