Irish Catholic Benevolent Union
Scope and Contents
This small collection contains incoming and outgoing correspondence to the national headquarters from mainly the 1880s. There are also invitations and programs to events hosted by the I.C.B.U. as well as financial records including a ledger book.
- Creation: 1872 - 1893
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research
Biographical / Historical
The Irish Catholic Benevolent Union was founded in Dayton Ohio, on August 16, 1869. The chief aim of the ICBU was to promote Catholic unity by practicing benevolence and Christian charity, especially in times of crisis. Other objectives included: the promotion of the welfare of the societies comprising it and the united co-operating of the societies in all Catholic endeavors. Membership to a specific society was organized on a Catholic basis. The societies were barred from admitting other than practicing Catholics and any election of member from condemned secret societies. There was a small admission fee levied and payment of annual per capita tax was mandatory for each member. The two chief features of the Union were the traveling cards and the widows’ and orphans’ department. It was the design of the Union to have a branch in every parish in American, so that a Catholic going from one part of the country to another could always be sure of finding a society where he goes that will give him assistance in sickness and give his remains a Catholic burial in death. The widow and orphan department was a beneficial fund set up by assessment on the death of any member in good standing if any particular society affiliated to the Union. (Taken from original finding aid written by seminarians at St. Charles)
0.4 Linear Feet (; 1 box)
Language of Materials
This collection contains materials related to the Irish Catholic Benevolent Union. The bulk of the collection contains incoming and outgoing correspondence to the national headquarters as well as invitations and programs to events hosted by the I.C.B.U.
Accession Number 1990.055 and MB581
Existence and Location of Copies
Digital reproductions of the Irish Catholic Benevolent Union are available at https:// digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:251158
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