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Guide to the Catholic Ladies Relief Society Chapter #1 MS0012
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  • Preferred Citation
  • Processing Information
  • Biographical / Historical
  • Scope and Contents
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  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: Center for Sacramento History
    Title: Catholic Ladies Relief Society Chapter #1
    Creator: Catholic Ladies Relief Society. Chapter #1. Sacramento
    Identifier/Call Number: MS0012
    Physical Description: 16.4 linear feet 15 boxes: 11 record cartons, 1 flat oversize box (16"W), 1 shoe box, 1 small flat box (8.75 W"), 1 small flat box (11" W) .
    Date (inclusive): 1888-2015
    Date (bulk): 1960-2010
    Abstract: The Catholic Ladies Relief Society (CLRS) Chapter #1 was incorporated on April 24, 1888, two years after Reverend Patrick Monogue was appointed the first Bishop of the Diocese of Sacramento by Pope Leo XIII. CLRS was formed to provide assistance to the poor, orphans, and other needy people within the Diocese of Sacramento. The collection documents CLRS #1 (Sacramento) from its inception in 1888 to 2015, with most materials dating from circa 1960 to 2010. The organization is still currently active. The collection consists primarily of administrative records such as financial reports, meeting minutes, correspondence, membership records, annual convention programs and materials along with position papers, newsletters and newspaper clippings, photographs, negatives, photograph albums, and scrapbooks that document the history of this organization.

    Preferred Citation

    Preferred Citation [Identification of item], MS0012, Catholic Ladies Relief Society Chapter #1, Center for Sacramento History.

    Processing Information

    The collection is made up of two acquisitions (2015/014 and 2017/007) that were processed together into MS0012. Processing and finding aid were done by Lynn Aiello, 2019.
    There were many duplicate items in this collection. Two clean originals and any annotated copies of correspondence, memos, event ephemera, forms, manuals and other were retained; duplicates of those were recycled. Some newpaper articles were photocopied on archival paper and the originals were discarded. Other original newpaper articles were retained. Scrapbooks and photograph albums were color photocopied and those with adhesive pages were dismantled; photographs were sleeved and the ephemera that could be removed intact were put into folders. Binders, nonarchival folders, and containers were recycled or disposed of. Any items such as membership rosters that contain personal information were shredded. Receipts were discarded and cancelled checks were shredded.

    Biographical / Historical

    The Catholic Ladies Relief Society Chapter #1 (CLRS #1) was incorporated on April 24, 1888, two years after Reverend Patrick Monogue was appointed the first Bishop of the Diocese of Sacramento by Pope Leo XIII. Prior to forming its own diocese, Sacramento was part of the San Francisco diocese, where a group of women were actively engaged in charitable works through the San Francisco church. Nine of these women applied for incorporation to start the Catholic Ladies Relief Society in order to provide assistance to the poor, orphans, and other needy people within the Diocese of Sacramento regardless of their ethnicity or church affiliation. CLRS #1 has been involved in a number of charitable activities since the group's inception, including the establishment of the Catholic Welfare Bureau, now known as Catholic Social Services; giving Christmas baskets of food each year, which began in 1900 and is still carried on today; the formation of the Sacramento Women's Council (1904-2004), which helped make the city a beautiful and safe community with lighted streets, trees, and other civic works; opening and operating the Day Nursery Home (1918), a day care for the children of cannery workers, the first of its kind; helping with the "Americanization" program sponsored by the Sisters of Mary to assist immigrant children and their families; assisting with the Stanford Lathrop Home; and sewing clothing for the children who lived at St. Patrick's Home after it opened in 1932. CLRS volunteers have also provided financial donations to the Sacramento Food Bank, Loaves and Fishes, Maryhouse, Mustard Seed School, and Bishop Gallegos Maternity Home, as well as material supplies such as sewing layettes and Christmas baskets. Previously funded by dues and donations, CLRS became part of the Community Chest from 1923-1970, now known as the United Way, which provided financial support. Although no longer receiving this support, the work of CLRS continues through membership dues, fundraisers, and donations.

    Scope and Contents

    This collection documents CLRS #1 from its inception in 1888 to 2015, with most of the materials dating from circa 1960 to 2010. As of 2019, the organization is still currently active. The collection consists primarily of administrative records like financial reports, membership records, annual convention programs and materials along with position papers, newsletters and newspaper clippings, photographs (and some negatives), photograph albums, and scrapbooks that document the history of this organization. Materials were collected by various members through the years. Papers in binders and files belonging to specific individuals are organized in folders bearing that individual's name, i.e. Jean Paolini Papers papers. All folders are in alphabetical order by subject or event, and then arranged chronologically. The majority of photographs can be found in Series 2, Events, though photos can be found throughout the three series. There is a note in "general notes" for each folder that contains photographic media. Series 3, Membership, has rosters for CLRS#1, as well as for the branch or subordinate societies: Marysville, CLRS#2; Chico, CLRS#3; Colusa, CLRS#4; Grass Valley, CLRS#5; Auburn, CLRS#6; Citrus Heights, CLRS#11; and Oroville, CLRS#12.

    Arrangement

    This collection is arranged into 3 series:
    Series 1. Administrative records, 1888-2015
    Series 2. Events, 1924-2015
    Series 3. Membership, 1932-2015
    Series 1. Administrative records, 1888-2015. This series consists of administrative records such as the original Articles of Incorporation, correspondence, meeting minutes, and financial reports; bylaws booklets with editing through the years; historical documents and scrapbooks, publications such as CLRS newsletters and the CLRS Messenger, as well as The Ramblings of Father Dan, who is a popular Sacramento parish priest and founder of the Loaves and Fishes mission. In addition, papers in binders and files belonging to specific individuals were organized in folders bearing that individual's name, i.e. Jean Paolini papers.
    Series 2. Events 1924-2015. This series is made up of event-related materials, including an extensive collection of convention minutes and ephemera dating from 1932 to 2014, as well as photographs, albums, and ephemera such as invitations, tickets, bookmarks, and event pamphlets, among others.
    Series 3. Membership, 1932-2015. This series is composed primarily of lists and rosters with contact information for members, which has been organized by date. Rosters from active branch organizations are also included. In addition, there are two folders, one containing obituaries, tributes, newspaper clippings, and prayer cards and one that has religious items such as copies of prayers and sermons, along with a few photographs.

    Separated Materials

    Two artifacts have been separated from the archival material: a Bank of America stamp and a 50 years of service plaque honoring Veronica Fritzsche. This box is located at SP SV 36:E:07.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Church charities -- California -- Sacramento
    Women in charitable work -- California -- Sacramento
    Charitable institutions (Sacramento, Calif)
    Women in community service (Sacramento, Calif)
    Catholic charities
    Catholic Ladies Relief Society (Sacramento, Calif)
    Women's service organizations
    Community service -- California -- Sacramento
    Women volunteers -- California -- Sacramento