Knights of Columbus, Concord Council, no. 287, Collection, 1906-1997

Vault A75, K. of C., Unit 1

Four members of the Knights of Columbus, Concord Council, holding a sign for the Concord Town Fair, [dated 1971 but likely 1972].
Concord Town Fair, [dated 1971 but likely 1972]

Extent: One record carton.

Organization: Organized into three series: Series I. Records, 1908-1997 [plus undated]; Series II. Photographs, 1906-1997 [plus undated]; Series III. Ephemera, 1996 [plus undated].

History: The Knights of Columbus is an international fraternal organization of Catholic men dedicated to the principles of charity, unity, fraternity, and patriotism. The Concord Council, no. 287, was founded December 1, 1897 in Concord, Massachusetts and remained active until January 30, 2000 when it was dissolved.

Scope and content: The Knights of Columbus, Concord Council, no. 287 Collection contains materials reflecting the work of the organization up to 1997. Records include memorial scholarship information (1997), meeting minutes (1927-1928), the Knights Work newsletters (1975-1993), certificates (1945-1979), and event-related publications (1908-1967), as well as a bound membership roll (1932-1963) and a record book (1911-1914). The series of photographs includes ten Installation of Officers group portraits (1959-1996), Past Grand Knights Night dinners (1960, 1965), Bowling Banquets (1962, 1967, 1972), and other events (1906-1997); seven unidentified and undated prints are also present. Additionally, two display plaques and the Knights of Columbus Concord Council, no. 287, stamp press are included.

Source of acquisition: Materials donated by William “Bill” Ritchie and Harry Woll, November 29, 2000.

Associated materials: The Renee Garrelick Oral History Program Collection includes several interviews (Robert McWalter, Laurence Eaton Richardson, and Ellen Towler Broderick) that reference the Knights of Columbus in Concord and their annual Field Day on Labor Day.

Processed by: M. Kilidjian, March 2018.


SERIES I. RECORDS, 1908-1997, plus undated:

Folder 1:
Knights of Columbus Memorial Scholarship, Dec. 1, 1997.
Copy of Eleventh Annual Field Day event pamphlet, Sept. 7, 1908.
Let’s Honor the Old-Timers event pamphlet, Nov. 20, 1928.
Copy of Golden Jubilee Dinner Dance event pamphlet, Dec. 1, 1947.
Brotherhood Night event pamphlet, Apr. 6, 1967.
Meeting minutes from Nov. 15, 1927, Dec. 6, 1927, and Jan. 17, 1928.
Patriotic Celebration and Field Day raffle ticket, [undated].

Folder 2:
Knights Work newsletters, June 1975-Sept. 1978.

Folder 3:
Knights Work newsletters, Oct. 1978-Apr. 1986.

Folder 4:
Knights Work newsletters, May 1986-June 1993.

Folder 5:
Thank-you letter from Archbishop of Boston, Nov. 7, 1945.
Membership Honor Roll certificates from 1953, 1975, 1976, and 1979.
Star Council Six-Point Program certificate, 1955.
One Million Strong certificate, 1956.

Unfoldered (in box):
Constitutional Roll of Membership, 1932-1963.
Knights of Columbus record book, 1911-1914.

SERIES II. PHOTOGRAPHS, 1906-1997, plus undated:

Folder 6:
Concord Knights of Columbus, no. 287, in Boston on St. Patrick’s Day, Mar. 17, 1906.
Installation of Officers, 1959.
Installation of Officers, 1960.
Past Grand Knights Night dinner and auction, 1960.
Chaplin’s Night, Feb. 22, 1961.
Copy of Bowling Banquet Awards and Bowling League Champs, 1962.
Past Grand Knights Night, 1965.
Installation of Officers, Sept. 20, 1966.
First Brotherhood Night, Apr. 6, 1967.
Bowling Banquet Champs, May 20, 1967.
Town Fair kitchen, 1970.
Installation of Officers, 1971.
Concord Town Fair, [dated 1971 but likely 1972].
Copy of Bowling Banquet Awards, 1972.
Installation of Officers, 1973.
Installation of Officers, 1974.
Installation of Officers, 1977.
Installation of Officers, 1978.
Knights of Columbus in parade, Apr. 19, 1978.
Installation of Officers, 1979.
Installation of Officers, 1996.
Knights of Columbus Officials at dedication of Memorial to the Unborn, Nov. 16, 1997.
Centennial Committee, [undated but likely 1997].

Folder 7 (undated and unlabeled prints):
Seven (7) unidentified prints, including but not limited to a Knights of Columbus Concord
Council portrait, a fair photograph, a parade photograph, and a family photograph.

SERIES III. EPHEMERA, 1996, plus undated (unfoldered in box):

Charity Fund Drive thank-you plaque, 1996.
John F. Kennedy membership application plaque, [undated].
The Knights of Columbus Concord Council, no. 287, stamp press, [undated].


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