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RG0868.AM:  Grand York Rite of Nebraska



Records:  c.1868-1954, mostly 1870-1920

Nebraska:  Fraternal organization

Size:  12.0 cu.ft.; 12 boxes



BACKGROUND NOTE



The organization of the American Rite (York Rite in America) features nine degrees, according to Mackey’s The Encyclopedia of Free Masonry.  The lodge, a meeting of the symbolic masons, gives three degrees:  Entered Apprentice; Fellow-Craft; and Master Mason.  The Chapter, a meeting of Royal Arch Masons, consists of four degrees for members:  Mark Master; Past Master; Most Excellent Master; Holy Royal Arch.  The High Priest serves as the presiding officer of a chapter of a Royal Arch Masons (RAM).  The Council, a meeting of Cryptic Masons, holds degrees as Royal Master and Select Master.  The Commandery, a meeting of the Knights Templar, also has degrees:  Knights of the Red Cross, Knight Templar, and Knight of Malta.  The Nebraska York Rite Collection contains items from the Chapter, Council, and Commandery levels.



SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE



The Nebraska York Rite Collection consists of records of the organization arranged in five series:



1)  High Priesthood and Chapters, Correspondence 1868-1929; 2) Grand Councils and Councils, Correspondence 1876-1954; 3) Grand Officers and Commanderies, Correspondence 1870-1954; 4) State and International Correspondence, 1869-1920; and 5) Miscellaneous.



Furnas, Livingston, Deuel–names familiar in early Nebraska history transform into chapter names. A large portion of the materials relates to some 65 Nebraska York Rite Chapters.  The chapter, council, and commandery materials include demits, dispensation papers, charter copies, petitions, by-laws and amendments, officers and installations, invitations, designated seals, and other materials related to the individual groups.  Christmas observances, banquets, inspection reports, and account records are also included in the collection.  Members in military service in World War I are recorded as well.



The State/ International correspondence consists of communication between the Nebraska organization and 27 states and territories and 4 foreign nations.  Appointment of representatives to grand (state) commanderies, member deaths (including President Garfield), printed proceedings, Grand Conclave reports, and reports of impersonation of knights (warnings to other states) comprise the State/ International correspondence.  The Miscellaneous series consists of the correspondence regarding the printed electrotype plates and the formation of the Rocky Mountain (Colorado Territory) lodge.



