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A LIGHT IN THE ATTIC: TREASURES OF CITY HALL
 
Leo White, Civil Engineer
      Leo White, Civil Engineer reaches for a plan 
      in the document room of the Civil Engineer's
                      Office.
 
It is an information bank on veterans," says Mark C. Robinson.  The case histories of veterans include enlistment dates, battle records, wounds received, medals and citations, discharges, and anecdotes on personal and family history after their service.  They are a valuable source for studying military, social, and economic history.

     "These are precious records," says William M. Zounes, Deputy Director of Veterans' Services.  "I've seen an increased interest in history since the National Historical Park was established.  We'll often have people come to our office looking for information when they're researching their family history."

     Another important collection of veterans' records exists in the files of the Veterans' Grave Registration Project of 1941.  Among these file cards one will find familiar names such as Addison O. Whitney, who is buried in the "cemetery" in Monument Square in front of City Hall.  The Ladd & Whitney Monument marks his grave.  Another card reveals that Sgt. Joseph B. Varnum of the 2nd Massachusetts Regiment was killed in action in Centerville, Virginia on August 24,1863.  He was 39 years old and had been in the army less than six months.  The files cover veterans from the Revolutionary War through World War I. The veterans' records are expected to be transferred to the UMass Lowell, Center for Lowell History in the Patrick J. Mogan Cultural Center, where they will be processed and made available to researchers.

 
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