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Veterans of Foreign Wars: Goldstein-Goodman Post #6909 - MS 161

Introduction | Agency History | Scope and Contents | Series Description | Inventory

Introduction

The records of the Goldstein-Goodman Post #6909, Veterans of Foreign Wars, in Toledo, Ohio include minutes, record books, scrapbooks, and printed material documenting this veterans' community service organization.

The records donated to the Center for Archival Collections in 1981 with additional material in April 1995 with the cooperation of Jack Bustow, Lew Malkin, and Sidney Levinson. There are no restrictions on the research use of this collection and duplication is permitted for purposes of preservation and scholarly research. The register was prepared by Marilyn Levinson, Curator of Manuscripts in April 2004.

Agency History

The Goldstein-Goodman Post #6909, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Toledo, Ohio, was established on May 2, 1946 as a service organization made up of Jewish veterans. The Post was named for Morris Goldstein, killed during the Battle of Leyte Gulf on November 12, 1944, and Barnett H. Goodman who was killed on a bombing mission over Germany on July 29, 1943. With a stated dedication to community service, the Post initiated regular projects in aid of St. Anthony's Villa, Miami Children's Home, and the Sunshine Children's Home, support for the aged, the handicapped, and retarded children, and grave decoration for veterans on Memorial Day. Most activities were during the decades of the 1960s and 1970s, with participation dwindling as Post membership declined.

Scope and Content

The record of the Goldstein-Goodman Post #6909, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Toledo, Ohio documents the activities of a community service veterans' organization in Toledo, Ohio from its founding in 1946 through the early 1980s, as membership and participation declined.

The most complete record series is a run of minutes from the establishment of the Post on May 2, 1946 through the 1970s. These minutes document discussion of post operations, social activities, community activities, and financial matters.

The scrapbooks, dating from 1957 through 1981, illustrate many of the service projects undertaken by the Post, especially involvement with St. Anthony's Villa, Miami Children's Home, and the Sunshine Children's Home, support for the aged, the handicapped, and retarded children, school projects with Lagrange School, and grave decoration for veterans on Memorial Day Some scrapbooks were submitted in statewide competition, placing as high as second two different years.

Series Description

PROCEEDINGS

MINUTES
1946-1958, 1960-1965, 1967-1978, Nov 1979
Arranged chronologically
General minutes of meetings including discussion of post operations, social activities, community activities, and financial matters

MINUTES - COUNCIL OF ADMINISTRATION
June 23-26, 1960
Arranged chronologically
Minutes of Department of Ohio meeting including discussion of situation related to Post 6909 tax exemption status associated with operation of bingo game

MEMBERSHIP CARDS
1979-1980
Membership information cards for renewal or dues paid, giving information on member name and address

ROLL CALL SHEETS OF OFFICERS
1957-1970 (scattered)
Sheets marking presence of post officers and committee chairs at various meetings

CORRESPONDENCE

CORRESPONDENCE
1961, 1969, 1976
Arranged chronologically
Individual correspondence files related to Articles of Incorporation, honors proposed for Joe Gallon, and the move of the Post meeting location

CORRESPONDENCE - THANK YOU NOTES
1979-1980
Notes acknowledging gifts and contributions made by Post 6909 to institutions and individuals, such as Medical College of Ohio, St. Mary's Missionary Baptist Church, the Veterans' Administration Outpatient Clinic, and Little Sisters of the Poor. Also includes related clippings.

SUBJECT FILES

VETERANS GRAVE INFORMATION
n.d.
Information on veterans buried in Eagle Point and Beth Shalom cemeteries, for flag decoration on Memorial Day.

REPORTS

QUARTERLY AUDIT REPORTS
1962-1980
Form reports from Post to Department Quartermaster with financial receipts, expenditures and balances

POST INSPECTION REPORTS
1969, 1976-1978
Form reports from Post to VFW Adjutant General stating compliance with offices, records, and post operations

REPORT OF ELECTION OF OFFICERS
1969-1980
Forms reporting annual election of officers. Includes sheet listing VFW District I officers and committee representatives for 1980

LITERARY PRODUCTIONS

HISTORIES
1961-1966
Arranged chronologically
Anniversary histories produced in commemoration of the 15th and 20th anniversary of Post 6909, illustrating post activities and providing information on officers, awards, and scholarships.

