Societies (93 societies)
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
Founded in New Orleans by men and incorporated in 1835
See: Act of Incorporation in Hoole Rare Books Collection, University of
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
Get Together Club
Founded in 1837.
Hebrew Benevolent Society
Helping Hand Misson
Hibernian Benevolent and Mutual Aid Association
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)
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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,
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.
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
Voluntary society in existence in 1852.
See: Annual Report of the Society
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
Female voluntary society incorporated in 1834, aka Female
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
See: Records 1855 onwards in New Orleans Public Library;
also some at Tuoro Infirmary Archives.
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
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
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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