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Guide to the Daughters of the Cincinnati Records
1894-1998
 MS 3031

New-York Historical Society
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New York, NY 10024
Phone: (212) 873-3400


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Collection processed by Marybeth Kavanagh

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on August 16, 2017 using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Descriptive Summary

 
Creator: Daughters of the Cincinnati.
Title: Daughters of the Cincinnati records
Dates: 1894-1998
Abstract: The Daughters of the Cincinnati records contain a variety of documents concerning the formation of the hereditary lineage organization and its activities. The collection contains minutes, yearbooks, annual reports, correspondence, financial and organizational records, clipping scrapbooks, invitations, and photographic materials.
Quantity: 21.0 Linear feet (25 boxes)
Call Phrase: MS 3031

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Historical Note

The Daughters of the Cincinnati is a hereditary lineage organization founded in 1894 by female descendants of American Revolutionary War officers. The organization's stated purpose is to advance and encourage the study of the history of the Revolution, and its main philanthropic aim is to provide college scholarships to the daughters of current military officers. To be eligible for membership, applicants must prove that they are descended from an original member of the Society of Cincinnati, or a Revolutionary War officer who met the requirements for membership.

The Daughters of the Cincinnati was incorporated in New York State on Dec. 27, 1894, 111 years after the founding of the Society of the Cincinnati, an organization which does not admit female members. The Society of the Cincinnati was founded in 1783 by officers of the Continental Army and their French counterparts who served together in the American Revolution. The organization took its name from the ancient Roman hero Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus, whom they considered the embodiment of civic virtue. The primary aims of the Society of Cincinnati were to perpetuate the memory of the Revolutionary War and promote the ideals of the Revolution, and to provide support for members and their families. In order to perpetuate their organization and its aims, the founders made membership hereditary. Hereditary members of the Society of the Cincinnati are qualified male descendants of commissioned officers who served in the Continental Army or Navy.

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Scope and Contents Note

The Daughters of the Cincinnati records contain a variety of documents concerning the formation and development of the organization and its activities. The collection contains minutes, yearbooks, annual reports, correspondence, financial and organizational records, clipping scrapbooks, invitations, and photographic materials.

Arrangement Note

The Daughters of the Cincinnati Records are arranged into four series. Within those series, the materials are divided into subseries and arranged chronologically.

Series I: Minutes and Annual Reports

Series II: Organizational Records

Series III: Scrapbooks and Ephemera

Series IV: Photographs

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Access Points

Subject Organizations

  • Daughters of the Cincinnati.

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Open to qualified researchers. Photocopying undertaken by staff only. Limited to twenty exposures of stable, unbound material per day. (Researchers may not accrue unused copy amounts from previous days.)

Use Restrictions

This collection is owned by the New-York Historical Society. The copyright law of the United States governs the making of photocopies and protects unpublished materials as well as published materials. Unpublished materials created before January 1, 1978 cannot be quoted in publication without permission of the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation Note

This collection should be cited as Daughters of the Cincinnati Records, MS 3031, New-York Historical Society.

Related Archival Materials Note

The library holds a copy of the Daughters of Cincinnati 1979 publication A Salute to Courage: the American Revolution as seen throught the wartime writings of officers of the Continental Army and Navy. It also holds copies of the Constitution and by-laws, as well as some volumes of the organization's yearbooks.

Immediate Source of Acquisition Note

Gift of Daughters of the Cincinnati, 2017

Processing Information Note

Processed by Marybeth Kavanagh, July-August 2017

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Container List

Series I: Minutes and Annual Reports, 1895-1998

Scope and Contents Note

This series includes the minutes of the monthly Board of Managers meetings, as well as annual general meetings, from 1895 through 1988, and 1998. The minutes contain discussions of the current business of the organization, reports of various committees, and upcoming elections. These transcripts also provide details about the death of members, issues related to membership requirements and applications, and planning for events, trips, and fundraising efforts for scholarships. Minutes are divided into two subseries:

Subseries I.A. is comprised of typescripts that are housed in their original binders. The date range is 1895 to 1964.

Subseries I.B. consists of one handwritten minute book documenting meetings from 1904-1911, as well as folders of minutes arranged chronologically. The date range is 1895-1998, and the series includes a mix of handwritten minutes, original typed minutes and photocopies.

