Independent Order of Odd Fellows Records of California Lodges
Scope and Contents
Financial records and receipts, account books, membership records, meeting minutes, reports, correspondence, circulars, and ephemera generated by the activities of the Charity Lodge No. 6 of Stockton and the Hanford Lodge, the Lady of the Lake Rebekah Lodge No. 111, and the Lucerne Lodge (all located in Hanford), as well as other California-based Independent Order of Odd Fellows lodges and encampments.
- 1852 - 1967
Conditions Governing Access
The materials are open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
The Independent Order of Odd Fellows Records of California Lodges is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Purchased from William P. Wreden on the Frederick W. and Carrie S. Beinecke Fund for Western Americana, 1972; purchased from Vigilante Rare Documents on the Frederick W. and Carrie S. Beinecke Fund for Western Americana, 2004; and purchased from Carmen D. Valentino on the Ramona Lazare Fund, 2006.
Organized into three groupings: July 1972 Acquisition; January 2004 Acquisition; and July 2006 Acquisition.
6.09 Linear Feet (7 boxes)
Language of Materials
Biographical / Historical
The Independent Order of Odd Fellows is a fraternal organization. The Order was founded in Britain, and the American branch of the organization was founded in Baltimore, Maryland in 1819. The Order opened to women in 1851 with the founding of the Rebekah branch.
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This collection received a basic level of processing in 2014, including rehousing and minimal organization. Various acquisitions associated with the collection have not been merged and organized as a whole. Each acquisition is described separately in the contents list below, identified by a unique call number and titled according to month and year of acquisition.
Information included in the Description of Papers note and Collection Contents section is drawn from information supplied with the collection and from an initial survey of the contents. Folder titles appearing in the contents list below are often based on those provided by the creator or previous custodian. Titles have not been verified against the contents of the folders in all cases. Otherwise, folder titles are supplied by staff during initial processing.
This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description
- Account books -- California -- 19th century
- Account books -- California -- 20th Century
- California -- Social life and customs -- 19th century
- California -- Social life and customs -- 20th century
- Fraternal organizations -- California
- Independent Order of Odd Fellows
- Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Charity Lodge No. 6 (Stockton, Calif.)
- Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Hanford Lodge (Hanford, Calif.)
- Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Lady of the Lake Rebekah Lodge No. 111 (Hanford, Calif.)
- Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Lucerne Lodge (Hanford, Calif.)
- Minutes (administrative records) -- California -- 19th century
- Minutes (administrative records) -- California -- 20th Century
- Receipts (financial records) -- California -- 19th century
- Receipts (financial records) -- California -- 20th Century
- Women -- Societies and clubs
- Women -- West (U.S.)
- Guide to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows Records of California Lodges
- by Beinecke Staff
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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