MG 170 - Harrisburg Benevolent Association

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Scope and Content

Collection contains the annual reports of the Harrisburg Benevolent Association from 1877 to 1883 and 1885. The reports include the names of the officers, the Advisory Committee members for each ward of the city, facsimiles of orders and cards used, Articles of Agreement listing rules, regulations and by-laws, the superintendent and treasurer's reports, and the list of contributors.


At the request of Hon. J. D. Patterson, Mayor of the City of Harrisburg, a number of ladies and gentlemen met in the Law Library of the Court House on the evening of October 16, 1877, to devise a plan to provide for the wants of the poor of the city for the approaching winter. After discussion, it was resolved that the City Council be requested to improve the streets during the coming fall and winter so as to furnish employment for the poor. The committee met later that same month to draw up a constitution and recommend persons to make up the Executive Committee and officers. The name of the Society was to be "The Harrisburg Benevolent Association," and it remained in operation for some years.

Date(s): 1877-1885

Extent: 1 folder, 7 enclosures