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Knights of Lithuania records

Identifier: CSC-037

Scope and Contents

The Knights of Lithuania records were kept as close to their original order as possible. The only changes made were the separation of formats for preservation reasons. The materials detail the ways in which the organization operated on a yearly basis. There are also materials that document the many meetings, pilgrimages, and newsletters that the members of the organization have participated in. The collection is arranged into seven series.

Series 1, Administration, consists of materials that document the yearly administrative duties of the members, councils, and committees. Within this series are convention meeting minutes, financial reports, newspaper clippings, convention programs, fliers, newsletters, and trip records.

Series 2, Membership Cards, consists of the membership records kept by the organization throughout the years. This series contains an abundance of demographic information regarding the members, including deceased members.

Series 3, Badges, consists of badges collected by members of the organization from annual meetings. These include ribbons along with buttons and pins.

Series 4, Audiovisual Materials, consists of materials that document music, performances, and photographs from 1986-2011. This series includes cassette tapes, VHS tapes, DVDs, CDs, film, slides, and piano music.

Series 5, Scrapbooks, consists of member-created scrapbooks that house photographs, clippings, and writings consistent with the views and beliefs of the organization.

Series 6, Books, consists of both books collected by members of the organization throughout its history, and ledger books created to keep records for different councils, districts, and committees.

Series 7, Oversized Materials, consists of all materials that would not fit into folders and boxes. There are multiple framed photographs, panoramic photographs, large flags, oversized artwork, and a box of miscellaneous items.


  • Creation: 1913-2015

Language of Materials

English, Lithuanian

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open and available to the public for research in the U.S. Catholic Special Collections reading room. The materials are non-circulating.

Audiovisual equipment including a VCR, CD player, DVD player, projector, and record player are needed to access some of the materials. A computer that is compatible with floppy disks is needed.

Copyright Notice

The materials in this collection may be protected by copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code). The materials are available for personal, educational, and scholarly use. It is the responsibility of the researcher to locate and obtain permission from the copyright owner or his or her heirs for any other use, such as reproduction and publication.

History of the Knights of Lithuania

The Knights of Lithuania was established in 1913, as an organization for Catholic Lithuanian youths in America. Early on in the organization's history, it included a basketball league, theatre troupe, and year round events in which the younger generations of Lithuanian-Americans could stay active. As time progressed, the organization's goals shifted to focus on preserving Lithuanian culture for all Lithuanian-Americans. This goal was especially relevant during the Cold War. Although the organization included members outside of youths, their focus has remained on handing down their beliefs and focusing on education for their youth through scholarships. The Knights of Lithuania are an active community of Americans trying to preserve heritage through community, education, outreach, and religion.


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The Knights of Lithuania is a Catholic cultural organization that prides themselves on continuing their rich history. Knights of Lithuania began as a youth organization and soon blossomed into an active community across the United States. Members of The Knights of Lithuania are active in the organization, their own communities, politics, and the fight to maintain the freedom of fellow Lithuanians. During their over one hundred years' history, the K of L members have developed the organization into over one hundred and fifty councils nationwide.

Statement of Arrangement

Series 1: Administration. Series 2: Membership Cards. Series 3: Badges. Series 4: Audiovisual Materials. Series 5: Scrapbooks. Series 6: Books. Series 7: Oversized Materials.

Revision Description

Finding aid written by Jenifer Baker, Spring 2015. Finding aid migrated to Archivist's Toolkit by Yaxuan Yu, June 2016. Final edits made by Stephanie Soule, July 2016.

Acquisition Information

Donated by The Knights of Lithuania in September 2015.

Accruals Information

Additions to this collection are likely.

Material Types

Financial records, meeting minutes, photographs, VHS tapes, DVDs, CDs, newspaper clippings, film, correspondence, slides, microfilm, programs, cassettes

Processing Information

Processed by Jenifer Baker, Spring 2015.


Guide to the Knights of Lithuania records
Jenifer Baker, Yaxuan Yu, and Stephanie Soule
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Repository Details

Part of the University Libraries Repository

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