Concord Roll of Honor Committee Records, [1917]-1924

Vault A65, Unit E2

 

EXTENT: 2.8 linear feet (6 boxes)

ORGANIZATION: Organized in four series: I. General Committee records (Correspondence; Reports; Financial), 1921-1924; II. Names of those who served in the war (Biographical file, A-Z; Typed list), [1917]-1924; III. Permanent memorial to war dead (boulder), 1923-1924; IV. Memorial Day observances, 1924.

HISTORY: The Concord Roll of Honor Committee, a subcommittee of the Public Safety Committee, was formed in 1917 to erect a Roll of Honor as a memorial to those who served in World War I. The chairman was Prescott Keyes. The efforts of Committee Recorder Florence W. Richardson in compiling a listing of and biographical information on those who served were acknowledged in the 1919 annual town report. Roll of Honor resulting from the Committee’s early work, including names of all who served, was erected in Monument Square in 1919. Designed by Harry Little, it was intended as a temporary memorial only (the panels forming it were made so they could later be transferred to the Concord Armory). A temporary memorial to the war dead (gold star) was also put up. As indicated in the 1920 town report, a permanent granite and bronze memorial to those who had died in the war was planned. This memorial, a boulder with a bronze tablet bearing the names of the dead, was dedicated on 25 May 1924 (Memorial Day), in Monument Square.

SCOPE AND CONTENT: Records, [1917]-1924, include: correspondence (ms., typed; plus blank sheet of letterhead), 1922-1924, primarily to/from Prescott Keyes; Committee reports (ms., typed, and printed), 1921, 1923; financial records, 1923-1924; biographical card file of those who served in World War I, including clippings, photographs, letters, etc. kept by Florence W. Richardson ([begun in 1917?]); typed list of those who served, with ms. additions and corrections, 1918; material 1923-1924 relating to permanent memorial (boulder with bronze tablet) dedicated in 1924, copy of town vote authorizing Committee to proceed; state permit to move boulder over roads from Lincoln; photographs; clippings; ms., typescript, and printed versions of text on tablet; dedication programs in ms., partial typescript, and printed versions; Prescott Keyes’ notes for dedication; programs, etc., relating to 1924 observances of Memorial Day by American Legion, GAR, British & Military Veterans Association of Massachusetts

PROCESSED BY: LPW, 1996; finding aid prepared for the web by C. Manoli-Skocay, April 2007.

 

Container List

Series I: General Committee records, 1922-1924
Box 1, Folder 1:
General Committee records:
   a) Correspondence (ms.; typed; also 1 sheet blank Committee letterhead, 1922-1924 (correspondence primarily to/from Prescott Keyes)

Box 1, Folder 2:
General Committee records:
   b) Committee reports (ms., typed, printed, 1921, 1923 (Prescott Keyes))

Box 1, Folder 3:
General Committee records:
   c) Financial, 1923-1924

Series II: Names of those who served in Great War, [1917]-1924
   a) Card files:
Box 2:
Cards, A-E

Box 3:
Cards, F-L

Box 4:
Cards, M-P

Box 5:
Cards, R-V

Box 6:
Cards, W

Box 1, Folder 4
    b) Typed list, with ms. additions and corrections.

Series III: Permanent memorial to war dead, 1923-1924
Box 1, Folder 5
Permanent memorial to war dead (moving of boulder, preparation of bronze tablet listing names, dedication, etc)

Series IV: Memorial Day observances, 1924
Box 1, Folder 6
Memorial Day observances (American Legion, GAR, British Naval & Military Veterans Association of Mass.)

 

 

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Mounted 18th April 2007.    rcwh.

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