USO/Louisville Service Club Records, 1942-1979

Accessions: 1976-124, 1979-144, 1989-008
Extent: 2 linear feet
Restrictions: See deed of gift. Permission to use the board minutes must be obtained from the University Archivist.
Copyright: Copyright has been transferred to the University of Louisville.

Administrative History

The Louisville Service Club was the local branch of the United Service Organization (USO). The purpose of the organization was to provide a safe and wholesome recreation environment for off-duty armed services personnel. On March 7, 1941 the Louisville Service Club opened its doors and was the first club of this kind. The USO used it as a model around the country. The local group was incorporated in 1942. The club housed and entertained soldiers year round during World War II and continued to serve as a place to stay on leave and be entertained long after the war ended. In the 1990s the mission of the group changed from entertaining to aiding the soldiers in their travels from post to post. The Louisville Service Club is now located at the Louisville International Airport.

Brief Description of the Collection

Records include minutes of the board of directors, correspondence, history, financial records, volunteer lists, and photographs. The documents range from 1942, when the local group was incorporated, until the late 1970s. Many of the photographs are not identified or dated but are of people and events. The loose scrapbook contains photographs of USO events at the Louisville Service Club. As with the other photos some of the people and events are identified and dated while others are not.

Box List

Box 1

  • Financial Statement, November 19, 1942
  • Audit Report, December 31, 1947
  • Louisville Welfare and Recreation Center, Report of Audit, Year ended December 31, 1948
  • Louisville Welfare and Recreation Center, Report of Audit, Year ended December 31, 1949
  • Louisville Welfare and Recreation Center, Report of Audit, Year ended December 31, 1950
  • Louisville Welfare and Recreation Center, Report of Audit, Year ended December 31, 1951
  • Louisville Welfare and Recreation Center, Report of Audit, Year ended December 31, 1952
  • Report of Audit, Louisville Welfare and Recreation Center, Six ended June 30, 1953
  • Louisville Welfare and Recreation Center, Report of Audit, Year ended December 31, 1953
  • Louisville Welfare and Recreation Center, Report of Audit, Year ended December 31, 1954
  • Louisville Welfare and Recreation Center, Report of Audit, June 30, 1955
  • Louisville Welfare and Recreation Center, Report of Audit, December 31, 1955
  • Louisville Welfare and Recreation Center, Report of Examination, December 31, 1956
  • Louisville Welfare and Recreation Center, Report of Examination, December 31, 1957
  • Louisville Welfare and Recreation Center, Report of Examination, December 31, 1958
  • Louisville Welfare and Recreation Center, Report of Examination, December 31, 1959
  • Louisville Welfare and Recreation Center, Report of Examination, December 31, 1960
  • Louisville Welfare and Recreation Center, Report of Examination, December 31, 1961
  • Louisville Welfare and Recreation Center, Report of Examination, December 31, 1962
  • Louisville Welfare and Recreation Center, Report of Examination, December 31, 1964
  • Louisville Welfare and Recreation Center, Report of Examination, December 31, 1965
  • U.S.O. Louisville Service Club, Inc., Report of Examination, December 31, 1966
  • U.S.O. Louisville Service Club, Inc., Report of Examination, December 31, 1967
  • U.S.O. Louisville Service Club, Inc., Report of Examination, December 31, 1968
  • U.S.O. Louisville Service Club, Inc., Report of Examination, December 31, 1969
  • U.S.O. Louisville Service Club, Inc., Report of Examination, December 31, 1970
  • U.S.O. Louisville Service Club, Inc., Report of Examination, December 31, 1971
  • U.S.O. Louisville Service Club, Inc., Report of Examination, December 31, 1972
  • U.S.O. Louisville Service Club, Inc., Report of Examination, December 31, 1973
  • U.S.O. Louisville Service Club, Inc., Financial Statements, December 31, 1974 and 1973
  • Audit, April 6, 1977
  • U.S.O. Louisville Service Club, Inc., Financial Statements, December 31, 1975 and 1974
  • U.S.O. Louisville Service Club, Inc., Financial Statements, December 31, 1977
  • U.S.O. Louisville Service Club, Inc. Year ended, December 31, 1976
  • Board of Directors and Executive Committee Minutes, 1969, 1972-74
  • USO Publicity and Reference Material, 1960, 1970s
  • USO Volunteer Job Descriptions, 1970s
  • Board of Directors, Address and Telephone Numbers, 1963, 1969, 1974
  • Printed Materials, 1950s- 1970s
  • Attendance Record and Diary of Sue Jane Vick, 1948-62
  • Minutes, Agendas, Committee Work, 1974-79
  • Newspaper Clippings, 1960s-1970s
  • Board of Directors Minutes, 1962-68
  • Budget and Financial Files, 1976-77
  • Correspondence 1957, 1975-76
  • Memos from the Executive Director, 1975
  • Committee Reports, 1975
  • Sample Sign-in Sheets, 1974-76
  • Photos (8 folders) (contains people and events)
  • Contents of Photo Album, 1975

Box 2

  • Oversized Photo, 1941 (group of men singing)
  • Louisville Area Churches’ Donations, Volunteers, and Events, 1970-1976

Box 3

  • Photos (contains people and events)

Box 3

  • Photos (mostly portraits; very small)

Box 3

  • Large Scrapbook (loose)