Item #4227 Charter, Constitution and By-Laws of the Ladies' Catholic Benevolent Association of the Sacred Heart of Mary of the Fifth District of the City of New Orleans, La. [wrapper title]. Louisiana, Ladies' Catholic Benevolent Association.

Charter, Constitution and By-Laws of the Ladies' Catholic Benevolent Association of the Sacred Heart of Mary of the Fifth District of the City of New Orleans, La. [wrapper title]

New Orleans: A.M. Escudier, Book and Job Printers, 1901. 19pp. Original printed front wrapper, rear wrapper not present. Front wrapper a bit chipped and creased, old adhesive repairs to closed tears, bottom corner reinforced with tissue, partially split along spine. Text block a bit toned, foxed, and creased. About good. Item #4227

A seemingly unrecorded turn-of-the-20th century New Orleans imprint recording the founding and governing documents of the Ladies' Catholic Benevolent Association of the Sacred Heart of Mary of the Fifth District of New Orleans. The work contains the group's charter, letters of support from various Louisiana officials, the constitution, and by-laws of the New Orleans chapter. The LCBA was organized in 1890 in Titusville, Pennsylvania as a mutual aid society to provide insurance to women, as most insurance companies of the time considered women uninsurable. The members of the association would pool their money together in order to cover various insurance needs as they arose from the membership. The group is actually still in operation today, now known as the Loyal Christian Benefit Association. Though social action by Catholic women is more prevalent today, it was uncommon in the 19th and early-20th century, but the present group was strong-willed and often clashed with the hierarchy, including some Bishops. No copies listed in OCLC.

Price: $350.00