Union Soldiers’ Home Collection Index
About This Collection
The Union Soldiers’ Home in Oklahoma City was established for veterans of the American Civil War and their wives, widows, or mothers. The home was located on the 3400 block of North Eastern in Oklahoma City. Opened in 1919, the home would later include veterans of the Indian Wars, the Spanish-American War, and World War I. In 1933 the home was closed, and the building was converted into the headquarters of the state Department of Corrections.
The Union Soldiers’ Home Collection contains records that were transferred to the Oklahoma Memorial Hall after the closing of the Oklahoma City Union Soldiers’ Home in 1933. The Oklahoma Memorial Hall was established as part of the Oklahoma Historical Society to honor the Union army and its connections to Oklahoma. In 1972 the exhibit closed, and the records were placed in the archives.
The Union Soldiers’ Home Collection [1988.025] includes rosters, financial statements, and other administrative documents regarding the maintenance of the home. Also included are record books from local Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) posts and Ladies of the GAR materials. The individual files consist of journals, rosters, applications, GAR membership certificates, military discharges, pension certificates, and some personal correspondence. Additionally, the collection includes the applications for admission to the Union Soldiers’ Home. Applications for surnames beginning with “F” are missing.