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Eureka Lodge collection

 Collection — Folder: S3100
Identifier: S3100

Scope and Contents

The materials in this collection are dated from 1884-1914. They are the papers necessary for transacting the business of a fraternal organization: receipts for merchandise and services, financial notations of income received (including dues), and expenditures, programs and promotional literature relating to special events, and listings of members and officers. Also included are the report of a disciplinary committee, a proposed amendment to the constitution of Eureka Lodge No. 20, a copy of the closing ceremony of a Knights of Pythias meeting, and envelopes.


  • 1884-1914


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.

Administrative History

The Knights of Pythias is a fraternal organization established to promote friendship, charity, and benevolence. In the 1880s, Eureka Lodge No. 20 was the local lodge in Greenfield, Indiana. The lodge met on Monday nights.

The organization's lessons and rituals are based on the story of Damon and Pythias, whose friendship in ancient Syracuse was so strong they were willing to die for each other. The Knights of Pythias had many benevolent activities: homes for aged and infirm members and their families, camps for underprivileged children, academic scholarship programs, and foundations for the needy and those suffering from disease.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Related Materials

Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN:

V396: Eureka Lodge dues and minutes books

Processing Information

Collection processing completed in 1999 by Philip N. Williams. EAD finding aid created 2019/10/21 by Lauren Patton.


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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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