Inventory of the Friendly Union Society Records, 1889 - 1981, undated

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Descriptive Summary

Abstract: The Friendly Union Society was formed in Charleston in 1813. It consisted of a membership of no more than fifty men and no less than five. It was formed for the relief of orphans and widows in the community; and to provide for the general welfare of the community as a whole. It also served as a burial society; providing a place for interment, as well as tending and upkeep of the cemetery. This society remained in Charleston in varying degrees of activity through 1981.
The collection consists of organizational and administrative records of the Friendly Union Society including the Society's constitution and by-laws, meeting minutes, treasurer reports and plot maps. Also present within the collection are financial records/materials such as an arrears book and a ledger documenting lot holder accounts.
Title: Friendly Union Society Records, 1889 - 1981, undated
Creator: Friendly Union Society.
Repository: Avery Research Center at the College of Charleston
Call Number: AMN 1122
Language of Material: Material inEnglish
Extent: 0.6 linear feet
(2 archival box)

Historical Note

The Friendly Union Society was formed in Charleston in 1813. It consisted of a membership of no more than fifty men and no less than five. It was formed for the relief of orphans and widows in the community; and to provide for the general welfare of the community as a whole. It also served as a burial society; providing a place for interment, as well as tending and upkeep of the cemetery. This society remained in Charleston in varying degrees of activity through 1981.


Collection Overview

The collection consists of organizational and administrative records of the Friendly Union Society including the Society's constitution and by-laws, meeting minutes, treasurer reports and plot maps. Also present within the collection are financial records/materials such as an arrears book and a ledger documenting lot holder accounts.

Collection Arrangement

1. Organizational and Financial Records, 1889-1981

2. Administrative Records, 1901-1941, undated



Subject Headings

  • African American cemeteries--South Carolina.
  • African American fraternal organizations.
  • African Americans--South Carolina--Charleston--Societies, etc.
  • Fraternal organizations--South Carolina--Charleston.
  • Burial records--South Carolina--Charleston.
  • Burial insurance--United States.


Detailed Description of the Collection

1. Organizational and Financial Records, 1889-1981.

This series contains the organizational and financial records of the Friendly Union Society including the Society's constitution and by-laws, meeting minutes and treasurer reports.
Box 1   Folder 1
Constitution and Bylaws1889-1925, undated
Box 1   Folder 2
Minutes from Annual Meeting, Notes, and Treasurer Reports1916-1981

2. Administrative Records, 1901-1941, undated.

Present within this series are financial records/materials, including an original arrears book and ledger documenting lot holder accounts-- as well as copies of these items.
Box 2   Folder 3
Friendly Union Society Arrears Book (Original)1912
Box 2   Folder 4
Accounts with Lot Holders in The Friendly Union Society (Original)1901-1941
Box 2   Folder 5
Accounts with Lot Holders in The Friendly Union Society (Photocopy)1901-1941
Box 2   Folder 6
Friendly Union Society Arrears Book (Photocopy)1912
Box 2   Folder 7
Cemetery Plot Maps and Diagramsundated


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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Friendly Union Society Records, Avery Research Center, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC, USA.

Processing Information

Processed by Ardra Whitney, 02,2013

Encoded by Ardra Whitney, 02,2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

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