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Louisiana Societies (93 societies)

New Orleans


Association for the Relief of Jewish Widows and Orphans
Founded in New Orleans in 1854 to found and maintain an asylum for widows and orphans of the Jewish faith.
See: Records 1854-1938 (minute books, records of annual meetings, names of officers, etc) in Hebrew Union College, Jacob Rader Center of the American Jewish Archives, Cincinnati

Asylum for Homeless Boys

Benevolent Association of the Sons of Louisiana

Camp Street Orphan Asylum
Opened by the Sisters of Charity in 1840 to care for elementary age girls.

Catholic Asylum for the Relief of Male Orphans
Orphanage founded in 1845, receiving $3,000 in state funding in 1846

Catholic Orphans Asylum
In receipt of $7000 from the state in 1838, providing the institution accepts children from all denominations.

Celeste Society for the relief of destitute widows and orphans
Founded in New Orleans by men and incorporated in 1835
See: Act of Incorporation in Hoole Rare Books Collection, University of Alabama Library

Charity Hospital
State funded hospital founded in 1737
See: Annual Report of the Board of Administrators of the Charity Hospital (New Orleans: The Board, 1839) [Copy in Hoole
Rare Books Collection, University of Alabama Library]

Female Benevolent Society of Louisiana (Free blacks)

Firemen's Charitable and Benevolent Association
Mutual aid society incorporated in 1835.

Female Hebrew Benevolent Association
In existence in 1847

French Society of Beneficence and Mutual Assistance of New Orleans

General Society of Mechanics

German Friendship Association

German Protestant Orphan Asylum

German Brotherhood

German Society

Get Together Club

Howard Association
Founded in 1837.

Hebrew Benevolent Society
Founded in1844

Helping Hand Misson

Hibernian Benevolent and Mutual Aid Association

Hibernian Society
Mutual aid society incorporated in 1824.

Home for Homeless Men

House of Refuge
See: House of Refuge, Ladies Committee Reports (1857-1860),New Orleans Public Library; Memorial of the Board of Commissioners of the House of Refuge (New Orleans, 1857)

Howard Association
Incorporated in 1842 to aid the sick, especially during Yellow Fever epidemics

Immaculate Conception Asylum and House of Industry for Orphan Girls

Independent Screwmen's Benevolent Association

Italian Mutual Society

Jackson Benevolent Association of Louisiana

Jefferson Benevolent Association of New Orleans

Jewish Benevolent Society
Voluntary society

Jewish Children's Home
Founded in 1855 by the Hebrew Benevolent Association

Jewish Widows and Orphans Home

Ladies Benevolent Association of Louisiana

Ladies Benevolent Society
Voluntary society founded in 1847
See: Annual Report of the Managers of the Ladies' Benevolent Society (New Orleans, Sherman, Wharton & Co, 1855)

Ladies' Hebrew Association

Ladies of Providence Asylum for Widows and Children
Voluntary society founded in 1840, the asylum opened in 1851 to care for widows and children, as well as the sick.
See: Charter (1840) Soceite de la Femmes de la Providence (Women of Providence), New Orleans Catholic Archdiocesan Archives (Ursuline Street, New Orleans).

Ladies Protestant Charitable Society
Voluntary Society

Lafayette Asylum for Destitute Boys
Society for the Relief of Destitute Orphan Boys, receiving state funding of $3,000 annual in 1846.

Lusitanian-Portuguese Benevolent Association
Formed as an offshoot of the Portuguese Benevolent Association in 1848, merged again with that society in 1851 but retained the new name.

Lyceum and Library Society
Founded in 1844

Manual Industrial School

New Lusitanos Benevolent Society

New Orleans Bethel Union
Founded in 1823
See: 'New Orleans Bethel Union' Family Visitor (Richmond, Va) 2 (1823-4) 23.

New Orleans Female Orphan Asylum
Opened in 1840, incorporated in 1843, managed by the sisters of charity.
See: Minute Book in Associated Catholic Charities, New Orleans.

New Orleans Mechanics Society
Formed and incorporated in 1821, able to open an Institute to teach children of members, in receipt of $6000 funding from the state in 1852.

New Orleans Seamen's Friendly Society

Newsboys Home

Orphanage of the Immaculate Conception

Perserverance Benevolent and Mutual Aid Association
Mutual aid society founded in 1783 by free blacks, the first in New Orleans.

Philharmonic Society

Portuguese Benevolent Society
Formed in 1847, some members left in 1848 to found the Lusitanian Portuguese Benevolent Society. Two branches reunited in 1851 under the latter's name.

