Guide to the Serb National Federation Lodge 67, Beaver Falls, Pa. Records, 1929-1968 AIS.1979.18

ULS Archives & Special Collections

Summary Information

Repository
ULS Archives & Special Collections
Title
Serb National Federation Lodge 67, Beaver Falls, Pa. Records
Creator
Serb National Federation. Lodge 67 (Beaver Falls, Pa.).
Collection Number
AIS.1979.18
Date
1929-1968
Extent
1.0 microfilm reel (170 frames)
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.

Preferred Citation

Serb National Federation Lodge 67, Beaver Falls, Pa. Records, 1929-1968, AIS.1979.18, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System

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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.

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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.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ULS Archives & Special Collections, July 2003

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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 1979.

Processing Information

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

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

Existence and Location of Originals

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

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

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

Genre(s)

  • Charters

Subject(s)

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

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Previous Citation

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

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

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Collection Inventory

  Microfilm-cabinetDrawerReel
Charter, September 21, 1929 881

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  Reel
Minute book, 1936-1968 1

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  Reel
Dues book, 1936-1957 1

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  Reel
Embossing stamp; Serb National Federation, Lodge 67 1

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