Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Nebraska [RG4244.AM]

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RG4244.AM: Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Nebraska (Omaha, Nebraska)

Records: 1912-1992
Omaha, Douglas County, Neb.: African American Masonic organization
Size: 11 reels of microfilm; 0.5 cu.ft. of papers

BACKGROUND NOTE

Prince Hall Masonry is the African American arm of the Order of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons. It was established by Prince Hall, a free Boston Black man, during the Revolutionary War era. The first Nebraska Prince Hall lodge was organized in 1875. In 1919, the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Nebraska was formed in Omaha. As Grand Lodge it gained jurisdiction over subordinate, or blue, lodges located throughout Nebraska. For more information about Prince Hall Masonry in Nebraska and its female auxiliary, the Order of the Eastern Star, see Nebraska History (Spring 1995, Vol. 76).

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE

This collection consists of records and papers relating to the members and activities of the Prince Hall Grand Lodge. The materials are arranged in two Subgroups: 1) Filmed records, 1912-1992 (eleven reels of microfilm); and 2) Census research files, unfilmed.

The filmed records of Subgroup 1 include correspondence, financial records, Grand and Annual Communications, legal documents, committee and officer reports, agendas, minutes and historical materials. Most of the material is from the Prince Hall Grand Lodge, although there are items from subordinate Nebraska lodges as well.

The Census research files, Subgroup 2, document Prince Hall members through the Nebraska Federal Census forms, 1900-1920. The files are organized by county. One folder includes a list of people who were Lodge members but were not listed on the census.

(Acc.87-76; 1992.0487; 1993.0237; 2002.0650)

Note: See the photo component [RG4244.PH] for images of officers and activities mostly from the 1980s. See the audio component [RG4244.AU] for oral history recordings of lodge members.

INVENTORY

Subgroup 1 - Filmed records, 1912-1986

Reel 1

Proceedings of Communications, 1919 (see also Box 1, F10 addendum)
Proceedings of Communications, 1920
Proceedings of Communications, 1921 & 1922
Proceedings of Communications, 1923
Proceedings of Communications, 1925
Proceedings of Communications, 1927
Proceedings of Communications, 1959
Proceedings of Communications, 1970
Proceedings of Communications, 1971
Proceedings of Communications, 1972
Proceedings of Communications, 1973
Proceedings of Communications, 1974
Proceedings of Communications, 1976
Proceedings of Communications, 1982
Proceedings of Communications, 1983

Reel 2

Proceedings of Communications, 1984
Proceedings of Communications, 1985 (see also reel 9)
Minutes of Grand Communications, 1927
Minutes of Grand Communications, 1928
Minutes of Grand Communications, 1930
Minutes of Grand Communications, 1931 (very difficult to read)
Minutes of Grand Communications, 1934 (includes Grand Master's report)
Minutes of Grand Communications, 1936
Minutes of Grand Communications, 1937 (Grand Secretary's report only)
Minutes of Grand Communications, 1941 (Grand Master's report only)
Minutes of Grand Communications, 1949
Minutes of Grand Communications, 1950
Minutes of Grand Communications, 1951
Minutes of Grand Communications, 1952
Minutes of Grand Communications, 1953
Minutes of Grand Communications, 1967
Minutes of Grand Communications, 1975
Minutes of Grand Communications, 1976
Minutes of Grand Communications, 1977 (includes Grand Secretary's report, July 1977)
Minutes of Grand Communications, 1977 (occasional Grand Communication, Oct. 1977)
Minutes of Grand Communications, 1978 (July 1978)
Minutes of Grand Communications, 1978 (occasional Grand Communication, Nov. 1978)
Minutes of Grand Communications, 1979
Minutes of Grand Communications, 1980
Minutes of Grand Communications, 1984 (occasional Grand Communication, May 1984)
Annual Communication Programs, 1955
Annual Communication Programs, 1963
Annual Communication Programs, 1965
Annual Communication Programs, 1966
Annual Communication Programs, 1967
Annual Communication Programs, 1968
Annual Communication Programs, 1969
Annual Communication Programs, 1971
Annual Communication Programs, 1972
Annual Communication Programs, 1976
Annual Communication Programs, 1978
Annual Communication Programs, 1980
Annual Communication Programs, 1981
Annual Communication Programs, 1982
Annual Communication Programs, 1983
Annual Communication Programs, 1984
Annual Communication Programs, 1986 (includes Grand Master's Address)
Souvenir program - Grand Master's Ball, 1973
Souvenir program - 200th Anniversary Celebration of Prince Hall Masons, 1975
Correspondence, 1924
Correspondence, 1926
Correspondence, 1931
Correspondence, 1932

