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Independent Order of Odd Fellows Reserve Lodge No. 102, Montezuma, Indiana collection

Identifier: L422

Scope and Contents

This collection contains several official documents of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows from Montezuma, Indiana ranging from 1850 to 1925. It includes several account books, a minute book, treasury books, a roll of officers, pamphlets and booklets containing general information on the group's rules and constitution.


  • 1850-1925


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 Independent Order of Odd Fellows is a independent political and religious organization which was founded in 1819 after breaking away from the original English branch. A fraternal order in many communities across the globe,they focus on charity, personal and social improvement. This particular collection deals with the lowest of three tiers, that of the Lodge, rather than the Encampment or Patriarch Militant.

The order was mostly active up until the American Civil War, when membership dropped significantly, but rose again until the advent of the New Deal under Franklin D. Roosevelt. Today, their headquarters are in South Carolina, and still have many active branches across the globe.


0.3 Cubic Feet (1 manuscript box)

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This collection is arranged by subject.

Custodial History

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


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2016/02/23 by Patrick Ridout. EAD finding aid created 2016/02/23 by Patrick Ridout. EAD finding aid revised 2023/01/26 by Lauren Patton.
Independent Order of Odd Fellows Reserve Lodge No. 102, Montezuma, Indiana collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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