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HISTORY NEBRASKA MANUSCRIPT FINDING AID



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, certificates and drawings of Masonic symbols (see oversize)