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Coll. 862 
Sons & Daughters of Liberty. Pride of Monmouth Council No. 27

Processed by
Erik Anderson
September 2009

Monmouth County Historical Association
Library & Archives
70 Court Street, Freehold, N.J. 07728

Background  The Sons and Daughters of Liberty in the 20th century is distinct from the group of the same name that existed during the Revolutionary period in the late 18th century. The modern day Sons and Daughters of Liberty (SDL) was incorporated in the 41st Congress, 2nd Session in March 11, 1870. The charter of the National Council of the Sons and Daughters of Liberty was granted March 25, 1895.

The objects and principles of the SDL are laid out in a pamphlet that is not dated, but is presumably from around the 1950s. Their main goals included the restriction of immigration to those who were clearly in support of American principles, the preservation of the Sabbath, and an America for Americans.

At its core, the SDL was not as focused on domestic policy as it was on taking care of its own members. It provided a safety net for the families of members in the case of illness or death.

Scope and Content Notes

This collection consists of the records of the Pride of Monmouth Council No. 27 and information about other councils within the State Council of NJ of the Sons and Daughters of Liberty. The collection includes records of personnel, finances, reports and proceedings, and correspondence.

Particular attention is paid to Norma Norman, who was the Deputy State Councilor of Council No. 115 and then Council No. 27. Much of the correspondence is by and addressed to her regarding internal and external affairs of the SDL.

Series I addresses the ideology and basic organization of the SDL and details the by-laws and Constitution. It also includes the commission of Norma Norman as Deputy State Councilor.

Series II includes correspondence by various members within the organization and most notably includes letters to Congressional officials regarding changes to the McCarran-Walter Immigration Act, which liberalized the immigration policies at the time.

Series III includes various records of the organization and details the ways in which the SDL afforded financial security for its members in the form of sick and death benefits. The bound question books are notable in that they reveal what the organization demanded of new members in terms of ideology.

Series Description

The records of the Sons and Daughters of Liberty Pride of Monmouth Council, No. 27 are divided into series: I. By-laws and Officers, II. Correspondence, and III. Official Records

Series I. By Laws and Officers (3 folders)

Includes general information about the purpose and goals of the SDL (including the pamphlet laying out the Objects and Principles of the SDL) as well as information about officers within the organization. The commission of Norma Norman as Deputy State Councilor is included in this series.

Series II. Correspondence (2 folders)

Includes general as well as congressional correspondence of the SDL. The general correspondence is focused on internal affairs of the organization with regards to paying dues and resignations. The congressional correspondence is focused on the opposition of the SDL to any change in the MaCarran-Walter Immigration Act.

Series III. Official Records (4 folders, 6 ledgers)

Includes member lists, financial records, reports and proceedings, official meeting minutes, bound question books (questions asked of new candidates), member ledger (with birthplace and occupation).

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