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Descriptive Summary

Historical Note

Scope and Content Note

Organization of Collection

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Independent Order of Odd Fellows Records, 1880s-1991

Tyrrell Historical Library, Beaumont Public Library System

Finding Aid for the Independent Order of Odd Fellows Collection, 1880s-1991



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Independent Order of Odd Fellows
Title: Independent Order of Odd Fellows Records
Dates: 1880s-1991
Abstract: The Independent Order of Odd Fellows is an international altruistic and benevolent fraternal organization. This collection contains records from the Beaumont Lodge of the Odd Fellows, and its auxiliary chapters for women and adolescents.
Identification: AC-466
Extent: 10.5 cubic feet
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Tyrrell Historical Library, Beaumont Public Libraries,  695 Pearl St,  Beaumont, TX 77701

Historical Note

The Odd Fellows developed in England as an organization of working men who dedicated themselves to helping one another in times of distress, such as in loss of work or caring for families after a death. This and other "friendly societies" may have developed from the European guilds in which skilled labor was developed, nurtured, and overseen. These first guilds, with their apprentices, fellows, journeymen, or master craftsmen, were the watchmen of society, keeping the high standards of their crafts and passing them on to future generations.

The Odd Fellows in America began in Baltimore, Maryland, on April 26, 1819, with Thomas Wildey and four members of the Order from England establishing Washington Lodge #1. They received their charter from the Manchester Unity of Odd Fellows in England, and over time established charters throughout the United States. At the time of Wildey's death in 1861, there were approximately 200,000 Odd Fellow members in the United States.

With the formation of the Daughters of Rebekah in 1851, the Odd Fellows became the first national fraternity to admit both men and women. Membership in the Odd Fellows decreased during the Civil War, but experienced dramatic rejuvenation from 1865 to 1910/1920. During this era, sometimes known as the "Golden Age of Fraternalism" in America, the Odd Fellows became the largest among all fraternal organizations in the nation.

The date of the founding of the Beaumont lodge is unknown, but by 1891, the lodge had eighteen members. The great oil rush of 1901 increased the size of the lodge precipitously: in December 1901, it had sixty-five members, and by 1903, it had 104 members. The women of Beaumont also formed their own Rebekah Lodge. The lodges met regularly, elected officers, and tended to the needs of their members. Health, employment, and death benefits were provided at a time before Social Security and Medicaid existed. The Odd Fellow lodges included the Beaumont Lodge #278, Neches Lodge #621, and Silsbee Lodge #591. The auxiliaries include the Rebekah Lodges #17 and #54, the Junior Lodge #23, and Encampment #95.

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Scope and Content Note

The dates of the material range between the 1880s and 1991. The contents from the Beaumont Lodge, Neches Lodge, and Silsbee Lodge include membership records, minutes, and financial records. The Junior Lodge, auxiliaries, and encampment have supplied us with minutes of their meetings and attendance.

The collection includes ledger books, binders, and loose papers, including correspondence, billing statements, memoranda, membership certificates, and receipts. These papers range in date from the 1880s to 1991.

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Organization of Collection

This collection is organized into 13 boxes.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Some restrictions may apply.

Copyright

The Tyrrell Historical Library holds copyright. The researcher must secure permission to publish. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to the Tyrrell Historical Library. The researcher assumes full responsibility for complying with copyright, literary property rights, and libel laws.

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Index Terms

Organizations
Independent Order of Odd Fellows
International Association of Rebekah Assemblies
Subjects
Fraternal organizations
Genres/Formats
Annual reports
Membership lists
Minutes (administrative records)

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Independent Order of Odd Fellows, 18802-1991, AC-466, Tyrrell Historical Library, Beaumont, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donated anonymously in 2006 July.

Processing Information

Processed by Tyrrell Historical Library staff, 2006.

