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St. Peter Claver Roman Catholic Church Records

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BC 035 PC

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Abstract

St. Peter Claver Roman Catholic Church of Philadelphia fills a unique position in the history of the Catholic Church in America. In 1886, African American Catholics from three local Philadelphia churches, having grown tired of the discrimination they faced at their home churches, united together as the Peter Claver Union with the goal of creating a “Church for Colored Catholics” in Philadelphia. The organization was officially recognized by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in 1889 and found a home for their parish in 1892 in the former Fourth Presbyterian Church located at 12th and Lombard Streets. Due to a perceived lack of continued need for an African American Catholic Church, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia suppressed the parish in 1985. The St. Peter Claver Roman Catholic Church records house the institutional records of the St. Peter Claver Roman Catholic Church of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This collection, which dates from 1904 to 2009, with bulk dates of 1980 to 1994, consists of records and materials evidencing the workings of the church and its community, primarily during the time of the suppression of the church by the Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia; the attempts of the members to reinstate the sacraments and parish status; and the challenges they faced in doing so.

Biography Note

St. Peter Claver Roman Catholic Church of Philadelphia fills a unique position in the history of the Catholic Church in America. In 1886, African American Catholics from three local Philadelphia churches, having grown tired of the discrimination they faced at their home churches, united together as the Peter Claver Union with the goal of creating a “Church for Colored Catholics” in Philadelphia. Named after Peter Claver, a Spanish Jesuit of African descent, the organization found a home for their parish in 1892 in the former Fourth Presbyterian Church located at 12th and Lombard Streets, after being officially recognized by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in 1889. Aided by donations from Patrick Quinn and Katherine Drexel, the church was able to flourish and grow. In 1895, a rectory for the priests was added to the building. A parish school was erected between 1905 and 1908 where both boys and girls were taught, though separately. For many years, St. Peter Claver was the only church in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia where African American Catholic parishioners were welcome. The parish had many clubs and societies, including a very fine choir and a theater troupe. The boys and girls schools consolidated in 1947 with all children being taught by the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament.

Around 1950, the center of Philadelphia’s African American population shifted to North Philadelphia, away from the location of St. Peter Claver. Over the years, African American Catholics were eventually permitted to join other parishes. Parishioners from St. Peter Claver wanted to integrate other parishes and also wished to avoid traveling the long distances to reach the church. The church school suffered a number of problems and ultimately closed in 1984. The church was beginning to make a resurgence when, in 1985, John Cardinal Krol of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia decided that the existence of the parish was no longer justified and, thus, the parish was closed. At this time, all parish records were removed from the church.

The congregation was shocked and angered by the suppression of their parish and removal of certain sacred rites and ceremonies, and many saw the decision stemming from racism. However, rather than cease operations completely, St. Peter Claver became a church community. In this way, the church acts as a community hub for other churches and works to keep the faith, culture, and heritage of African American Catholics alive and vibrant.

Description of Collection

The St. Peter Claver Roman Catholic Church records house the institutional records of the St. Peter Claver Roman Catholic Church of Philadelphia, PA. This collection, which dates from 1904 to 2009, with bulk dates of 1980 to 1994, consists of records and materials evidencing the workings of the church and its community, primarily during the time of the suppression of the church by the Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia; the attempts of the members to reinstate the sacraments and parish status; and the challenges they faced in doing so.

The collection is arranged into nine series: “1: Subject files and clippings, 1965-1998;” “2: Church records, 1904-2009;” “3: School records, 1933-1984;” “4: Financial records, 1980-1994”; “5: Audio/Visual materials and realia.”; 6: “Program Pamphlets”; 7: “Church Minutes & Reports”; 8: “Church Membership”;  9: “Correspondence, Photographs, Pamphlets, Financial Reports, Ephemera”.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

The first series, Subject files and clippings, dates from 1965 to 1998, with the bulk of the records dating from 1983 to 1998. Records within this series include newspapers and article clippings relating to the church’s suppression and the related community outrage. Multiple articles also document similar happenings at African-American churches in other cities. Also found within this series are books and other publications; programs, bulletins, and newsletters from other congregations; course material on Black History; and some interviews and biographical material. The press clippings are of particular interest in that they highlight the community outrage over the Catholic Church’s decisions regarding the parish, as well as evidence the more wide-spread problems between the Catholic Church and the African-American community. This series is arranged chronologically.

