Guide to the Knights of Equity Court #9 Records, 1938-1977 AIS.1977.36

ULS Archives & Special Collections

Summary Information

Repository
ULS Archives & Special Collections
Title
Knights of Equity Court #9 Records
Creator
Knights of Equity. Court #9 (Pittsburgh, Pa.).
Collection Number
AIS.1977.36
Date
1936-1977
Extent
3.0 microfilm reels
Abstract
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.

Preferred Citation

Knights of Equity Court #9 Records, AIS.1977.36, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System

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History

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.

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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.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ULS Archives & Special Collections, 1977

University of Pittsburgh Library System
Archives & Special Collections
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Revision Description

 Converted from EAD Version 1.0 to EAD Version 2002 July 1, 2006

Access Restrictions

No restrictions.

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.

Acquisition Information

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

Processing Information

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

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

Existence and Location of Orginals

Originals are retained by Knights of Equity Court #9.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

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

Geographic Name(s)

  • Pittsburgh (Pa.) -- Genealogy

Subject(s)

  • Discrimination against Irish Americans -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • Ethnic groups
  • Human rights -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • Irish Americans -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • Social action
  • Social justice
  • Societies

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Previous Citation

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

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

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Collection Inventory

  Microfilm-cabinetDrawerReel
Constitution and by-laws, revisions, 1948, 1969, 1977 231

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  Reel
Supreme Council record book, Volume 1, 1896 1

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  Reel
Supreme Council record book, Volume 2, 1960-1970 1

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  Reel
Bicentennial Committee, Minutes, 1975-1976 2

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  Reel
Programs, 1943-1977 2

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

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  Reel
St. Patrick's Day Parade, 1974 2

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

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  Reel
National Convention, Minutes, Volume 1, 1964-1969 2

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  Reel
National Convention, Minutes, Volume 2, 1970-1976 2

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  Reel
National Convention, Programs, 1938, 1948, 1960-1975 3

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  Reel
National Convention, Mayor Barr's Speech, 1968 3

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  Reel
Mini-Conventions, 1973-1977 3

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  Reel
Scrapbook, 1941-1969 3

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  Reel
Articles of Incorporation, Irish Club of Pittsburgh, 1949 3

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  Reel
Irish Press Corporation, 1936-1938 3

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  Reel
Photographs 3

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  Reel
Miscellaneous Publications, 1947-1972 3

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

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