Reel 3

Correspondence, 1933
Correspondence, 1934
Correspondence, 1935
Correspondence, 1936
Correspondence, 1937
Correspondence, 1938
Correspondence, 1939
Correspondence, 1940
Correspondence, 1941
Correspondence, 1942
Correspondence, 1943
Correspondence, 1945
Correspondence, 1946
Correspondence, 1948
Correspondence, 1950
Correspondence, 1963
Correspondence, 1964

Reel 4

Correspondence, 1966
Correspondence, 1968
Correspondence, 1969
Correspondence, 1973
Correspondence, 1974
Correspondence, 1975
Correspondence, 1976
Correspondence, 1977
Correspondence, 1978
Correspondence, 1979
Correspondence, 1980
Correspondence, 1981
Correspondence, 1982
Correspondence, 1983
Correspondence, 1984
Correspondence, 1985

Reel 4
(1977-1978)
Volume

  1. Report of Officers, Grand Trustee and Relief Boards and Committees, 1977
  2. Edicts, Proclamations, and Official Communications
  3. Dispensations, Souvenir Programs, Minutes, Rosters, Nebraska Masonic News, and other Official Acts and Presentations
  4. Lodge Reports. Quarterly, Annual, and Remittance
  5. Certificates of Elections and Appointments

(1978-1979)

  1. Reports of Officers, Trustee and Relief Boards and Committees

Reel 5

  1. Official Communications, Proclamations, Edicts, Dispensations, Restorations, Minutes, Grand Master's Address, and Grand Master's Trestle Board
  2. Masonic News Bulletins, Souvenir Program, Presentations, and Certificates of Recognition
  3. Grand Lodge Credentials and Quarterly and Annual Reports
  4. Certificates of Elections and Appointments

(1979-1980)

  1. Official Communications, Proclamations, Edicts, Dispensations, Minutes, Grand Master’s Trestle Board
  2. Souvenir Program, Grand Master’s Presentation, and Certificates of Recognition
  3. Rosters, Certificates of Elections and Appointments
  4. Special Report: Robert Medley, DDGM - Deceased April 25, 1980

(1980-1981)

  1. Reports of Officers and Committees: Annual Communication, July 16, 17, 1980

Reel 6

  1. Grand Officers and Committee Reports
  2. Grand Master's Official Communications
  3. Correspondence
  4. Annual and Quarterly Reports
  5. Certificates of Recognition

Receipts and Disbursements: Trustee, General, Relief, Burial, and Mortgage Funds, 1932-1933
Receipts and Disbursements: Trustee Board, 1933-1955
Receipts and Disbursements: by individual lodge, 1940-1942 (includes some women's lodges)
Receipts and Disbursements, 1956-1971 (Secretary's Record)
Receipts and Disbursements, 1956-1971 (Treasurer's Record)
Receipts and Disbursements, 1972-1973 and 1976 (Secretary's Record)

Reel 7

Miscellaneous Financial Reports, 1926 and 1928
Miscellaneous Financial Reports, 1934, 1936, 1938, 1940
Miscellaneous Financial Reports, 1976-1978
Miscellaneous Financial Reports, 1982-1986
3-5-7 Club, 1975-1984 (also includes operational notes)

(Membership records)