The second series, Church records, dates from 1904 to 2009, with the bulk of the records dating from 1983 to 1993. Records within this series include newsletters, programs, and bulletins documenting events of the church; ledgers and other lists of baptisms, communions, and confirmations; minutes of various church societies; copies of the constitution and by-laws; and correspondence, memoranda, and notices to parishioners. These files evidence the regular happenings of the church and the services they provided to the community. Letters and other correspondence highlight the anger and mistrust many of the church members developed with the Catholic Diocese due to the suppression of their parish. They also provide information about the responses given by members of the Archdiocese and other constituents of the Catholic Church to community arguments for reinstatement of the sacraments and parish status. This series is arranged chronologically.

The third series, School records, dates from 1933 to 1984, with the bulk of the records dating from 1974 to 1984. Records within this series include report cards, registration cards, student health forms, attendance records, reports, and records of tuition payment. These records evidence some of the student body of the schools included in the parish, as well as some of the administrative records of the school. Many of the materials are restricted and, as such, the series may be of limited use to researchers looking for detailed information on the St. Peter Claver school. An “Annual Report of the Vicar for Catholic Education of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia” may be somewhat noteworthy to researchers interested in Catholic education in Philadelphia. The series is arranged chronologically.

The fourth series, Financial Records, dates from 1980 to 1994. Records in this series include Finance Committee meeting minutes and photocopies, receipt books, memoranda and letters regarding how finances were being handled in the church, records of offerings, supplementary income, various expenses, invoices, and reports. These materials evidence some of the financial dealings and challenges of the church, especially during the period following the suppression of the church and removal of its status as parish. Many of the Finance Committee meeting minutes have notes corresponding to various audiotape recordings in series “V. Audio/visual materials and realia,” which researchers may want to cross-reference. This series is arranged chronologically.

The fifth series, Audio/Visual materials and realia, dates from 1925 to 1993, with the bulk of items dating from 1987 to 1993. Records in this series include audiotape recordings of meetings, slides and photographs, a Rosary, T-shirts, and microfilm. The slides and photographs evidence events and visual history of the parish while the realia of the Rosary beads and T-shirts provide tangible confirmation of church and community functions. The audiotape recordings related to minutes found in series “IV. Financial records.” This series is organized chronologically.

The sixth series, Program Pamphlets, consist of pamphlets and flyers. Three documents from this series are programs created for the Claver Players. There is also a flyer within this series for the Forty-fifth Anniversary of St. Peter Claver’s School. This series contains four documents.

The seventh series, Church Minutes & Reports, consist of church minutes, reports from 1989 till 1994.  

The eighth series, Church Membership, consist of six folders of church member information. This information includes; the name if the member, address and phone number; length of membership in the church; how they want to be remembered; and which church events the respective member would like to participate in. This series covers member enrollment at St. Peter Claver Roman Catholic Church for the years 1989 and 1989. Each of these years have three folders respectfully. 

The ninth series, Correspondence, Photographs, Pamphlets, Financial Reports, Ephemera. Within this series there are correspondence letters and memos, to and from church members and officials; photographs of church members; typed and hand written notes.

The collection is unique in that it highlights African American Catholics and their struggle to reinstate their “Mother Church” as a parish within the Archdiocese, in addition to some of the cultural challenges for Catholics of African descent well into the 20th century. While the records on the church’s activities are somewhat sparse due to the removal of the official parish records by the church upon its suppression, the resulting correspondence and records of actions taken by the community provide a glimpse of the “Black Catholics” in Philadelphia and their perspective on their own place in Catholicism. Researchers interested in the Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia may also be interested in some of the correspondence from members of the church, especially John Cardinal Krol. The collection captures the passion and perseverance of the church’s community to preserve their parish, and their struggle against the gentrification of the neighborhood in which they lived and worshiped.