INVENTORY



Series 1 – High Priesthood and Chapters, Correspondence

Box 1

Folder




    1. Central Grand Chapter, U.S.A., Correspondence, 1871-1885

    1. Central Grand Chapter, U.S.A., Correspondence, 1886-1893

    1. Grand Chapter, Correspondence, 1903

    1. Grand Chapter, Correspondence, 1903

    1. High Priesthood (Documents), Correspondence, 1889-1890, 1897

    1. High Priesthood (Sundry Documents by Date), Correspondence, 1890-1899

    1. High Priesthood (Sundry Documents by Date), Correspondence, 1890-1897

    1. High Priesthood (Records of sessions), Correspondence, 1886-1912

    1. High Priesthood (Records of sessions), Correspondence, 1895-1897

    1. High Priesthood, Correspondence, 1901-1904

    1. High Priesthood, Correspondence, 1899-1901

    1. High Priesthood, Correspondence, 1908-1913

    1. High Priesthood, Correspondence, 1909-1913

    1. New Chapters, Correspondence, 1893-1916

    1. New Chapters, Correspondence, 1882-1892

    1. Excelsior Chapter U D, Correspondence, 1873-1889

    1. Omaha Chapter (No. 1), Correspondence, 1899-1919

    1. Keystone Chapter (No. 2) (Nebraska City), Correspondence, 1902-1919

    1. Nebraska Chapter (No. 3) (Plattsmouth), Correspondence, 1865-1900

    1. Nebraska Chapter (No. 3), Correspondence, 1865-1920

    1. Brownville Chapter (No. 4), Correspondence, 1889-1919

    1. Brownville Chapter (No. 4), Correspondence, 1867-1888

    1. Eureka Chapter (No. 5) (Falls City), Correspondence, 1869-1920

    1. Eureka Chapter (No. 5), Correspondence, 1868-1898



Box 2

Folder




    1. Lincoln Chapter (No. 6), Correspondence, 1890-1920

    1. Lincoln Chapter (No. 6), Correspondence, 1870-1902

    1. Lincoln Chapter (No. 6), Correspondence, 1886-1904

    1. Bellevue Chapter (No. 7), Correspondence, 1872-1919

    1. Signet Chapter (No. 8) (Fremont), Correspondence, 1870-1919

    1. Furnas Chapter (No. 9) (Tecumseh), Correspondence, 1869-1918

    1. Livingston Chapter (No. 10) (Beatrice), Correspondence, 1885-1919

    1. Livingston Chapter (No. 10), Correspondence, 1870-1884

    1. Deuel Chapter (No. 11) (Grand Island), Correspondence, 1871-1919

    1. Ashland Chapter (No. 12), Correspondence, 1874-1908

    1. Ashland Chapter (No. 12), Correspondence, 1873-1889

    1. Ashland Chapter (No. 12) Extinct, Correspondence, 1873-1879

    1. Adoniram Chapter (No. 13) (Blair), Correspondence, 1886-1919

    1. Adoniram Chapter (No. 13), Correspondence, 1867-1885

    1. Lebanon Chapter (No. 14) (Sutton), Correspondence, 1875-1919

    1. Euphrates Chapter (No. 15) (North Platte), Correspondence, 1885-1919

    1. Euphrates Chapter (No. 15), Correspondence, 1876-1884

    1. Gayle Chapter (No. 16) (Hebron), Correspondence, 1874-1919

    1. Mount Zion Chapter (No. 17) (Crete), Correspondence, 1889-1919

    1. Mount Zion Chapter (No. 17), Correspondence, 1877-1888



Box 3

Folder




    1. Orient Chapter (No. 18) (Columbus), Correspondence, 1878-1919

    1. Red Cloud Chapter (No. 19), Correspondence, 1878-1920

    1. Bethlehem Chapter (No. 20) (Pawnee City), Correspondence, 1878-1919

    1. Hastings Chapter (No. 21), Correspondence, 1878-1920

    1. Edgar Chapter (No. 22), Correspondence, 1881-1919

    1. Kearney Chapter (No. 23), Correspondence, 1881-1920

    1. Mackey Chapter (No. 24) (Tekamah), Correspondence, 1881-1919