  1. Rosters from 1912, Program of Official Proceedings
  2. Rosters of Officers and committee chairmen of lodges: 1932-1936, 1941, 1965, 1967, 1969-1970, 1970-1971, 1978, and undated
  3. Masonic Rosters and Burial and Relief Reports, including:
    Hiram Lodge, April 15, 1938
    Progressive Lodge, Dec. 30, 1941
    Omaha Lodge, July 4, 1942
    Lebanon Lodge, Sept. 17, 1942
    Alliance Lodge, Jan. 12, 1943
    Nat Hunter Lodge, Jan. 12, 1944
    Nat Hunter Lodge, Mar. 1, 1944
    Rescue Lodge, July 1, 1947
    Hiram Lodge, July 1947
    Omaha Lodge, Oct. 17, 1947
    Hiram Lodge, Feb. 5, 1948
  4. Undated rosters of Rough Ashler, Lebanon, Rescue, Marvin, Alliance, Omaha, Hiram, and Excelsior Lodges
  5. Returns to the Grand Lodge, including:
    Unidentified Lodge Quarterly Return, 1942
    Semi-Annual Returns = Rescue Lodge, 1941 and 1943;
    Lebanon Lodge, 1943; Nat Hunter Lodge (2), undated
  6. Membership, undated certifications, 1941
  7. Permanent Records (2), undated

(Rough Ashler Lodge)

By-laws
Correspondence, 1973-1978 and undated
Minutes, 1976
Membership Reports:
Quarterly Reports, 1973-1977
Annual Returns, 1970, 1975, 1976
Petitions for Degrees, 1974-1977 and undated
Remittance Reports, 1973-1977
Committee Reports:
Anniversary Committee Report, 1937
Audit Committee Annual Reports, 1972, 1974, 1975, 1976
Charity Committee Report, 1974
Miscellaneous: Officers, Members, Credentials, Bulletin, Programs, Certificates

(Nat Hunter Lodge)

Historical Information on Nat Hunter Lodge
Constitutions and By-laws
Correspondence, 1962-1984
Grand Master's Notebook, 1983-1984
Reports, 1968-1969, 1984, and undated
Guest Lists for Special Dinners, 1970 and 1983
Rosters, 1970-1971
Miscellaneous: Programs, Trestle Board

Reel 8
(J.D. Kelly Consistory)

By-laws
Procedures of Meetings
Financial Statement, 1939-1941
Correspondence, 1963-1979
1967 Workbook
Secretary's Book, 1981
Agenda for Council of Deliberation, 1963
Programs, 1962 and 1967
Certificates, 1979 and 1981

(Council of Deliberation)

Announcements of Meetings, 1939
Proceedings of Annual Session, 1969
Proclamations, Agendas, Reports, 1947-1980
Programs, 1978-1985
Reports from "The Winter Bulletin," March 1978 and March 1980
(Zaha Temple (Shriners))

By-laws
Programs, Midwest Gala Day, 1965 and 1977; Jubilee Day Service (2), undated; Annual Orientation Ball, 1965
Souvenir Committee Minutes, 1965
Certificates, 1940 and 1941

(Trustee Board)

Financial Statements, 1931-1939
Correspondence, 1938-1941; Report, 1968
Agendas and Minutes, 1978

(Committees)

Reports of Committee on By-laws of Subordinate Lodges, Appeals and Grievances, 1933-1934
Report of Committee on Grand Master’s Address, 1934
Report of Committee on Rules and Order, 1935
Credit Union Committee Minutes, 1938
Report of Jurisprudence Committee, 1950
Report of Committee on Scholarship, 1968
Grand Attorney’s Report, undated
Committee rosters, undated

(Relief Department)

Resolutions, 1931, 1932 and undated
Constitutions, undated
Revised Constitution, 1944
Annual Report, 1980

(Junior Warden)

Sick and Shut-ins Notebook, 1966-1968
Report of Grand Junior Warden, 1984
Notes

(Trial Commission)

Memo and Minutes, 1977

(Building File)

Victory Celebration Program, 1940; Address of Mortgage Burning Ceremony, 1940
New Temple file, 1941
New Temple file, 1965
A Summary of Building and Site Repair, undated
Property Map, 1979

(Legal Documents)

