Omaha Marine Dad's Club, Inc. [RG3392.AM]

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RG3392.AM:  Omaha Marine Dad's Club, Inc. (Omaha, Nebraska)

Records:  1942-1946
Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska:  Organization for the support of Omahans in the Marine Corps during World War II
Size:  1 reel of microfilm

BACKGROUND NOTE

The Omaha Marine Dad's Club was formed in early 1942 by a number of fathers of Omaha, Nebraska, having sons serving in the United States Marine Corps. In September of 1942 the organization became incorporated and obtained a charter from the Secretary of State of Nebraska.  The purpose of the club was to render any possible service to its members’ sons who were fighting in the Corps, and also their families. Some of these services included sending “care” packages; cards at Christmas, Easter and birthdays; sponsoring fund raising activities; and expressing condolences to families whose sons died while serving their country. The club disbanded in 1946.  The Omaha Marine Dad’s Club was one of a considerable number of Marine father’s clubs organized in connection with US Marine Corps League detachments across the country. However, most were on a much smaller scale and lacked the organizational skills of the Omaha club.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE

This collection of the records of the Omaha Marine Dad's Club, Inc. is arranged on microfilm according to series and subseries:

Series 1 - Organizational records, 1942-1946
Subseries 1: Incorporation, 1942-1945
Subseries 2: Membership, 1942-1944
Subseries 3: Miscellaneous Organizational Records, 1942-1946

Series 2 - Publications, 1943-1945

Series 3 - Correspondence, 1942-1946
Subseries 1: Outgoing and Replies, 1942-1945
Subseries 2: Incoming - No Replies, 1942-1945
Subseries 3: Outgoing - No Replies, 1942-1946

Series 4 - Records for special events, 1943-1946

Series 5 - Miscellany, ca. 1942-1946

The materials in this collection relate to the operation of the Omaha Marine Dad's Club, Inc. The organizational records in Series 1 are typical of any small club. However, the publication of the organization’s newsletter, Scuttlebutt, in Series 2 shows some of the sophistication of the club. This newsletter, which was sent to Marines stationed throughout the world, contained news of Omaha and the region. Series 3 includes the club’s correspondence and contains some heartwarming letters from the Marines for which the club was organized. Series 4 shows the painstaking record keeping involved with special events the club planned. Finally, Series 5 contains a great deal of ephemera such as US Marine Corps stickers, publications and newspaper clippings.

These materials were loaned for microfilming on November 21, 1988. Originals are housed with the Douglas County Historical Society, Omaha, Nebraska.

Note:  Persons interested in this collection might also want to see RG3739: US Army Mothers, Nebraska Department, for records of a similar organization.

INVENTORY

Reel 1
Series 1 - Organizational records, 1942-1946
Subseries 1:  Incorporation, 1942-1945

Folder

  1. Constitution and By-Laws, undated
  2. Correspondence, 1942-1945
  3. Certificate of Incorporation, 1942

Subseries 2:  Membership, 1942-1944

  1. Application for Membership, undated
  2. Membership Lists, 1942-1944
  3. Address book, undated
  4. Names of members’ sons, undated

Subseries 3: Miscellaneous Organizational Records, 1942-1946

  1. Minutes and Financial Records, 1942-1946
  2. Registers of Attendance, 1943-1946
  3. Registers of Attendance, undated
  4. Checkbook and Bank Statements, 1943-1946
  5. Mail Receipts, 1942-1944
  6. Miscellaneous Receipts, 1943
  7. Correspondence about Dues, 1943-1944

Series 2 - Publications, 1943-1945

  1. Scuttlebutt, 1943-1945

Series 3 - Correspondence, 1942-1946
Subseries 1: Outgoing and Replies, 1942-1945

  1. National Marine Corps League, 1942
  2. USMC Recruiting Division, 1942-1943
  3. USMC League, Ak-sar-ben Detachment, 1942-1943
  4. USMC League Auxiliary, 1943-1944
  5. Service Men’s Center, 1945
  6. Induction and Recruiting District of Omaha, undated

Subseries 2: Incoming - No Replies, 1942-1945

  1. Letters of Thanks from Soldiers, 1942-1945
  2. Letters of Thanks from Soldiers, undated
  3. Recognition of Sympathy, undated
  4. Invitations, Requests, 1943-1945
  5. Miscellaneous - Thank-you Letters, 1943-1945
  6. Miscellaneous - Greeting Cards, 1943-1945

Subseries 3: Outgoing - No Replies, 1942-1946

  1. Letters of Sympathy, 1942-1944
  2. Cards - Return to Sender, 1943-1944
  3. Miscellaneous - Correspondence, 1942-1946
  4. Miscellaneous - Correspondence, undated

Series 4 - Records for special events, 1943-1946

  1. Carnival, 1945
  2. Marine Dad’s Marine Frolic and Spring Dance, 1943
  3. Bingo Party, 1944
  4. “Chance” committee, 1943

Series 5 - Miscellany, ca. 1942-1946

  1. US Marine Corps Ephemera, undated
  2. Memorial service for Richard Horton, 1945
  3. Miscellaneous newspaper clippings about the organization, undated
  4. Publications collected by Omaha Marine Dad’s Club, 1945-1946

Yearly memberships start at $32

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