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Union Dorcas Society

Talbot County, Maryland

Founded 1834

The Union Dorcas Society was established in 1834 by a group of sixteen women who helped those who were less fortunate. they took the name "Dorcas" from the Bible. In The Acts, Chapter 9, verses 36-42, Tabitha, which by interpretation is called Dorcas, was a woman full of good works and almsdeed. In the beginning the women conducted annual door-to-door solicitations of funds from the people of Easton to help the needy. They made clothes and gathered food and gave such aid as was needed.

The organization still operates under the original constitution and by-law established in 1834. Members, however, do not solicit door-to-door, but the organization exists on income from legacies and memorial donations.  The Dorcas Society does its work quickly and quietly, without bureaucratic red tape.  The Society is the oldest, all-woman, on-going charitable organization in Maryland.

Box 9

Barcode Number Title Dates
33536001603095 Minutes 1848 - 1857
33536001603111 Minutes December 2, 1871 - May 1885
33536001603129 Minutes January 1884 - March 1893
33536001608374 Minutes April 1893 - February 1903
33536001608366 Minutes October 1911 - April 1922
33536001608358 Minutes June 1922 - October 1929
33536001608341 Minutes November 1929 - September 1938
33536001608234 Minutes October 1938 - March 1949
33536001608267 Minutes April 1949 - October 1953

Box 10

Barcode Number Title Dates
33536001608259 Minutes November 1953 - March 1, 1960
33536001608416 Minutes April 1960 - November 1968
33536001608283 Minutes December 1968 - November 1976
33536001608390 Minutes December 1976 - April 7, 1981
33536001608465 Minutes December 1981 - November 1986

Box 11

Barcode Number Title Dates
33536001608473 Minutes February 3, 1987 - November 5, 1996
33536001603145 Committee Book April 1863 - October 1867
33536001603152 Committee Book July 1871 - September 1878
33536001603137 Committee Book 1851 - 1854
33536001618309 Committee Book January 1907 -December 1913
33536001618226 Committee Book July 1931 - September 1934
33536001618218 Committee Book October 1934 - March 1947
33536001618242 Committee Book April 1941 - October 1953
33536001618275 Committee Book November 1953 - March 1966
33536001618408 Committee Book April/May 1966 - January 1986

Box 12

Barcode Number Title Dates
33536001618457 Donations 1903 - 1918
33536001618333 Treasurer's Book November 15, 1917- October 7, 1940
33536001618291 Committee Book May 1927 - June 1931
33536001618382 Donations 1919 - 1938
33536001618325 Subscribers November 17, 1926 - October 1938
33536001618424 Treasurer's Book April 1960 - November 1968
33536001603210 Annual Reports November 1835 - 1969
33536001603103

Treasurer's Book

November 1, 1874 - 1915
33536001618317 Subscribers November 16, 1908 - 1924
33536001603186 Donations 1851 - 1853

Box 13

Barcode Number Title Dates
33536001603160 Certificate of Incorporation January 7, 1897
33536001603178 Ephemera-The Lord will Provide Cross-Stich Undated
33536001603202 Newspaper Clippings Undated (StarDem?)
33536001618903 Correspondence November 1960 - March 1961
33536001618911 Ephemera- The Peoples Ice Co.  Easton, MD, Coupon Book September 1946
33536001618929 Ephmera-(2) Christmas Cards 1966/undated
33536001603228 Copies of Constitution (1834), Bylaws (1834), Incorporation (1897), 125th Annual Rpeport (1959), Quotes from Annual Minute Book (1835), Story of Dorcas, Dorcas Membership (1971), Dorcas Investments (1970), Pertinent Policy Reminders (1971) 1971
33536001603236 Photographs 1984?
33536001603244 Minutes December 6, 1977 - December 4, 1984
333536001603251 Annual Reports 1973/74, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1995
33536001603285 Anniversary Writings 1959
33536001603277 Receipts 1959, 1964
33536001603269 Tax Exempt Statements 1942/43, 1948/49
33536003460718 Notification Letter of Stock Shares 1935
33536003460791 Newspaper Articles 1959 and 1994
33536003460635 IRS Audit 1971
33536003460742 Compilation Folder-Addie Clark 1971
33536003460551 Loyola Federal Cancelled Certificates of Deposit 1986
33536003460874 Committee Reports February 1986- May 1998
33536003460908 Manager's Book June 1998-October 2009
33536003460668 Jackie Platt's Misc. Archive Reports
33536003460825 Misc. Reports

Box 13A

Barcode Number Title Dates
33536003460957 Secretary's Book December 1986-December 1995
33536003460890 Secretary's Book December 1995-September 2009
33536003460817 President's Book December 10, 1996-December 8, 2009

Box 13B

Barcode Number Title Dates
33536003460460 Misc. Thank You Notes / Acknowledgements
33536003460387 Health Department Thank You Notes 2001 - 2012
33536003460304 Treasurer's Book 2009 - 2010

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