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I.O.O.F. Grand Lodge of Kansas

Creator: Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Grand Lodge of Kansas

Date: [circa 1869]-1997

Level of Description: Coll./Record Group

Material Type: Manuscripts

Call Number: Unavailable

Unit ID: 44869

Abstract: Records of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF) Grand Lodge of Kansas. Includes minute and activity books from various lodges around the state, including the Sequoyah Lodge No. 245 in Garden City; McPherson Lodge No. 376; Anchor Lodge No. 318 of Marquette; Dighton Lodge No. 286; Reno Lodge No. 99 of Hutchinson; Wichita Lodge No. 296; Kingman Lodge No. 199; and others. Other records in the collection include lists of trustees & officers; member information, including when they died or otherwise left the society; ledgers & cash books; other financial & administrative records. The collection can also include minute and activity books from the women's sister society, the Rebekahs, such as the Myrtle Lodge in McPherson. Typically the volumes from an individual lodge are housed together; the bulk of the volumes date from the mid-20th century onward. Some of the earliest records come from the Phoenix Lodge No. 41 in Wathena. Declaration of Chivalry certificate and two officer certificates issued to Captain Claude E. Simpson, Canton Topeka #3; Charter certificate for Rebekah Lodge Capitola #219; and certificate for Rebekah Lodge Capitola #219.

Space Required/Quantity: 26.00 cubic feet

Title (Main title): I.O.O.F. Grand Lodge of Kansas

Titles (Other):

  • Independent Order of Odd Fellows Grand Lodge of Kansas

Administrative History

Administrative History:

In 17th century England, it was odd to find people organized for the purpose of giving aid to those in need and of pursuing projects for the benefit of all mankind. Those who belonged to such an organization were called "Odd Fellows." Odd Fellows are also known as "The Three Link Fraternity" which stands for Friendship, Love and Truth.

The Independent Order of Odd Fellows was founded on the North American continent in Baltimore, Maryland, on 26 April 1819 when Thomas Wildey and four members of the Order from England instituted Washington Lodge No. 1. This lodge received its charter from Manchester Unity of Odd Fellows in England.

Odd Fellowship became the first national fraternity to include both men and women when it adopted the Rebekah Degree on 20 September 1851. This degree is based on the teachings found in the Bible and was written by Schuyler Colfax who was vice-president of the United States during the period 1868-1873. Odd Fellows and Rebekahs were also the first fraternal organization to establish homes for senior members and for orphaned children.

Scope and Content

Locators:

Locator Contents
110-01-01-01 to 110-01-02-06  NOTE: box 8 has 2 volumes of records from the Women's Relief Corps #33 
954-30-00-00  Declaration of Chivalry certificate and two officer certificates issued to Captain Claude E. Simpson, Canton Topeka #3; Charter certificate for Rebekah Lodge Capitola #219; and certificate for Rebekah Lodge Capitola #219 

Bibliography

Finding Aid Bibliography: Independent Order of Odd Fellows. "About Us." http://www.ioof.org/aboutus.html (accessed 2 November 2009).

Index Terms

Subjects

    Woman's Relief Corps (U.S.). Canby Relief Corps No. 33 (Osage City, Kan.)
    Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Grand Lodge of Kansas -- History
    Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Grand Lodge of Kansas -- Records and correspondence
    International Association of Rebekah Assemblies, IOOF
    Kansas -- Societies and clubs
    Corporate minutes -- Kansas
    Fraternal organizations -- Kansas
    Women -- Kansas -- Societies and clubs

Creators and Contributors


Notes

With: With this is filed: Record books of the Women's Relief Corps #33, 2 v.