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Creole Social Club records

Identifier: MSS-0374

Scope and Contents

This collection contains insurance policies on the club house, an account book from a Mobile apothecary with the club, and tickets for social events.


  • 1878-1902


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Biographical / Historical

The "Creole Social Club" in Mobile, Alabama, was founded in October 1857. It was a social club for "Creoles of Color". The majority of the founders were also members of the "Creole #1" Fire Station, which was originally founded, in 1819, by "Free Men of Color". The Creole Social Club and its auxiliary for women, like the Creole Fire Company, "held regular meetings. Their main purpose was to provide insurance for their members. Any member who got sick could appeal to the organization for living expenses, or burial expenses when necessary. Both organizations offered their members protection against a society that was closing in around them." (Gulf Coast Historical Review, v.9, Fall 1993, no.1, pp/39-40)


0.05 Linear Feet (10 items)

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Insurance policies on the club house, an account book from a Mobile, Alabama, apothecary with the club, and tickets for social events sponsored by this African-American social club.


Purchased from J. Patrick Cather, 1998


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unknown, 2008; updated by Martha Bace, 2013



Guide to the Creole Social Club records
February 2008
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Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266