Mexican Border Veterans, Inc., and Auxiliary Scrapbooks, 1916-1982
Mexican Border Veterans, Inc
Community Life, Div. of, NMAH, SI
Wilson, Woodrow 1856-1924
Closson, Clairice A.G
1.3 cu. ft
Mexican Border Veterans (MBV), Inc., is a civilian association founded by Clairice A.G. Closson of Independence, Missouri, in 1929. Closson was a participant in the Mexican Border affair of mid-1916. The association consists of men who patrolled the Mexican-American border between May 9, 1916 and April 1917. Their presence on the border was 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 and receive recognition and veterans' benefits.
Three scrapbooks, each containing a random arrangement of MBV annual reports, convention minutes, samples of the MBV newletter, "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, clippings from unidentified newspapers, limited correspondence between national, state or regional MBV officials, and other miscellaneous correspondence.
Mexican Border Veterans, Inc., and Auxiliary Scrapbooks, 1916-1982, Archives Center, National Museum of American History