    1. Damascus Chapter (No. 25) (Norfolk), Correspondence, 1883-1919

    1. Merrick Chapter (No. 26) (Central City), Correspondence, 1882-1919

    1. Jordan Chapter (No. 27) (St. Paul), Correspondence, 1884-1919



***No records for Chapter No. 28**




    1. Tyrian Chapter (No. 29) (Lexington), Correspondence, 1884-1919

    1. King David Chapter (No. 30) (David City), Correspondence, 1882-1919

    1. Palmer Chapter (No. 31) (Wilber), Correspondence, 1885-1919

    1. Shekinah Chapter (No. 32) (Aurora), Correspondence, 1881-1919

    1. Solomon Chapter (No. 33), Correspondence, 1884-1920

    1. Jewel Chapter (No. 34) (Ashland), Correspondence, 1890-1913



Box 4

Folder




    1. Jewel Chapter (No. 34), Correspondence, 1883-1889

    1. Jewel Chapter (No. 34), “Returns,” 1901

    1. King Cyrus Chapter (No. 35) (McCook), Correspondence, 1885-1919

    1. King Darius Chapter (No. 36) (Indianola), Correspondence, 1885-1919

    1. Tadmor Chapter (No. 37) (Superior), Correspondence, 1884-1919

    1. Ophir Chapter (No. 38) (Schuyler), Correspondence, 1873, 1886-1917

    1. Haggai Chapter (No. 39) (Wakefield), Correspondence, 1885-1920

    1. Temple Chapter (No. 40) (Neligh), Correspondence, 1885-1919

    1. Triune Chapter (No. 41) (Geneva), Correspondence, 1886-1919

    1. Cyrene Chapter (No. 42) (Friend), Correspondence, 1885-1890

    1. Cyrene Chapter (No. 42) (Holdrege), Correspondence, 1886-1919

    1. Wahoo Chapter (No. 43), Correspondence, 1886-1919

    1. Siloam Chapter (No. 44) (Fairbury), Correspondence, 1886-1919

    1. Garfield Chapter (No. 45) (O’Neill), Correspondence, 1887-1913

    1. Garfield Chapter (No. 45), Correspondence, 1885-1912

    1. Garfield Chapter (No. 45), Correspondence, 1887-1900 (“Petition Papers”)



Box 5

Folder




    1. Siroc Chapter (No. 46) (West Point), Correspondence, 1886-1919

    1. Miriam Chapter (No. 47) (Oxford), Correspondence, 1888-1919

    1. Occidental Chapter (No. 48) (Chadron), Correspondence, 1887-1919

    1. Horeb Chapter (No. 49) (Broken Bow), Correspondence, 1888-1919

    1. Doric Chapter (No. 50) (Ord), Correspondence, 1886-1919

    1. Pine Chapter (No. 51) (Long Pine), Correspondence, 1888-1919

    1. Joppa Chapter (No. 52) (Loup City), Correspondence, 1889-1919

    1. Pentalpha Chapter (No. 53) (Genoa), Correspondence, 1893-1923

    1. Pentalpha Chapter (No. 53), Correspondence, 1889-1923

    1. Sheba Chapter (No. 54) (Alliance), Correspondence, 1896-1919

    1. Chaldean Chapter (No. 55) (Bloomfield), Correspondence, 1897-1918

    1. Cedar Chapter (No. 56) (Hartington), Correspondence, 1897-1913



***No records for Chapter No. 57***




    1. Rabboni Chapter (No. 58) (Randolph), Correspondence, 1905-1918

    1. Rabboni Chapter (No. 58), Petitions, 1905-1912

    1. Valley Chapter (No. 59) (Alma), Correspondence, 1905-1919



Box 6

Folder




    1. Delta Chapter (No. 60) (Omaha), Correspondence, 1920-1921

    1. Florence Chapter (No. 61) (Omaha), Correspondence, 1923-1924

    1. Leese Chapter (No. 62) (Seward), Correspondence, 1925

    1. Rosebud Chapter (No. 63) (Valentine), Correspondence, 1926-1927



***No records for Chapter No. 64***




    1. Oregon Trail Chapter (No. 65) (Gering), Correspondence, 1928-1929



Series 2 – Grand Councils and Councils

Box 6 (cont.)

