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Descriptive Summary

Administrative Information

Historical Note

Organization & Arrangement

Index Terms

Related Items

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Series Arrangement & Description

Series 1: Tri-County Chapter

Container Listing

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Tri-County Chapter of the American Red Cross
(Plainfield Area Chapter of the American Red Cross)
[
1917-2004, undated]


C21484
Ladies of the Plainfield American Red Cross #1, circa 1920s.

Finding aid prepared by Anna Henderson in February 2008.
Last updated: December 2010.


Descriptive Summary

Title:

American Red Cross, Tri-County Chapter [1917-2004, Undated], Bulk Dates [1944-1963]

Creator: American Red Cross, Tri-County Chapter

Size:

.5 linear feet of records
Comprised of 5 folders.
Repository:

Plainfield Public Library, Local History Department, 800 Park Avenue, Plainfield, NJ 07060

Abstract:

The American Red Cross, founded in 1881, is a nationwide network of more than 800 chapters dedicated to saving lives. The Tri-County Chapter, established in 1917, has administrative offices in Plainfield, NJ, and a Disaster Command Center in Elizabeth, NJ. The Chapter provides programs and services to over 500,000 residents of 22 towns covering three counties. This collection includes annual reports, programs, newspaper articles, and marketing material.

Language:

The records are in English.


Administrative Information
Access & Restrictions

The “American Red Cross: Tri-County Chapter” collection is available for research.

Access is restricted to materials prepared by the Local History department staff. All materials must be viewed in the Plainfield Room and may not be removed to another area of the library without permission of the Library Director or designee. Materials must be handled carefully and kept in order. Materials must not be leaned upon, altered, folded, ripped, or traced upon. Marks may not be added or erased from materials. Materials must be returned directly to Local History department staff and inspected before the researcher leaves the Plainfield Room.

One photocopy may be made (by Plainfield Public Library staff) of each document for the purpose of research; official Local History departmental reproduction fees may apply. Permission to publish must be obtained by the Plainfield Public Library Board of Trustees as delegated to the Library Director. Permission to publish does not constitute a copyright clearance. The researcher is responsible for further copyright restrictions. The Plainfield Public Library is not responsible for the misuse of copyrighted material.

Preferred Citation

Identification of item; Date (if noted); “American Red Cross, Tri-County Chapter,” Box and Folder Number; Local History Department, Plainfield Public Library, Plainfield, New Jersey.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Anna Henderson in February 2008. The finding aid was written by Anna Henderson in February 2008. Finding aid content follows the guidelines suggested by Describing Archives: A Content Standard.

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Historical Note

Since its founding in 1881 by visionary leader Clara Barton, the American Red Cross has been the nation's premier emergency response organization. As part of a worldwide movement that offers neutral humanitarian care to the victims of war, the American Red Cross distinguishes itself by also aiding victims of devastating natural disasters. Over the years, the organization has expanded its services, always with the aim of preventing and relieving suffering.

Today, in addition to domestic disaster relief, the American Red Cross offers compassionate services in five other areas: community services that help the needy; support and comfort for military members and their families; the collection, processing and distribution of lifesaving blood and blood products; educational programs that promote health and safety; and international relief and development programs.

The American Red Cross is where people mobilize to help their neighbors—across the street, across the country, and across the world—in emergencies. Each year, in communities large and small, victims of some 70,000 disasters turn to neighbors familiar and new—the more than half a million volunteers and 35,000 employees of the Red Cross. Through over 700 locally supported chapters, more than 15 million people gain the skills they need to prepare for and respond to emergencies in their homes, communities and world.

Some four million people give blood—the gift of life—through the Red Cross, making it the largest supplier of blood and blood products in the United States. And the Red Cross helps thousands of U.S. service members separated from their families by military duty stay connected. As part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, a global network of 186 national societies, the Red Cross helps restore hope and dignity to the world's most vulnerable people.

Established in 1917, the American Red Cross: Tri-County Chapter [1917-2004, Undated] has administrative offices in Plainfield, NJ, and a Disaster Command Center in Elizabeth, NJ. The Chapter provides programs and services to over 500,000 residents of 22 towns covering three counties (Union, Middlesex and Somerset). This collection includes annual reports, programs, newspaper articles, and marketing material.

 

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Organization and Arrangement

The Records of the"American Red Cross, Tri-County Chapter" are arranged into one series:

Series 1: Tri-County Chapter

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Index Terms

Organizations:

American Red Cross.
American Red Cross. Tri-County Chapter History.

Places:

Middlesex County (N.J.)
Plainfield (N.J.)
Somerset County (N.J.)
Union County (N.J.)

Subjects:

Plainfield (N.J.)--History
Plainfield (N.J.)--Clubs and organizations

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Related Items

Photographs:

C-10931 - Women of the Red Cross.
C-20707 - Red Cross Victory Garden Displays.
C-20708 - Red Cross Displays Victory Garden Promotion in Store Front.
C-20896 - American Red Cross truck and Women.
C-21484 - Ladies of the Plainfield American Red Cross #1.
C-21485 - Ladies of the Plainfield American Red Cross #2.
C-21561 - American Red Cross, Plainfield and North Plainfield Chapter.
C-40433 - Red Cross Parade Float.
U-4291 - Red Cross Community House.

Blueprints:

D-37060 - Alterations, 834 West Seventh Street, Red Cross Plainfield Chapter.
D-47119 - Fire protection plans, 326 West Front Street, Red Cross Plainfield Chapter.

 

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

This collection consists of paper documents that do not require any additional technology for access.

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Series Description

Series 1: Tri-County Chapter [1917 -- 1995]

Series Arrangement

This series is arranged by type and chronologically.

Description

This series includes documents of the American Red Cross's Tri-County Chapter, such as chapter reports, fundraising material and publicity. It is arranged by type and chronologically.

 

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Container Listing

Series I: Tri-County Chapter [1917-2004, undated]

Box Folder
1 1 Annual Reports, 1954, 2003-2004
2 Event Programs and Marketing Material, 1917, 1920*, 1921, 1944, 1963, undated
3 Newspaper Articles, 1944, 1957, 1962
4 Promotional Brochure, 1920
5 Community House, 1919-1920
  *Photocopy of photograph ID# U-4291, which was used in 1920 publicity program (in folder 2).

 

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