Beaver Valley Grange Records (Boone County), 1916-2003
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Brief Description:

Primarily comprised of meeting minutes and treasurer’s account books, the Beaver Valley Grange records documents the organization’s history from its inception in 1916 to 1973.  The meeting minutes indicate the number of members attending, social activities, the topic of discussions, resolutions approved by the members, and the amount and services for which bills are paid.  Topics of discussions range from the science of agriculture through the proper roles for men and women in rural life to political legislation on the state and national levels.  Researchers should note that the minutes dating from 1924 to 1948 neglect to thoroughly record the group’s discussions and instead report on bills paid and plans for social activities.  Nevertheless, the collection does provide an excellent insight into the concerns and opinions of rural citizens since World War I.

Also included in the collection are Juvenile Grange meeting minutes (1938-1957) and cash books for the Ladies Auxiliary (1921-1973).  The Juvenile Grange minutes discuss the activities of this young Grangers group and how they participated in the parent Grange’s events.  Records form the Illinois State Grange, by-laws and rules of order (1929, 1943) rosters (1930-1955), and annual convention proceedings (1935-1938), complete the collection.

Held at:
Northern Illinois University
Founders Memorial Library
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115
Phone: 815-753-1779
Email: rhcua [at] niu.edu
Record Series Number: RHC/RC/142
Volume: 2.75 Linear Feet
Acquired: 11/19/1981. Additional records were added on May 18, 2004.
Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions on access to the collection.
Subject Index
Boone County (Ill.)
National Grange
National Grange. Beaver Valley Grange (Boone County, Ill.)
National Grange. Boone County Pomona Grange (Boone County, Ill.)
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Rights/Use Restrictions: Property rights in the collection belong to the Beaver Valley Grange; literary rights are dedicated to the public.
Acquisition Notes: Donald Paulson and Avis Swanson  Donald Paulson and Avis Swanson deposited the Beaver Valley Grange records in the Northern Illinois Regional History Center on November 19, 1981.
Related Materials: Researchers studying the Grange movement in northern Illinois may wish to check the other Grange collections held by the Regional History Center (see index in the Guide to Sources).  The Center also holds several collections from other agricultural organizations (such as the Farm Bureau) which contain information on agriculture in northern Illinois.