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Guide to the Fraternal organizations of Brooklyn collection ARC.147

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Descriptive Summary

 
Creator: American Lodge of Research Free and Accepted Masons (New York, N.Y.).
Creator: Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine for North America. Kismet Temple (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).
Creator: Brooklyn Masonic Guild (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).
Creator: Elks (Fraternal order). Brooklyn Lodge No. 22 (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).
Creator: Freemasons. Altair Lodge No. 601 (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).
Creator: Freemasons. Anglo-Saxon Lodge No. 137 (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).
Creator: Freemasons. Anthon Lodge No. 769 (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).
Creator: Freemasons. Aranthus Lodge No. 719 (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).
Creator: Freemasons. Brooklyn Council No. 4 (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).
Creator: Freemasons. Commonwealth Lodge No. 409 F. & A.M. (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).
Creator: Freemasons. Covenant Lodge No. 758 (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).
Creator: Freemasons. Grand Lodge of the State of New York.
Creator: Freemasons. Hyatt Lodge, No. 205 (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).
Creator: Freemasons. Jamaica Lodge No. 546 F. & A.M.
Creator: Freemasons. Long Island Lodge No. 382 (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).
Creator: Freemasons. Marsh Lodge No. 188 (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).
Creator: Freemasons. Oltmans Lodge No. 446 (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).
Creator: Freemasons. Stella Lodge No. 485 (New York, N.Y.).
Creator: Freemasons. Sterling Lodge No. 817 (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).
Creator: Freemasons. Zaredatha Lodge No. 483 (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).
Creator: Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Brooklyn Lodge No. 26 (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).
Creator: Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Hannover Lodge No. 359 (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).
Creator: Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Lady Werder Rebekah Lodge No. 281 (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).
Creator: Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Magnolia Lodge No. 166 (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).
Creator: Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Roland Encampment No. 91 (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).
Creator: Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Steuben Lodge No. 133 (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).
Creator: Independent Order of Odd Fellows. United Sisters Rebekah Lodge No. 59 (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).
Creator: Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Werder Lodge No. 594 (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).
Creator: Knights Templar (Masonic order). Clinton Commandery No. 14 (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).
Creator: Knights Templar (Masonic order). Damascus Commandery No. 58 (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).
Creator: Masonic Historical Society of New York.
Creator: Masonic Veterans Association (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).
Creator: Order of the Eastern Star. Esther Chapter No. 2 (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).
Creator: Order of the Eastern Star. Fort Greene Chapter No. 701 (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).
Creator: Order of the Eastern Star. Miriam Chapter No. 120 (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).
Creator: Order of the Eastern Star. Pleiades Chapter No. 205 (Flushing, New York, N.Y.).
Creator: Order of the Eastern Star. Stella Chapter No. 29 (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).
Creator: Royal Arcanum. General Putnam Council No. 1446 (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).
Creator: Royal Arch Masons. Brooklyn Chapter No. 148 (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).
Creator: Royal Arch Masons. Orient Chapter No. 138.
Creator: Scottish Rite (Masonic order). Aurora Grata Lodge of Perfection.
Creator: Society of the Sons of St. George. Grand Lodge of the State of New York.
Title: Fraternal organizations of Brooklyn collection
Dates [inclusive]: 1845-1997
Dates [bulk]: Bulk, 1900-1940
Abstract: The Fraternal organizations of Brooklyn collection dates from 1845 to 1997 (bulk, 1900 to 1940) and measures 1.25 linear feet. The collection includes material from chapters and lodges of ten fraternal organizations based in Brooklyn, including the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, Free and Accepted Masons, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Knights Templar, Order of the Eastern Star, Order of the Sons of St. George, Royal Arcanum, Royal Arch Masons, and Scottish Rite Masons. Items in the collection include constitutions, bylaws, meeting proceedings, event programs, reports, newsletters, research journals, yearbooks, member lists, lodge rosters, and lodge directories.
Quantity: 1.25 linear feet in three manuscript boxes.
Text [Box]: ARC.147 1 of 3
Text [Box]: ARC.147 3 of 3
Text [Box]: ARC.147 2 of 3
Call Phrase: ARC.147
Sponsor: This collection was processed and described as part of the project, "Uncovering the Secrets of Brooklyn's 19th Century Past: Creation to Consolidation," funded by the Council on Library and Information Resources, with additional support from The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.

