Summary Information
Title: Serb National Federation Lodge 67, Beaver Falls, Pa. Records
Collection Number: AIS.1979.18
Creator: Serb National Federation. Lodge 67 (Beaver Falls, Pa.).

Collection Dates: 1929-1968
Extent: 1.0 microfilm reel (170 frames)

Language: English

Abstract:
The Serb National Federation, a Serbian fraternal organization, was founded on September 21, 1929. The collection contains a charter, minute and dues books, and an embossing stamp.
Publisher:

ULS Archives Service Center
University of Pittsburgh Library System
7500 Thomas Boulevard
Pittsburgh, PA, 15260
412-648-3232
archives-ref@mail.pitt.edu
Date Published:

July 2003
Author:

Finding aid prepared by David Rosenberg. Revisions occurred to the finding aid as a part of the encoding process on July 3, 2003.
Revision Description:
July 1, 2006:
Converted from EAD Version 1.0 to EAD Version 2002

History

Prior to the founding of the first Serbian Federation, Serbian immigrants organized their own independent ethnic lodges and joined the "Russian Orthodox Federation."

The following delegates attended the Convention of the Russian Orthodox Federation on May 14, 1901: Adam Maravich from McKeesport, Sava and Petar Hajdin from the South Side, Mile Kasar from Butler Street, Pittsburgh and Simo Lapcevich of Export, Pennsylvania. These five delegates saw that it would be beneficial for the Serbian immigrants to have their own Federation for their own "comfort." A group of Serbs met in McKeesport after the Russian Convention and founded the first Serbian Federation on June 15, 1901, under the name, "Serbian Orthodox Federation-Srbobran." Sava M. Hajdin was elected as the first president. In 1929, Srbobran-Sloga and Savez Sloboda merged into the Serb National Federation and was chartered on September 21. The Serb National Federation built new churches for the Serbian Orthodox Church, which became their greatest achievement.


Collection Scope and Content Notes

The collection contains a charter, minute and dues books, and an embossing stamp. The minute book is in Serbian until about 1949 and in English circa 1950-1968. Minutes contain information regarding monthly meetings, including financial information and notations of new members, benefits, and correspondence from other organizations, chiefly Serbian clubs or churches. The dues book contains monthly records of dues paid by members with their corresponding birth dates. The names listed in the dues book are in Cyrillic script until approximately 1951. The embossing stamp contains the seal of the lodge.


Subject Terms

Topics
  • Fraternal organizations -- Pennsylvania
  • Serbian Americans -- Pennsylvania -- Beaver Falls -- Societies and clubs
  • Serbs -- Pennsylvania
  • Serbs -- Pennsylvania -- Beaver Falls

Corporate Names
  • Serb National Federation. Lodge 67 (Beaver Falls, Pa.).

Genres/Forms
  • Charters

Category
  • Ethnic groups
  • Societies

Access and Use
Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Acquisition Information:

These records were microfilmed by the Archives Service Center, with permision, in 1979.

Preferred Citation:

Serb National Federation Lodge 67, Beaver Falls, Pa. Records, 1929-1968, AIS.1979.18, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

Previous Citation:

Previously cited as: Serb National Federation, Lodge 67 (Beaver Falls, Pa.), Records, 1929-1968, AIS MICRO 79:18, Archives of Industrial Society, University Library System, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pa., 15260

Processing Information:

This collection was processed by David Rosenberg on July 28, 1988.

Processing Information:

Revision and rearrangement for the encoded version of the finding aid provided by Michael O'Malley on July 3, 2003. Information about the collection title and the controlled access terms was extracted from the MARC record in the University of Pittsburgh catalog Voyager ID number: 1381785

Copyright:

Permission for publication is given on behalf of the University of Pittsburgh as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Location of Original Documents:

Original records are maintained by George Mrvosh in Beaver Falls, Pa.


Collection Inventory

Microfilm-cabinet 8
Drawer 8
Reel 1 Charter, September 21, 1929
Reel 1 Minute book, 1936-1968
Reel 1 Dues book, 1936-1957
Reel 1 Embossing stamp; Serb National Federation, Lodge 67