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Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Lodge No. 169 initiation register

 Collection — Folder: S2669
Identifier: S2669

Scope and Contents

This collection includes the initiation register for the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Lodge No. 169 of Oxford, Indiana containing entries ranging from 1857 to 1928 and three additional entries from 1949. The collection also includes a four page typewritten list of members initiated into the lodge from 1857 to 1900, listed alphabetically along with their age, occupation and year of initiation.


  • 1857-1928, 1949


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical / Historical

The Independent Order of Odd Fellows (I.O.O.F.) is a non-political and non-sectarian fraternal organization. First organized in England in the 18th century, American Odd Fellowship was founded on April 26, 1819 in Baltimore, Maryland by Thomas Wildey. The historic command of the fraternal group is to "visit the sick, relieve the distressed, bury the dead and educate the orphan." I.O.O.F., Lodge No. 169 was instituted in Oxford, Indiana on September 30, 1855 with five charter members.


Birch, Jesse Setlington. History of Benton County and Historic Oxford. Oxford, Indiana: Craw & Craw, 1928.

Independent Order of Odd Fellows. "History: History of American Odd Fellowship." Accessed September 5, 2019.

Independent Order of Odd Fellows. "Who Are We?: Odd Fellows." Accessed September 5, 2019.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Anna Hankins on 1981/06/09.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2019/09/05 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2019/09/05 by Laura Eliason.
Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Lodge No. 169 initiation register
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.