Abstract

The Massachusetts lodge of the Ancient Order of United Workmen was founded in 1879 with the Deerfield Valley Lodge incorporated in 1880. The collection consists of records, mainly financial and membership, from Lodge No. 150 located in Shelburne Falls.

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Language:

English
Deerfield Valley Lodge No. 150 Records
1895-1920
1 box (0.25 linear ft.)
Call no.: MS 453

Background on Ancient Order of United Workmen, Deerfield Valley Lodge No, 150

The Ancient Order of United Workmen, a fraternal benefit society, was originally founded in Pennsylvania in 1868. The Massachusetts lodge was founded in 1879 with the Deerfield Valley Lodge incorporated in 1880. According to membership applications, by 1896 the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts had the largest jurisdiction in the Order. This fraternal benefit society served to provide affordable life insurance for its members, paying out a guaranteed death benefit of $2,000. This fund was maintained by assessing members a fee each time a brother died. Annual fees averaged $12 over the lodge's first fourteen years.

Contents of Collection

The collection consists of records from the Ancient Order of United Workmen, Deerfield Valley Lodge No. 150 located in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts dating from 1895-1920. Financial documents include receipts, reports, and check stubs. Membership information includes applications, transfer cards, and the 1912 member list. Documents record the officer rolls for various years and the transfer of bonds. Undated lodge by-laws are also included. Correspondence relates to lodge business and is mainly exchanged between the Deerfield Valley Lodge and the Grand Lodge in Boston.

Collection inventory
By-Laws
undated

1: 1
Correspondence
1898-1905

1: 2
Ephemera
undated

1: 3

Consists of a lodge ribbon and unaddressed envelopes.

Finance: Checks
1915-1918

1: 4
Finance: Receipts
1898-1919

1: 5
Finance: Reports
1897-1913

1: 6
Members: Applications
1896-1920

1: 7
Members: Clearance or Transfer Cards
1897-1907

1: 8
Members: List
1912

1: 9
Officers: Bonds
1897-1905

1: 10
Officers: Roll Call
1895-1902

1: 11
Administrative information
Provenance

Acquired from Peter Masi, March 2005.

Processing Information

Processed by Richard Steinmetz, 2006.

Copyright and Use (More informationConnect to publication information)

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

Deerfield Valley Lodge No. 150 Records (MS 453). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries.

Search terms
Subjects
  • Shelburne Falls (Mass.)--History
Names
  • Ancient Order of United Workmen. Deerfield Valley Lodge No. 150
  • Burtt, J. Edward
  • Guilford, Earl
  • Hallam, Fred S.
Genre terms
  • Application forms
  • Bylaws (Administrative records)
  • Membership lists
  • Receipts (Financial records)