Fidelity Bond Papers: Rescue Lodge, 1924; Grand Lodge, 1936, 1938, 1939, 1940
Insurance: Rescue Lodge, 1924- 5: Grand Lodge, 1937 and 1976; Listing of Policies, 1938
Affidavits for Procurement of Mortgage, 1930
Real Estate Mortgage Certificate, 1933
Real Estate Mortgage and Mortgage Certificate, 1940
Court Case Documents, 1932, 1934, 1937
Record of Registered Agent, 1974
Nonprofit Corporation Biennial Report, 1976-1977

(Procedural Instructions)

Prince Hall Primer
Opening of Lodge
Laying of a Cornerstone
The Scottish Rite

(Miscellany)

Minutes: Excelsior Lodge, Feb.1, 1937 (re: court of J.N. Thomas); Rescue Lodge, Nov.3, 1937; Lebanon Lodge Reorganization, July 5, 1941; U.D. Lodge, Dec. 17, 1941; Grand Master’s Cabinet, Aug. 20, 1944
Grand Master’s Report, Jan. 15, 1939
Funerals: Occasional Grand Lodge Minutes, 1941 and 1948; obsequies, 1969 and 1979
Programs, 1967-1985
Certificates: Dispensation, 1938-1973; Demit, 1941-1973; Appointments, 1919, 1939, 1950, 1971, 1978, 1980
Constitutions of Junior Craftsman and Nebraska Veteran Freemasons Association; By-laws of Club 21, and a variety of notes

Reel 9

Proceedings of Communications, 1986
Proceedings of Communications, 1988
Grand Communications, 1978 - Minutes (“Journal”)
Grand Communications, 1981 - Minutes
Grand Communications, 1984 - Agenda
Grand Communications, 1985 - Agenda
Grand Communications, 1987 - Minutes
Grand Communications, 1988 - Agenda
Grand Communications, 1989 - Minutes
Grand Communications, 1990 - Minutes
Annual Communications Programs, 1977
Annual Communications Programs, 1979
Annual Communications Programs, 1985
Annual Communications Programs, 1987
Annual Communications Programs, 1988
Annual Communications Programs, 1989
Annual Communications Programs, 1990
Annual Communications Programs, 1991
Annual Communications Programs, 1992
Midwest Regional Programs, 1987
Midwest Regional Programs, 1988
Midwest Regional Programs, 1989
Grand Master's Addresses, 1984
Grand Master's Addresses, 1985
Grand Master's Addresses, 1986
Grand Master's Addresses, 1987
Grand Master's Addresses, 1988
Grand Master's Addresses, 1989
Grand Master's Addresses, 1990
Deputy Grand Master's Reports, 1983
Deputy Grand Master's Reports, 1984
Deputy Grand Master's Reports, 1985
Deputy Grand Master's Reports, 1986
Deputy Grand Master's Reports, 1987
Deputy Grand Master's Reports, 1989
Deputy Grand Master's Reports, 1990
Deputy Grand Master's Reports, 1991
Deputy Grand Master's Reports, Undated
Auditor's Reports, 1984
Auditor's Reports, 1985
Auditor's Reports, 1986
Auditor's Reports, 1987
Auditor's Reports, 1988
Grand Senior Warden's Reports, 1980
Grand Senior Warden's Reports, 1981
Grand Senior Warden's Reports, 1983
Grand Senior Warden's Reports, 1989
Grand Senior Warden's Reports, 1990
Grand Junior Warden's Reports, 1989
Grand Junior Warden's Reports, 1990
Grand Secretary's Reports, 1977
Grand Secretary's Reports, 1989
Grand Secretary's Reports, 1990
Grand Lecturer's Reports, 1977
Grand Lecturer's Reports, 1978
Grand Lecturer's Reports, 1989
Grand Lecturer's Reports, 1990
Grand Lecturer's Reports, Journal, 1989-1990
District Deputy #1's Report, 1990
District Deputy #2's Report, 1988
District Deputy #2's Report, 1989
District Deputy #2's Report, 1990
Occasional Grand Lodge, 1984 - Minutes
Occasional Grand Lodge, 1986 - Agenda and Minutes
Occasional Grand Lodge, 1990 - Minutes
Trustee Board Agendas/Minutes, 1982
Trustee Board Agendas/Minutes, 1983
Trustee Board Agendas/Minutes, 1984
Trustee Board Agendas/Minutes, 1985
Trustee Board Agendas/Minutes, 1986
Trustee Board Agendas/Minutes, 1987
Trustee Board Agendas/Minutes, 1988
Trustee Board Agendas/Minutes, 1989
Trustee Board Agendas/Minutes, 1990
Trustee Board Agendas/Minutes, Special Mtg with Los Diablos Motorcycle Club, 1982, 1984
Grand Master's Cabinet Agendas/Minutes, 1983
Grand Master's Cabinet Agendas/Minutes, 1984
Grand Master's Cabinet Agendas/Minutes, 1985
Grand Master's Cabinet Agendas/Minutes, 1987
Grand Master's Cabinet Agendas/Minutes, 1988
Grand Master's Cabinet Agendas/Minutes, Undated agendas and minutes page
Correspondence, 1978
Correspondence, 1979
Correspondence, 1981
Correspondence, 1982
Correspondence, 1983

