Guide to the Slovak Gymnastic Union Sokol Lodge 255 and Ladies Sokol 124, Leechburg, Pa. Records, 1894-1972 AIS.1979.26

ULS Archives & Special Collections

Summary Information

Repository
ULS Archives & Special Collections
Title
Slovak Gymnastic Union Sokol Lodge 255 and Ladies Sokol 124, Leechburg, Pa. Records
Creator
Sokol U.S.A. Ladies Sokol 124 (Leechburg, Pa.).
Creator
Sokol U.S.A. Lodge 255 (Leechburg, Pa.).
Collection Number
AIS.1979.26
Date
1894-1972
Extent
3.13 linear feet
Abstract
Lodge 255 of the Slovak Gymnastic Union Sokol was founded in 1916 in Leechburg, Pa. In 1925, Lodge 255 founded the Ladies Sokol 124. The Slovak Gymnastic Union Sokols promote physical culture among its members and improve the moral, mental and social conditions of its members, or their families in case of sickness or death. The collection spans the years 1894-1972 and includes records of Lodge 255, Ladies Sokol 124, and the National Organization. The records consist of Constitution and By-Laws, minutes, financial records, anniversary publications, and photographs.

Preferred Citation

Slovak Gymnastic Union Sokol Lodge 255 and Ladies Sokol 124, Leechburg, Pa. Records, 1894-1972, AIS.1979.26, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System

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History

The Slovak Gymnastic Union Sokol was founded by Dr. Miroslav Tyrs (1832-1884) in Prague, Czechoslovakia, 1862. The first American Sokol was organized in St. Louis, Mo. in 1865. Sokol theories and practices have since been adopted by Americans of other Slavic origin including Poles, Croats, Serbs, Slovenes, Ukrainians and Russians. The American Sokol Federation is formed by the Polish and Czech Sokols in Chicago, Ill.; Russian Sokols in Homestead, Pa.; and the Slovak Sokols in Perth Amboy, NJ.

The objectives of the Sokols are to "promote physical culture among its members and to improve the moral, mental and social conditions of its members, or their families in case of sickness or death." They attempt to fulfill these objectives by holding classes and exhibitions in gymnastics and calisthenics and by offering insurance coverage to members.

Lodge 255 of the Slovak Gymnastic Union Sokol was founded in 1916 in Leechburg, Pa, located in Armstrong County. The lodge first met at the Marconi Club (Italian) on River Street. The organization is now housed in the "Slovak Sokol Hall," a two story brick building erected in 1925 on Siberian Street. Several club rooms destroyed by fire in 1960 have since been restored. In 1925, Lodge 255 founded the Ladies Sokol 124. As of 1975, the Leechburg Sokol consisted of 312 beneficial members and 288 social members.

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Scope and Content Notes

Records span the years 1894-1972 but are not inclusive. Much of the material is of a national origin including constitution and by-laws, 1942-1966; minutes of national conventions, 1962, 1966, and 1970; anniversary publications, 1962, 1966; and a directory and handbook for Sokol lodge officers, 1955. The collection also contains records for the local chapters, Lodge 255 and Ladies Sokol 124, which are considered Series I and II, respectively. The national materials are interspersed within Series I.

Records specific to Lodge 255 include minute books, 1922-1957; a memoir, 1894-1919; and financial records, 1927-1957. The records of Ladies Sokol 124 are considered Series II and include historical information, 1925; minutes, 1937-1971; and financial records, 1926-1972. Many of the records were kept in Slovak and are indicated as such in the container list.

Photographs from 1943 through 1967 are Series III of the collection. This series contains pictures of the Sokol Club; officers and members; and 26 pictures taken at the 60th anniversary celebration in 1976. The photographs are filed in the ais Pic File under the collection number.

The entire collection besides the photographs has been microfilmed. Series IV pertains to the microfilm format and includes a reel inventory to the microfilmed collection.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ULS Archives & Special Collections, June 1980

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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

Gift of Slovak Gymnastic Union Sokol Lodge 255, Leechburg, Pa., July 1979.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Katie Kirwan in June 1980.

Revision and rearrangement for the encoded version of the finding aid provided by Jamie Shriver on November 24, 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: 1381809

Existence and Location of Copies

This collection has been microfilmed in its entirety and is also available on three reels of microfilm located at the Archives Service Center. A reel inventory is included as Series IV of the collection.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Sokol U.S.A. Ladies Sokol 124 (Leechburg, Pa.).
  • Sokol U.S.A. Lodge 255 (Leechburg, Pa.).
  • Sokol U.S.A.

