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Overview of the Collection

Historical Background

Scope and Contents

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Detailed Description of the Collection

Dallas German Ladies Aid Society Collection



Overview of the Collection

Accession No.: MA74-1
Repository: Texas/Dallas History & Archives, Dallas Public Library
1515 Young St
Dallas, TX 75201
Creator: Dallas German Ladies Aid Society (Dallas Deutschen Frauenunterstützungs-Verein)
Title: Dallas German Ladies Aid Society
Dates: 1889-1974
Quantity: 1.2 linear feet
Language: The records are in English and German.

Historical Background

The German Ladies Aid Society (Dallas Deutschen Frauenunterstützungs-Verein) was organized in January 1886 in St. Paul's Church in Dallas. The purpose of the Society was to care for aged and indigent German and Swiss residents in the Dallas area. They also maintained a collection of books in German. An early goal was to build a home for aged Germans, but the group deferred that plan because of constant applications for help to sick or unemployed families. The Society met at the Turner Hall in Dallas until 1918. After that time, the Society began to meet in private homes.

Through investments in real estate and tocks and bonds, the society was able to provide food and housing for many in need, regardless of nationality. The society often purchased homes and rented them at a low cost to indigents and widows. By the 1950's government and large charitable organizations were in existence and the German Ladies Aid Society became less active. However, the society still made yearly donations to groups such as the Community Chest, the Red Cross, and programs for East German refugees. The Society disbanded in 1974.

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Scope and Contents

The collection consists of the Society's original charter and amendment, as well as treasurer's books dated 1922 until 1960 and minute books dated 1907 through 1974. The minutes are written in German until June 1918. The rules of the Society are in Box 1, entitled Statuten de Dallas Deutschen Frauenunterstützungs-Verein. The treasurer's books list recipients and what type of aid was received. Also included are the Society's seal embosser and some German books maintained by the group.

There are also deeds and legal documents evidencing the Society's real estate transactions, and some correspondence concerning the group's activities.

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Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Organizations:

Dallas German Ladies Aid Society

Places:

Dallas (Tex.)

Subjects:

Women--Texas--Dallas--Societies and clubs

Titles:

Dallas German Ladies Aid Society Collection

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

MA74-1 Dallas German Ladies Aid Society Collection, Texas/Dallas History & Archives Division, Dallas Public Library

Acquisition Information

This collection was donated by the Dallas German Ladies' Aid Society upon their dispersal in 1974. Mrs. Paul Armbruster coordinated the donation.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

1 1 Correspondence, 1890-1967
2 Farewell letter from the Ladies Aid Society, June 1974
3 Deeds and Legal Documents
Book - Palmblatter by Karl Geron, 1880
Book - Cheiftlidies - Vergissmeinnicht, 1886
Book - Autograph Album
Book - Statuten de Dallas Deutschen Frauenunterstützungs-Verein 1888 (2 copies)
Book -Constitution of the Ladies' Charity Home and Day Nursery 1886
2 Original Charter, 1889 and Amendment, 1939
Minute Book - Volume I 1907-1925
Minute Book - Volume II 1925-1939
Minute Book - Volume III 1940-1949
Minute Book - Volume IV 1949-1968
Minute Book - Volume V 1968-1974
3 Treasurer's Book - Volume I 1922-1928
Treasurer's Book - Volume II 1929-1937
Treasurer's Book - Volume III 1937-1944
Treasurer's Book - Volume IV 1945-1951
Treasurer's Book - Volume V 1951-1960
4 Seal Embosser