Summary Information
Title: National Slovak Society Lodge 168, Leechburg, Pa. Records
Collection Number: AIS.1979.27
Creator: National Slovak Society of the United States of America. Lodge 168 (Leechburg, Pa.).

Collection Dates: 1894-1939
Extent: 1.25 linear feet (1 box; 5 volumes)

Language: English

The language of the material in this collection is in Slovak and English.

Abstract:
The collection contains documents from Lodge 168 of the National Slovak Society which includes financial ledgers encompassing the years 1894-1939 and a newspaper clipping.
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:

February 2011
Author:

Finding aid prepared by Eden Orelove.
History

The National Slovak Society ( Narodny Slovensky Spolok) was founded in Pittsburgh, Pa., by Peter Vitazoslav Rovianek on February 15, 1890. The society was the first regional, nondenominational association of Slovaks in the United States. Rovnianek, elected as the first president, determined that the organization would be "a society where all Slovaks, of whatever religious faith, occupation, gender or locale could gather together for their greater good." At that meeting an initial pool of $200.00 was collected by the delegates as a death benefit fund. Incorporated on December 21, 1894, the National Slovak Society's membership had grown to 5,184 with death and sick benefits for 35 men and 20 women by the end of 1894.

The National Slovak Society continues to be active in the tri-state area today, holding regular meetings and programs and issuing several publications and scholarships every year. Their current mission statement, adopted at the convention held in Youngstown, Ohio, in 1946, is "to provide our fraternal family members financial security via life and annuity products, while offering charitable, cultural, social and educational opportunities that benefit them and their communities." In 2008 the organization opened the National Slovak Society Heritage Museum in McMurray, Pa.

The National Slovak Society maintains a website at http://www.nsslife.org/index.php. Further information on the society and the museum can be found there.


Collection Scope and Content Notes

This collection consists of five financial ledger books, and one newspaper clipping about the First Catholic Union Band that was formed by the organization. Most materials in the collection is in the Slovak language.


Subject Terms

Topics
  • Fraternal organizations -- Pennsylvania
  • Slovak Americans -- Pennsylvania -- Leechburg -- Societies and clubs
  • Slovak Americans -- Pennsylvania -- Societies and clubs
  • Slovak Americans -- Societies and clubs
  • Slovaks -- Pennsylvania
  • Slovaks -- Pennsylvania -- Leechburg
  • Slovaks -- Societies and clubs

Corporate Names
  • National Slovak Society of the United States of America. Lodge 168 (Leechburg, Pa.).

Personal Names
  • Rovnianek-Rovinov, Peter V. (Peter Vitʹazoslav), 1867-1933

Genres/Forms
  • Clippings (Information artifacts)
  • Ledgers (Account books)

Category
  • Ethnic groups
  • Societies

Access and Use
Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Preferred Citation:

National Slovak Society Lodge 168, Leechburg, Pa. Records, 1894-1939, AIS.1979.27, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

Processing Information:

This collection was processed by Eden Orelove in January 2011.

Copyright:

The University of Pittsburgh holds the property rights to the material in this collection, but the copyright may still be held by the original creator/author. Researchers are therefore advised to follow the regulations set forth in the U.S. Copyright Code when publishing, quoting, or reproducing material from this collection without the consent of the creator/author or that go beyond what is allowed by fair use.


Collection Inventory

Box 1
Volume 1 Financial Ledger, 1894-1903
Volume 2 Financial Ledger, 1894-1905
Volume 3 Financial Ledger, 1894-1911
Volume 4 Financial Ledger, 1894-1939
Volume 5 Financial Ledger, 1903-1939
Folder 1 Newspaper Clipping, January 19, 1977