Summary Information
Title: Knights of Equity Court #9 Records
Collection Number: AIS.1977.36
Creator: Knights of Equity. Court #9 (Pittsburgh, Pa.).

Collection Dates: 1936-1977
Extent: 3.0 microfilm reels

Language: English

The Knights of Equity, Court 9, Pittsburgh, Pa. Records consist of the constitution, minute books, programs, a scrapbook, and photographs for the period 1936-1977.

ULS Archives Service Center
University of Pittsburgh Library System
7500 Thomas Boulevard
Pittsburgh, PA, 15260
Date Published:


Finding aid prepared by Archives Service Center Staff. Revisions occurred to the finding aid as a part of the encoding process in July 2003.
Revision Description:
July 1, 2006:
Converted from EAD Version 1.0 to EAD Version 2002


The Knights of Equity is one of America's oldest Irish-Catholic organizations. The Knights were first organized to protect Irish immigrants from violence that was directed towards them upon their arrival in America. According to their Articles of Incorporation the object of the Knights of Equity was "to create and foster a spirit of mutual helpfulness among its members; to advance them intellectually and socially; and by cooperation among them to promote their material interests and well-being." The Knights of Equity formed as a secret body for men with the following qualifications: Irish heritage, Roman Catholic, over the age of 21, and a resident of the city where a Knights of Equity had an office.

The Pittsburgh Section of the Knights of Equity was founded in 1895, known to the National Section as Court 9. The local Knights of Equity are known for their celebration of St. Patrick's Day and their contributions to many local Irish and Roman Catholic causes.

Collection Scope and Content Notes

The Knights of Equity Records span the years 1936-1977. This collection includes the constitution and by-laws, record books, programs, a scrapbook, correspondence, photographs, and miscellaneous items. The bulk of the information in this collection concerns Court 9, but there are materials relating to the National Section and the Daughters of Erin, a group started by the wives and sisters of members of the Knights of Equity in 1959. The first reel contains copies of the Constitution and by-laws from 1947 and revised versions from 1969 and 1977, as well as correspondence from many of the Court 9 officers. In reel 2 there is a continuation of the correspondence and many of the programs for the St. Patrick's Day celebrations. The last reel contains materials for National Conventions, a scrapbook, and photographs. The photographs, however, do not contain names, dates, or locations.

Subject Terms

  • Discrimination against Irish Americans -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • Human rights -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • Irish Americans -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • Social justice

Corporate Names
  • Knights of Equity. Court #9 (Pittsburgh, Pa.).

  • Pittsburgh (Pa.) -- Genealogy

  • Ethnic groups
  • Social action
  • Societies

Access and Use
Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Acquisition Information:

These records were microfilmed by the Archives Service Center, with permision, in 1977.

Preferred Citation:

Knights of Equity Court #9 Records, AIS.1977.36, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

Previous Citation:

Knights of Equity Court 9, Pittsburgh, Pa., Records, AIS Micro 77:39, Archives of Industrial Society, University of Pittsburgh Libraries, University of Pittsburgh

Processing Information:

This collection was processed by Archives Service Center Staff in 1977.

Processing Information:

Revision and rearrangement for the encoded version of the finding aid provided by Julie Aher in July 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: 1430428


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:

Originals are retained by Knights of Equity Court #9.

Collection Inventory

Microfilm-cabinet 2
Drawer 3
Reel 1 Constitution and by-laws, revisions, 1948, 1969, 1977
Reel 1 Supreme Council record book, Volume 1, 1896
Reel 1 Supreme Council record book, Volume 2, 1960-1970
Reel 2 Bicentennial Committee, Minutes, 1975-1976
Reel 2 Programs, 1943-1977
Previous Citation:

Includes St. Patrick's Day Banquet and Dance (1943) and Degree Banquet (October 25, 1964)

Reel 2 St. Patrick's Day Parade, 1974
Previous Citation:

Letter concerning which Irish group in Pittsburgh founded the parade. The Knights of Equity were the founders according to this letter.

Reel 2 National Convention, Minutes, Volume 1, 1964-1969
Reel 2 National Convention, Minutes, Volume 2, 1970-1976
Reel 3 National Convention, Programs, 1938, 1948, 1960-1975
Reel 3 National Convention, Mayor Barr's Speech, 1968
Reel 3 Mini-Conventions, 1973-1977
Reel 3 Scrapbook, 1941-1969
Reel 3 Articles of Incorporation, Irish Club of Pittsburgh, 1949
Reel 3 Irish Press Corporation, 1936-1938
Reel 3 Photographs
Reel 3 Miscellaneous Publications, 1947-1972
Previous Citation:

Includes Short History of Knights of Equity, Court 9, 1968-1971 by John McMahon