LEGAL DOCUMENTS

TAX PAPERS
1962, 1970
Tax court docket and Lucas County return of taxable property

BINGO CASE
1977-1979
Agreement for leasing facility to operate bingo games, and photocopy of Charitable Bingo License, Ohio State Attorney General ruling on bingo case, and IRS form 990 listing charitable contribution made by the post during fiscal year 1978-79 from bingo funds

FINANCIAL DOCUMENTS

POST QUARTERMASTER ACCOUNT BOOK
1946-1960 (wrapped)
Account record with entries for dues, donations and expenses, and income from fundraising events such as banquet tickets, poppy sales, investments, and bingo

SCRAPBOOKS

SCRAPBOOKS
1957-1967, 1979-1981 (wrapped)
Scrapbooks with clippings, photographs, and correspondence documenting Post activities. Some scrapbooks submitted in statewide competition, placing as high as second two different years

PRINTED MATERIAL

CERTIFICATES
1974-1980
Certificates of recognition from State and National VFW for achievement in programs and membership.

PROGRAMS
1986
Program from 40th anniversary banquet, includes sketch of early history of the Post

BOOKLETS
1961, 1965, n.d.
National VFW publications with constitution and by-laws, manual of procedure; also pamphlet on flag etiquette

PHOTOGRAPHIC MATERIAL

PHOTOPRINTS - ST. ANTHONY'S VILLA
1967-1980, n.d.
Photographs showing Post sponsored activities for children at St. Anthony's Villa in Toledo, Ohio

PHOTOPRINTS - CEMETERY DECORATION
1979, n.d.
Photographs showing Post members with flags for grave decoration, at both Eagle Point and Beth Shalom cemeteries in Toledo, Ohio

PHOTOPRINTS - FLAG DEDICATION
n.d.
Dedication ceremony, probably in early 1980s, possibly at Etz Chayim

Inventory

Box 1

Folder
  1. Minutes, May 1946-May 1952
  2. Minutes, June-December 1952
  3. Minutes, 1953
  4. Minutes, 1954
  5. Minutes, 1955
  6. Minutes, 1956
  7. Minutes, 1957
  8. Minutes, 1958
  9. Minutes, January 1959
  10. Minutes, 1960
  11. Minutes, 1961
  12. Minutes, 1962
  13. Minutes, 1963
  14. Minutes, 1964
  15. Minutes, 1965
  16. Minutes, 1967
  17. Minutes, 1968
  18. Minutes, 1969
  19. Minutes, 1970
  20. Minutes, 1971
  21. Minutes, 1972
  22. Minutes, 1973
  23. Minutes, 1974
  24. Minutes, 1975
  25. Minutes, 1976
  26. Minutes, 1977
  27. Minutes, 1978, Nov 1979
  28. Minutes - Council of Admin. Mtg., 1960

Box 2

Folder
  1. Membership cards, 1979-1980
  2. Roll call sheets of officers, 1957-1970 (scattered)
  3. Correspondence - Articles of Incorporation, 1961
  4. Correspondence - Joe Gallon, 1969
  5. Correspondence - Move of post location, 1976
  6. Correspondence - Thank you notes, 1979-1980
  7. Veterans grave information, n.d.
  8. Quarterly audit reports, 1962-1980
  9. Post inspection reports, 1969, 1976-1978
  10. Report of election of officers, 1969-1980
  11. 15th anniversary history, 1961
  12. 20th anniversary history, 1966
  13. Tax court docket, 1962
  14. Lucas County property tax return, 1970
  15. Bingo Hall Lease and Charitable Bingo License, 1977
  16. Ohio State Attorney General case ruling re: bingo, 1978
  17. IRS form 990 listing charitable contributions, 1978-1979
  18. Certificates, 1974-1980
  19. Banquet program, 1986
  20. Constitution, by-law, manual of procedure booklets, 1961, 1965
  21. Photographs - St. Anthony's Villa activities, 1967-1980, n.d.
  22. Photographs - Cemetery flag decoration, 1979, n.d.
  23. Photographs - Flag dedication, n.d.

Wrapped

  1. Post Quartermaster's Account Record, 1946-1960
  2. Scrapbook, 1957
  3. Scrapbook, 1957-1958
  4. Scrapbook, 1958-1959
  5. Scrapbook, 1959-1960
  6. Scrapbook, 1961-1962
  7. Scrapbook, 1962-1963
  8. Scrapbook, 1963-1964
  9. Scrapbook, 1964-1965
  10. Scrapbook, 1965-1966
  11. Scrapbook, 1966-1967
  12. Scrapbook, 1979-1980
  13. Scrapbook, 1980-1981

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