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Walter Duane Knights of Columbus papers

Identifier: A-03-1062

Scope and Contents

The Walter Duane Knights of Columbus (KOC) papers contain correspondence, newsletters and newspaper clippings, photographs, pamphlet, and other KOC business material collected by Duane during his tenure as a Knights of Columbus member. The KOC papers include business and event material for local councils, the state council, and the supreme council. Duane was a member of the Knights of Columbus Rev. P.N. Lynch Council No. 704, and the majority of the local council material reflects his membership. The bulk of the entire collection reflects his time as State Deputy, from 1967-1969. Memorabilia items include awards, prayer cards, scrapbooks, and photographs. Some material contains information about the Diocese of Charleston parishes and bishops.


  • Created: 1926-1995, undated
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1967-1969
  • Other: Date acquired: 02/04/2019


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.

Biographical or Historical Information

Walter Vincent Duane was born in Charleston, South Carolina, to Joseph Duane and Mattie Duane nee Murphy, in 1921. He attended St. Joseph's grammar school and Bishop England High School. Duane served with the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II as well as the Korean War. He worked at the Southern Bell Telephone and Telegraph Company in Charleston, for fifty years. Duane was a parishioner at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist and St. Mary of the Annunciation. He was an active member of the Knights of Columbus, serving as the Grand Knight of the Rev. P.N. Lynch Council No. 704, and as the South Carolina State Deputy from 1967-1969. Walter Duane died in 2017. The Knights of Columbus is a worldwide Catholic-based men’s organization founded in 1882 in New Haven, Connecticut. In 1902, Father Charles du Bose Wood founded the Reverend P.N. Lynch Council No. 704 in Charleston, South Carolina. The council focuses on charity, unity, fraternity, and patriotism. Their mission is to support the gospel, help charitable causes, serve people in need, and support Catholic education and vocations to the priesthood.

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3.25 Linear Feet (3 document boxes, 1 oversize box)

Language of Materials



Correspondence, newsletters, photographs, and other administrative material regarding the Knights of Columbus' local councils, state council, and supreme council, collected by Walter Duane.

Arrangement Note

1. Diocese of Charleston, 1926-1995, undated 2. Local Councils, 1956-1979, undated 3. State Council, 1958-1988, undated 4. Supreme Council, 1967-1970 5. Knights of Columbus memorabilia, 1932-1972, undated

Source of Acquisition

Received from Mary Coy, February 4, 2019

Method of Acquisition


Processing Information

Processed by Melissa Mabry, April 2019.

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Repository Details

Part of the Catholic Diocese of Charleston Archives Repository

114 Broad Street
Carriage House
Charleston SC 29401 US