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Knights of Columbus and Catholic Daughters of America, Montclair, New Jersey Chapters

Identifier: MSS-0147

Scope and Contents

This collection includes materials from the Knights of Columbus Council #1277 and the Catholic Daughters of the Americas (CDA) Court Unitas #499, both from Montclair, New Jersey.

The Knights of Columbus materials include meeting minutes, financial records and ledgers, correspondence, event programs, membership and insurance rosters, issues of the Montclarion Knight Bulletin, materials from the national Knights of Columbus organization, and photographs.

The Catholic Daughters of the Americas materials include correspondence, meeting minutes, event programs, financial records, materials from the national CDA organization, publications from the CDA and National Council of Catholic Women, and photographs.

There is a small number of materials related to the production of the annual Highlights Musical Revue, a joint effort of the Knights of Columbus and CDA, including event programs, financial records, and photographs.

The bulk of the meeting minutes and financial records of both organizations are in oversize book format. Correspondence, publications, photographs, and other materials are organized into folders in record cartons. A small number of posters, plaques, and photographs are available to view in digital format only.


  • Creation: 1912-2000


Conditions Governing Access

Materials are available for research at the Msgr. William Noé Field Archives & Special Collections Center. Advance appointments are required for the use of archival materials.

Conditions Governing Use

All materials available in this collection (unless otherwise noted) are the property of the Monsignor William Noé Field Archives & Special Collections Center and Seton Hall University, which reserves the right to limit access to or reproduction of these materials. Reproduction of materials or content is subject to United States copyright restrictions and may be subject to federal or state privacy regulations. Permission to publish exact reproductions must be obtained from the Director of the Archives and Special Collections Center.

Biographical / Historical

The Knights of Columbus is a Catholic fraternal organization, founded in 1882 as a mutual aid society. The organization has historically provided insurance benefits to its members and has grown into a worldwide financial and charitable organization that supports Catholic social and political issues. The Knights of Columbus is comprised of state councils and local councils and assemblies. This collection features materials from Montclair, New Jersey Council #1277, founded in 1907.

The Catholic Daughters of the Americas (CDA) was founded in 1903 as a sister organization to the Knights of Columbus and became its own separate entity in 1925. It was known as the National Order of the Daughters of Isabella until 1921, and as Catholic Daughters of America until 1954. The organization supports Catholic social and political causes in the form of fundraising and advocacy. This collection features materials from Montclair, New Jersey Court Unitas #499, founded in 1920.

Knights of Columbus Council #1277 and CDA Court Unitas #499 worked together throughout the years, including their collaborative effort to produce the annual Highlights musical revue.


10.5 Linear Feet (48 containers)

Language of Materials



Material is in good to very-good condition. The collection as given was roughly organized into folders by topic. Some materials were loose in boxes, which were grouped together topically for this collection. Each series within this finding aid has been arranged topically or in alphabetical order to aid in research. This collection is arranged into three series, two of which have been further arranged into subseries:

  1. Knights of Columbus, Montclair, New Jersey Chapter #1277
  2. Catholic Daughters of America, Court Unitas #499, Montclair, New Jersey
  3. "Highlights" Musical Revue Materials

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Quinn Christie
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This collection was processed thanks to funding from the New Jersey Historical Commission FY22 Project Grant "Irish Immigrant Solidarity in New Jersey, 1870-Present."
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Repository Details

Part of the The Monsignor Field Archives & Special Collection Center Repository

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