Genre(s)

  • Bylaws (Administrative records)
  • Constitutions
  • Directories
  • Manuals (Instructional materials)

Subject(s)

  • Ethnic groups
  • Fraternal organizations -- Pennsylvania -- Leechburg
  • Slovak Americans -- Pennsylvania -- Leechburg -- Societies and clubs
  • Slovaks -- Pennsylvania
  • Slovaks -- Pennsylvania -- Leechburg
  • Societies
  • Women
  • Women -- Pennsylvania -- Leechburg

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Previous Citation

Slovak Gymnastic Union Sokol Lodge 255 and Ladies Sokol 124, Leechburg, Pa. Records, 1894-1972, AIS.1979.26, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

Slovak Gymnastic Union Sokol, Leechburg, Armstrong County, Pa., Records, 1894-1972, AIS 79:26A and AIS Micro 79:26B, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

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Collection Inventory

Series  I. Lodge 255, 1894-1970 

  BoxFolder
Constitution and By-Laws, Volume 1 (Slovak), 1942 11
Constitution and By-Laws, Volume 2, 1946 
Constitution and By-Laws, Volume 3 (Slovak), 1946 
Constitution and By-Laws, Volume 4 (Slovak), 1947 
Constitution and By-Laws, Volume 5, 1950 
Constitution and By-Laws, Volume 6 (Slovak), 1950 
Constitution and By-Laws, Volume 7, 1954 
Constitution and By-Laws, Volume 8, 1966 
  Folder
Official Guide and Instructions for Sokol Lodge Officers, 1955 2
  Volume
Minute Books, (Slovak) October 8, 1922 - December 10, 1939 1
  Volume
Minute Books, (Slovak and English), December 10, 1939 - July 14, 1957 2
  Folder
Minute Books, Volume 1, Loose Items (history of society, newsclippings, announcements) 3
  Folder
Memoir, 1894-1919 by Ignac Curic [var. sp. Ignatz Churik](Slovak) 4
  BoxFolder
Minutes, National Convention, 3 volumes, 1962, 1966, 1970 25
  Folder
Directory of the Slovak Gymnastic Union Sokol, 1955 6
  Volume
Dues Books, 1916-1917 1
  Volume
Dues Books, 1918-1919 2
  Volume
Dues Books, 1920-1923 3
  Volume
Dues Books, 1929-1934 4
  BoxVolume
Dues Books, 1934-1944 35
  Volume
Ledgers, 1927-1937 1
  VolumeFolder
Ledgers, 1928-1936 27
  Volume
Ledgers, 1935-1945 3
  Volume
Ledgers, 1935-1940 4
  BoxVolume
Ledgers, 1938-1942 45
  Volume
Ledgers, 1941-1957 6
  Volume
Ledgers, 1950-1952 7
  Folder
Sokol Centennial Festival, Pittsburgh, June 24, 1962 8
  Folder
Sokol USA Jubilee Slet, New York, July 3, 1966 9
Publications, Anniversary Booklet, 

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Series  II. Ladies Sokol 124, 1925-1972 

  Folder
Historical Information, 1925 10
  Volume
Minutes, January 24, 1937 - November 20, 1955 1
  BoxVolume
Minutes, December 18, 1955 - November 1, 1967 52
  Folder
Minutes, February 11, 1968 - December 19, 1971 11
Dues Book, 1926-1943 

Filed separately with Oversize Materials on Shelf E 1/11/2.

  Volume
Ledger Book, 1936-1972 1
  Folder
Miscellany (placemats and coasters) 12

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Series  III. Photographs, 1943-1967 

Scope and Content Notes

Filed separately in Media Room in the AIS Pic File according to collection number.

  File-cabinet
Photographs, 1943-1967    37.0 items 11-3

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Series  IV. Reel Inventory of Collection on Microfilm, 1894-1972    (3 Reels)

Scope and Content Notes

Filed separately in Reading Room according to collection number.

  Microfilm-cabinetDrawerReel
Constitution and by-laws, 1942-1966; Official Guide and Instructions for Sokol Lodge Officers, 1955; Minute books, 1922-1957; Memoir, Ignac Curic, 1894-1919; Minutes, National Convention, 1962. 291
  Reel
Minutes, National Convention, 1966, 1970; Directory of the Slovak Gymnastic Union Sokols, 1955; Dues Books, 1916-1944; Ledgers (vol. 1-6). 2
  Reel
Ledger (vol. 7), Anniversary Booklets; Ladies Sokol 124 (Series II), 1925-1972. 3

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