Independent Order of Odd Fellows Brandywine Lodge #388 Records

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Collection Title: Independent Order of Odd Fellows Brandywine Lodge #388 Records

Collection Number: 155

Dates of Collection: 1850-1975

Box Numbers: 1-10

Repositiory: Chester County Historical Society

Biography:

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Biography: 

The Independent Order of Odd Fellows, a fraternal charitable society, was founded in England in the 18th century and is now an international organization.  The I.O.O.F. has existed in the United States since 1819.  The I.O.O.F is also known as The Three Link Fraternity; the links represent friendship, love, and truth.  Its main causes are to “visit the sick, relieve the distressed, bury the dead, and educate the orphan.”

In order to become a member of the I.O.O.F., one must currently be “a man or woman of good character, who is loyal to his or her country and believes in a Supreme Being, the creator and preserver of the Universe”.  The I.O.O.F. became the first national fraternity to include men and women when it adopted the Rebekah Degree in 1851.

I.O.O.F. Brandywine Lodge #388 was instituted in Downingtown, PA in1850.  Its lodge was dedicated on May 29, 1857 at Lancaster and Stuart Avenues.  This three story building housed a rented store on the first floor, a saloon with traveling shows on the second floor, and a lodge room on the third floor.  The lodge room was occupied by several lodges, including the Masons, the Sons of Temperance, and others.  Brandywine Lodge  #388 occupied this building until 1912, when it moved to the GrangeNationalBankBuilding on East Lancaster Avenue.  They purchased this building and began renovations in 1935.  Brandywine Lodge #388 is still in existence as of this writing.

Sources:  Chester Country Historical Society clippings file;  I.O.O.F. website, http://www.ioof.org/

Collection Scope:

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Collection Scope: 

This collection contains the records of I.O.O.F. Brandywine Lodge from 1850-1975.  These records include minutes, membership information, and financial records such as account/cash book, ledgers, order books, stock certificates, and auditing committee reports.  Some I.O.O.F. publications are also included.

Collection Arrangement:

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Collection Arrangement: 

The records are divided into series and arranged chronologically within each series.  Series (shown in italics) are as follows:  Minutes, Membership, Receipt Books, Account/Cash Books, Auditing Committee Reports, Order Books, Stock Certificates, Ledgers, and Other.  Items are arranged in boxes and folders. Items and folders are numbered continuously throughout the collection.

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Collection Contents:

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Collection Contents: 

BOX 1

Folder 1

1)  Minutes, Minutes of Meetings, Feb. 18, 1850 – Sept. 27, 1856

            -items laid in

Folder 2

2)  Minutes, Lodge Degree Minute Book, July 24, 1869 – June 28, 1882

            -items laid in 

Folder 3

3)  Minutes, Minutes of Meetings, Apr. 5, 1869 – Feb. 3, 1877

            -items laid in

BOX 2

Folder 4

4)  Minutes, Minutes of Meetings, Oct. 24, 1874 – Feb. 3, 1877

            -includes Treasurer’s Accounts, Oct. 3, 1868 – Mar. 27, 1869

- some pages torn

            - items laid in

Folder 5

5)  Minutes, Minutes of Meetings, Sept. 24, 1904 – Nov. 28, 1913

BOX 3

Folder 6

6)  Minutes, Minutes of Meetings, Apr. 4, 1913 – Nov. 15, 1918

Folder 7

7)  Minutes, Minutes of Meetings, Jan. 8, 1945 – Oct. 4, 1948

            - oversized, shelved separately

Folder 8

8)  Membership, Membership Committee Reports, Feb. 18, 1850 – Jan. 28, 1882

            -items laid in

Folder 9

9)  Membership, Membership Interview Book, Feb. 25, 1850 – May 31, 1902

BOX 4

Folder 10

10)  Membership, Certificate of Election and Lodge Degrees, July 2, 1853 – July 4, 1874

Folder 11

11)  Membership, List of Females Admitted as Visitors, Jan. 29, 1855 – June 19, 1866