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Organization and Arrangement

Series 1: Subject Files and Clippings, Bulk 1983-1998 1965-1998. Box 1

Series 2: Series 2: Church Records, Bulk 1983-1993 1904-2009. Boxes 2-4

Series 3: School Records Bulk 1974-1984 1933-1984. Boxes 4-6

Series 4: Financial Records 1980-1994. Boxes 6-7                                                                                                

Series 5: Audio/Visual Materials and Realia, Bulk, 1987-1993 1925-1993. Boxes 7-8 

Series 6: Program Pamphlets. Box 9    

Series 7: Church Minutes & Reports. Box 9                                                                                                       

Series 8: Church Membership. Box 9

Series 9: Correspondence, Photographs, Pamphlets, Financial Reports, Ephemera. Box 10                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

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Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Diamond, Temple University’s online library catalog:

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Research Access

Collection is open for research.

Collections Stored Off-Site

This collection may be housed off-site at the Library Depository and require up to two business days to retrieve.  Please review the finding aid and be prepared to identify specific materials to be retrieved. Contact the Charles L. Blockson Afro American Collection in advance of your visit so that materials may be relocated to the reading room for research.

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All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on Reproduction.

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Preferred Citation    

[Identification of item(s)], St. Peter Claver Roman Catholic Church Records, Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection, Temple University Libraries.

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Processing Information

Collection processed and finding aid prepared in January 30, 2014 by Annalise Berdini and Steven Duckworth; Supervised by Leslie Willis-Lowry.

Sponsor                                                                                                                                                   The creation of the electronic guide for this collection was made possible through generous funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, administered through the Council on Library and Information Resources’ “Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives” Project.

Processing Information note                                                                                                                              St. Peter Claver Roman Catholic Church records The processing of this collection was made possible through generous funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, administered through the Council on Library and Information Resources’ “Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives” Project.

This collection was minimally processed in 2013-2014, as part of an experimental project conducted under the auspices of the Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries to help eliminate processing backlog in Philadelphia repositories. A minimally processed collection is one processed at a less intensive rate than traditionally thought necessary to make a collection ready for use by researchers.

When citing sources from this collection, researchers are advised to defer to folder titles provided in the finding aid rather than those provided on the physical folder. Employing processing strategies outlined in Mark Greene's and Dennis Meissner's 2005 article "More Product, Less Process: Revamping Traditional Processing Approaches to Deal With Late 20th-Century Collections," the project team tested the limits of minimal processing on collections of all types and ages in 16 Philadelphia area repositories. A primary goal of the project, the team processed at an average rate of 4 hours per linear foot of records, a fraction of the time ordinarily reserved for the arrangement and description of collections. Among other time saving strategies, the project team did not extensively review the content of the collections or complete any preservation work.

Collection Inventory

Series 1: Subject Files and Clippings, Bulk 1983-1998 1965-1998                                              

(Bulk, 1983-1998)                                                                                                                                   

Box  Folder Content

1       1          Book: How Unsearchable His Ways: 125th Anniversary St. Patrick's Church, 1965.

1       2          Book: The Church Filled with the Spirit, 1976.

1       3          Publications, newsletters, pamphlets, course information, and conference programs                                              (1 of 2), 1983-1986, 1989-1993, 1997-1998, undated.

1       4          Publications, newsletters, pamphlets, course information, and conference programs                                              (2 of 2), 1983-1986, 1989-1993, 1997-1998, undated.

1       5          American Theological Library Association available microfilm list, letters regarding "Black journals"                         1985-1987

1       6         Saint Augustine Church: Letters, programs, and bulletins                                                                                     1985-1989

1       7         Newspapers and clippings                                                                                                                                  1986

1       8         Clippings and letters regarding African Americans and the Catholic Church                                                             1986, 1988-1989

1       9         Newspapers and clippings                                                                                                                                   1986, 1988-1989

1       10       Clippings and photocopies of clippings                                                                                                                 1988, 1990, 1997, undated

1       11       Clippings regarding Reverend George A. Stallings                                                                                                 1989

1       12       Program and booklet of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament                                                                                1991

1       13       Newspapers and clippings                                                                                                                                   1992, 1994, 1997

