Catholic Club of Philadelphia records, 1871-1923 (MC 23)

Proposed in May 1875, the Catholic Club of Philadelphia, formerly the De Sales Institute of Philadelphia, was organized January 2, 1877. The club, one of many founded in major cities throughout the country during the late 19th century, offered wealthy men of a certain socioeconomic background cultural, intellectual, and social opportunities. These clubs sponsored balls, concerts, lectures as well as other events and activities that raised large sums of money for local church charities.

This collection contains administrative records, including by-laws and reports, as well as general correspondence. Programs, souvenirs, and ephemera related to club-sponsored events and events sponsored by other local Catholic societies are also included.

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Lawrence E. McCrossin papers, 1917-1919 (MC 4)

Lawrence E. McCrossin, a Philadelphia native, was a field secretary for the Knights of Columbus Committee on War Activities in France towards the end of World War I. Prior to this, McCrossin was secretary for the Philadelphia Typographical Union No. 2.

The Lawrence E. McCrossin papers date from 1917 to 1919 and contain travel orders, receipts, inventory lists, and security passes related to McCrossin’s activities in Europe. Most of the correspondence issued through the Knights of Columbus deals with supply and personnel data. Also included are referrals from noted officials Richard V. Farley of the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry and Major Thomas F. Meehan of the United States Army; booklets on the subject of various aspects of French life and government along with literature on the Republic of Ireland; and copies of the Chicago Tribune and New York Herald Tribune focusing on the Versailles Treaty and different post-World War I issues. Some materials in French.

.2 linear feet; 1 box