Folder 12

12)  Membership, Semi-Annual Reports, Sept. 24, 1870 – Mar. 26, 1898

Folder 13

13)  Membership, Members’ Accounts Alphabetical, [at least] June 26, 1881 - 1947

            -oversized, shelved separately

Folder 14

14)  Membership, Members’ Register and Official Term Roll, Apr. 4, 1891 – Oct. 2, 1897

Folder 15

15)  Receipt Books, Receipt Book, Feb. 18, 1850 – Mar. 18, 1865

16)  Receipt Books, Receipt Book, Mar. 4, 1850 – Oct. 25, 1852; Aug. 24, 1861 –

 Nov. 12, 1864

17)  Receipt Books, Receipt Book, Apr. 1, 1865 – Oct. 31, 1977

BOX 5

Folder 16

18)  Receipt Books, Receipt Book, Oct. 6, 1877 – Mar. 31, 1886

19)  Receipt Books, Receipt Book, Apr. 3, 1886 – Apr. 3, 1895

Folder 17

20)  Receipt Books, Receipt Book, Apr. 6, 1895 – July 21, 1900

21)  Receipt Books, Receipt Book, Aug. 4, 1900 – Nov. 11, 1905

Folder 18

22)  Receipt Books, Receipt Book, Jan. 1904 – Feb. 11, 1911

23)  Receipt Books, Receipt Book, Nov. 18, 1906 – Aug. 29, 1908

24)  Receipt Books, Receipt Book, Sept. 5, 1908 – Feb. 16, 1917

BOX 6

Folder 19

25)  Account/Cash Books, Cash Book, Feb. 25, 1850 – Sept. 18, 1958

      - oversized, shelved separately

 

Folder 20

26)  Account/Cash Books, Treasurer’s Book of Board of Trustees, Aug. 26, 1850 –

 Oct. 1, 1868

        -items laid in

Folder 21

27)  Account/Cash Books, Secretary-Treasurer Account Book, Oct. 2, 1858 –

 Sept. 28, 1978

     -oversized, shelved separately

     -items laid in

Folder 22

28)  Account/Cash Books, Treasurer’s Book, Apr. 3, 1869 – Oct. 5, 1879

29)  Account/Cash Books, Cash Book Trustees, Apr. 30, 1869 – Oct. 1, 1885

Folder 23

30)  Account/Cash Books, Account Book, Oct. 5, 1878 – Oct. 3, 1891

Folder 24

31)  Account/Cash Books, Account Book, June 25, 1888 – Nov. 8, 1892

Folder 25

32)  Account/Cash Books, Treasurer’s Book, Oct. 3, 1891 – Oct. 14, 1911

BOX 7

Folder 26

33)  Account/Cash Books, Cash Book, Oct. 5, 1895 – Oct, 13, 1911

Folder 27

34)  Account/Cash Books, Treasurer’s Cash Book, Apr. 4, 1921 – March 5, 1934

35)  Account/Cash Books, Treasurer’s Cash Book, Apr. 2, 1934 – Sept. 30, 1947

Folder 28

36)  Account/Cash Books, Secretary’s Cash Book, Apr. 6, 1925 – Dec. 30, 1934

Folder 29

37)  Auditing Committee Reports, Auditing Committee Reports, Apr. 1, 1918 –

 Sept. 30, 1929

BOX 8

Folder 30

38)  Order Books, Order Book, 1865 - 1866

       -items laid in

Folder 31

39)  Order Books, Order Book, Jan. 1904 – Feb. 4, 1911

Folder 32

40)  Stock Certificates, Stock Certificates, Apr. 1, 1851 – Apr. 1, 1861

        -odd bills and receipts laid in

BOX 9

Folder 33

41)  Ledgers, Ledger, 1851 – 1857

BOX 10

Folder 34

42)  Ledgers, Ledger, 1859 - 1875

     -items laid in

Folder 35

43)  Other, Odd Fellows Publications, 1974 – 1974; labels