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Agnes Perley, Circle of Mercy history

 Collection — Folder: S2432
Identifier: S2432

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a copy of "Events in the History of the Circle of Mercy, from 1898 to 1948," an 8-page history of the South Bend, Indiana Catholic charity written by Mrs. A. P. (Agnes) Perley for the society's 50th anniversary celebration.


  • 1948

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts

Biographical Note

Agnes Irene Howard was born March 8, 1872 in South Bend, Indiana to Judge Timothy E. and Julia A. (Redmond) Howard. She married Arthur Park Perley on October 23, 1895 and they had two daughters. Agnes Perley was active in social welfare and civic organizations and received a citation from Pope Pius XII in 1952 for her extensive work with Catholic charities. She served as president of the St. Joseph County Welfare Board for the 31 years and was president of the Circle of Mercy Catholic charity for 25 years. Perley died at the age of 94 on August 9, 1966.

Source: "Agnes H. Perley." Indiana, U.S., Death Certificates, 1899-2011. Accessed September 27, 2022.

"Mrs. Perley Dies at 94; Rites Friday." South Bend Tribune (IN), August 10, 1966.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2022/09/27 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2022/09/27 by Laura Eliason.
Agnes Perley, Circle of Mercy history
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.