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Louisiana Societies (93 societies)


New Orleans


Association for the Relief of Jewish Widows and Orphans

Founded in New Orleans in 1854 to found and maintain an asylum for widows and orphans of the Jewish faith.
See: Records 1854-1938 (minute books, records of annual meetings, names of officers, etc) in Hebrew Union College, Jacob Rader Center of the American Jewish Archives, Cincinnati

Asylum for Homeless Boys


Benevolent Association of the Sons of Louisiana


Camp Street Orphan Asylum

Opened by the Sisters of Charity in 1840 to care for elementary age girls.

Catholic Asylum for the Relief of Male Orphans

Orphanage founded by the New Orleans Catholic Male Orphan Association in 1835, receiving $3,000 in state funding in 1846

See: New-Orleans Commercial Bulletin, (New Orleans, LA) Saturday, November 07, 1835

Catholic Orphans Asylum

In receipt of $7000 from the state in 1838, providing the institution accepts children from all denominations.

Celeste Society for the relief of destitute widows and orphans

Founded in New Orleans by men and incorporated in 1835
See: Act of Incorporation in Hoole Rare Books Collection, University of Alabama Library

Charity Hospital

State funded hospital founded in 1737
See: Annual Report of the Board of Administrators of the Charity Hospital (New Orleans: The Board, 1839) [Copy in Hoole Rare Books Collection, University of Alabama Library]

Female Benevolent Society of Louisiana (Free blacks)


Firemen's Charitable and Benevolent Association

Mutual aid society incorporated in 1835.

Female Hebrew Benevolent Association

In existence in 1847

French Society of Beneficence and Mutual Assistance of New Orleans


General Society of Mechanics


German Friendship Association


German Protestant Orphan Asylum


German Brotherhood


German Society


Get Together Club


Howard Association

Founded in 1837 and incorporated in 1842 to aid the sick, especially during Yellow Fever epidemics

Hebrew Benevolent Society

Founded in1844

Helping Hand Misson


Hibernian Benevolent and Mutual Aid Association


Hibernian Society

Mutual aid society incorporated in 1824.

Home for Homeless Men


House of Refuge

See: House of Refuge, Ladies Committee Reports (1857-1860),New Orleans Public Library; Memorial of the Board of Commissioners of the House of Refuge (New Orleans, 1857)

Immaculate Conception Asylum and House of Industry for Orphan Girls


Independent Screwmen's Benevolent Association


Italian Mutual Society


Jackson Benevolent Association of Louisiana


Jefferson Benevolent Association of New Orleans


Jewish Benevolent Society

Voluntary society

Jewish Children's Home

Founded in 1855 by the Hebrew Benevolent Association

Jewish Widows and Orphans Home


Ladies Benevolent Association of Louisiana


Ladies Benevolent Society

Voluntary society founded in 1847
See: Annual Report of the Managers of the Ladies' Benevolent Society (New Orleans, Sherman, Wharton & Co, 1855)

Ladies' Hebrew Association


Ladies of Providence Asylum for Widows and Children

Voluntary society founded in 1840, the asylum opened in 1851 to care for widows and children, as well as the sick.
See: Charter (1840) Soceite de la Femmes de la Providence (Women of Providence), New Orleans Catholic Archdiocesan Archives (Ursuline Street, New Orleans).

Ladies Protestant Charitable Society

Voluntary Society

Lafayette Asylum for Destitute Boys

Society for the Relief of Destitute Orphan Boys, receiving state funding of $3,000 annual in 1846.

Lusitanian-Portuguese Benevolent Association

Formed as an offshoot of the Portuguese Benevolent Association in 1848, merged again with that society in 1851 but retained the new name.

Lyceum and Library Society

Founded in 1844

Manual Industrial School


New Lusitanos Benevolent Society


New Orleans Bethel Union

Founded in 1823
See: 'New Orleans Bethel Union' Family Visitor (Richmond, Va) 2 (1823-4) 23.

New Orleans Female Orphan Asylum

Opened in 1840, incorporated in 1843, managed by the sisters of charity.
See: Minute Book in Associated Catholic Charities, New Orleans.

New Orleans Mechanics Society

Formed and incorporated in 1821, able to open an Institute to teach children of members, in receipt of $6000 funding from the state in 1852.

New Orleans Seamen's Friendly Society


Newsboys Home


Orphanage of the Immaculate Conception


Perserverance Benevolent and Mutual Aid Association

Mutual aid society founded in 1783 by free blacks, the first in New Orleans.

Philharmonic Society


Portuguese Benevolent Society

Formed in 1847, some members left in 1848 to found the Lusitanian Portuguese Benevolent Society. Two branches reunited in 1851 under the latter's name.

