Guide to the American Red Cross, Napa Chapter Collection

Collection processed and description prepared by:

Maxine Brown, Intern, Napa, California, June 5, 2015

Descriptive Summary

Collection Title
American Red Cross, Napa Chapter Collection
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American Red Cross, Napa Chapter
1 Banker box, 2 tall archival document cases, 2 large flat boxes, and 1 custom box
The collection consists of scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, photographs, and internal records of the Napa Chapter of the American Red Cross. The scrapbooks consist mostly of newspaper clippings in moderate chorological order. The loose newspaper clippings predominately include work by the chapter in response to local disasters, especially floods. The internal records consist of Board of Director minutes, Napa Red Cross Digest, appreciation letters, and papers concerning the response to 9/11.

Administrative & Access Information

Napa County Historical Society
Goodman Library
1219 First Street
Napa, California 9455

American Red Cross, Napa Chapter Collection, [Box/Series #, Folder #], Napa County Historical Society.
Acquisition Information
Donated by American Red Cross, Napa Chapter, 2012

Access Restrictions
Collection is open for research. Some folders in this collection may be restricted. See container list for more information.

Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.Researchers are advised that violations of the copyright law may have legal ramifications for whichNapa County HistoricalSociety assumes no responsibility.

Collections may also contain sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications for whichNapa County Historical Society assumes no responsibility.

Usage Restrictions
Appointments are not required for accessing collections, but are strongly encouraged so as to ascertain availability of materials.

Duplication of materials is on a case-by-case basis, and permission can only be given by the Research Librarian. Charges may apply.

The donor may have placed additional access/usage restrictions on this collection. The user is responsible for adhering to those restrictions; NCHS is not liable for any misuse.

Approval must be explicitly given by NCHS or copyright holder for publication.

Finding Aid prepared by
Maxine Brown, edited by Nikelle Riggs

Biography / History

Biographical / Historical Note

The Napa Chapter of the American Red Cross was founded in 1917 and was consolidated into the California Northwest chapter of the Northern California Coastal Region in October, 2014. The chapter has been also known as the Napa/Silverado Chapter, the Silverado Chapter, and the St. Helena Chapter at various times in the almost hundred years of its existence. The chapter supplied aid in response to local disasters, floods, earthquakes and fires, as well as national disasters, 9/11, and both world wars. The chapter also taught local residents CPR and swimming.

Scope & Content

Scope & Contents Note
The collection consists of scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, photographs, and internal records of the Napa Chapter of the American Red Cross. Many of the scrapbooks are acidic newspaper glued on to acidic paper and are quiet fragile, especially since some of the glue is coming off. The loose newspaper clippings are sorted by major event or date. The photos are sorted by date, extra information, or neither.

Indexing Terms / Controlled Heading Access

Subject Headings

American National Red Cross

Flood Damage – California – Napa River

World War, 1939-1945 – War Work – Red Cross

Vietnam War, 1961-1975 – War Work – Red Cross

September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001

Wildfires – California – Napa County

Container List

Series 1: Ephemera, newsclippings

Box 6, Folder 1: 1981 Atlas Peak Fire

Box 6, Folder 2: 1986 Napa River Flood

Box 6, Folder 3: 1995 Napa River Flood

Box 6, Folder 4: 1930-1959 clippings

Box 6, Folder 5: 1960-1989 clippings

Box 6, Folder 6: 1990-2005 clippings

Box 6, Folder 7: undated clippings

Series 2: History

Box 1, Folder 1: Napa Chapter history 1917-1944

Series 3: Internal reports

Box 1, Binder 1: Board of Directors minutes, 1981-1990

Box 1, Binder 2: Board of Directors minutes, 2003-2008

Box 1, Pushpin Folder 1: Napa Red Cross Digest, 1957-1959

Box 1, Folder 3: Appreciation documents

Box 1, Folder 4: 9/11 correspondence

Series 4: Photographs

Box 4, Folder 1: Photos with dates, 1946-1996

Box 4, Folder 2: Assorted flood photos

Box 4, Folder 3: Photos with no context

Box 4, Folder 4: Photos from the San Francisco Red Cross Branch

Box 4, Folder 5: Napa River New Year’s Flood (2005)

Box 4, Folder 6: Undated and unknown newspaper clippings

Box 4, Folder 7: Photos of mass care, undated

Box 4, Folder 8: Photos of volunteers, undated

Series 5: Scrapbooks

Box 1: 5 scrapbooks (1941-46, 1952-53, 1963-68, 1968-73, 1981-83)

Box 1, Folder 2: 4 pages from a deaccessioned scrapbook, 2000

Box 1, Binder 3: scrapbook, 2008-2013

Box 2: 5 scrapbooks (1917-1925, 1964-1968, 1974-1977, 1983-84, 1988)

Box 3: 4 scrapbooks (1932-48, 1947-1983, 1958-64, 1981)

Box 3, Folder 1: 3 pages from deaccessioned scrapbook, 1981-83

Box 4: 2 scrapbooks (1964-66, 1968-73)

Box 5: 1 scrapbook, 1957-1968

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