Reel 10

Correspondence, 1984
Correspondence, 1985
Correspondence, 1986
Correspondence, 1987
Correspondence, 1988
Correspondence, 1989
Correspondence, 1990
Correspondence, 1991
Correspondence, 1992
Financial records, 1976-1977
Financial records, 1977-1978
Financial records, 1978-1979
Financial records, 1979-1980
Financial records, 1980-1981
Financial records, 1981-1982
Financial records, 1982-1983
Financial records, 1983-1984
Financial records, 1984-1985
Financial records, 1985-1986
Financial records, 1986-1987
Financial records, 1987-1988
Financial records, 1988-1989
Financial records, 1989-1990
Financial records, 1990-1991
Financial records, miscellaneous and undated
Grand Lodge Officer and Committee Rosters, 1966-1967
Grand Lodge Officer and Committee Rosters, 1973-1974
Grand Lodge Officer and Committee Rosters, 1981-1982
Grand Lodge Officer and Committee Rosters, 1982-1983
Grand Lodge Officer and Committee Rosters, 1983-1984
Grand Lodge Officer and Committee Rosters, 1984-1985
Grand Lodge Officer and Committee Rosters, 1985-1986
Grand Lodge Officer and Committee Rosters, 1987-1988
Grand Lodge Officer and Committee Rosters, 1988-1989
Grand Lodge Officer and Committee Rosters, 1989-1990
Individual Lodge Officer and Committee Rosters, 1985
Individual Lodge Officer and Committee Rosters, 1986
Individual Lodge Officer and Committee Rosters, 1987
Individual Lodge Officer and Committee Rosters, 1988

(Rough Ashler Lodge #1)

Members, 1985
Indebtedness to Grand Lodge Records, 1987-1988
Officer Election Results, 1987

(Excelsior Lodge #2)

Members, undated
Indebtedness to Grand Lodge Records, 1987-1988
Officer Election Results, 1987

(Lebanon Lodge #3 (Lincoln))

Members, 1988
Indebtedness to Grand Lodge Records, 1987-1988
Minutes, 1986
Correspondence, 1988

(Rescue Lodge #4)

Members, 1985, 1987, and undated
Indebtedness to Grand Lodge Records, 1987-1988
Correspondence, 1988-1989

(True American Lodge #6)

Members, 1985

(Omaha Lodge #9)

Members, 1985
Quarterly Reports, 1987-1988
Indebtedness to Grand Lodge Records, 1987-1988
Financial Records, 1986-1987
Minutes, 1988-1989
Correspondence, 1988-1989 and undated
Officer Election Results, 1987
Relief Account, 1986-1987

(Hiram Lodge #10)

By-laws, 1984
Members, 1985 and 1989
Quarterly Return, 1988
Indebtedness to Grand Lodge Records, 1987-1988
Officer Election Results, 1987

