Scope and arrangement
The Woman’s Central Association of Relief Archives, 1861-1865, primarily document the supply procurement and distribution activities of the WCAR and consist of correspondence, minutes, reports, and supply records.
Most WCAR material pertains to the Committee on Correspondence and Diffusion of Information and the Committee on Receiving and Forwarding Supplies, which handled different aspects of supply work. Committee on Correspondence records include letters received and sent, minutes, and indexes of associate managers; Committee on Supplies records include letters and invoices received and sent, and record books of supplies received, forwarded, and on hand. WCAR numbered documents are mostly letters received from aid societies and USSC personnel. There is little material related to the Metropolitan Fair of April 1864 in the Woman’s Central Association of Relief’s records.
The United States Sanitary Commission records. Woman's Central Association of Relief records are arranged in five series:
Letters are primarily from aid societies regarding supplies needed, offered, and sent, garments made, and sewing patterns needed. Letters are also from USSC personnel (especially Frederick Law Olmsted, Alfred J. Bloor, Elisha Harris, J. Foster Jenkins, and Henry W. Bellows) mostly concerning supplies needed. Some letters are from other Commission branches or departments in the field. Numbered documents include some Hospital Directory correspondence. Also present are reports of various WCAR committees, aid societies, and canvassing agents. Numbered documents were organized by the USSC's Archive Department and are indexed in an Archive Department register (USSC New York, N.Y. record group, MssCol 22263, volume 14). Several items, mostly found within groups, are unnumbered. Items 489, 503, 731, 736, 1542, 1966, 2375, 2458, 2477, 2491, and 2855 are not present. Items 3228-3269 (receipts, vouchers, invoices) are not present and were presumably destroyed by the USSC.
Many items bear penciled markings from prior conservation treatment.
- 1861 Apr 30-1862 Jul 3, 1863 Feb 6-1865 Jul 7
- 1863 and undated