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International Organization of Good Templars Collection

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International Lodge

National Lodge

Central States Lodge (Scandinavian Grand Lodge)

Local Lodges

Books and Memorabilia

Addendum 1

Addendum 2



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Collection Overview

Title: International Organization of Good Templars Collection, 1865-2003

ID: RHC/RC/066

Extent: 32.5 Linear Feet

Arrangement:

The materials are arranged in five series: International Lodge; National Lodge; Central States Lodge (Scandinavian Grand Lodge); Local Lodges; and Books and Memorabilia.  All materials related to the same lodge within the organization are housed together.

The folders with the generic label of Central States Grand Lodge or the Jupiter Lodge are arranged chronologically

Date Acquired: 06/07/1979. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Borggren, Hilmer, Emigration and immigration--Societies, etc., Forsyth, Jessie, Geneva (Ill.), International Order of Good Templars, International Organization of Good Templars, Prohibition, Rockford (Ill.), Swedish Americans, Swedish Americans- Illinios- Rockford

Languages: English, Swedish

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection documents the activities of various organizational levels found within the International Organization of Good Templars (I.O.G.T).  The records date from 1865 to 1979.  The materials are arranged in five series: International Lodge; National Lodge; Central States Lodge (Scandinavian Grand Lodge); Local Lodges; and Books and Memorabilia.  All materials related to the same lodge within the organization are housed together.  Included in these materials are constitution/by-laws, correspondence, minutes, journals of proceedings and officer's reports, program booklets, periodical publications, and financial accounts.  Items in the fifth series relate indirectly to the entire organization and include books of ritual and degree, certificates, songbooks, photographs, Swedish and English publications, scrapbooks, and memorabilia.

Because this collection was created by the Central States organization, the bulk of the materials relate to that unit.  Since Good Templar Lodges in the midwest were social centers for many Scandinavian immigrants, much of the earlier documentation is in the Swedish language.

The addendum dates from 1884 to 2003 and consists of minutebooks, financial records, membership information, correspondence, programs, and newspaper articles.  The folders with the generic label of Central States Grand Lodge or the Jupiter Lodge are arranged chronologically and contain correspondence, meeting minutes, newspaper articles, programs, and speeches.

Researchers should note the existence of a major collection of I. O. G. T. materials in the Michigan Historical Collections at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.  An inventory of Michigan's holdings is available: http://quod.lib.umich.edu/b/bhlead/umich-bhl-851519?cginame=findaid-idx;id=navbarbrowselink;subview=standard;view=reslist

Collection Historical Note

On July 9, 1851, in Utica, New York, a small group of men from the Knights of Jericho met to establish a temperance order.  The order would be successively know as the Grand Lodge of New York, the Right and Worthy Grand Lodge of North America, the Independent Order of Good Templars, and the International Organization of Good Templars.

The order's emphasis on education in its work undoubtedly did much to shape the character of the order and to determine its growth.  Under the leadership of John B. Finch, Frances Willard, Leverett Coon, and Reverend Backus, the Good Templars expanded rapidly into Pennsylvania, Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan, Indiana, and Illinois.  By 1869, the order became international when the work of the Good Templars reached Great Britain.  The order continued to spread into various European countries but no where did it have greater influence than in Scandinavia.

During the 1880's, many Scandinavian Good Templars migrated to the Mid-West.  Because of language and cultural barriers, they frequently formed separate organizations within the Good Templars movement.  By 1892 the International Supreme Lodge allowed for the organization of Scandinavian districts under every Grand Lodge of every state.  In 1907, the Scandinavian district under the Illinois Grand Lodge obtained its own charter and the name Illinois Scandinavian Grand Lodge was adopted.  While the Illinois Grand Lodge gradually disappeared, the Scandinavian Grand Lodge continued to absorb new members and serve as a social and cultural center for many immigrants from Sweden and Norway.  The Illinois Scandinavian Grand Lodge was later renamed the Central States Grand Lodge.  Today the Central States Regional Council of IOGT includes 14 active chapters and lodges in the northern Illinois region.

The International Organization of Good Templars continues to work for the goals of temperance through education and promotion of individual total abstinence from drugs and alcohol.  Included under the National Grand Lodge in America are the Atlantic Seaboard Grand Lodge, the California Grand Lodge, the Central States Grand Lodge, the Connecticut Grand Lodge, the Eastern Grand Lodge, the New York Grand Lodge, the Northwest Grand Lodge, the Pacific Northwest Grand Lodge, the Tri-state Grand Lodge, Butte City Lodge, and the Washington Grand Lodge.

Subject/Index Terms

Borggren, Hilmer
Emigration and immigration--Societies, etc.
Forsyth, Jessie
Geneva (Ill.)
International Order of Good Templars
International Organization of Good Templars
Prohibition
Rockford (Ill.)
Swedish Americans
Swedish Americans- Illinios- Rockford

Administrative Information

Repository: Northern Illinois University

Accruals: Addenda were added at later dates by Per Hugo Kristensson.

Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions on access to materials in the collection.

Use Restrictions: Property rights in the collection are held by the Central States Regional Council of the International Organization of Good Templars; literary rights are dedicated to the public.

Acquisition Source: Hilding Fornell

Acquisition Method: Hilding Fornell deposited the International Organization of Good Templars records in the Northern Illinois Regional History Center on June 7, 1979.  Addenda were added at later dates by Per Hugo Kristensson.

Separated Materials: Researchers should note the existence of a major collection of I. O. G. T. materials in the Michigan Historical Collections at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.  An inventory of Michigan's holdings is included in this collection.