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Historical note

Fraternal organizations have existed in New York City as early as 1730, when the first group of Freemasons organized in Manhattan. Generally, these organizations provided social opportunities for members as well as group benefits in the case of death or disability. Organizations attracted members based on religious, ethnic, and national origin. In addition to the Masons, groups such as the Order of the Eastern Star (for female members), Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks (founded in New York City in 1866), and the Ancient Arabic Order of Nobles of the Mystic Shrine (founded in New York City in 1870 by former Masons) were also active in Brooklyn.

The Free and Accepted Masons were by far the most active fraternal organization in New York City and Brooklyn, with over 350 lodges in 1929. However, the Great Depression marked a downturn in membership for fraternal organizations, and by 1990, 186 Masonic lodges remained in the city.

Sources

  1. Ferris, Marc. "Fraternal organizations." In The Encyclopedia of New York City, ed. Kenneth T. Jackson, 436-437. New Haven: Yale University Press; New York: New-York Historical Society, 1995.

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Scope and Contents

The Fraternal organizations of Brooklyn collection dates from 1845 to 1997 (bulk, 1900 to 1940) and measures 1.25 linear feet. The collection includes material from chapters and lodges of ten fraternal organizations based in Brooklyn, including the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, Free and Accepted Masons, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Knights Templar, Order of the Eastern Star, Order of the Sons of St. George, Royal Arcanum, Royal Arch Masons, and Scottish Rite Masons. Items in the collection include constitutions, bylaws, meeting proceedings, event programs, reports, newsletters, research journals, yearbooks, member lists, lodge rosters, and lodge directories.

The following chapters, lodges, and temples are represented in the collection, arranged by organization name:

Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine:

Kismet Temple

Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks:

Brooklyn Lodge No. 22

Free and Accepted Masons:

Altair Lodge No. 601

American Lodge of Research

Anglo-Saxon Lodge No. 137

Anthon Lodge No. 769

Aranthus Lodge No. 719

Brooklyn Council No. 4

Brooklyn Masonic Guild

Brooklyn Masonic Veterans

Commonwealth Lodge No. 409

Covenant Lodge No. 758

Grand Lodge of the State of New York

Hyatt Lodge No. 205

Jamaica Lodge No. 546

Long Island Lodge No. 382

Marsh Lodge No. 188

Masonic Historical Society of New York

Oltmans Lodge No. 446

Stella Lodge No. 485

Sterling Lodge No. 817

Zaredatha Lodge No. 483

Independent Order of Odd Fellows of New York State:

Brooklyn Lodge No. 26

Hannover Lodge No. 359

Lady Werder Rebekah Lodge No. 281

Magnolia Lodge No. 166

Roland Encampment No. 91

Steuben Lodge No. 133

United Sisters Rebekah Lodge No. 59

Werder Lodge No. 594

Knights Templar:

Clinton Commandery No. 14

Damascus Commandery No. 58

Order of the Eastern Star:

Esther Chapter No. 2

Fort Greene Chapter No. 701

Miriam Chapter No. 120

Pleiades Chapter No. 205

Stella Chapter No. 29

Order of the Sons of St. George:

Grand Lodge of the State of New York

Royal Arcanum:

General Putnam Council No. 1446

Royal Arch Masons:

Brooklyn Chapter No. 148

Orient Chapter No. 138

Scottish Rite Masons:

Aurora Grata Lodge of Perfection

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Access Points

Document Type

  • Bylaws (administrative records)
  • Constitutions
  • Directories
  • Journals (periodicals)
  • Membership lists
  • Newsletters
  • Proceedings
  • Programs (documents)
  • Reports
  • Rosters
  • Yearbooks