(Nat Hunter Lodge #12)

Constitution and By-laws
Members, 1985, 1991, and undated
Quarterly Return, 1988
Indebtedness to Grand Lodge Records, 1987-1988
Correspondence, 1979-1992
Officers, Committees, and Schedule, 1992
Proposed Budget, 1981-1982
Remittance Report, 1988
41st Anniversary Program
50th Anniversary Program, 1991
Prince Hall Mason Project, 1985 and 1987

(Anchor Lodge #14)

Members, 1985 and 1988
Indebtedness to Grand Records, 1987-1988
Officer Election Results, 1987

(J.D. Kelly Consistory #27)

Report, 1988
Proposed Budget, 1986

(Committees/Boards)

Budget and Finance Committee, 1988
Building Committee, 1981-1990
Clothing Committee, 1984
Constitution and General Laws Revision Committee, 1989-1990
Feasibility of Consolidating Lodges Committee, 1988
Food Pantry Committee, 1988-1990
Foreign Correspondence Committee, 1990
Grand Master’s Address Committee, 1988-1990
Grand Trustee Board, 1990 Hospitality Committee, 1989
Jurisprudence Committee, 1988-1992
Per Diem Committee, 1989-1990
Recreation Committee, undated
Relief Board, 1987-1990
Resolutions Committee, 1985-1989
Returns Committee, 1989-1990
Scholarship Committee, 1990
Task Force, 1983-1984
Trestle Board, 1978

(3-5-7 Club)

Annual Report, 1979 (January-June)
Annual Report, 1979-1980
Annual Report, 1980-1981
Annual Report, 1984-1985
Annual Report, 1985-1986
Annual Report, 1987-1988
Annual Report, 1988-1989
Annual Report, 1989-1990
Monthly reports, 1982

Reel 11

Monthly reports, 1983
Monthly reports, 1984
Monthly reports, 1985
Monthly reports, 1986
Monthly reports, 1987
Monthly reports, 1988
Monthly reports, 1989
Monthly reports, 1990
Monthly reports, undated
Correspondence, 1982
Correspondence, 1983
Correspondence, 1985
Correspondence, 1987

(Historical/Legal Materials)

“A Statement of Freemasonry”
Historical Data
Constitutions and Amendments
Resolution of Autonomy between Most Worshipful Grand Lodge and Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge and Press Release, 1990
Contracts, 1981-1984

(Miscellaneous)

Organization of Lodge Minutes, 1941; Programs, 1983-1991; Funeral Programs; Notes; Amaranthus Materials; Fragments

Subgroup 2 - Census research files, unfilmed

Box 1
Folder

  1. 1900 Census
  2. Platte Valley #8
  3. "AL #7
  4. True American #6
  5. "HAS #5"
  6. Not listed
  7. "Leb #3 / AM #3 / PH #8
  8. Douglas County, v. 17-18
  9. Douglas County, v. 19-23

Addendum to Subgroup 1 (2002.0650)

  1. Proceedings of Communications, 1919

 

Subject headings:

African Americans -- Nebraska
Alliance Lodge #7 (Alliance, Nebraska)
Anchor Lodge #14 (Omaha, Nebraska)
Excelsior Lodge #2 (Omaha, Nebraska)
Fraternal organizations -- Nebraska
Freemasonry -- Nebraska
Freemasons -- Nebraska
Hiram Lodge #10 (Omaha, Nebraska)
J.D. Kelly Consistory #27 (Omaha, Nebraska)
Lebanon Lodge #3 (Lincoln, Nebraska)
Marvin Lodge #5 (Hastings, Nebraska)
Nat Hunter Lodge #12 (Omaha, Nebraska)
Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Nebraska
Progressive Lodge #12 (Omaha, Nebraska)
Rescue Lodge #4 (Omaha, Nebraska)
Rough Ashler Lodge #1 (Omaha, Nebraska)
3-5-7 Club (Omaha, Nebraska)
True American Lodge #6 (Grand Island, Nebraska)
Zaha Temple (Shriners) (Omaha, Nebraska)

 

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