1       14       Course materials and notes for "History of Black Catholics in the United States"                                                      1996-1997

1       15       Interviews and biographical information

1       16       Photocopy of undated clipping regarding "Third Colored Congress" and Catholic converts

1       17     "Those Amazing Augustins," article about Croquettes Augustin

Series 2: Church Records, Bulk 1983-1993 1904-2009                                                                     

(Bulk, 1983-1993)                                                                                                                                         

Box  Folder Content

2       1          Book of provincial visits (Livre des Visites Provinciales)                                                                             1904-1930, 1951,1962

2       2          Ledger of "Baptisms, Confirmations, and Communions"                                                                            1912-1960

2       3        "The Fathers of the Holy Ghost: Official Journal of the Community"                                                             1925-1939

2       4          Reports of monthly meetings                                                                                                                 1925-1958

2       5          Baptismal records, programs and bulletins, photographs, report, letters, and newsletters                           1927-1930, 1956-1962, 1986, 1988, 1993, undated

2       6          Mass notebook and schedule                                                                                                                 1941-1942

2       7          Minute book for the Blessed Virgin Mary Society                                                                                      1944-1976

2       8          Letters regarding anniversary, copies of clippings, event programs                                                           1956, 1967, 1984-1987, undated

2       9          Administrative binder containing anniversary celebration programs, news

                     articles, letters regarding closing of church, other event programs, St. Peter

                     Claver Coalition agendas, and reports (1 of 3)                                                                                       1959, 1961, 1967, 1980, 1985-1987, undated

2       10        Administrative binder containing anniversary celebration programs, news

         articles, letters regarding closing of church, other event programs, St. Peter

                    Claver Coalition agendas, and reports (2 of 3)                                                                                        1959, 1961, 1967, 1980,1985-1987, undated

2       11       Administrative binder containing anniversary celebration programs, news articles, letters regarding

                   closing of church, other event programs, St. Peter

        Claver Coalition agendas, and reports (3 of 3)                                                                                        1959, 1961, 1967, 1980, 1985-1987, undated

2        12      Anniversary and other event programs, history of St. Peter Claver, bulletins,

                    and newsletters (1 of 2)                                                                                                                       1959, 1986-1993, 1997, undated

3        1        Anniversary and other event programs, history of St. Peter Claver, bulletins,

                    and newsletters (2 of 2)                                                                                                                       1959, 1986-1993, 1997, undated

3        2        Minute book of St. Mary's Beneficial and Charitable Association                                                                1959-1979

Series 2: Church Records, Bulk 1983-1993 1904-2009                                                                    

(Bulk, 1983-1993)                                                                                                                                        

Box  Folder Content

3       3          Letters, programs, questionnaires, publications, agendas, reunion materials, and bulletins                      1975, 1984-1993, 2009

3       4          Minute book of the Holy Name Society                                                                                                1983-1984, 1988

3       5          Administrative binder containing correspondence, programs, bulletins, and clippings                               1983-1987, undated

3       6          Copies of constitution, letters, minutes, commission reports                                                                  1984, 1987,1998, undated

3       7          Administrative binder containing financial records, event forms, heater repair letters,

                     member lists, information on other churches, and bulletins (1 of 2)                                                       1984-1986, 1988

3      8           Administrative binder containing financial records, event forms, heater repair letters,

                     member lists, information on other churches, and bulletins (2of 2)                                                         1984-1986, 1988

3      9           Correspondence: Regarding "suppression" of St. Peter Claver                                                                 1985-1987

3      10         Letters, mostly to or from Adrienne Harris, some photocopies                                                                 1985-1988, 1992, 1994, undated

3     11          Reunion picnic invitation, church pamphlet                                                                                            1986, undated

3     12          Administrative binder containing event documents and letters, contact lists,

                    members, newsletters, religious appeals, and notes (1 of 2)                                                                   1986-1987

4     1            Administrative binder containing event documents and letters, contact lists,

                    members, newsletters, religious appeals, and notes (2 of 2),                                                                  1986-1987

4     2           Notices to parishioners and history of St. Peter Claver                                                                            1986-1987, 1992, undated

