American Veterans Committee Bloomington, Ind. Chapter scrapbook 1946-1949

A Guide to its scrapbook at the Indiana University Archives

Finding aid prepared by Allison Haack

Creator: American Veterans Committee. Bloomington (Ind.) Chapter
Title: American Veterans Committee Bloomington, Ind. Chapter scrapbook
Collection No.: C570
Dates: 1946-1949

Quantity: 1 Item

Abstract: 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.
Language: Materials are in English
Repository: Indiana University Archives
Herman B Wells Library E460
1320 East Tenth Street
Bloomington, Indiana 47405-7000
Business Number: 812-855-1127

Administrative History

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 Note

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.


Collection consists of a single scrapbook.


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Indexed Terms

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

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

Acquisition Information

Accession 0106.

Processing Information

Processed by Allison Haack.

Completed in 2014.

Collection Inventory

AVC Scrapbook , 1946-1949