Portuguese Society records, 1902-1982 MVC035

Finding aid created by library staff and updated by Krystell Jimenez, 2021.
This finding aid was made possible in part through funding from the County of Ventura and the Heritage Fund at the Ventura County Community Foundation.
Museum of Ventura County
100 East Main Street
Ventura, CA 93001

Contributing Institution: Museum of Ventura County
Title: Portuguese Society records
Creator: Portuguese Society (S.P.R.S.I.)
Identifier/Call Number: MVC035
Identifier/Call Number: 147
Physical Description: 1.2 Cubic Feet (2 boxes, 3 ledgers)
Date (inclusive): 1902-1982
Abstract: This collection pertains to Ventura Counsel No. 99 of the Sociedade Portuguesa Rainha Santa Isabel (S.P.R.S.I.). The society was a non-profit charitable and social sorority whose members are of Portuguese lineage and was active in Ventura County. The collection consists of the society's papers and several ledgers.
Physical Location: Stored at the MVC Research Library and off-site storage. All requests to access special collections can be made in advance by emailing the Research Library reference desk. Advance notice required for timely retrieval of off-site materials. Please contact the Research Library reference desk prior to your visit.
Language of Material: English , Portuguese .

Conditions Governing Access

PORTIONS OF COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE: Open for research. All requests to access materials must be made in advance by contacting the Research Library staff.

Conditions Governing Use

Property rights to the physical object belong to the Museum of Ventura County. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where the museum does not hold the copyright.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Portuguese Society records, (Collection MVC035), Museum of Ventura County, Research Library, Ventura, California.

Provenance/Source of Acquisition

Evelyn Silva Miller; gift; 1994.

Processing Information

Processed by library staff. Ledgers processed by Krystell Jimenez, 2021.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of a ceremonial crown and robe, as well as the society's papers. The papers include a club constitution, meeting minutes, financial records, correspondence, membership rolls, and other papers related to the organization. The society's ceremonial crown and robe are maintained by the collections department of the Museum.


This collection was donated by the Ventura Counsel No. 99 of the Sociedade Portuguesa Rainha Santa Isabel (S.P.R.S.I.). The society was a non-profit charitable and social sorority whose members are of Portuguese lineage, and was active in Ventura County, particularly in Oxnard, Moorpark, Somis, and Saticoy.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Women -- Societies and clubs
Societies -- Ventura County (Calif.)
Portuguese Society (S.P.R.S.I.) -- Records and correspondence

Box 2, Folder 3

Additional records and correspondence 325615 1970-1971

Box 1, Folder 1

Boletim da S.P.R.S.I. 325624 1982 July

Box 1, Folder 1

Clipping from Boletim of S.P.R.S.I. 325623 1981 December

Box 1, Folder 3

Constitution of the S.P.R.S.I. 325621 undated

Box 3, Folder 1

Donors to club posters circa 1929

Ledger 1

Ledger: Cash book for Conselho Oliveira No. 53 (J.D.E.P.) 1902 July 1 - 1925 July 31

Scope and Contents

Written on inside of front cover: Organisada em Ventura a 1 de Julho 1902.
Box 1, Folder 5

Ledger: Membership records 325618 1966 June - 1969 May

Ledger 2

Ledger: Saticoy branch 1902 July 1 - 1928 May 24

Ledger 3

Ledger: Somis branch 1913 June 18 - 1916 August

Box 1, Folder 1

Newspaper: Boletim da S.P.R.S.I. monthly editions 325625 1970 October - 1971 February

Box 1, Folder 2

Papers and correspondence: Portuguese Crown Club 325622 undated

Box 1

Record book: Meeting minutes and lists of officers 325627 1960 December 18 - 1967 October 22

Language of Material: Portuguese.
Box 1

Record book: Meeting minutes and lists of officers 325626 1968 December 29 - 1977 February 12

Box 2, Folder 2

Records and correspondence 325616 1970-1971

Box 2, Folder 1

Records and correspondence 325617 1971 February - 1972 March

Box 1, Folder 4

Records and correspondence 325619 1974-1975

Box 1, Folder 3

Records and correspondence 325620 1975-1976

Box 3, Folder 1

Transfer letter circa 1910s