4     3           Administrative binder containing church policies, correspondence, bulletins,

                    music, and financial records                                                                                                                 1986-1989, undated

4     4          Minutes, agendas, forms, guest lists, photocopies of constitution and parish history                                   1987, 1989, 1992, undated

4     5          Annual Women's Day letters and biographies, church questionnaire,

                   copies of clippings regarding Catholicism, photographs                                                                            1987, 1990, undated

4     6          Programs, letters, and forms relating to anniversaries and other events                                                    1987-1988

Series 2: Church Records, Bulk 1983-1993 1904-2009                                                                    

(Bulk, 1983-1993)                                                                                                                                         

Box  Folder Content

4       7          Memoranda regarding finance committee, letters regarding church preservation, church archives              1987-1988, 1992-1994, undated

4       8          Administrative binder containing church policies, correspondence, bulletins,

                     music, and financial records                                                                                                                 1987-1990

4       9          Case file: Estate of Florence R. Tucker                                                                                                   1989

4      10         Newsletters, bulletins, programs, and pamphlets                                                                                    1989-1993

4      11         Reunion guest book and compact disc                                                                                                    Dec. 6, 2009

4      12         Notebook of Adrienne Harris containing notes and committee lists

4      13         Stationery and cards

Series 3: School Records Bulk 1974-1984 1933-1984                                                                      

(Bulk, 1974-1984)                                                                                                                         

Box  Folder Content

4       14        Attendance book                                                                                                                                  1933-1934

5       1          Registration cards: A-Z                                                                                                                        1974-1983

5       2          Student health forms: A-S [RESTRICTED]                                                                                              1974-1983

5       3          Student health forms: T-W, transfer students C-W, report cards [RESTRICTED]                                        1977-1983

5       4          High school students: Letters, teacher salary scale, report cards [RESTRICTED]                                        1979-1983

5       5         "Annual Report of the Vicar for Catholic Education of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia"                                 1981-1983

5       6         "Boys and Girls 1982-1983" attendance book                                                                                          1982-1983

5       7           Report cards: B-G, Y [RESTRICTED]                                                                                                     1982-1983

5       8           Student tuition cards: Record of payments                                                                                            1982-1983

6       1           Report cards: G-W [RESTRICTED]                                                                                                         1982-1984

6       2         "Principal's Daily Roll Report"                                                                                                                  1983-1984

6       3           Report cards: "Those whose institution is in arrears" [RESTRICTED]                                                         1983-1984

Series 3: School Records Bulk 1974-1984 1933-1984   

(Bulk, 1974-1984)                                                                                                                          

Box  Folder Content

6       4           Student tuition cards: Record of payments                                                                                            1983-1984

6      5           Blank attendance calendars                                                                                                                   Sep, 1984

6      6           Student record requests, notes, envelopes                                                                                              1984

6      7           Address cards: A-Y

6      8           Teacher's conduct report forms, scissors, key

Series 4: Financial Records 1980-1994                                                                                                  

Box  Folder Content

6       9          Receipt books                                                                                                                                      1980-1982

6      10         Receipt books                                                                                                                                      1982-1984

6      11         Deed: Certificate of authenticity, documentation regarding status of church                                              1984, 1985

6      12         Income and expenses: Statement of receipts and expenditures, budget reports,

                     finance meeting minutes, invoices, rental agreements, order forms                                                          1985-1994

6      13         100th Anniversary: Advertisement request for Anniversary Book form letter                                              1986

6      14         Account balance note cards                                                                                                                    1986

6      15        "Financial Book" of accounts and events                                                                                                   1986-1987

6      16         Monetary pledges list                                                                                                                             Sep. 1987

7      1           Income and expenses: Contributions, deposits, invoices, bank statements, ledger                                      1987-1990

7      2          Fidelity Bank: Checking account statement and paid checks through

                    September 30, 1988 [RESTRICTED]                                                                                                        1988

7      3          Income and expenses: Notes, invoices, memoranda, and reports                                                               1988

7      4         Memorandum: Church accounting, "handling of financial matters"                                                              Mar. 24, 1989

7      5         Finance committee: Minutes                                                                                                                   1989-1993