Subject Organizations

  • American Lodge of Research Free and Accepted Masons (New York, N.Y.).
  • Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine for North America. Kismet Temple (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).
  • Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine for North America.
  • Brooklyn Masonic Guild (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).
  • Elks (Fraternal order). Brooklyn Lodge No. 22 (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).
  • Elks (Fraternal order).
  • Freemasons. Altair Lodge No. 601 (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).
  • Freemasons. Anglo-Saxon Lodge No. 137 (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).
  • Freemasons. Anthon Lodge No. 769 (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).
  • Freemasons. Aranthus Lodge No. 719 (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).
  • Freemasons. Brooklyn Council No. 4 (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).
  • Freemasons. Commonwealth Lodge No. 409 F. & A.M. (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).
  • Freemasons. Covenant Lodge No. 758 (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).
  • Freemasons. Grand Lodge of the State of New York.
  • Freemasons. Hyatt Lodge, No. 205 (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).
  • Freemasons. Jamaica Lodge No. 546 F. & A.M.
  • Freemasons. Long Island Lodge No. 382 (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).
  • Freemasons. Marsh Lodge No. 188 (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).
  • Freemasons. Oltmans Lodge No. 446 (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).
  • Freemasons. Stella Lodge No. 485 (New York, N.Y.).
  • Freemasons. Sterling Lodge No. 817 (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).
  • Freemasons. Zaredatha Lodge No. 483 (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).
  • Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Brooklyn Lodge No. 26 (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).
  • Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Hannover Lodge No. 359 (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).
  • Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Lady Werder Rebekah Lodge No. 281 (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).
  • Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Magnolia Lodge No. 166 (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).
  • Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Roland Encampment No. 91 (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).
  • Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Steuben Lodge No. 133 (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).
  • Independent Order of Odd Fellows. United Sisters Rebekah Lodge No. 59 (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).
  • Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Werder Lodge No. 594 (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).
  • Independent Order of Odd Fellows.
  • Knights Templar (Masonic order). Clinton Commandery No. 14 (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).
  • Knights Templar (Masonic order). Damascus Commandery No. 58 (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).
  • Knights Templar (Masonic order).
  • Masonic Historical Society of New York.
  • Masonic Veterans Association (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).
  • Order of the Eastern Star. Esther Chapter No. 2 (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).
  • Order of the Eastern Star. Fort Greene Chapter No. 701 (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).
  • Order of the Eastern Star. Miriam Chapter No. 120 (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).
  • Order of the Eastern Star. Pleiades Chapter No. 205 (Flushing, New York, N.Y.).
  • Order of the Eastern Star. Stella Chapter No. 29 (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).
  • Order of the Eastern Star.
  • Royal Arcanum. General Putnam Council No. 1446 (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).
  • Royal Arcanum.
  • Royal Arch Masons. Brooklyn Chapter No. 148 (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).
  • Royal Arch Masons. Orient Chapter No. 138.
  • Royal Arch Masons.
  • Scottish Rite (Masonic order). Aurora Grata Lodge of Perfection.
  • Scottish Rite (Masonic order).
  • Society of the Sons of St. George. Grand Lodge of the State of New York.
  • Society of the Sons of St. George.

Subject Topics

  • Fraternal organi-ations -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Freemasonry -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Freemasons -- New York (State) -- Kings County

Subject Places

  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) |x Social life and customs

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Open to researchers without restriction.

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, date (if known); Fraternal organizations of Brooklyn collection, ARC.147, Box and Folder number; Brooklyn Historical Society.

Related Archival Materials note

The Brooklyn Historical Society also holds the Third Kings Masonic Camp Fund publications, ARC.162.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Portions of this collection were gifts of the Charles A. Brockaway Estate, George T. Hammon, George R. Kerr, and Edwin Selvage, dates unknown. Source and date of acquisition for remaining items in the collection are unknown.

Processing Information note

Minimally processed to the collection level.

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