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Dorcas Society of Salem, Massachusetts, Records

Dorcas Society of Salem, Massachusetts, Records

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DORCAS SOCIETY OF SALEM, MASSACHUSETTS, RECORDS, 1811-1875





Collection Summary

Repository:The Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum 132 Essex Street Salem, MA 01970 Phone: 978-745-9500 Fax: 978-531-1516
Creator:Dorcas Society (Salem, Mass.)
Title:Dorcas Society of Salem, Massachusetts, Records
Dates:1811/1875
Quantity:0.75 linear feet (1 box)
Abstract:The records of the Dorcas Society, founded in Salem in 1811, reflect the Society's main goal "to provide clothing to the destitute."
Collection Number:MSS 113

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Scope and Content Note

The records of the Dorcas Society, founded in Salem in 1811, reflect the Society's main goal "to provide clothing to the destitute." The account book contains lists of contributions and purchases. The distribution books record recipients and the types of clothing or aid given to each one.


Historical Sketch

The Dorcas Society of Salem, Massachusetts was founded on October 17, 1811 by Abigail P. Lawrence, Judith King, and Sally Jenks. According to the record book, "The primary object is to provide clothing for the destitute." A secondary object of the society was to promote Dorcas Society members' reading of "such books as will be profitable and useful," in addition to Scripture, which were discussed at weekly meetings. The society consisted of two types of membership, active (of which there was a limit of thirty dues-paying women), and honorary (of which there was an indefinite number, who were not required to pay dues). Over the next six decades, the society collected monetary and garment donations which were then impartially distributed to women and children deemed necessitous by the society.


Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in Philcat. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

Charities--Massachusetts--Salem
Societies
Women--Societies and clubs
Salem (Mass.)

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research use.


Administrative Information

Copyright

Requests for permission to publish material from the collection must be submitted in writing to the Manuscript Librarian in the Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum.

Preferred Citation

Dorcas Society of Salem, Massachusetts, Records, MSS 113, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.

Provenance

The collection is from an unknown source. The constitution was purchased in 1980.

Processing Information

Collection updated by Catherine Robertson, April 2015.


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Salem Female Charitable Society Records, 1801-2001, MSS 359.


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