Guide to the Mexican Border Veterans, Inc., and Auxiliary Scrapbooks
NMAH.AC.0119

Administrative Information

Repository Information

Archives Center, National Museum of American History, 1986

P.O. Box 37012
 Suite 1100, MRC 601
 Washington, D.C., 20013-7012
 Phone: 202-633-3270
 archivescenter@si.edu

http://americanhistory.si.edu/archives/

Conditions Governing Access note

The collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use note

Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.

Custodial History note

Transferred from the Division of Community Life (now the Division of Home and Community Life) to the Archives Center in 1986.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

The collection was donated to the Museum in 1986, through Howard Hubbard and Fabian E. Johnson.

Processing Information note

Processed by Robert Harding, archivist, 1986.

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Summary Information

Repository
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Creator
Hubbard, Howard,
Creator
Mexican Border Veterans, Inc..
Title
Mexican Border Veterans, Inc., and Auxiliary Scrapbooks
ID
NMAH.AC.0119
Date [inclusive]
1916-1982
Extent
1.30 Cubic feet, 2 boxes
Language
English
Language of Materials note
Collection is in English.
Abstract
The collection consists of five scrapbooks of materials relating to the Mexican Border Veterans, Inc. and Auxiliary's activities.

Preferred Citation note

Mexican Border Veterans, Inc. and Auxiliary Scrapbooks, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution

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Biographical/Historical note

Mexican Border Veterans, Inc. (MBV) was a civilian association founded by Clairice A. G. Closson of Independence, Missouri in 1929. Closson was one of the participants in the Mexican border initiative of mid 1916. The association consisted of men who patrolled the Mexican-American border between May 9, 1916 and April 1917. Their presence on the border came about as a response to President Woodrow Wilson's call on the National Guard and the Army in mid 1916 to guard the border which had been repeatedly invaded by Francisco (Pancho) Villa, a Mexican revolutionary leader who carried out his incursions against residents of southern Texas. The MBV was formed by ex-Mexican-American border veterans to seek recognition and veteran benefits to which they were entitled as U.S. government ex-servicemen of a foreign war.

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Scope and Contents note

The scrapbooks contain Mexican Border Veterans annual reports; convention minutes; samples of the Mexican Border Veterans newsletter, The Bugler; photographs of various officers and members of the association and their spouses; brochures of the association's conventions; brief historical sketches of the association; some biographical sketches of the founders of the association; newspaper clippings from unidentified newspapers; limited correspondence among national, state or regional Mexican Border Veterans officials and other miscellaneous correspondence.

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Arrangement note

The collection is arranged into one series.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

Materials in the National Museum of American History

The Division of Home and Community Life holds related materials. See accessions 1984.0781 and 1985.0781.

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Controlled Access Headings

Genre(s)

  • Annual reports
  • Clippings
  • Correspondence--1930-1950
  • Minutes
  • Newsletters--20th century.
  • Photographs--20th century
  • Scrapbooks--20th century

Personal Name(s)

  • Closson, Clairice A.G.
  • Villa, Pancho
  • Wilson, Woodrow, 1856-1924

Subject(s)

  • Mexican-American Border Region
  • Mexico--Boundaries--United States--1910-1920
  • Military pensions
  • United States--History--20th century
  • United States. Army--History--Punitive Expedition into Mexico, 1916
  • Veterans--1910-1920--United States

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Collection Inventory

Box Binder

Scrapbook: "History of the Mexican Border Veterans and Auxiliary", 1929-1960

1 1

Scrapbook: "History of the Mexican Border Veterans and Auxiliary", 1978-1980

1 2

Scrapbook: "History of the Mexican Border Veterans and Auxiliary", 1961-1980

1 3

Scrapbook: "Article about Pancho Villa raid," Columbus, New Mexico, 1968-1982

1 4

Scrapbook: "History of the Mexican Border Veterans and Auxiliary", newspaper clippings and miscellaneous, 1955-1981

1 5
Box Folder

The Bugler, (newsletter), 1960-1980

1 1

The Minnesota Border Patrol, Camp Llano, texas, Volume I, No. 6, 1916 September 16

1 2

The Minnesota Border Patrol, Volume I, No. 7, 1916 September 23

1 2

The Border Patrol, Volume I, No. 11, 1916 September 8

1 2

Photographs of Pancho Villa and his men (reproductions), undated

1 3
Box item

Map of National Guard Stations on the Mexican Border from 1916-1917, 1919 (reprinted 1978)

2 1

Chicago Daily Tribune (reproduction of front page), 1916 June 19

2 2