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Papers of the Order of the Gold Star

Call Number: RH MS 1300


The Order of the Gold Star was formed in 1921 by Mrs. Andrew Platner. This collection includes the history of the organization and its formation, as well as a scrapbook. The scrapbook contains various newspaper clippings about the organization and its president, minutes for meetings and a roster of the members.


  • 1921-1940's?


Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Biographical / Historical

The Order of the Gold Star was first established in 1921. Mrs. Platner, the president, called together the Gold Star mothers, wives, sisters and daughters, for the purpose of discussing the need of an organization within the American Legion Auxiliary of Kansas to preserve the history of the men and women who made the supreme sacrifice in World War I. The American Legion gave the Gold Star women a separate eligibility clause, and was limited to members whose men and women relatives were in the United States military or naval services between April 6, 1917, and November 11, 1918. It also extended to those whose relatives died in the line of duty, or after honorable discharge prior to November 11, 1920.


.25 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials


Physical Location

RH MS 1300

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Mrs. Millie (James W.) Gillispie, 2002.

Related Materials

Consult reference staff for availability of corresponding artificial collections.

Guide to the Order of the Gold Star Collection
Papers of the Order of the Gold Star
Finding aid prepared by imf, 2013; revised by eear, 2015
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
Finding aid permalink
Preferred citation
Order of the Gold Star Collection, RH MS 1300, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States