This series also contains the Daughters of the Cincinnati annual reports and yearbooks for the years 1898, 1899, 1901, 1908, 1910-11, 1914, 1915, 1916, 1917, 1940, and 1969. These reports include financial information, the names of officers, directors and executive staff, and a narrative description of the work performed in that year. The library has a separate collection of Daughters of the Cincinnati yearbooks, including some volumes not found within this collection. These can be requested through the library's online catalogue.

Subseries I.A. Minutes in binders, 1895-1964

Scope and Contents Note

This subseries is comprised of typescripts of meeting minutes that are housed in their original binders. The date range is 1895 to 1964.The minutes contain discussions of the current business of the organization, reports of various committees, and upcoming elections. These transcripts also provide details about the death of members, issues related to membership requirements and applications, and planning for events, trips, and fundraising efforts for scholarships.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Minutes (bound)
1895-1899
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Minutes (bound)
1900-1910
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Minutes (bound)
1911-1917
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Minutes (bound)
1911-1917
Box: 2 Folder : 1 Minutes (bound)
1918-1920
Box: 2 Folder : 2 Minutes (bound)
1921-1922
Box: 2 Folder : 3 Minutes (bound)
1921-1922
Box: 2 Folder : 4 Minutes (bound)
1923-1924
Box: 3 Folder : 1 Minutes (bound)
1925-1930
Box: 3 Folder : 2 Minutes (bound)
1931-1935
Box: 3 Folder : 3 Minutes (bound)
1936-1940
Box: 3 Folder : 4 Minutes (bound)
1941-1944
Box: 4 Folder : 1 Minutes (bound)
1945-1947
Box: 4 Folder : 2 Minutes (bound)
1948-1954
Box: 4 Folder : 3 Minutes (bound)
1955-1959
Box: 4 Folder : 4 Minutes (bound)
1960-1964

Subseries I.B. Minutes, 1895-1998

Scope and Contents Note

This subseries consists of one handwritten minute book documenting meetings from 1904-1911, as well as folders of minutes arranged chronologically. The date range is 1895-1998, and the series includes a mix of handwritten minutes, original typed minutes and photocopies. The minutes contain discussions of the current business of the organization, reports of various committees, and upcoming elections. These transcripts also provide details about the death of members, issues related to membership requirements and applications, and planning for events, trips, and fundraising efforts for scholarships.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 5 Folder : 1 Minutes
1895-1896
Box: 5 Folder : 2 Minutes
1897-1898
Box: 5 Folder : 3 Minute book (handwritten)
1904-1911
Box: 5 Folder : 4 Minutes
1911
Box: 5 Folder : 5 Minutes
1912
Box: 5 Folder : 6 Minutes
1914-1916
Box: 5 Folder : 7 Minutes
1917
Box: 6 Folder : 1 Minutes
1918
Box: 6 Folder : 2 Minutes
1919
Box: 6 Folder : 3 Minutes
1920
Box: 6 Folder : 4 Minutes
1921
Box: 6 Folder : 5 Minutes
1922
Box: 6 Folder : 6 Minutes
1923
Box: 6 Folder : 7 Minutes
1924
Box: 6 Folder : 8 Minutes
1925
Box: 6 Folder : 9 Minutes
1926
Box: 7 Folder : 1 Minutes
1971
Box: 7 Folder : 2 Minutes
1972
Box: 7 Folder : 3 Minutes
1973
Box: 7 Folder : 4 Minutes
1974
Box: 7 Folder : 5 Minutes
1975
Box: 7 Folder : 6 Minutes
1976
Box: 7 Folder : 7 Minutes
1977
Box: 7 Folder : 8 Minutes
1978
Box: 7 Folder : 9 Minutes
1979
Box: 7 Folder : 10 Minutes
1980
Box: 7 Folder : 11 Minutes
1981
Box: 7 Folder : 12 Minutes
1982
Box: 7 Folder : 13 Minutes
1983
Box: 7 Folder : 14 Minutes
1984
Box: 7 Folder : 15 Minutes
1985
Box: 7 Folder : 16 Minutes
1986
Box: 7 Folder : 17 Minutes
1987
Box: 7 Folder : 18 Minutes
1988
Box: 7 Folder : 19 Minutes
1998

