Texas/Dallas History and Archives Division, Dallas Public Library

Dallas German Ladies Aid Society Collection



Overview of the Collection

Creator: Dallas German Ladies Aid Society (Dallas Deutschen Frauen-unterftukungs-Verein)
Title: Dallas German Ladies Aid Society
Dates: 1889-1974
Accession No.: MA74-1
Quantity: 1.2 linear feet
Language: The records are in English and German.
Repository: Texas/Dallas History & Archives, Dallas Public Library 1515 Young St  Dallas, TX 75201

Historical Background

The German Ladies Aid Society (Dallas Deutschen Frauen-unterftukungs-Verein) was organized in January 1886 in St. Paul's Church in Dallas. The purpose of the Society was to care for aged and indigent German and Swiss residents in the Dallas area. They also maintained a collection of books in German. An early goal was to build a home for aged Germans, but the group deferred that plan because of constant applications for help to sick or unemployed families. The Society met at the Turner Hall in Dallas until 1918. After that time, the Society began to meet in private homes.

Through investments in real estate and tocks and bonds, the society was able to provide food and housing for many in need, regardless of nationality. The society often purchased homes and rented them at a low cost to indigents and widows. By the 1950's government and large charitable organizations were in existence and the German Ladies Aid Society became less active. However, the society still made yearly donations to groups such as the Community Chest, the Red Cross, and programs for East German refugees. The Society disbanded in 1974.


Scope and Contents

The collection consists of the Society's original charter and amendment, as well as treasurer's books dated 1922 until 1960 and minute books dated 1907 through 1974. The minutes are written in German until June 1918. The rules of the Society are in Box 1, entitled Statuten de Dallas Deutschen Frauen-unterftukungs-Verein. The treasurer's books list recipients and what type of aid was received. Also included are the Society's seal embosser and some German books maintained by the group.

There are also deeds and legal documents evidencing the Society's real estate transactions, and some correspondence concerning the group's activities.


Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Organizations:
Dallas German Ladies Aid Society
Places:
Dallas (Tex.)
Subjects:
Women--Texas--Dallas--Societies and clubs
Titles:
Dallas German Ladies Aid Society Collection

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

MA74-1 Dallas German Ladies Aid Society Collection, Texas/Dallas History & Archives Division, Dallas Public Library

Acquisition Information

This collection was donated by the Dallas German Ladies' Aid Society upon their dispersal in 1974. Mrs. Paul Armbruster coordinated the donation.


Detailed Description of the Collection

 
Box Folder
1 1 Correspondence, 1890-1967



 
Box Folder
1 2 Farewell letter from the Ladies Aid Society, June 1974



 
Box Folder
1 3 Deeds and Legal Documents



 
Box Folder
1 Book - Palmblatter by Karl Geron, 1880



 
Box Folder
1 Book - Cheiftlidies - Vergissmeinnicht, 1886



 
Box Folder
1 Book - Autograph Album



 
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1 Book - Statuten de Dallas Deutschen Frauen-unterftukungs-Verein 1888 (2 copies)



 
Box Folder
1 Book -Constitution of the Ladies' Charity Home and Day Nursery 1886



 
Box Folder
2 Original Charter, 1889 and Amendment, 1939



 
Box Folder
2 Minute Book - Volume I 1907-1925



 
Box Folder
2 Minute Book - Volume II 1925-1939



 
Box Folder
2 Minute Book - Volume III 1940-1949



 
Box Folder
2 Minute Book - Volume IV 1949-1968



 
Box Folder
2 Minute Book - Volume V 1968-1974



 
Box Folder
3 Treasurer's Book - Volume I 1922-1928



 
Box Folder
3 Treasurer's Book - Volume II 1929-1937



 
Box Folder
3 Treasurer's Book - Volume III 1937-1944



 
Box Folder
3 Treasurer's Book - Volume IV 1945-1951



 
Box Folder
3 Treasurer's Book - Volume V 1951-1960



 
Box Folder
4 Seal Embosser