Finding aid revised and encoded by Tyrrell Historical Library staff, 2013 July.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Independent Order of Odd Fellows Records, 1880s-1991

Box Folder
1 1 Certificate, circa 1880s
2 Forms and certificates, circa 1900s
3 Forms and certificates, circa 1900s
4 Membership Record Certificates, 1908, 1910, 1915-1918
5 Correspondence, Program, Membership Record Certificates, 1909, 1914, 1920-1924
6 Correspondence, 1911-1912, 1920-1922
7 Membership Record Certificates, 1911, 1913, 1915
8 Electric Meter Cards, Music, Forms and Postcards, 1913-1920s
9 Forms, Bylaws, 1915-1920s
10 Correspondence, Billing Statements, Receipts, Bylaws, 1917, 1921
11 Correspondence, Memorandum, Forms, 1918-1922
12 Correspondence, 1919-1921
13 Correspondence, 1919-1922
14 Correspondence, Billing Statements, Membership Record Certificates and Petitions, 1919-1922
15 Composition Notebook, Minutes of Court Proceedings, circa 1920s
16 Correspondence, Forms and Certificates, circa 1920s
17 Billings Statements, 1920-1921
18 Correspondence, 1920-1921
19 Correspondence, Membership Record Certificates, 1920-1921
20 Correspondence, Statements, 1920-1921
21 Correspondence, Billing Statements, 1920-1921
22 Correspondence, Billing Statements, 1920-1921
23 Correspondence, Billing Statements, 1920-1921
24 Correspondence, 1920-1921
25 Correspondence, 1920-1921
26 Correspondence, 1920-1921
27 Correspondence, 1920-1921
28 Correspondence, Billing Statements, 1920-1921
29 Correspondence, Membership Petitions, Certificates, 1920-1921
30 Correspondence, Membership Record Certificates and Petitions, Forms, 1920-1921
31 Correspondence, Memorandum, 1920-1921
32 Correspondence, Receipts, 1920-1921
33 Correspondence, Billing Statements, 1920-1922
34 Correspondence, Financial Records, Billing Statements, 1920-1922
35 Correspondence, Billing Statements, 1920-1921
36 Correspondence, 1920-1923
37 Billing Statements, 1921
38 Billing Statements, 1921
39 Correspondence, 1921
40 Correspondence, 1921
41 Correspondence, 1921
42 Correspondence, Billing Statements, 1921
43 Correspondence, Billing Statements, 1921
44 Correspondence, Billing Statements, 1921
45 Correspondence, Billing Statements, Membership Petition, 1921
46 Correspondence, Billing Statements, Membership Petition, 1921
47 Correspondence, Membership Record Certificate, Membership Petition, 1921
48 Billing Statements, 1921-1922
49 Correspondence, 1921-1922
50 Correspondence, 1921-1922
51 Correspondence, 1921-1922
52 Correspondence, 1921-1922
53 Correspondence, Billing Statements, 1921-1922
54 Correspondence, Billing Statements, 1921-1922
55 Correspondence, Billing Statements, 1921-1922
56 Correspondence, Billing Statements, 1921-1922
57 Correspondence, Billing Statements, Temporary Checks, 1921-1922
58 Correspondence, Billing Statements, Membership Petition, 1921-1922
59 Correspondence, Billing Statements, Membership Record Certificate, 1921-1922
60 Correspondence, Billing Statements/Taxes, 1921-1922
61 Correspondence, Membership Petition, 1921-1922
62 Correspondence, Membership Petition, 1921-1922
63 Correspondence, Memorandum, Receipts, 1921-1922
Box Folder
2 1 Correspondence, Report, 1921-1922
2 Billing Statements, Temporary Checks, 1922
3 Billing Statements, Temporary Checks, 1922
4 Correspondence, Forms, 1922
5 Correspondence, 1922
6 Correspondence, Receipts, Statements, 1922
7 Billing Statements, Correspondence, 1922-1923
8 Billing Statements, 1922-1923
9 Billing Statements, Membership Record Notices, 1922-1923
10 Correspondence, Billing Statements, 1922-1923
11 Correspondence, Billing Statements, Receipts, 1922-1923
