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Ladies of the Grand Army of the Republic. Ford Circle #28 (Toledo, Ohio) - MS 618

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


The Ladies of the G.A.R., Ford Circle collection documents the activities of this Toledo, Ohio organization through membership lists, application files, and a brief written history.

The collection was copied in September 1991 with the cooperation of Joanna Russ. There are no restrictions on the scholarly use of the collection and duplication is permitted. The collection register prepared by Marilyn Levinson, Curator of Manuscripts, in April 2004.

Agency History

Originally organized as an auxiliary society of wives, mothers, sisters and daughters of members of the G.A.R. Dept. of Ohio Ford Post no. 14., the group received its charter as Ladies of the Grand Army of the Republic, Ford Circle no. 28 on July 19, 1894 in Berea, Ohio, with about 60 charter members. Through several generations the society has continued to welcome descendants of Civil War veterans into membership.

Scope and Content

The records of the Ford Circle no. 28 of the Ladies of the Grand Army of the Republic primarily documents membership information, with some additional support data of background history and the organization charter.

The membership lists and especially the membership applications provide information on both the women members, with their names, addresses and relationship, but also the Civil War veteran who was a relative, giving enlistment information of muster dates and regiment. The span of application dates, running from the chartering of the Circle into the late 1980s, demonstrates the involvement and dedication of activity in the organization.

Series Description


Certificate with signatures of charter members.

Typed and handwritten lists of members, giving name and residence of applicant, the name, relationship, and regiment of Civil War relative, and membership status

Alphabetically by applicant (not by veteran) name
Forms for membership in the Ford Circle, giving name of applicant, relationship with veteran (including such choices as wife, widow, mother, sister, daughter, grand-daughter, niece, cousin), enlistment information of muster dates and regiment, and applicant's address. Dates may vary by folder.


1902, 1910
General historical summary of the auxiliary society of G.A.R. Dept. of Ohio Ford Post no.14., which received its charter as Ladies of the Grand Army of the Republic, Ford Circle no. 28 on July 19, 1894, as well as a sketch of the national organization.


Box 1


  1. Ford Circle Charter, 1894
  2. Membership lists, 1894-1918
  3. Application forms (A), 1894-1987
  4. Application forms (B), 1894-1987
  5. Application forms (C), 1894-1987
  6. Application forms (D-E), 1894-1987
  7. Application forms (F-G), 1894-1987
  8. Application forms (H-J), 1894-1987
  9. Application forms (K-L), 1894-1987
  10. Application forms (M-O), 1894-1987
  11. Application forms (P), 1894-1987
  12. Application forms (Q-R), 1894-1987
  13. Application forms (S), 1894-1987
  14. Application forms (T-V), 1894-1987
  15. Application forms (W), 1894-1987
  16. Application forms (Y-Z), 1894-1987
  17. History of the Ladies of the G.A.R. and Ford Circle, 1902, 1910
  18. Annual program booklets, 1915, 1925, 1928, 1929

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