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Knights of Columbus Committee on War Activities collection

Identifier: A-02-2010.003

Scope and Contents

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.


  • Created: 1917-1920
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1919
  • Other: Date acquired: 01/25/2010

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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.


0.20 Linear Feet (1 slim box)

Language of Materials



Administrative records, financial records, and publications of the Knights of Columbus Committee on War Activities.

Arrangement Note

Folders 1-4 pertain to the Committee on War Activities work.  Folders 5-8 pertain to the administration of the Committee on War Activities.

Source of Acquisition

Received from Walter Kernan in January 2010.

Method of Acquisition

Found in the collection.

Processing Information

Processed by Daniel C. Mackin.

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Daniel C. Mackin
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Repository Details

Part of the Catholic Diocese of Charleston Archives Repository

114 Broad Street
Carriage House
Charleston SC 29401 US