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Litchfield Chapter, American Red Cross records


Identifier: 2000-19-0

Content Description

The Litchfield Chapter, American Red Cross records consists of administrative records; correspondence; publicity materials; photographs; and decals, signs, and artwork. The records are arranged in four series.

Series 1. Administrative records, includes by-laws, history, annual reports, minutes, board of directors documents, financial records, correspondence, materials related to the Chinese friendship chapter in He Bei, and materials sent to the local chapter from the national American Red Cross.

Series 2. Decals, emblems, and signs, includes a variety of items identifying and pubicizing the local chapter.

Series 3. Publicity, includes newspaper clippings, press releases, and other publicity items.

Series 4. Photographs, document Red Cross individuals and chapter activites, including Bloodmobiles and disaster relief.


  • Creation: 1896-2000

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Biographical / Historical

Organized in May, 1898, as Red Cross Auxiliary No. 16, the Litchfield Chapter of the American Red Cross was the first Red Cross organization in Connecticut. The Auxiliary was started for the purpose of helping the soldiers in the Spanish-American War, and produced 3,646 hospital garments, and raised $708.10 during the summer of 1898. The Auxiliary was re-organized in October, 1900, as Auxiliary No. 5, of the American Red Cross, which had by that time secured the protection and recognition of the United States Government for its insignia. On July 11, 1905, it was again re-organized and the Auxiliary became Sub-Division No. 1, of the Connecticut Branch. In March 1910, the Sub-Division became a full fledged chapter with jurisdiction over the entire county. In 2000, the 102-year-old branch lost its charter and was combined with the Greater Torrington Chapter.


7 Linear Feet

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The records are arranged in four series: Series 1. Administrative records; Series 2. Decals, emblems, and signs; Series 3. Publicity; and Series 4., Photographs.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of the Litchfield Chapter, American Red Cross

Litchfield Chapter, American Red Cross records
Leith Johnson
2022 Oct 19
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Repository Details

Part of the Litchfield Historical Society Repository

7 South Street
P.O. Box 385
Litchfield CT 06759
860-567-3565 (Fax)