Townsend National Recovery Plan, Inc. records
The Townsend Plan was an old-age pension plan idea proposed by California physician Francis E. Townsend in 1934, prior to the enactment of Social Security. The collection contains records of the Townsend National Headquarters in Ohio and includes Board of Director's minutes, Townsend Foundation Trustees minutes and resolutions, financial papers, correspondence, National Convention materials including audio recordings, materials of other pension organizations, literature and publications, Francis E. Townsend interviews, a scrapbook, and photographs.
- Townsend Plan, Inc. (Organization)
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Biographical / Historical
The Townsend Plan (founded in 1933 as Old Age Revolving Pensions and called the Townsend National Recovery Plan from 1936 to ca. 1952) was an old-age pension plan idea proposed by California physician Francis E. Townsend in 1934, prior to the enactment of Social Security. Townsend located his national headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio from 1946-1956.
Source: Encyclopedia of Cleveland History: http://ech.case.edu/ech-cgi/article.pl?id=TP1
7.5 linear feet (6 containers) : 5 record storage boxes, 1 volume
Language of Materials
Material within this collection is minimally arranged. Any arrangement is either derived from the records' creators or custodians or from staff at the time of initial processing. It may be necessary to look in multiple places for the same types of materials.
Other Finding Aids
Paper finding aid with additional information is available in Special Collections & University Archives.
Collection processed by staff, 1967.
This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.
This collection received a basic level of processing including minimal organization and rehousing.
Description information is drawn in part from information supplied with the collection and initial surveys of the contents.
- Correspondence Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Interviews Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Labor History Subject Source: Archiveswest
- Old Age Revolving Pensions, Ltd.
- Old age pensions -- United States Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Older people -- United States -- Economic conditions Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Social security -- United States Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Sound recordings Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Townsend National Recovery Plan, Inc.
- Townsend Plan, Inc.
- Townsend, Francis E. (Francis Everett), 1867-1960
- Guide to the Townsend National Recovery Plan, Inc. Records
- Complete Description
- University of Oregon Libraries, Archivists' Toolkit Project Team and Tanya Parlet.
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- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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- Finding aid written in English
- Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).