Fonds - Canadian Red Cross Yarmouth Branch fonds

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Canadian Red Cross Yarmouth Branch fonds

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16 cm of textual records

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The Canadian Red Cross was founded in 1896 by George Sterling Ryerson. The mission of the Red Cross is to furnish volunteer aid to sick and wounded armies in time of war as well as to carry on and assist in work for the improvement of health, the prevention of disease, and the mitigation of suffering throughout the world in time of peace or war. The Yarmouth Branch was founded in September, 1939; the acting members were C.C. Walker, President; A.S. Creighton, Vice-President; Geo. E. Haley, Secretary-Treasurer; F.H. Creighton and E.H. Spinney. During WWII the Yarmouth Red Cross Members fundraised money and made garments required by the Military authorities.

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Records were donated by David Sollows. The records were from the estate of Ida B. Sollows, of Sollows Lodge, Main St. The Red Cross met in the sun porch of Ida's home during WWII.

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Fonds consists of correspondence regarding the establishment of a Red Cross branch; work project ledgers; correspondence regarding fundraising; correspondence to the Provincial Women's War Work Committee; annual reports; Red Cross by-laws; reports of blood donations; and knitting instructions for socks. The fonds has been arranged into nine series.

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Further accruals are not expected.

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Further information can be found in the Yarmouth Herald and Telegram 1939.

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