Subseries I.C. Yearbooks and Annual Reports, 1898-1969

Scope and Contents Note

This series contains the Daughters of the Cincinnati annual reports and yearbooks for the years 1898, 1899, 1901, 1908, 1910-11, 1914, 1915, 1916, 1917, 1940, and 1969. These reports include financial information, the names of officers, directors and executive staff, and a narrative description of the work performed in that year.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 8 Folder : 1 Yearbooks and Annual Reports
1898
Box: 8 Folder : 2 Yearbooks and Annual Reports
1899
Box: 8 Folder : 3 Yearbooks and Annual Reports
1901
Box: 8 Folder : 4 Yearbooks and Annual Reports
1908
Box: 8 Folder : 5 Yearbooks and Annual Reports
1910-1911
Box: 8 Folder : 6 Yearbooks and Annual Reports
1914
Box: 8 Folder : 7 Yearbooks and Annual Reports
1915
Box: 8 Folder : 8 Yearbooks and Annual Reports
1916
Box: 8 Folder : 9 Yearbooks and Annual Reports
1917
Box: 8 Folder : 10 Yearbooks and Annual Reports
1940
Box: 8 Folder : 11 Yearbooks and Annual Reports
1969

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Series II: Organizational Records, 1894-1995

Scope and Contents Note

This series includes general organizational records such the application for incorporation, the constitution and by-laws, requirements for membership, histories, registrar book and member lists, scholarship record books, correspondence, and material related to the 1979 book A Salute to Courage. It also includes financial records such as bequests to the organization, deeds and mortgages, and insurance policies.

Subseries II.A. General organizational records, 1894-1995

Scope and Contents Note

This subseries includes general organizational records such the application for incorporation, the constitution and by-laws, requirements for membership, histories, registrar book and member lists, scholarship record books, correspondence, and material related to the 1979 book A Salute to Courage.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 9 Folder : 1 Application for incorporation
1894
Box: 9 Folder : 2 Constitution and By-laws
1901
Box: 9 Folder : 3 Constitution and By-laws
1925, 1932
Box: 9 Folder : 4 Constitution and By-laws
1942,1948,1949
Box: 9 Folder : 5 Constitution and By-laws
1956,1964
Box: 9 Folder : 6 Constitution and By-laws
1970
Box: 9 Folder : 7 Constitution and By-laws
1981
Box: 9 Folder : 8 Constitution and By-laws, proposed revisions
undated
Box: 9 Folder : 9 Constitution and By-laws, proposed revisions
1921-1977
Box: 9 Folder : 10 Constitution and By-laws, proposed revisions
1979-1988
Box: 10 Folder : 1 Correspondence
1895-1925
Box: 10 Folder : 2 Correspondence
1938-1994
Box: 10 Folder : 3 Histories
ca. 1920-1980
Box: 10 Folder : 4 Member lists
1905-1995
Box: 10 Folder : 5 Officer duties
1979-1981
Box: 10 Folder : 6 Qualifications for membership
1946-1980
Box: 22 Volume : 11 Registrar record book
1895-1981
Box: 23 Volume : 12 Scholarship record book - General Robert Anderson scholarship
1923-1956
Box: 23 Volume : 13 Scholarship record book - John Chester scholarship
1926-1955
Box: 23 Volume : 14 Scholarship record book - George Washington and Thomas Jefferson scholarships
1925-1935
Box: 10 Folder : 7 Material related to the book A Salute to Courage.
1979
Box: 10 Folder : 8 Material related to the Society of the Cincinnati
1977
Box: 10 Folder : 9 Material related to the Conference of Patriotic and Historical Societies
1958

Subseries II.B. Financial records, 1924-1989

Scope and Contents Note

This subseries contains financial records such as bequests to the organization, deeds and mortgages, and insurance policies.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 11 Folder : 1 Bequests and wills, general
1952-1981
Box: 11 Folder : 2 Bequests and wills, Jaffray Estate
1949-1951
Box: 11 Folder : 3 Bequests and wills, Starr Estate
1973-1981
Box: 11 Folder : 4 Bequests and wills, Wells Estate
1924-1952
Box: 11 Folder : 5 Deeds and mortgages
1928-1946
Box: 11 Folder : 6 Insurance policies
1973-1974
Box: 11 Folder : 7 Insurance policies
1976
Box: 11 Folder : 8 Insurance policies
1984-1987
Box: 11 Folder : 9 Misc. financial documents
1973-1989

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Series III: Scrapbooks and Ephemera

Scope and Contents Note

This series contains invitations and material related to events organized by the Daughters of the Cincinnati, such as trips, cocktail parties, and dinners, in addition to clippings scrapbooks documenting these events.

