TABLE OF CONTENTS


Overview of the Collection

Historical Note

Scope and Content

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Container List

Records 1896-1914

RG 130, Order of the Founders and Patriots of America, Connecticut Society

Inventory of Records

Finding aid prepared by Connecticut State Library staff.

Copyright © 2008 by the Connecticut State Library



Overview of the Collection

Repository: Connecticut State Library
Creator: Order of the Founders and Patriots of America. Connecticut Society
Title: Order of the Founders and Patriots of America, Connecticut Society records
Creation Dates: 1896-1914
Quantity: 9 cubic feet
Abstract: The Order of the Founders and Patriots of America was incorporated in New York on March 18, 1896. The terms of eligibility require that every member must be descended in the male line of father or mother, from an ancestor who settled in one of the original thirteen colonies within fifty years from the settlement of Jamestown, VA, May 13, 1607.
Identification: RG130
Accession: 1915-022
Language: The records are in English.

Historical Note

The Order of the Founders and Patriots of America was incorporated in New York on March 18, 1896. The motive leading to its formation was the desire to meet certain requirements not met by existing organizations where membership did not indicate that the immediate ancestors during the War for Independence be loyal to the American cause. Its insignia is a badge of double honor - "honor of descent from those brave and hardy pioneers who subdued the primeval wilderness and first planted within the limits of the original colonies the civilization which now leads the world, and honor of descent from those who, in patriotism and devotion and love of liberty, founded the first republic in the western hemisphere...."1

The terms of eligibility require that every member must be descended in the male line of father or mother, from an ancestor who settled in one of the original thirteen colonies within fifty years from the settlement of Jamestown, VA, May 13, 1607. An additional requirement stipulated that the member be descended through the same line from a patriot in the Revolutionary War, but not of necessity through those who rendered military service.

The Connecticut members set up their own Society on May 9, 1896, and the organization has continued to meet regularly, publish various items and engage in other activities.

Endnotes
1The Order of the Founders and Patriots of America. Register: 1926. p. 9.

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Scope and Content

The records include correspondence, minutes of meetings, publications, a scrapbook, and treasurer’s records.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

See the Rules and Procedures for Researchers Using Archival Records and Secured Collections policy.

Restrictions on Use

See the Reproduction and Publications of State Library Collections policy.

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Related Material

Order of the Founders and Patriots of America. Connecticut Society
Design and description of the seal of the Connecticut Society of the Order of the Founders and Patriots of America, 1607-1776, 1 document, manuscript;
Address entitled "The Founders of Connecticut and their descendants in the Wars of the Country" with notation that the paper was probably written by Professor Charles H. Smith of Yale about 1907, 11 pages, typescript.
[CSL call number StLib Archives 369.125Conn C76].

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Index Terms

Organizations:

Order of the Founders and Patriots of America. Connecticut Society

Subjects:

Connecticut -- Societies, etc
Order of the Founders and Patriots of America. Connecticut Society -- Records and correspondence

Document Types:

Correspondence
Financial records
Minutes
Publications
Scrapbooks

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Administrative Information

Provenance

The records were received from the Society in 1915, 1918, 1922, and 1942, and by purchase from Mrs. Edwards in 1941.

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Container List

Records, 1896-1914
Box
Minutes, 1896-1914, 1 volume 1
"Miscellaneous records", 1897-1904, 1 envelope
Secretary's book (with drafts of minutes, lists of members, etc.), Treasurer's reports, bills, receipts, etc.
Publications, 1897-1912
Bound sets of the published papers.
Connecticut Society, no. 1-11, 1900-1911, 1 volume 1
New York Society, no. 1-15, 1897-1906, 1 volume 2
New York Society, no. 16-32, 1906-1912, 1 volume
Historian's scrapbook, 1896-1914 3
Scrapbook, with clippings on Society activities and members, correspondence and other materials.
Letterbox file, 1904-1906, 1 volume Item 4
Correspondence of Walter Collyer Faxon, Governor of the Connectictut Society, relating to Society activities.
Photographs, 4 large albums + 2 envelopes Unnumbered items
Contains photographs of many of the first 200 members of the Connecticut Society and lease photographs in envelope and holder.