Guide to the Selected Polish Falcons and Polish National Alliance Organizations in Braddock, Pa. Records, 1899-1967 AIS.1979.13

ULS Archives & Special Collections

Summary Information

Repository
ULS Archives & Special Collections
Title
Selected Polish Falcons and Polish National Alliance Organizations in Braddock, Pa. Records
Creator
Polish Falcons of America. Nest 15 (Braddock, Pa.).
Creator
Polish Falcons of America. Nest 490 (Braddock, Pa.).
Creator
Polish Falcons of America. Nest 821 (Braddock, Pa.).
Collection Number
AIS.1979.13
Date
1956-1959
Extent
17.5 linear feet (14 boxes)
Abstract
This collection consists of the records of Polish Falcons Nests and Polish National Alliance Groups in Braddock, PA, 1899-1967. The collection is organized into four series including records of Polish Falcons, Nest 15, 1907-1967; Polish National Alliance, Group 490 and Polish Falcons, Nest 490, 1899-1961; and Polish Falcons Nest 821, 1907-1917.

Preferred Citation

Selected Polish Falcons and Polish National Alliance Groups in Braddock, Pa. Records, 1899-1967, AIS.1979.13, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System

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History

The Polish National Alliance (PNA or the Alliance) is a non-profit, ethnically-based fraternal insurance benefit society. The PNA was founded on February 15, 1880, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and based on the purchase of life insurance and benefits include a variety of sports, youth and culture programs, and a college scholarship program.

The Polish Falcons of America, a fraternal benefit society and physical fitness organization, is a direct outgrowth of a similar organization that was organized in Poland in 1867. The first Nest, or lodge, in the United States was established on June 12, 1887, in Chicago, Illinois. In 1928, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania granted the Polish Falcons of America a charter to sell life insurance. The organization is now domiciled in Green Tree Borough, a suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Polish Falcons of America currently holds licenses to sell insurance in the states of Pennsylvania, New York, Illinois, Connecticut, Indiana, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Michigan, and Wisconsin.

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Scope and Content Notes

This collection consists of records of Polish Falcons Nests and Polish National Alliance Groups in Braddock, PA, 1899-1967. The collection is organized into four series. Series I. consists of records of Polish Falcons, Nest 15, 1907-1967. The records consist of financial records, dues books, visitor registration books, and other record books. Series II. consists of records of Polish National Alliance, Group 490 and Polish Falcons, Nest 490, 1899-1961. The records constist of receipt books, 1901-1929; dues books, 1899-1924; record books, 1899-1959; financial records, 1956-1959; combined dues books, 1912-1936; and combined library records, 1907-1961.

Series III. consists of the combined receipt books of Polish Falcons Nests 15 and 490, 1917-1948. Series IV. consists of dues books of Polish Falcons Nest 821, 1907-1917. The records and reports include member name, type of plan, premium, and amounts given and received. The records are arranged by year.

Note: Most records are in Polish

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ULS Archives & Special Collections, June 2004

University of Pittsburgh Library System
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Contact Us: www.library.pitt.edu/ask-archivist

Revision Description

 Descritpion of oversize material added to the finding aid. December 2010

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

Gift of Polish National Alliance Group 490, Braddock, Pa., June 6, 1979.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by ASC Staff in 1979.

Revision and rearrangement for the encoded version of the finding aid provided by Dan Horvath on June 8, 2004. 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: 1465673

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Polish Falcons of America. Nest 15 (Braddock, Pa.).
  • Polish Falcons of America. Nest 490 (Braddock, Pa.).
  • Polish Falcons of America. Nest 821 (Braddock, Pa.).
  • Polish National Alliance of the United States of North America. Group 490 (Braddock, Pa.).

Subject(s)

  • Ethnic groups
  • Fraternal organizations -- Pennsylvania -- Braddock
  • Polish Americans -- Pennsylvania -- Braddock -- Societies and clubs
  • Societies

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Previous Citation

Selected Polish Falcons and Polish National Alliance Groups in Braddock, Pa. Records, 1899-1967, AIS.1979.13, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

Polish National Alliance Group 490, Records, 1956-1959, AIS 73:13b, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh.

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Collection Inventory

Series  I. Polish Falcons, Nest 15, 1907-1967 

Scope and Content Notes

Series I consists of membership applications, rate books, dues books, financial records, and record books of Polish Falcons, Nest 15.

