Knights of Columbus Committee on War Activities collection, 1917-1920
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Brief Description:

This collection consists of original documents dating to the period of the First World War (1917-1920) concerning the activities of the Knights of Columbus both on the Western Front in France and Belgium as well as immediately following the armistice in the United States.  It appears that this collection was compiled and gifted to the Diocese of Charleston by one Walter Kernan.  Materials in this collection include official correspondence with the Committee on War Activities, as well as meeting minutes and financial records of the administration of the Committee on War Activities.  In addition, this collection includes published materials dating from the period meant to instruct Catholic chaplains stationed in Europe how as to best attend to the needs of their soldiers.

The Diocese of Charleston did contribute young men to the war effort in Europe.  In turn, the Diocese received assistance from the Committee on War Activities in placing young men in jobs within the state of South Carolina.  In addition, there are several mentions of Charleston in the reports to the Committee on War Activities as to what job openings were available to returning Catholic soldiers.

Held at:
Catholic Diocese of Charleston Archives
114 Broad St. - Rear Building
P.O. Box 818
Charleston, SC 29402
Phone: 843-724-8372
Fax: 843-724-6387
Email: bfahey [at]
Record Series Number: A/02/2010.003
Volume: 0.2 Linear Feet
Acquired: 01/25/2010.
Arrangement: Folders 1-4 pertain to the Committee on War Activities work.  Folders 5-8 pertain to the administration of the Committee on War Activities.
Access Restrictions: Open for research.
Subject Index
Knights of Columbus
World War, 1914-1918
Genres/Forms of Material
Administrative records
Administrative reports
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Rights/Use Restrictions: The Diocese of Charleston makes no representation that it is the owner of any copyright or other literary property in the materials contained in its archives. In providing access to or permitting the reproduction of any such materials, the Diocese of Charleston does not assume any responsibility for determining the nature of any rights, ownership or interest therein; nor for obtaining the appropriate permissions to publish or use; nor for determining the nature of any liabilities (for defamation and invasion of privacy) that may arise from any publication or use. This rests entirely with the researcher.
Acquisition Notes: Received from Walter Kernan in January 2010.  Found in the collection.
PreferredCitation: 2010.003 Knights of Columbus Committee on War Activities, 1917-1920