Subseries III.A. Ephemera, 1915-1995

Scope and Contents Note

This series contains invitations and material related to events organized by the Daughters of the Cincinnati, such as trips, cocktail parties, and dinners. It includes ephemera from the 75th Anniversary Dinner in 1970, at which Shirley Temple Black was presented with the first Daughters of the Cincinnati Award.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 12 Folder : 1 Events and invitations
undated
Box: 12 Folder : 2 Events and invitations
1915-1919
Box: 12 Folder : 3 Events and invitations
1920-1925
Box: 12 Folder : 4 Events and invitations
1930-1938
Box: 12 Folder : 5 Events and invitations
1940-1948
Box: 12 Folder : 6 Events and invitations
1950-1959
Box: 12 Folder : 7 Events and invitations
1960-1965
Box: 12 Folder : 8 Events and invitations
1966-1969
Box: 12 Folder : 9-10 Events and invitations - 75th Anniversary (2 folders)
1969-1970
Box: 12 Folder : 11 Events and invitations
1970
Box: 13 Folder : 1 Events and invitations
1971
Box: 13 Folder : 2 Events and invitations
1972-1975
Box: 13 Folder : 3 Events and invitations
1976-1977
Box: 13 Folder : 4 Events and invitations
1978
Box: 13 Folder : 5 Events and invitations
1979
Box: 13 Folder : 6 Events and invitations
1980
Box: 13 Folder : 7 Events and invitations
1981
Box: 13 Folder : 8 Events and invitations
1982
Box: 13 Folder : 9 Events and invitations
1983
Box: 13 Folder : 10 Events and invitations
1984
Box: 13 Folder : 11 Events and invitations
1985
Box: 13 Folder : 12 Events and invitations
1986
Box: 13 Folder : 13 Events and invitations
1987
Box: 13 Folder : 14 Events and invitations
1988
Box: 13 Folder : 15 Events and invitations
1989
Box: 13 Folder : 16 Events and invitations
1990-1991
Box: 13 Folder : 17 Events and invitations
1993-1995
Box: 13 Folder : 18 Stationery
undated

Subseries III.B. Scrapbooks, 1915-1990

Scope and Contents Note

This subseries contains clippings scrapbooks related to events organized by the Daughters of the Cincinnati, including cocktail parties, dinners, trips to historic sites. One scrapbook documents the publication of the book A Salute to Courage in 1979.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 14 Volume : 1 Scrapbook
1915-1922
Box: 14 Volume : 2 Scrapbook
1928-1930
Box: 15 Volume : 3 Scrapbook
1932-1936
Box: 16 Volume : 4 Scrapbook
1936-1939
Box: 17 Volume : 5 Scrapbook
1940-1948
Box: 18 Volume : 6 Scrapbook
1948-1952
Box: 19 Volume : 7 Scrapbook
1954-1957
Box: 19 Volume : 8 Scrapbook
1956-1972
Box: 20 Volume : 9 Scrapbook - A Salute to Courage
1979
Box: 21 Volume : 10 Scrapbook
1987-1990

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Series IV: Photographs, ca.1970s-1995

Scope and Contents Note

This series contains snapshots of various events hosted by the Daughters of the Cincinnati, including celebrations, trips and ceremonies from the 1970s through 1990s. The series contains one box of loose photographs, arranged chronologically. Most are dated, and some are captioned. The 1980 Ball with the Sons of the Revolution is particularly well documented. The series also includes two albums which document the organization's Centennial celebrations held in 1994-1995. Handwritten captions identify most of the people pictured in the albums.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 24 Volume : 15-16 Album - Centennial celebration (2 volumes)
1994-1995
Box: 25 Folder : 1 Photographs
ca. 1970s
Box: 25 Folder : 2 Photographs
1976-1978
Box: 25 Folder : 3 Photographs
1979
Box: 25 Folder : 4-7 Photographs (4 folders)
1980
Box: 25 Folder : 8 Photographs
1982-1987
Box: 25 Folder : 9 Photographs
ca. 1980s
Box: 25 Folder : 10 Photographs
1991 Feb.
Box: 25 Folder : 11 Photographs
1991 Apr.
Box: 25 Folder : 12 Photographs
1991 Apr.-Dec.
Box: 25 Folder : 13 Photographs
undated

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