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Guide to the Creole Social Club records MSS.0374

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Publication:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35487-0266
205.348.0500
archives@ua.edu

February 2008

Creation:

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Language Usage:

English

Description Rules:

Describing Archives: A Content Standard

February 2013
Collection Title:

Creole Social Club records

Unit ID:

MSS.0374

Repository:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Quantity:

0.05 Linear feet (10 items)

Dates:

1878-1902

Abstract:

Insurance policies on the club house, an account book from a Mobile, Alabama, apothecary with the club, and tickets for social events sponsored by this African-American social club.

creator

Creole Social Club. (Mobile, Ala.)

Scope and Contents note

This collection contains insurance policies on the club house, an account book from a Mobile apothecary with the club, and tickets for social events.

Preferred Citation:

Creole Social Club records, W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama.

Acquisition Information:

Purchased from J. Pat Cather, 1998

Biographical/Historical note

The "Creole Social Club" in Mobile, Alabama, was founded in October 1857. It was a social club for "Creoles of Color". The majority of the founders were also members of the "Creole #1" Fire Station, which was originally founded, in 1819, by "Free Men of Color". The Creole Social Club and its auxiliary for women, like the Creole Fire Company, "held regular meetings. Their main purpose was to provide insurance for their members. Any member who got sick could appeal to the organization for living expenses, or burial expenses when necessary. Both organizations offered their members protection against a society that was closing in around them." ( Gulf Coast Historical Review, v.9, Fall 1993, no.1, pp/39-40)

Access Restrictions:

None

Usage Restrictions:

None

Processing Information:

Processed by

unknown, 2008; updated by Martha Bace, 2013

Source(s)

Account books (aat)

African Americans (localbroad)

African Americans--Southern States--Social conditions (lcsh)

Alabama (localbroad)

Insurance policies (aat)

Invitations (aat)

Mobile County (Ala.) (lcsh)

Organizations (localbroad)

Sports, Recreation and Leisure (localbroad)

|x Social life and customs (lcsh)

Creole Social Club of Mobile Box 3602