  BoxVolume
Membership Applications, 1914 11
  Volume
Rate Book for Juvenile Department, 1954 2
  Folder
Monthly Financial Report, 1959 3
  Folder
Tax Returns, 1919, 1921 4
  Volume
Dues Book, 1955-1967 5
  Volume
Sokol Polski, 1937-1948 6
  Volume
Record Book, 1907-1916 7
  Folder
Sheet Music, no date 8
  Oversize
Visitor Registers, 1949-1952 1-2
  Map-case

Section: Oversize Material 

7-4
 1. Picture of the Staff of the Consulate of Poland, 1933-1934 
 2. Picture of the Braddock Falcons baseball team, 1922-1923 
 3. Picture of the Braddock Falcons gym class, 1928 
 4. Picture of 50th anniversary of Polish Falcons, 1930 
 5. Picture of Polish Falcons Training Class 
 6. Picture, Training Class 
 7. Poster of Yozef Pilsudski 

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Series  II. Polish National Alliance, Group 490 and Polish Falcons, Nest 490, 1899-1961 

Scope and Content Notes

Series II consists of receipt books, dues books, combined library records, record books, a photo, prints, and posters of the Polish National Alliance, Group 490 and Polish Falcons, Nest 490.

  BoxVolume
Receipt Books, 1901-1919 21
  Volume
Receipt Books, 1906-1919 2
  Volume
Receipt Books, 1907-1921 3
  Volume
Receipt Books, 1919-1925 4
  BoxVolume
Receipt Books, 1920-1923 31
  Volume
Receipt Books, 1924-1925 2
  Volume
Receipt Books, 1926-1929 3
  Volume
Polish National Alliance, Group 821, Receipt Book, no date 4
  Volume
Polish National Alliance, Group 793, Dues Book, 1906-1913 5
  BoxVolume
Polish National Alliance, Group 490 and Polish Falcons, Nest 490, Dues Books, 1899 41
  Volume
Polish National Alliance, Group 490 and Polish Falcons, Nest 490, Dues Books, 1901-1903 2
  Volume
Polish National Alliance, Group 490 and Polish Falcons, Nest 490, Dues Books, 1904-1905 3
  Volume
Polish National Alliance, Group 490 and Polish Falcons, Nest 490, Dues Books, 1904-1909 4
  BoxVolume
Polish National Alliance, Group 490 and Polish Falcons, Nest 490, Dues Books, 1907-1911 51
  Volume
Polish National Alliance, Group 490 and Polish Falcons, Nest 490, Dues Books, 1910-1912 2
  Volume
Polish National Alliance, Group 490 and Polish Falcons, Nest 490, Dues Books, 1913-1917 3
  BoxVolume
Polish National Alliance, Group 490 and Polish Falcons, Nest 490, Dues Books, 1913-1917 61
  Volume
Polish National Alliance, Group 490 and Polish Falcons, Nest 490, Dues Books, 1914-1917 2
  Volume
Polish National Alliance, Group 490 and Polish Falcons, Nest 490, Dues Books, 1915-1916 3
  BoxVolume
Polish National Alliance, Group 490 and Polish Falcons, Nest 490, Dues Books, 1918-1919 71-2
  Volume
Polish National Alliance, Group 490 and Polish Falcons, Nest 490, Dues Books, 1920-1921 3
  BoxVolume
Polish National Alliance, Group 490 and Polish Falcons, Nest 490, Dues Books, 1920-1924 81
  Volume
Combined Dues Book, 1912-1915 2
  Volume
Combined Dues Book, 1934-1936 3
  Volume
Combined Dues Book, no date 4
  Volume
Combined Library Records, 1907-1961 5-6
  BoxVolume
Record Book, 1899-1907 91
  Volume
Record Book, 1905-1917 2
  Volume
Record Book, 1909-1918 3
  Volume
Record Book, 1917-1925 4
  BoxVolume
Record Book, 1921-1929 101
  Volume
Record Book, 1930-1939 2
  Volume
Record Book, 1940-1946 3
  Volume
Record Book, 1953-1959 4
  BoxFolder
Membership Applications, no date 111
  Folder
Monthly Financial Reports, 1956 2
  Folder
Monthly Financial Reports, 1957 3
  Folder
Monthly Financial Reports, 1958 4
  Folder
Monthly Financial Reports, 1959 5
  Folder
Miscellaneous Financial Records, no date 6
  Map-caseFolder

Section: Oversize Material 

8-1011
 1. Group Photo - Dom Sokoli Gwiazda #15, no date 
 2. Print of Painting - Heroic Death of Casimir Pulaski by S. Bartowski, 1933 
 3. Poster - Tryptyk Grunwaldzki, 1410-1910, no date 

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Series  III. Polish Falcons, Nest 15 and Nest 490, Combined Receipt Books, 1917-1948 

Scope and Content Notes

Series III includes combined receipt books for Polish Falcons Nests 25 and 490.

  BoxVolume
 1917-1919 121
  Volume
 1920-1925 2
  Volume
 1925-1930 3
  BoxVolume
 1931-1935 131
  Volume
 1936-1942 2
  Volume
 1943-1948 3

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Series  IV. Polish Falcons, Nest 821, Dues Books, 1907-1917 

Scope and Content Notes

Series IV includes Dues Books for Polish Falcons, Nest 821.

  BoxVolume
 1907-1909 141
  Volume
 1908-1909 2
  Volume
 1914-1915 3
  Volume
 1916-1917 4

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