Collection ID: C570
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Collection context


American Veterans Committee. Bloomington (Ind.) Chapter
The American Veteran's Committee was a liberal organization for World War II veterans. It was formed in 1943 and disbanded in 2008. This collection is comprised solely of one scrapbook compiled by members of the Bloomington, Indiana chapter. The scrapbook features correspondence and newspaper clippings about chapter events and news from the years 1946-1949.
1 Item
Materials are in English
Preferred citation:

[Item], American Veterans Committee Bloomington, Ind. Chapter scrapbook, Collection C570, Indiana University Archives, Bloomington.


Biographical / Historical:

The American Veterans Committee (1943-2008) was formed in 1943 as a liberal veteran's organization and served as an alternative to conservative veterans groups, such as the American Legion. The organization enjoyed high rates of membership during the mid-1940s, but membership dropped drastically as the AVC responded to the Second Red Scare and purged its ranks of communist members. The AVC supported and promoted political issues such as Civil Rights, civil liberties, and increased subsistence and housing support for veterans. Over time, the organization expanded its focus to include serving as a military watchdog and aiding veterans of subsequent wars as well as underserved female veterans. The AVC disbanded in 2008 due to dwindling membership.

The Bloomington, Indiana chapter consisted predominantly of veterans who were attending Indiana University because of the G.I. Bill. History Professor Charles Leonard Lundin served as the organization's faculty sponsor. The chapter focused largely on issues in the local community, such as working to end racial discrimination. The Bloomington chapter appears to have disbanded around 1949.

Scope and Content:

One scrapbook makes up the entirety of the collection. The scrapbook contains materials from the years 1946-1949 and consists of newspaper clippings and a small amount of correspondence related to the activities of the Bloomington chapter of the American Veteran's Committee.

Acquisition information:
Accession 0106.
Processing information:

Processed by Allison Haack.

Completed in 2014.


Collection consists of a single scrapbook.

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[Item], American Veterans Committee Bloomington, Ind. Chapter scrapbook, Collection C570, Indiana University Archives, Bloomington.

Indiana University Bloomington
Herman B Wells Library E460
1320 East Tenth Street
Bloomington, Indiana 47405-7000, United States
Indiana University Bloomington