Folder




    1. Grand Council, 1900-1901

    1. Grand Council, 1902-1903 (Sessions)

    1. Grand Council, Proceedings (1892-1900)



***No records for Council No.1 (referred to in later Correspondence, as Omaha Council No.1)




    1. Alpha Council (No. 2) (Nebraska City), Correspondence, 1876-1909

    1. Furnas Council (No. 3) (Auburn, org. Brownsville), Correspondence, 1878–1920



***No records for Council No. 4***




    1. Adoniram Council (No. 5) (Tecumseh), Correspondence, 1876-1920; 1925; 1949

    1. Zabud Council (No. 6) (Lexington), Correspondence, 1886-1920

    1. Hiram Council (No. 7) (Fremont), Correspondence, 1886-1920

    1. Hastings Council (No. 8), Correspondence, 1886-1920; 1925

    1. Raboni Council (No. 9) (Beatrice), Correspondence, 1886-1920; 1924; 1947

    1. Solomon Council (No. 10) (Sutton), Correspondence, 1889-1911

    1. Jacob A. Hood Council (No. 11) (Schuyler), Correspondence, 1886; 1891-1916

    1. Gebal Council (No. 12) (Columbus), Correspondence, 1891-1920; 1925

    1. Tyrian Council (No. 13) (York), Correspondence, 1891-1917



Box 7

Folder




    1. Damascus Council (No. 14) (Superior), Correspondence, 1891-1920; 1925

    1. Tuscan Council (No. 15) (Pawnee City), Correspondence, 1894-1909

    1. Occonoxee Council (No. 16) (McCook), Correspondence, 1894-1920; 1924

    1. Ionic Council (No. 17) (Ord), Correspondence, 1894-1919

    1. Custer Council (No. 18) (Broken Bow), Correspondence, 1901-1919; 1925

    1. Bloomfield Council (No. 19) (Norfolk, org. Bloomfield), Correspondence, 1902-1920; 1925; 1946-1947

    1. Temple Council (No. 20) (Neligh), Correspondence, 1903-1920; 1924

    1. Robert R. Livingston Council (No. 21) (Plattsmouth), Correspondence, 1902-1915

    1. Cypress Council (No. 22) (Wymore), Correspondence, 1904-1920

    1. George W. Lininger Council (No. 23) (Long Pine), Correspondence, 1907-1920

    1. Lebanon Council (No. 24) (Central City, org. Central City U.D.), Correspondence, 1907-1920

    1. Loup Valley Council (No. 25) (St. Paul), Correspondence, 1907-1920

    1. Naomi Council (No. 26) (Geneva), Correspondence, 1911-1919; 1925

    1. Zerubbabel Council (No. 27) (Chadron), Correspondence, 1912; 1916-1920

    1. Arbor Lodge Council (No. 28) (Nebraska City), Correspondence, 1926; 1954

    1. Tekamah Council U.D. (Not assigned a Council number), Correspondence, 1902-1909

    1. Norfolk Council U.D. (Not assigned a Council number), Correspondence, 1903-1906



Series 3 – Grand Officers and Commanderies

Box 7 (cont.)