12 Correspondence, Certificates, Reports, 1922-1923
13 Forms, circa 1970s
14 Reports, Beaumont Lodge #278, 1891
15 Reports, Beaumont Lodge #278, 1893
16 Reports, Beaumont Lodge #278, 1894
17 Reports, Beaumont Lodge, #278, 1895
18 Reports, Beaumont Lodge #278, 1896
19 Reports, Beaumont Lodge #278, 1897
20 Reports, Beaumont Lodge #278, 1898
21 Reports, Beaumont Lodge #278, 1899
22 Reports, Beaumont Lodge #278, 1900
23 Reports, Beaumont Lodge #278, 1901
24 Reports, Beaumont Lodge #278, 1902
25 Reports, Beaumont Lodge #278, 1902
26 Reports, Beaumont Lodge #278, 1904
27 Reports, Beaumont Lodge #278, 1904
28 Reports, Beaumont Lodge #278, 1905-1906
29 Reports, Beaumont Lodge #278, 1907
30 Reports, Beaumont Lodge #278, 1907
31 Reports, Beaumont Lodge #278, 1908
32 Reports, Beaumont Lodge #278, 1909
33 Reports, Beaumont Lodge #278, 1910
34 Reports, Beaumont Lodge #278, 1911
35 Reports, Beaumont Lodge #278, 1913, 1915
36 Reports, Beaumont Lodge #278, 1917-1918
37 Reports, Beaumont Lodge #278, 1918-1920
38 Reports, Beaumont Lodge #278, 1921
39 Reports, Beaumont Lodge #278, 1922
40 Reports, Beaumont Lodge #278, 1923-1924
41 Reports, Beaumont Lodge #278, 1925-1926
42 Reports, Beaumont Lodge #278, 1926-1927
43 Reports, Beaumont Lodge #278, 1928-1929
44 Reports, Beaumont Lodge #278, 1929-1931
45 Reports, Beaumont Lodge #278, 1931-1934
Box Folder
3 1 Ledger - Roll of Officers, Beaumont Lodge #278, 1906 January - 1926 December
2 Ledger - Membership Record, Beaumont, 1895-1902
3 Ledger - Membership Record, Beaumont Lodge #278, 1907-1918
4 Binder - Membership Records, Beaumont Lodge #278, 1916-1930
5 Binder - Membership Records, Beaumont Lodge #278, 1927-1934
Box Folder
4 1 Ledger - Minutes, Beaumont Lodge #278, 1882 February - 1905 December
2 Ledger - Minutes, Beaumont Lodge #278, 1893 January - 1894 June
3 Ledger - Minute-book, Beaumont Lodge #278, 1894 February - 1896 December
4 Ledger - Minutes, Beaumont Lodge #278, 1897 January - 1903 September
5 Ledger - Minutes, Beaumont Lodge #278, 1903 October - 1906 January
6 Ledger - IOOF Minute Book, Beaumont Lodge #278, 1906 January - 1908 November
7 Ledger - Minutes and Roll of Officers, Beaumont Lodge #278, 1908 November - 1910 January
8 Ledger - Minutes and Roll of Officers, Beaumont Lodge #278, 1910 January - 1913 March
9 Ledger - Minutes, Beaumont Lodge #278, 1913 April - 1915 February
10 Ledger - Minutes and Roll of Officers, Beaumont Lodge #278, 1915 January - 1916 October
Box Folder
5 1 Loose leaves - Minutes, Beaumont Lodge #278, 1916 October - 1919 September
2 Ledger - Minutes, Beaumont Lodge #278, 1919 October - 1924 October
3 Loose leaves - Minutes, Beaumont Lodge #278, 1925 July - 1934 December
4 Ledger - Secretary's Cash Book, Beaumont, 1915-1919
5 Ledger - Roll of Officers, Neches Lodge #621, 1907 December - 1917 July
6 Ledger - Roll of Officers, Neches Lodge #621, 1918 January - 1928 January
7 Ledger - Membership Record, Neches Lodge #621, 1901-1905
8 Ledger - Dues Receipt Book, Lodge not indicated, 1907-1920
9 Ledger - Secretary's Cash Book, Neches Lodge #621, 1917 January - 1921 December
10 Ledger - Secretary's Cash Book, Neches Lodge #621, 1917 January - 1921 December
11 Ledger - Minutes, Silsbee Lodge #591, 1913 April - 1915 July
Box Folder
6 1 Ledger - Minutes and Attendance, Rebekah Lodge #17, 1907 January - 1908 November
2 Ledger - Minutes, Rebekah Lodge #17, 1909 January - 1914 February
3 Ledger - Minutes, Rebekah Lodge #17, 1918 July - 1921 December
4 Ledger - Roll of Officers and Minutes, Rebekah Lodge #17, 1926-1930
