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Saint Patrick’s Society of Montreal fonds
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Administrative records

The series provides information on the evolution, general organization and
history of the St. Patrick’s Society of Montreal, mainly through official
documents, minutes of meetings, and general correspondence.
The series contains constitutions and by-laws, minutes of meetings, committee
files, annual reports, and general correspondence. Minutes of meetings include
president’s reports from annual meetings, special meeting minutes such as from
the grants committee or cultural committee, and some copies of financial reports.
Some copies of annual financial records are also within the meeting files. The
correspondence files document the activities and administration of the Society
and its relations with individuals and organizations, such as the United Irish
Societies of Montreal.

Events

The series documents the events held or sponsored by the St. Patrick’s Society,
including the annual St. Patrick’s Day luncheon, the annual ball, testimonial
dinners, Christmas parties, and its participation in some special projects,
including the renovation of the Thomas D’Arcy McGee monument in the Côtedes-
Neiges cemetery in 1949. The first annual luncheon was given on March
17th, 1834. The annual ball is given on the nearest Friday to March 17. The
Society also sponsored the St. Patrick Development Foundation, a non-profit housing project for seniors that is now St. Patrick Square.

The series includes correspondence, invitations, programs, menus, press clippings, and photographs.

Financial records

The series documents the financial activities of the St. Patrick’s Society including
investments, grants, and donations which have been largely collected from the annual luncheon and ball held in March.
The series includes financial statements, accounting records, and some correspondence regarding accounts and taxation.

Membership

The series documents the Society’s membership and its membership processes.
Over time the Society changed the requirements of membership in its constitution to allow more new members to join.
The series contains printed directories of members, membership lists, applications for membership, voting lists, and correspondence regarding membership to the society.

Objects

The series includes objects collected by or donated to the St. Patrick’s Society.
The series contains 5 St. Patrick’s Society badges, 2 ribbons, 2 spikes taken from the old floor of St. Patrick’s Church in Montreal, and 3 pieces of stone taken from headstones and the Kilmainham Goal Wall to commemorate the Irish uprising in 1916. Also included is a stained-glass window from the Father Dowd Memorial Home, completed in 1869 as a home for the aged, infirm, and the homeless.

Printed records

The series contains printed material which pertains to Irish culture and history, or to other associated societies.

The series contains bulletins, pamphlets, souvenir programs, press clippings, and
The McGee Review, which was published in 1929 by the D’Arcy McGee Memorial
Camp Campaign to promote support among the Montreal Irish community for
the creation of the D'Arcy McGee Camp for young boys.

Saint Patrick’s Society of Montreal fonds

  • P026
  • Fonds
  • 1856-2007, predominant 1950-2000

The fonds provides information on the Irish community in Montreal and on the history, activities, and operations of the St. Patrick's Society. There are no original records before 1863; they were most likely destroyed in the 1872 fire in St. Patrick’s Hall. The fonds mainly contains administrative records, minutes, correspondence, financial records, programs, photographs, press clippings, and printed materials.

The fonds is organized in the following series:
P026/A Administrative records
P026/B Membership
P026/C Financial records
P026/D Events
P026/E Printed records
P026/F Objects

St. Patrick's Society of Montreal