Union and League of Romanian Societies in America, Inc. records
Records (1900-1958) of the Union and League of Romanian Societies in America, Inc. include correspondence of the Cleveland, Ohio, headquarters; minutes and financial books of various branches throughout the United States; and membership registers.
The records consist of correspondence between the headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio, and various branches across North America; minutes and officer reports of both executive committee meetings and national conventions; account books; financial papers concerning dues and costs for membership fees, insurance benefits, and tax payments; and membership registers. Of particular interest are the minutes of the national conventions, which contain detailed yearly budget reports, auditor’s remarks, and summaries of committee agendas. These convention reports reflect the societies’ financial and social hardships in promoting their mission statement to protect Romanian-American interests.
- Union and League of Romanian Societies in America, Inc. (Organization)
Language of Materials
Mainly in Romanian; a few items in English
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The Union and League was established as the result of a merger of two early Romanian American fraternal societies. In 1906 the "Vulturul" (Homestead, Pennsylvania), and the "Carpatina" (Cleveland, Ohio) were united under the Consolidation Act of the Union of the Romanian Beneficial and Cultural societies. Initial resistance, especially by the League of Romanian Beneficial and Cultural Societies was overcome, and the organizations merged under the present name in 1928. These organizations played an important part in development of Romanian American churches, parochial schools, and press. In the 1990s and early 2000s, two key events took place that incited tension amongst the various branches and led to the dissolution of several societies. In 1997, Jack Moga, acting on behalf of the Union and League, sued three officers of the ‘Carpatina’ branch, specifically Alex, Suba, Mabel Barsan and John Coman. In 2002, Cristian Calugarita, the president of ‘Viitorul Roman’ sued the remaining members of the branch’s executive committee over false membership documentation. In that same year, Georgeta Washington, the national president of the Union and League, excommunicated the branch. These litigations, coupled with conflicts over tax claim reports, splintered relationships amongst various branches and tested the Union and League’s economic standing.
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This collection was processed by Oana Capatina in 2017.
- Friendly societies -- Ohio -- Cleveland. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Friendly societies -- Pennsylvania -- Homestead. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Insurance, Fraternal Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Romanian Americans -- Societies, etc. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Romanian Americans. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Inventory of the Union and League of Romanian Societies in America, Inc. records.
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