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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

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Addendum 1

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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 2
Series I.: International Lodge
Box 42
Folder 1-4: Congress, 1970-1982
Folder 5: Cultural Conference, 1976
Folder 6: International Commission for the Prevention of Alcoholism and Drug Dependency, 1979
Folder 7: International Report, 2004
Folder 8: Publications: Accent, 1971-1979
Folder 9: Publications: Depescher från Drabanten, 2005-2009
Folder 10: Publications: Here We Stand, no date
Folder 11: Publications: The International Good Templar: Directory Edition, 1974
Folder 12: Publications: News, 1996
Folder 13: Publications: Newsletter, 2003-2007
Folder 14: Publications: Sirenen, 2004-2005
Folder 15: Publications: The Globe, 1975-2002
Folder 16: Publications: Rapport, 1972
Folder 17: Publications: Reformation, 1957
Series II.: National Lodge
Box 42
Folder 18: Annual Reports, 2003-2007
Folder 19: Bylaws, 1993
Folder 20-22: Convention, 1966-1981
Box 43
Folder 1-3: Convention, 1984-2005
Folder 4-7: Newsletter, 1957-2010
Folder 8: Publications: Monday Morning Report, 1978-2006
Folder 9: Publications: The National Salesman, 1977-1978
Folder 10: Publications: The Vasa Star, 1967-1976
Folder 11: National Lodge, 1976-1978
Box 44
Folder 1-2: National Lodge, 1979-1982
Series III.: Central States Lodge (Scandinavian Grand Lodge)
Box 44
Folder 3-8: Annual Convention, 1962-2008
Folder 9: Bylaws, no date
Box 45
Folder 1-2: Correspondence, 1958-1983
Folder 3: Programs and Calendars, 2003-2008
Folder 4: Newsletters, 1967-2004
Box 46
Folder 1: Central States Swedish Committee, 2003-2010
Series IV.: Local Lodges
Box 46
Folder 2: Good Templar Parl Association: Annual Meetings, 1963-2009
Folder 3: Good Templar Parl Association: Bylaws, no date
Folder 4: Good Templar Parl Association: International Good Templar Youth Conference, 1969
Folder 5-9: Good Templar Parl Association: Good Templar Park Association, 1964-2002
Box 47: Good Templar Parl Association: Midsummer News, 1984-2010
Box 48
Folder 1: Good Templar Parl Association: Swedish Days, 1961-2009
Folder 2: Jupiter Lodge: Articles, no date
Folder 3: Jupiter Lodge: Kristensson, Per Hugo, 1982-2006
Folder 4-5: Jupiter Lodge: Kristensson-Hofverberg Conflict, 1977-1996
Folder 6: Jupiter Lodge: Kristensson-Williams Correspondence, 1981-1982
Folder 7: Jupiter Lodge: Smith Correspondence, 1991-1993
Folder 8-10: Jupiter Lodge: Jupiter Lodge, 1957-1969
Box 49
Folder 1-8: Jupiter Lodge: Jupiter Lodge, 1970-1983
Box 50
Folder 1-6: Jupiter Lodge: Jupiter Lodge, 1984-October 2002
Box 51
Folder 1-7: Jupiter Lodge: Jupiter Lodge, November 2002-August 2005
Box 52
Folder 1-6: Jupiter Lodge: Jupiter Lodge, September 2005-February 2007
Box 53
Folder 1-5: Jupiter Lodge: Jupiter Lodge, March 2007-2008
Box 54
Folder 1-3: Jupiter Lodge: Jupiter Lodge, 2009-2010
Box 55
Folder 1: Swedish Newcomer Society: Correspondence, 1959-1989
Volume 1: Swedish Newcomer Society: Finances (1 volume), 1958-1968
Folder 2-3: Swedish Newcomer Society: Finances, 1968-1976
Folder 4: Swedish Newcomer Society: Folk Dancing, 1964-1976
Folder 5: Swedish Newcomer Society: Luciafest, 1957-1975
Folder 6: Swedish Newcomer Society: Mailing Addresses, no date
Folder 7: Swedish Newcomer Society: Membership, 1964
Folder 8: Swedish Newcomer Society: Meeting Minutes, 1963-1968
Folder 9: Swedish Newcomer Society: Program of Events, 1963-1969
Box 56
Folder 1: Swedish Newcomer Society: Songs, 1960-1961
Folder 2: Swedish Newcomer Society: Tintypes, no date
Folder 3: Swedish Newcomer Society: Unpaid Dues, 1960-1965
Folder 4: Connecticut and Atlantic Seaboard Grand Lodges, 1981
Folder 5: Northwest Council, 1980-1983
Folder 6: Grand Lodge of California Dawn Society, 1965
Folder 7: Central States Regional Council Newsletter, 1985
Folder 8: National Good Templar Newsletters, 1940-1949
Folder 9: National Good Templar Newsletters, 1950-1955
1952, no.3 and no.8 missing pages
Folder 10: National Good Templar Newsletters, 1956-1961
Folder 11: National Good Templar Newsletters, 1964-1970
Folder 12: National Good Templar Newsletters, 1971-1979
Folder 13: National Good Templar Newsletters, 1980-1989
Folder 14: National Good Templar Newsletters, 1993-2003
Box 57
Item 1: Swedish Newcomer Society Membership Cards
Item 2: Swedish Newcomer Society Stamp
Item 3: IOGT Total Abstinence Pen, 1976
Item 4: IOGT "Abstinence A Way Of Life" Pen, 1978

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