7      6         Letter: Regarding requests received by Finance Committee from Adrienne Harris                                        Mar. 5, 1990

7      7         Statement of receipts and expenditures                                                                                                   1990

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7      8           Income and expenses: Statements, status of accounts, notes, program                                                    1993

7       9         "Expenses" notes, finance meeting notes                                                                                                1993-1994

7       10        Administration and Finance Advisory Board: Minutes                                                                               Jan. 3, 1994

7       11        Offering record: Eleven o'clock mass                                                                                                     Apr. 10, 1994

7       12        Finance meeting: Minutes. Photocopy                                                                                                    Mar. 2, 1992

7       13        The Fourth Presbyterian Congregation in the City of Phila. (copy)                                                            Aug. 9, 1842

7       14      "Committee Deposits and Financial Reports" form

7       15       Offering record: Eight o'clock mass                                                                                                        Apr. 10, 1994

7       16      "Salary Ranges with their Respective Contributions"

7       17       Finance meeting: Minutes. Photocopy                                                                                                    Apr. 6, 1992

7       18       Finance meeting: Minutes. Photocopy                                                                                                    Apr. 29, 1992

7       19       Finance meeting: Minutes. Photocopy                                                                                                    May 4, 1992

7       20       Finance meeting: Minutes. Photocopy                                                                                                    Jun. 8, 1992

7       21       Finance meeting: Minutes. Photocopy                                                                                                    Jun. 10, 1992

7       22       Finance meeting: Minutes. Photocopy                                                                                                    Jul. 1, 1992

7       23       Finance meeting: Minutes. Photocopy                                                                                                    Jun. 1, 1992

7       24       Finance meeting: Minutes. Photocopy                                                                                                    Aug. 3, 1992

7       25       Finance meeting: Minutes. Photocopy                                                                                                    Sep 2, 1992

7       26       Finance meeting: Minutes. Photocopy                                                                                                    Oct. 5, 1992

7       27       Finance meeting: Minutes. Photocopy                                                                                                    Nov. 2, 1992

7       28       Finance meeting: Minutes. Photocopy                                                                                                    Nov. 9, 1992

7       29       Finance meeting: Minutes. Photocopy                                                                                                    Nov. 19, 1992

7       30       Finance meeting: Minutes. Photocopy                                                                                                    Dec. 7, 1992

7       31       Finance meeting: Minutes. Photocopy                                                                                                    Jan. 4, 1993

7       32       Finance meeting: Minutes. Photocopy                                                                                                    Jan. 28, 1993

7       33       Finance meeting: Minutes. Photocopy                                                                                                    1993

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7      34         Photographs and slides                                                                                                                       1925, 1957, 1959, 1962

7      35        Tape recording: "Fr. Beran and School contract"                                                                                    Jun. 5, 1987

7      36        Microfilm of American Catholic Tribune, 1887 to 1894                                                                             1987

7      37        Photographs and pamphlet of poetry                                                                                                     1987-1989

7      38        St. Peter Claver's t-shirts                                                                                                                     1988, 1989

8      1          Tape recordings of finance meetings (1 of 2)                                                                                         1991

8      2          Tape recordings of finance meetings (2 of 2)                                                                                         1991

8      3          Tape recordings of finance meetings                                                                                                     1992

8      4          Tape recordings of finance meetings (1 of 2)                                                                                         1993

8      5          Tape recordings of finance meetings (2 of 2)                                                                                         1993

8      6          First Communion Rosary beads from Louise Mason Smith (Sister Estelle)

8      7          Photographs from 99th Anniversary

8      8          Slides

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9       1          Claver Players Present “A Full House”.

9       2          The Claver Players Present “Dying to Live: A Farce”                                                                               Apr. 29, 1938

9       3          Claver Players Present “One Mad Night”. John T. Butler, Director                                                            Apr. 28, 1939

9       4          Claver Players Present “The Busybody” John T. Butler,

                     Director Produced by Arrangement with Longmans Green & Co. of New York                                           May 15, 1942

9      5           Claver Players Present “Brother Goose”. Paul R. Molino,

                     Director Produced by Arrangement with the Dramatic Publishing Company                                              Oct. 11-12, 1945

9      6           Claver Players Present “Drums of Death”, Paul R. Molino,

                     Director Produced by Arrangement with The Dramatic Publishing Co. Chicago, Ill.                                    Oct. 23-24, 1947

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9       7        “Adams Evening”. A farce in three acts.

