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Register of the Daughters of American Colonists (Stockton, Calif. Chapter) Papers, 1957-1997
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Description
The Daughters of American Colonists Papers consist of Minute Books, Treasurer's Reports and Scrapbooks of the Stockton (Calif.) Chapter (1957-1996) as well as Yearbooks and periodical publications of the national organization (1963-1997).
Background
The members of this organization must be descended from persons who were resident in the British North American colonies prior to July 4, 1776. The national society was founded in Washington D.C. in 1921. The first California Chapter was established in 1925 and the Stockton Chapter was organized November 5, 1957 as the twenty-fourth in the state. The objects of the society are to make known the deeds of the American colonists and to foster patriotism in the community. Member activities include: genealogy and history research and writing, community service on (and fund-raising for) various projects and encouragement of patriotism at the community level through placement of plaques at historic sites and acquisition of American flags for schools and other entities. The society also provides college scholarships for American Indians. The Stockton Chapter has donated copies of local cemetery records to the National Society Library, contributed funds to a state genealogy microfilm project, given public presentations on important historic figures like Betsy Ross before other civic clubs and provided community service for the local mental hospital, Red Cross, and Salvation Army.
Availability
Collection is open for research.