October 29, 2022

Nebraska State Grange [RG4344.AM]


RG4344.AM:  Patrons of Husbandry. Nebraska State Grange

Records:  1872-1974

Nebraska:  Political organization

Size:  2.0 cu.ft.; 4 boxes


On January 1, 1872, J. H. Painter organized the first Grange in Nebraska at Orleans in Harlan County.  This was quickly followed by the organization of a number of other Granges throughout the state.  On August 2, 1872, General Wilson of Iowa organized the Nebraska State Grange.  For more detail see Solon Justis Buck’s The Granger Movement, Harvard University Press, 1913.


This collection is arranged in three series:  1) Nebraska State Grange, 1873-1899; 2) Subordinate Granges, 1872-1974; and 3) Miscellany.  This material relates to the national organization of Patrons of Husbandry; to the Nebraska State Grange; and to the subordinate Granges with the state of Nebraska.  Included are administrative and procedural records, as well as information concerning the activities of the organization.


Series 1 – Nebraska State Grange of the Patrons of Husbandry

Box 1


    1. Charters and Commissions, 1873-1897

    1. Secretary’s Book, 1887-1896

    1. Secretary’s Book, 1885-1899

Series 2 – Subordinate Granges

Group 1: Applications for organization (photocopies)

Box 2


    1. Granges #1 – #200; 1/1/1872-5/31/1873

    1. Granges #201 – #400; 6/4/1873-1/21/1874

    1. Granges #401 – #550; 1/26/1874-3/26/1874

    1. Granges #551 – #636, #29-#99; 4/1/1874-5/21/1897

Group 26, Excelsior Grange #26, Palmyra, Neb.

Box 3


    1. Secretary’s Book (minutes), 1876-1879

    1. Secretary’s Book (accounts), 1876-1879

    1. Treasurer’s Book, 1873-1877

    1. Miscellany, including: Charter, 1872

      Letter, 1878

      Receipt, 1868

Group 35, Center Grange #35, Lincoln, Neb.

    1. Secretary’s Book, 1875-1881

Group 203, Banner Grange #203, Palmyra, Neb.

    1. Treasurer’s Book, 1873-1879

    1. Roll Book, 1873-1876

    1. Receipt Book, 1875-1880

      Receipt Book, 1876-1879

Group 369, Waverly Grange #369, Waverly, Neb.

    1. Yearbooks, 1936-1974

Group 476, West Butler Grange #476, Columbus, Neb.

Box 4


    1. Constitution & by-laws, n.d.

    1. By-laws of the Grange Library 1876

    1. Secretary’s Book

Group 2, Sand Creek Grange #2, Sand Creek, Neb.

    1. Copy of Minutes, March 22 & April 5, 1873; copy of newspaper clipping

Group 103, Custer Center Grange #103, Broken Bow, Neb.

    1. Yearbook, 1937

Series 3 – Miscellany

    1. Manual of Subordinate Granges, Washington, Gibson Bros., 1872 (2 copies)

      Manual of Subordinate Granges, Washington, Gibson Bros., 1873 (2 copies)

    1. Journals of Proceedings and Programs of Annual Sessions from 1941-1958

    1. Songs of the Grange, Philadelphia, J. A. Wagenskeller, 1874

    1. “Constitution of the Nebraska State Grange,” as adopted December 17, 1873; Nebraska Farmer

    1. Membership application blanks

    1. Bibliography & Guide to newspaper articles on the Patrons of Husbandry

    1. Histories of county Granges, 1917

    1. History of Old State Grange, P. E. Beardsley, May 1890

    1. Grange Activities of James D. Ream

    1. Miscellaneous


Subject headings:

Agricultural societies — Nebraska

Columbus (Nebraska) — History

Lincoln (Nebraska) — History

Nebraska State Grange

Palmyra (Nebraska) — History

Patrons of Husbandry

Waverly (Nebraska) — History


DAB/HEK/jlc           05-02-1966

DDM/pmc               09-25-1985

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