Poydras Female Orphan Society

Voluntary society founded in 1817. Funded by annual appropriation by the state ($2000 in 1819, $3,000 by 1846), as well as subscriptions. Rule that parents who take their children back should compensate the asylum for its costs. Sisters of Charity take over the management of the asylum in 1830.
See: Manuscript records in the Special Collections of Tulane University Library; 11th Annual Report,
Louisiana Advertiser (New Orleans, LA) Monday, January 21, 1828; Fortieth Annual and First Printed Report of the Poydras Female Asylum, together with the Medical Report of B. Stille, M.D. (New Orleans, Clark and Brisbin, 1857). (Available online at New Orleans Public Library ); Forty Fourth Annual Report of the Poydras Female Asylum for the Relief of Widows and Orphans (New Orleans: Published at the Office of the True Witness and Sentinel, 1861).

Protestant Children's Home

See: Minutes, 1853-onwards, Protestant Orphans Home, Fourth District; The Third Annual Report of the Orphans Home, Corner of Constance and Fourth Streets, Fourth District (New Orleans, Daily Delta Steam Press Print, 1856).

Protestant Episcopal Children's Home

Founded in 1860

St Andrew's Society


St Anne's Society for Destitute Women and Children


St. Anna's Asylum

See: Charter of St Anna's Asylum 1851, Historic New Orleans Collection.

St Elizabeth's Female Asylum (House of Industry)

Opened by the Sisters of Charity in 1855 to enable older girls to learn a trade.

St Joseph's Asylum


St Mary's Orphan Boys' Home

Catholic Asylum founded in 1835.
See: Registers from 1853 in Associated Catholic Charities, New Orleans.

St Maurice Mutual Aid Benevolent Association


St Patrick's Female Orphan Asylum

Operated by the Sisters of Charity between 1837 and 1840, in receipt of $5000 from the state in 1840. Replaced by the Camp Street Orphan Asylum in 1840

St Theresa's Asylum


St Vincent's Home

Founded in Donaldsville

St Vincent's Orphanage

Founded in 1858 by the Sisters of Charity.

Samaritan Society


Screwmen's Benevolent Society

Mutual society founded in 1850 in New Orleans

Shamrock Benevolent Society

Mutual aid society incorporated in 1842

Society of St Vincent de Paul


Society for the Relief of Destitute Females and their Helpless Children

Voluntary society in existence in 1852.
See: Annual Report of the S
ociety for the Relief of Destitute Females and their Helpless Children (New Orleans: Office of the Picayune, 1852) [Copy in Hoole Rare Books Collection, University of Alabama Library]

Society for the Relief of Destitute Orphan Boys

Founded in 1824 by protestant men, with annual subscriptions of $10. Opened an Asylum for Destitute Orphan Boys that later became the Waldo Burton Home.
See: Admission Records 1824 onwards in Special Collections of Tulane University Library.

Society for the relief of destitute widows and indigent females

Female voluntary society incorporated in 1834, aka Female Asylum

Southern Mutual Benevolent Association


Steamboat Captains' Union Benevolent Association

Founded by 1860
See: Act of incorporation and by-laws of the Steamboat Captains' Union Benevolent Association of New Orleans.(New Orleans : Bulletin Book and Job Office, 1860.)

Swiss Benevolent Society


Tuoro Infirmary

See: Records 1855 onwards in New Orleans Public Library; also some at Tuoro Infirmary Archives.

Ursuline Orphanage

Founded in 1727, took in a number of orphan girls, providing education to them and other poor children

Young Men's Excelsior Benevolent Association


Young Men's Mutual Benevolent Association


Young Men's Philanthropic Association


Young Sons of Louisiana


Miscellaneous

Female Orphan Association of Baton Rouge

Receiving state funding of $3000 annually by 1850

Iberville Female School Society

Founded in Plaquemines in 1842.

Hebrew Benevolent Society of the Parish of Ascension

Mutual aid society formed to assist the sick, and incorporated in 1860

Hebrew Benevolent Association of Rapides

Founded in Alexandria and Pineville in 1854

Hebrew Mutual Benevolent Association

Founded and incorporated in Shreveport in 1858 mainly as burial society.

Milne Asylum for Destitute Orphan Girls

Founded in Milneberg by the benefaction of Alexander Milne in 1839, governed by women

Milne Asylum for Destitute Orphan Boys

Founded in Milneberg by the benefaction of Alexander Milne in 1839, governed by men

Pelican Mutual Benevolent Association


Natchitoches Charity Hospital

Founded and incorporated in 1840

West Feliciana Asylum

Founded by men and incorporated in 1835 to assist children and the destitute poor