5 Book - Busbee's Digest 1903, "A Digest of the Decisions and Legislation of the Sovereign Grand Lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows From Its Organization to 1903...", 1904
Box Folder
7 1 Ledger - Membership Record, Beaumont Lodge #278, 1910-1916
2 Ledger - Membership Record, Beaumont Lodge #278, 1901-1909
3 Ledger - Minutes, Rebekah Lodge #54, 1910-1917
Box Folder
8 1 Reports, Beaumont Lodge #278, 1935
Box Folder
7 2 Reports, Beaumont Lodge #278, 1936-1938
3 Reports, Beaumont Lodge #278, 1938-1940
Box Folder
8 1 Reports, Beaumont Lodge #278, 1935
2 Reports, Beaumont Lodge #278, 1936-1938
3 Reports, Beaumont Lodge #278, 1938-1940
4 Reports, Beaumont Lodge #278, 1941-1943
5 Reports, Beaumont Lodge #278, 1944-1946
6 Reports, Beaumont Lodge #278, 1946-1947
7 Reports, Beaumont Lodge #278, 1947-1949
8 Reports, Beaumont Lodge #278, 1950-1952
9 Reports, Beaumont Lodge #278, 1953-1955
10 Reports, Beaumont Lodge #278, 1956-1957
11 Reports, Beaumont Lodge #278, 1958-1959
12 Annual Report Instructions, 1960
13 Reports, Beaumont Lodge #278, 1960-1961
14 Reports, Beaumont Lodge #278, 1962-1963
15 Reports, Beaumont Lodge #278, 1964
16 Reports, Beaumont Lodge #278, 1965
17 Reports, Beaumont Lodge #278, 1966
18 Reports, Beaumont Lodge #278, 1967
19 Reports, Beaumont Lodge #278, 1968
20 Reports, Beaumont Lodge #278, 1969
21 Reports, Beaumont Lodge #278, 1970
22 Reports, Beaumont Lodge #278, 1970-1971
23 Reports, Beaumont Lodge #278, 1972-1973
24 Correspondence and notes, 1964-1972
25 Membership Petitions, 1969-1973
26 Correspondence of P. W. McClendon, Grand Secretary, Beaumont Lodge #278, 1974
Box Folder
10 1 Binder - Membership Records, Beaumont Lodge #278, 1916-1954
2 Binder - Membership Records, Beaumont Lodge #278, 1929-1951
3 Loose leaves - Minutes, Beaumont Lodge #278, 1934 January - 1940 December
4 Loose leaves - Minutes, Beaumont Lodge #278, 1941 January - 1949 March
5 Ledger - Minutes, Beaumont Lodge #278, 1949 April - 1952 May
6 Ledger - Visitors Register, Beaumont Lodge #278, 1921-1958
7 Ledger - Roll of Officers, Neches Lodge #621, 1928 January - 1948 June
8 Ledger - Membership Record, Neches Lodge #621, 1944-1956
9 Binder - Membership Records, Neches Lodge #621, 1950-1978
Box Folder
11 1 Ledger - Minutes and Officers Roll, Neches Lodge #621, 1946 December - 1950 January
2 Ledger - Minutes and Roll of Officers, Neches Lodge #621, 1968 February - 1971 January
3 Ledger - Cash Receipts, Neches Lodge #621, 1922-1937
4 Ledger - Cash Book, Neches Lodge #621, Building and Grounds Committee, 1950-1962
5 Ledger - Cash Book, Neches Lodge #621, 1963-1991
6 Ledger - Question Book, Lodge not indicated, 1924-1937
7 Ledger - Roll of Officers and Minutes, Beaumont Junior Lodge #23, 1949 November - 1952 December
8 Ledger - Roll of Officers and Minutes, Beaumont Junior Lodge #23, 1953 January - 1959 February
9 Ledger - Records-Minute Book, Beaumont Encampment #95, 1944 May - 1954 December
10 Ledger - Records, Beaumont Encampment #95, 1955 January - 1964
Box Folder
12 1 Ledger - Minutes, Rebekah Lodge #17, 1938 September - 1942 December
2 Spiral book - Minutes, Rebekah Lodge #17, 1943 January - 1943 July
3 Ledger - Minutes, Rebekah Lodge #17, 1948 January - 1950 August
4 Ledger - Minutes, Rebekah Lodge #17, 1950 August - 1954 January
5 Ledger - Minutes, Rebekah Lodge #17, 1954 January - 1958 February
6 Ledger - Minutes and Officers Roll Book, Rebekah Lodge #17, 1958 March - 1962 June
7 Ledger - Minutes and Roll of Officers, Rebekah Lodge #17, 1962 January - 1966 January
Box Folder
13 1 Ledger - Secretary Cash Book, Neches Lodge #621, 1956-1979

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