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series I: International Lodge],
[Series II: National Lodge],
[Series III: Central States Lodge (Scandinavian Grand Lodge)],
[Series IV: Local Lodges],
[Series V: Books and Memorabilia],
[Addendum 1],
[Addendum 2],
[All]

Addendum 1
Series I: International Lodge
Box 13
Folder 1-2: Accent, 1966-1999
Folder 3: The Globe, 1978-1996
Folder 4: Godtemplar Bladet, 1982
Folder 5: International Good Templar, 1967-1971
Folder 6: IOGT News, 1991-2001
Folder 7: Reformatorn, 1961-1965
Series II: National Lodge
Box 13
Folder 8-11: National Good Templar, 1960-1992
Box 14
Folder 1: National Good Templar, 1993-2003
Series III: Central States Lodge (Scandinavian Grand Lodge)
Box 14
Folder 2-10: Central States Grand Lodge, 1958-1962
Box 15
Folder 1-7: Central States Grand Lodge, 1963-1966
Box 16
Folder 1-8: Central States Grand Lodge, 1967-1972
Box 17
Folder 1-7: Central States Grand Lodge, 1973-1977
Box 18
Folder 1-9: Central States Grand Lodge, 1978-1985
Box 19
Folder 1-8: Central States Grand Lodge, 1986-1993
Folder 9: Central States Regional Council Newsletter, 1966-2003
Folder 10-13: Programs and Calendars, 1983-1999
Folder 14: Articles, 1959-2001
Series IV: Local Lodges
Box 19
Folder 15: American Good Templar Youth, 1954-1960
Box 20
Folder 1-2: District Lodge #2, Chicago North-west, 1966-1985
Folder 3: Good Templar Park Association: Lucia Festival and Yuletide Festival, 1959-1968
Folder 4: Good Templar Park Association: Swedish Day Committee, 1961-1990
Box 21
Folder 1-3: Good Templar Park Association: Midsummer News, 1970, 1982-1994, 1996, 1999-2002
Volume 1: Jupiter Lodge: Minutebook (In Swedish), September 20, 1890-September 15, 1895
Box 22
Folder 1-3: Jupiter Lodge: Minutebooks (In Swedish), August 23, 1884-January 28, 1900, May 28, 1905-December 27, 1908
Box 23
Folder 1-4: Jupiter Lodge: Minutebooks (In Swedish), January 2, 1909-July 23, 1916, September 23, 1914-February 7, 1917
Box 24
Folder 1-3: Jupiter Lodge: Minutebooks (In Swedish), August 6, 1916-January 21, 1934
Box 25
Folder 1-3: Jupiter Lodge: Minutebooks (In Swedish), February 4, 1934-May 9, 1954
Box 26
Folder 1-2: Jupiter Lodge: Minutebooks (In English), February 7, 1971-March 21, 1993
Folder 3-5: Jupiter Lodge: Finance/Treasurer's Account Books (6 volumes), 1889-1902, 1921, 1925-1944, 1966-1977
Box 27
Folder 1-2: Jupiter Lodge: Finance/Treasurer's Account Books (3 volumes), 1989-1999
Folder 3: Jupiter Lodge: Membership Books (3 volumes), 1891-1950
Box 28
Folder 1: Jupiter Lodge: Membership Directory
Folder 2: Jupiter Lodge: Membership and Attendance (4 volumes), 1937-1951
Folder 3-4: Jupiter Lodge: Membership and Dues (4 volumes), 1884-1893, 1904-1913, 1930-1956
Folder 5: Jupiter Lodge: Membership Records, 1978-1999
Folder 6-15: Jupiter Lodge: Jupiter Lodge, 1960, 1962-1970
Box 29
Folder 1-7: Jupiter Lodge: Jupiter Lodge, 1971-1976
Box 30
Folder 1-7: Jupiter Lodge: Jupiter Lodge, 1977-May 1981
Box 31
Folder 1-6: Jupiter Lodge: Jupiter Lodge, June 1981-June 1984
Box 32
Folder 1-6: Jupiter Lodge: Jupiter Lodge, July 1984-December 1985
Folder 7: Jupiter Lodge: Members Controversy, 1985
Box 33
Folder 1-6: Jupiter Lodge: Jupiter Lodge, January 1986-August 1989
Box 34
Folder 1-6: Jupiter Lodge: Jupiter Lodge, September 1989-May 1992
Box 35
Folder 1-7: Jupiter Lodge: Jupiter Lodge, June 1992-September 1994
Box 36
Folder 1-6: Jupiter Lodge: Jupiter Lodge, October 1994-December 1996
Box 37
Folder 1-7: Jupiter Lodge: Jupiter Lodge, January 1997-September 2000
Box 38
Folder 1-4: Jupiter Lodge: Jupiter Lodge, October 2000-2002
Folder 5-6: Jupiter Lodge: Memorial Day Service, 1964
Box 39
Folder 1-3: Swedish IOGT: Instructions and Program Ideas, 1957-1987
Box 40
Folder 1-3: Swedish IOGT: Instructions and Program Ideas, 1960-1991
Folder 4-8: Swedish Newcomer Society of IOGT and Folkdancers, 1957-1975
Folder 9: Folk Dancing and Youth Groups, 1978-1979, 2003
Box 41
Folder 1: Correspondence, 2006
Folder 2: Godtemplarorden Vad Den Ar Och Vad Den Vill, 1937
Folder 3: Sangbook - Musik, 1913, 1925
Folder 4: Scandinavian Day, Brochure, 2006
Folder 5: Swedish Day, Midsummer Celebration, Program, 2006

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[Series I: International Lodge],
[Series II: National Lodge],
[Series III: Central States Lodge (Scandinavian Grand Lodge)],
[Series IV: Local Lodges],
[Series V: Books and Memorabilia],
[Addendum 1],
[Addendum 2],
[All]


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