Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Liberty and Chillisquaque Temperance Society Constitution and Minutes, 1842-1851

Finding aid created by
Meg Hixon, October 2012

Summary Information
Title: Liberty and Chillisquaque Temperance Society constitution and minutes
Creator: Liberty and Chillisquaque Temperance Society
Inclusive dates: 1842-1851
Extent: 1 volume
Abstract:
This volume contains the constitution and meeting minutes of the Liberty and Chillisquaque Temperance Society of Columbia County (and, later, parts of Montour County), Pennsylvania.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
Web Site: www.clements.umich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

1980. M-1898.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Copyright:

Copyright status is unknown

Processing Information:

Cataloging funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). This collection has been processed according to minimal processing procedures and may be revised, expanded, or updated in the future.

Preferred Citation:

Liberty and Chillisquaque Temperance Society Constitution and Minutes, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


History

The Liberty and Chillisquaque Temperance Society was active in Columbia County, Pennsylvania, from at least 1842-1851. The society was associated with the Columbia County Temperance Society and encouraged abstinence from non-medicinal liquors.


Collection Scope and Content Note

This volume (around 80 pages) contains the constitution and meeting minutes of the Liberty and Chillisquaque Temperance Society of Columbia County (and, later, parts of Montour County), Pennsylvania.

The first 5 pages consist of the society's constitution, comprised of 12 articles about the society's mission, officers, and administrative matters. The following 15 pages list the "names of teetotalers," primarily women. The bulk of the volume (around 55 pages) has meeting minutes dated December 1842-December 1851. The Liberty and Chillisquaque Temperance Society met at churches, schoolhouses, and other locations in several towns, including Chillisquaque, Lewisburg, and Danville. The minutes, recorded irregularly, reflect the group's monthly activities, such as listening to addresses by pastors or other speakers. The group often distributed an abstinence pledge, and the minutes record the number of people who signed the pledge. Many entries contain the names of newly elected or re-elected officers, and later minutes pertain to other administrative issues, such as the society's division into two branches. Secretaries of the Liberty and Chillisquaque Temperance Society included Thomas Vansant, James F. Murray, James McMahan, Thomas Strawbridge, and Joshua D. Wilson. The volume's final 5 pages (including its back endpaper) contain notes in pencil about the temperance society's organization and about an election for church elders and deacons (dated 1866).

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Columbia County (Pa.)
    • Montour County (Pa.)
    • Temperance--United States--Societies, etc.
    Genre Terms:
    • Constitutions.
    • Minutes.
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
    Volume   1  
    Liberty and Chillisquaque Temperance Society constitution and minutes,  December 1842-December 1851 [series]