Nebraska Grand Lodge of the Free and Accepted Masons [RG5417.AM]

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RG5417.AM:  Nebraska Grand Lodge of the Free and Accepted Masons

Records: 1863-2003
Nebraska: Fraternal organization
Size:  8.5 cu.ft.; 10 boxes + oversize

BACKGROUND NOTE

The following background information is taken from the website of the Grand Lodge of Nebraska:

“The Grand Lodge of Nebraska was chartered in 1857 when Nebraska Lodge No. 184 (chartered from the Grand Lodge of Illinois), Giddings Lodge No. 156 (chartered from the Grand Lodge of Missouri) and Capitol Lodge No. 101 (chartered from the Grand Lodge of Iowa) came together to form the Grand Lodge of Nebraska.”

“Upon formation, these three Masonic Lodges who first comprised the Grand Lodge would go on to become "Nebraska Lodge No. 1," "Western Star Lodge No. 2," and "Capitol Lodge No. 3," respectively. Since its formation in 1857, the Grand Lodge has grown to represent 134 "Subordinate Lodges" and has reached almost every city and county of this great state; From Omaha in the east, to Chadron in the west.”

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE

The collection consists of ten boxes of records, as well as oversized materials, relating to the Nebraska Grand Lodge of the Free and Accepted Masons.  The records date from approximately 1863 to 2003 and include by-laws, correspondence, proceedings, financial information, newsletters, membership materials and some individual lodge records.  The collection is unprocessed, but a basic inventory is available.  Note:  See the photo and audio components for related materials.

INVENTORY

Acc. 2005.0106

Box 1
Folder

  1. Special Committee on Business Affairs – Nebraska Grand Lodge 1957
  2. Funeral Service Directions; Records of Death; National Railroad Adjustment Board – 1955 - ? Records, Letters, etc. by and to Judge Edward F. Carter
  3. AM: Nebraska Grand Lodge – Records, Correspondence, Financial Records, etc. 1960
  4. Scottish Rite Committee 1961 – 1963, 1964?
  5. Loose Material – Copy – Red Cross of Constantine
  6. General Masonic File – Correspondence, Forms, Etc.
  7. Loose Material (Rituals, Letters, Notes)
  8. General Works (Correspondence, Notes; Many Dates)
  9. Masonic Home
  10. Nebraska Lodge #1 – Omaha
  11. Nemaha Valley Lodge #4 – Brownville
  12. Plattsmouth Lodge #6 – Plattsmouth
  13. Fremont Lodge #15 – Fremont
  14. Lincoln Lodge #19 – Lincoln
  15. Platte Valley Lodge # 32 – North Platte
  16. Ashlar Lodge #33 – Grand Island
  17. Northern Light Lodge # 41 – Stanton
  18. Hastings Lodge #50 – Hastings
  19. Lancaster Lodge #54 – Lincoln
  20. Hooper Lodge #72 – Hooper
  21. Cedar Lodge #89 – Fullerton
  22. Shelton Lodge #99 – Shelton
  23. Wymore Lodge #104 – Wymore
  24. Springfield Lodge #112 – Louisville
  25. Ogallala Lodge #159 – Ogallala
  26. Mason City Lodge #170 – Mason City
  27. East Lincoln #210 – Lincoln
  28. Cable Lodge #225 – Arnold
  29. Mitchell Lodge #263 – Mitchell
  30. Florence Lodge #281 – Omaha
  31. Liberty Lodge #300 – Lincoln
  32. Mid West Lodge #317 – Hastings
  33. Bellevue Lodge #325 – Bellevue
  34. Correspondence Dealing with Robert French 1921-1923
  35. Sheets, Frank
  36. Correspondence, Receipts, Business Papers 1908-1940

Box 2
Folder

  1. The Builder Magazine 1915-1930
  2. Correspondence 1888-1908
  3. Correspondence, Certificates 1908-1927
  4. Symbolism
  5. Correspondence 1913-1920
  6. Correspondence 1881-1912
  7. Palmer, Harry O.
  8. Correspondence, Misc. Years C. 1890
  9. Correspondence: Carter, Edward
  10. Booklets
  11. Proceedings
  12. Speech Notes
  13. Approval of Bylaws
  14. Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rites of Freemasonry (Neb.)
  15. Proceedings – Order of the Eastern Star – Grand Chapter of Nebraska 1972

Box 3
Folder

  1. William R. Bowen, Omaha, NE Personal and Private Letters Sent Apr 4, 1878 to Nov. 4, 1886
  2. Letters Sent by William R. Bowen – January 17, 1871 to Nov. 12, 1872 Less Nov 4, 1886 to May 27, 1895

Box 4
Folder

  1. Rainbows
  2. Jobs
  3. Shrine
  4. Tall Cedars of L.
  5. R.O. of Jesteps
  6. Membership Applications
  7. History – Monitor Lodge UD 29 July 1863 – 21 June 1866
  8. Nebr. Soc. For Masonic Research Newsletter
  9. Articles – Unclassified
  10. Rough Drafts for Review
  11. Symbolism
  12. Slide Talks
  13. Letters to J.E.P.J.
  14. Letters from J.E.P.J.
  15. The Notepad
  16. Emessay Notes
  17. Short Talk B.
  18. Masonic Service Association
  19. Demolays

Box 5
Folder

  1. Freemasonry
  2. Book of Sacred Laws
  3. Commandary – K.T.
  4. Ritual
  5. Apron
  6. Table Lodge
  7. Newsletters from Different States
  8. Prince Hall
  9. Newsletters
  10. Slides

Box 6
Folder

  1. Genealogy
  2. Hiram Abif
  3. Eastern Star & Other Women’s Organizations
  4. O.E.S.
  5. Masonic Clothing
  6. Denmark
  7. Grotto
  8. Charges
  9. Landmarks
  10. Status Reports
  11. Working Tools
  12. Where are Traveling
  13. Secret Societies
  14. A.F. & A.M. & Catholic
  15. Summons
  16. Poems
  17. Plays
  18. Whither are We Traveling
  19. Royal Arch
  20. Council
  21. Scottish Rite
  22. “Blue” Lodge
  23. Society Emblems
  24. Masons in Government
  25. By-Laws
  26. Masonic Library

Box 7
Folder

  1. Masonic Publications
  2. Indians
  3. Gov. Burt
  4. Bank Statements
  5. Nebraska Masonic Lodges
  6. The Nebraska Masonic Home
  7. Pictures/LWVN
  8. Women and Groups
  9. Masonry in Nebraska

Box 8
Folder

  1. Summit Lodge No. 7
  2. Colorado
  3. Colorado, pt. 2
  4. Colorado, pt. 3
  5. Colorado A, pt. 1
  6. Colorado A, pt. 2
  7. History of the Grand Lodge Jewels
  8. Annual Communication, 5857-5859

Box 9
Folder

  1. Annual Communication, 5860-5861
  2. Annual Communication, 5862-5863
  3. The Work, pt. 1
  4. The Work, pt. 2
  5. Indian Territory
  6. Jordan Gold Medal

Box 10
Folder

  1. Black Book, 1885
  2. Black Book, 1886
  3. Black Book, 1886-1887
  4. Black Book, 1887
  5. Ritual Book – James R. Cain, Jr.
  6. Nebraska Masonic War Service Committee, etc.
  7. Miscellany
  8. Hiram Club of Lincoln, Nebraska newsletter, 2002-2003  (2003.0456)
  9. Misc. charters and certificates (See oversize)

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