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Charitable Irish Society



  • Existence: 1737    

Historical Note

The Charitable Irish Society was founded in 1737 to support Irish unity in Massachusetts and to help recent immigrants settle into their new country. During its first century the Society’s membership was mainly Protestant, consisting of the descendants of Ulster Presbyterians. Membership demographics shifted when the 1840s great famine in Ireland brought many Irish Catholic immigrants to the United States. Though originally organized for charitable purposes, the Society also offered social activities. The Society remains committed to its original mission, and has formed relationships with the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Irish Immigration Center, and the Irish Pastoral Center to better serve its community.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Charitable Irish Society records


The Charitable Irish Society records consist of the professional and historical records of the Charitable Irish Society of Boston. These include administrative files, reports on committees and special projects, constitutions, membership records, anniversary dinner programs, subject files, photographs, artifacts, and financial records.

Restrictions on access

Collection is open for research. Materials in Series IX: Financial records that are less than 75 years old are closed.

Dates: 1781 - 2017; Majority of material found within 1880 - 2014