Poydras Female Orphan Society
Voluntary society founded in 1817. Funded by annual appropriation by the state ($2000 in 1819, $3,000 by 1846), as well as subscriptions. Rule that parents who take their children back should compensate the asylum for its costs. Sisters of Charity take over the management of the asylum in 1830.
See: Manuscript records in the Special Collections of Tulane University Library; Fortieth Annual and First Printed Report of the Poydras Female Asylum, together with the Medical Report of B. Stille, M.D. (New Orleans, Clark and Brisbin, 1857). (Available online at New Orleans Public Library ); Forty Fourth Annual Report of the Poydras Female Asylum for the Relief of Widows and Orphans (New Orleans: Published at the Office of the True Witness and Sentinel, 1861).

Protestant Children's Home
See: Minutes, 1853-onwards, Protestant Orphans Home, Fourth District; The Third Annual Report of the Orphans Home, Corner of Constance and Fourth Streets, Fourth District (New Orleans, Daily Delta Steam Press Print, 1856).

Protestant Episcopal Children's Home
Founded in 1860

St Andrew's Society

St Anne's Society for Destitute Women and Children

St. Anna's Asylum
See: Charter of St Anna's Asylum 1851, Historic New Orleans Collection.

St Elizabeth's Female Asylum (House of Industry)
Opened by the Sisters of Charity in 1855 to enable older girls to learn a trade.

St Joseph's Asylum

St Mary's Orphan Boys' Home
Catholic Asylum founded in 1835.
See: Registers from 1853 in Associated Catholic Charities, New Orleans.

St Maurice Mutual Aid Benevolent Association

St Patrick's Female Orphan Asylum
Operated by the Sisters of Charity between 1837 and 1840, in receipt of $5000 from the state in 1840. Replaced by the Camp Street Orphan Asylum in 1840

St Theresa's Asylum

St Vincent's Home
Founded in Donaldsville

St Vincent's Orphanage
Founded in 1858 by the Sisters of Charity.

Samaritan Society

Screwmen's Benevolent Society
Mutual society founded in 1850 in New Orleans

Shamrock Benevolent Society
Mutual aid society incorporated in 1842

Society of St Vincent de Paul

Society for the Relief of Destitute Females and their Helpless Children
Voluntary society in existence in 1852.
See: Annual Report of the S
ociety for the Relief of Destitute Females and their Helpless Children (New Orleans: Office of the Picayune, 1852) [Copy in Hoole Rare Books Collection, University of Alabama Library]

Society for the Relief of Destitute Orphan Boys
Founded in 1824 by protestant men, with annual subscriptions of $10. Opened an Asylum for Destitute Orphan Boys that later became the Waldo Burton Home.
See: Admission Records 1824 onwards in Special Collections of Tulane University Library.

Society for the relief of destitute widows and indigent females
Female voluntary society incorporated in 1834, aka Female Asylum

Southern Mutual Benevolent Association

Steamboat Captains' Union Benevolent Association
Founded by 1860
See: Act of incorporation and by-laws of the Steamboat Captains' Union Benevolent Association of New Orleans.(New Orleans : Bulletin Book and Job Office, 1860.)

Swiss Benevolent Society

Tuoro Infirmary
See: Records 1855 onwards in New Orleans Public Library; also some at Tuoro Infirmary Archives.

Ursuline Orphanage
Founded in 1727, took in a number of orphan girls, providing education to them and other poor children

Young Men's Excelsior Benevolent Association

Young Men's Mutual Benevolent Association

Young Men's Philanthropic Association

Young Sons of Louisiana

Miscellaneous

Female Orphan Association of Baton Rouge
Receiving state funding of $3000 annually by 1850

Iberville Female School Society
Founded in Plaquemines in 1842.

Hebrew Benevolent Society of the Parish of Ascension
Mutual aid society formed to assist the sick, and incorporated in 1860

Hebrew Benevolent Association of Rapides
Founded in Alexandria and Pineville in 1854

Hebrew Mutual Benevolent Association
Founded and incorporated in Shreveport in 1858 mainly as burial society.

Milne Asylum for Destitute Orphan Girls
Founded in Milneberg by the benefaction of Alexander Milne in 1839, governed by women

Milne Asylum for Destitute Orphan Boys
Founded in Milneberg by the benefaction of Alexander Milne in 1839, governed by men

Pelican Mutual Benevolent Association

Natchitoches Charity Hospital
Founded and incorporated in 1840

West Feliciana Asylum
Founded by men and incorporated in 1835 to assist children and the destitute poor
 
 

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