|| Processing Information: Collection processing completed 2015/04/02 by Nikki Stoddard Schofield. EAD finding aid created 2015/04/02 by Nikki Stoddard Schofield. EAD finding aid revised 2015/07/17 by Brittany Kropf.
|Restrictions on Access Note:
|| This collection is open for research.
|| This collection includes a certicate of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows of the State of Indiana, completed by M. K. Edwards, "Most Worthy Grand Master," appointing C. Frary as District Deputy Grand Master for District No. 211, on July 22, 1853.
|Preferred Citation of Described Materials Note:
|| Independent Order of Odd Fellows certificate, Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library
|Terms Governing Use and Reproduction Note:
|| Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.
|Biographical or Historical Data:
|| The Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF) is a benevolent fraternal organization purportedly based on the British Oddfellows service organizations of the 18th century. The first establishment of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows as it is today began in Baltimore, Maryland, where five members of the Order from England founded Washington Lodge No. 1 on April 26,1819. IOOF became the first national fraternity to include both men and women with the adoption the Rebekah Degree on September 20, 1851. To this day, the organization has nearly 10,000 lodges in approximately 26 countries. Notable members included Hooser politician and U.S. vice-president Schuyler Colfax, several U.S. presidents, including Ulysses S. Grant and Franklin D. Roosevelt, Charlie Chaplin, Wyatt Earp, and Charles Lindbergh. District No. 211 was under the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of Indiana. Sources: Items in the collection.Independent Order of Odd Fellows. "About Us." The Sovereign Grand Lodge, Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Accessed July 17, 2015. http://www.ioof.org/IOOF/About_Us/About_US/IOOF/About.aspx?hkey=98dab621-cf44-4b0d-b4f1-5a1b5e8326d6.Smith, Don R. and Wayne Roberts. The Three Link Fraternity - Odd Fellowship in California:An Introduction to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and Rebekahs. Linden, CA: Linden Publications, 1993.
|Ownership and Custodial History:
|| This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.
|Accumulation and Frequency of Use Note:
|| No further additions are expected.