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Deerfield Valley Lodge No. 150 Records, 1895-1920
1 box (0.25 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 453

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.

Terms of Access and Use:

The collection is open for research.

Special Collections and University Archives, W.E.B. Du Bois Library, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Biographical Note

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.

Scope and contents of the 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.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

The collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

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

Deerfield Valley Lodge No. 150 Records (MS 453). Special Collections and University Archives, W.E.B. Du Bois Library, University of Massachusetts Amherst.

History of the Collection

Acquired from Peter Masi, March 2005.

Processing Information

Processed by Richard Steinmetz, 2006.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Special Collections and University Archives
W.E.B. Du Bois Library
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst, MA 01003-9275

Phone: (413) 545-2780
Fax: (413) 577-1399
Language
English

Contents List
By-Laws
undated

Correspondence
1898-1905

Ephemera
undated

Consists of a lodge ribbon and unaddressed envelopes.

Finance: Checks
1915-1918

Finance: Receipts
1898-1919

Finance: Reports
1897-1913

Members: Applications
1896-1920

Members: Clearance or Transfer Cards
1897-1907

Members: List
1912

Officers: Bonds
1897-1905

Officers: Roll Call
1895-1902


Search Terms
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Subjects
  • Ancient Order of United Workmen. Deerfield Valley Lodge No. 150
  • Burtt, J. Edward
  • Guilford, Earl
  • Hallam, Fred S.
  • Shelburne Falls (Mass.)--History

Genre terms
  • Application forms
  • Bylaws (Administrative records)
  • Membership lists
  • Receipts (Financial records)


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