Folder




    1. Grand Treasurer, Correspondence, 1917-1925

    1. Other Grand Officers, Correspondence, 1918-1925

    1. New Commanderies, Correspondence, 1893-1912



***No records for Commandery No. 1 (identified as Mount Calvary, Omaha)***




    1. Mt. Olivet Commandery (No. 2) (Nebraska City), Correspondence, 1870-1903

    1. Mt. Olivet Commandery (No. 2), Correspondence, 1904-1920



Box 8

Folder




    1. Mt. Carmel Commandery (No. 3) (Auburn, org. Brownville), Correspondence, 1891-1920

    1. Mt. Carmel Commandery (No. 3), Correspondence, 1874-1890

    1. Mt. Moriah Commandery (No. 4) (Lincoln), Correspondence, 1871-1888

    1. Mt. Moriah Commandery (No. 4), Correspondence, 1888-1895

    1. Mt. Moriah Commandery (No. 4), Correspondence, 1895-1900

    1. Mt. Moriah Commandery (No. 4), Correspondence, 1900-1906

    1. Mt. Moriah Commandery (No. 4), Correspondence, 1907-1917

    1. Mt. Moriah Commandery (No. 4), Correspondence, 1917-1920

    1. Mt. Zion Commandery (No. 5) (Plattsmouth), Correspondence, 1871-1894

    1. Mt. Zion Commandery (No. 5), Correspondence, 1895-1920

    1. Mt. Lebanon Commandery (Mo. 6) (Grand Island), Correspondence, 1899-1920

    1. Mt. Lebanon Commandery (Mo. 6), Correspondence, 1891-1898

    1. Mt. Hermon Commandery (No. 7) (Beatrice), Correspondence, 1897-1920

    1. Mt. Sinai Commandery (No. 8) (Falls City), Correspondence, 1896-1919

    1. Mt. Tabor Commandery (No. 9) (Fremont), Correspondence, 1894-1917



Box 9

Folder




    1. Mt. Horeb Commandery (No. 10) (Tecumseh), Correspondence, 1880-1920

    1. Mt. Nebo Commandery (No. 11) (Hastings), Correspondence, 1899-1920

    1. Mt. Hebron Commandery (No. 12) (Kearney), Correspondence, 1893-1920

    1. Palestine Commandery (No. 13) (North Platte), Correspondence, 1893-1920

    1. Cyrene Commandery (No. 14) (Red Cloud), Correspondence, 1904-1920

    1. Jordan Commandery (No. 15) (Blair), Correspondence, 1897-1920

    1. St. John Commandery (No. 16) (McCook), Correspondence, 1886-1893

    1. St. John Commandery (No. 16), Correspondence, 1893-1920

    1. Joppa Commandery (No. 17) (York), Correspondence, 1886-1898

    1. Joppa Commandery (No. 17), Correspondence, 1898-1920

    1. Bethlehem Commandery (No. 18) (Hebron; moves to Gering in 1940), Correspondence, 1887–1903

    1. Bethlehem Commandery (No. 18), Correspondence, 1903-1919; 1938-1939

    1. Mt. Elias Commandery (No. 19) (Holdrege), Correspondence, 1888-1897

    1. Mt. Elias Commandery (No. 19), Correspondence, 1898-1920



Box 10

Folder




    1. Damascus Commandery (No. 20) (Norfolk), Correspondence, 1898-1921

    1. Gethsemane Commandery (No. 21), Correspondence, 1889-1892; 1916–1920

    1. Gethsemane Commandery (No. 21) (Columbus), Correspondence, 1896-1916

    1. Melita Commandery (No. 22) (Chadron), Correspondence, 1889–1898

    1. Melita Commandery (No. 22), Correspondence, 1899-1920

    1. Mt. Ararat Commandery (No. 23) (St. Paul), Correspondence, 1893-1894

    1. Mt. Ararat Commandery (No. 23), Correspondence, 1899-1920

    1. Jerusalem Commandery (No. 24) (Bloomfield), Correspondence, 1900-1920

    1. Shiloh Commandery (No. 25) (Broken Bow), Correspondence, 1902-1920

    1. Bunah Commandery (No. 26) (Alliance), Correspondence, 1902-1920

    1. Palmyra Commandery (No. 27) (Superior), Correspondence, 1905-1920

    1. Bethel Commandery (No. 28) (Long Pine), Correspondence, 1909-1920

    1. Sharon Commandery (No. 29) (Fairbury), Correspondence, 1910-1920

    1. Temple Commandery (No. 30) (Sidney), Correspondence, 1953-1954



Series 4 – State and International Correspondence

Box 11

Folder




    1. Arizona, Correspondence, 1893-1915

    1. Arkansas, Correspondence, 1875-1919

    1. California, Correspondence, 1916-1920

    1. California, Correspondence, 1900-1916

    1. California, Correspondence, 1872-1900

    1. Dakota, Correspondence, 1885-1890

    1. Illinois, Correspondence, 1878-1897

    1. Illinois, Correspondence, 1872-1892

    1. Iowa, Correspondence, 1881-1888

    1. Iowa, Correspondence, 1873-1878

    1. Iowa, Correspondence, 1873-1886

    1. Iowa, Correspondence, 1880-1893

    1. Iowa, Correspondence, 1874, 1890-1894

    1. Kansas, Correspondence, 1915-1919

    1. Kansas, Correspondence 1900-1918

    1. Kansas, Correspondence 1874-1899

    1. Louisiana, Correspondence 1872-1919

    1. Maryland, Correspondence 1882, 1894-1913

    1. Massachusetts/ Rhode Island, Correspondence 1890-1898

    1. Massachusetts/ Rhode Island, Correspondence 1872-1889

    1. Michigan, Correspondence, 1900-1919

    1. Michigan, Correspondence, 1872-1899

    1. Minnesota, Correspondence, 1869-1894

    1. Mississippi, Correspondence, 1905-1919

    1. Mississippi, Correspondence, 1872-1904



Box 12

Folder




    1. Nevada, Correspondence, 1895-1919

    1. Nevada, Correspondence, 1878-1894

    1. New Mexico, Correspondence, 1899-1916

    1. New Mexico, Correspondence, 1902-1918

    1. New York, Correspondence, 1901-1905

    1. New York, Correspondence, 1894-1900

    1. New York, Correspondence, 1872-1893

    1. New York, Correspondence, 1911-1919

    1. New York, Correspondence, 1905-1910

    1. State of North Dakota, Correspondence, 1890-1919

    1. Oklahoma, Correspondence, 1911-1919

    1. Oklahoma, Correspondence, 1896-1920

    1. Utah, Correspondence, 1911-1920

    1. Vermont, Correspondence, 1890-1917

    1. Vermont, Correspondence, 1872-1889

    1. Virginia, Correspondence, 1907-1918

    1. Virginia, Correspondence, 1877-1906

    1. Washington Territory, Correspondence, 1887-1920

    1. West Virginia, Correspondence, 1900-1919

    1. West Virginia, Correspondence, 1874-1899

    1. Wisconsin, Correspondence, 1875-1919

    1. Wyoming, Correspondence, 1909-1919



International




    1. Ireland, Correspondence, 1877-1888

    1. Victoria, Correspondence, 1897-1915

    1. Canada, Correspondence, 1874-1901

    1. England, Correspondence, 1875-1917



Series 5 – Miscellaneous

Box 12

Folder




    1. Electrotype Plates

    1. Rocky Mountain Lodge No. 8



 



Subject headings:



Fraternal organizations — Nebraska

Freemasons – Nebraska

Grand York Rite of Nebraska



 



retyped, kfk/dco      04-18-2003