9       8         The Claver Players Present “Find the Woman”. A Mystery Farce.

                    John T. Butler, Director; Eliza Woodyard, Supervisor   

9       9        “Laff That Off” by Claver Players. Mr. J. Butler, Director;

                    Miss E. Woodyard, Supervisor

9       10        Forty-fifth Anniversary of St. Peter Claver’s School.

                     Old fashion supper and Alumni Re-union Dance                                                                                     Dec. 7, 1951

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9       11        Event Request Forms

9       12        Rules / Procedures

9       13        Reports: May 1994

9       14        Reports: April 1994

9       15        Reports: March 1994

9       16        Reports: February 1994  

9       17        Financial Information January 1994

9       18        Minutes: 1994

9       19        Minutes & Income Reports: 1993

9       20        Minutes: 1992

9       21        Minutes: 1991

9       22        Minutes: 1990

9       23        Minutes: 1989

9       24        Constitution

9       25        Correspondence

9       26        Lease: Religious Distribution Center                                                                                                       1990-1991

9       27        Sunday Bulletins

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9       28        Church Membership Information 1988 (1/3)

9       29        Church Membership Information 1988 (2/3)

9       30        Church Membership Information 1988 (3/3)

9       31        Church Membership Information 1989 (1/3)

9       32        Church Membership Information 1989 (2/3)

9       33        Church Membership Information 1989 (3/3)

Series 9: Correspondence, Photographs, Pamphlets, Financial Reports, Ephemera                                                                                                   

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10     1          Balch Institute. Photo Group 60. Housed at Balch Institute. Ca.                                                                  1910-1920

10     2          Check from Holy Ghost Fathers                                                                                                                1994

10     3        “Christians Continue On…” 106th Anniversary of the Peter Claver

                    Union and the Feast of Saint Peter Claver. Booklet.                                                                                    Sep. 13, 1992

10     4          Church Council Meeting                                                                                                                           Feb. 14, 1994

10     5          Church Notes (Handwritten)                                                                                                                    1994

10     6          Correspondence: Cheryl Pitts and Adrienne Harris                                                                                     1990

10     7          Correspondence: American Theological Library Association                                                                         1987

10     8          Correspondence: Historians

10     9          Correspondence: Davis, Cyprian                                                                                                              1986 & 1987

10    10         Correspondence: Sulpician Archives. Baltimore                                                                                         1986

10    11         Correspondence: Charles Blockson                                                                                                           1986 & 1987

10    12         Dr. Flint. Handwritten Notes

10    13         Flyers & Pamphlets

10    14         Franciscan Sisters of Atonement. Graymoor Garrison, N.Y.                                                                         Apr. 1986

10    15        A History of Black Catholics in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia                                                                     1985

10    16        Historical Information

10    17        History Notes (Handwritten). 1610s – 1970

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10     18        The Josephites

10     19        Lease: Religious Distribution Center                                                                                                          1990-1991

10     20        Letters in Envelopes

10     21        Letter to church community regarding St. Peter Claver Center                                                                     1994

10     22        Memo to Church Community                                                                                                                     Apr. 5, 1994

10     23        Operating Budget Reports                                                                                                                         1994

10     24        Phila. Historical Commission Info

10     25        Photograph: 10th Anniversary Convocation                                                                                                Sep. 1943

10     26        Photographs

10     27        Q&A notes (Handwritten)   

10     28        Register of Tithes & Offerings

10     29        Required Information. Event Request                                                                                                          1994

10     30        Robinson, Thelma

10     31        Rules of Order 

10     32        Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament

10     33         Sisters of Notre Dame De Namur

10     34         Sunday Offering Envelope Numbers                                                                                                           1993

10     35         U.S. Catholic Historical Society                                                                                                                  Mar. 21, 1987

10     36        Wallace Reed, Mary Margaret b. 1885                                                                                                         1989