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WHITE SHRINE OF JERUSALEM, UNITY SHRINE #49 COLLECTION

 

INTRODUCTION

 

The White Shrine of Jerusalem, Unity Shrine #49 (Piqua) Collection was accessioned into the Flesh Public Library’s Archives in December, 2008.  Ms. Kathryn Bodey, last Worthy Scribe of the Chapter donated the materials, less materials requested by the national organization:  first and last minute books and treasurer’s cash books.  Her donation form follows.

 

The collection consists of seven boxes and 28 file folders covering December, 1949 to March, 2000.  There are no known restrictions on the use of this collection.

 

SCOPE AND CONTENTS

 

The Unity Shrine #49 Collection is organized into five Series:

 

SERIES I:      MINUTE BOOKS

From February, 1952 to October, 1997

 

SERIES II:     SCRAPBOOK

Scrapbook of announcements, programs, articles, and obituaries from December, 1949 to 1972.

 

SERIES III:   TREASURER’S CASHBOOKS

From December, 1949 to April, 1990

These cash books are complete to October, 1981, the last five books in this Series are partial and incomplete.

 

SERIES IV:    REGISTRATION BOOKS

From April, 1954 to March, 2000

These books include membership lists, meeting attendance lists, and guest registrations.

 

SERIES V:     LANTERN (Stereopticon Slides)

Includes nineteen stereopticon slides used during Unity Shrine meeting

 

HISTORY

 

The White Shrine of Jerusalem is an organization of Freemasonry for women, or Christianized adoptive Masonry for women.  Charles S. Magee founded the White Shrine of Jerusalem in Chicago on October 23, 1894.  Membership is open to Master Masons and their female relatives.  General members are called Sojourners and the elected leader is the Supreme Worthy High Princess.

 

Piqua’s Unity Shrine #49 organized in December, 1949, and was active until March, 2000 when the group disbanded.  They had two meetings per month and emphasized social activities.

 

CONTAINER LISTING

 

SERIES I:          MINUTES

BOX 1

File                  1          Minutes

                                    February, 1952 to December, 1954

                        2          Minutes

                                    January, 1955 to October, 1957

                        3          Minutes

                                    March, 1960 to January, 1963

                        4          Minutes

                                    February, 1963 to October, 1965

 

BOX 2

File                  1          Minutes

                                    October, 1965 to June, 1968

                        2          Minutes

                                    June, 1968 to March, 1972

                        3          Minutes

                                    April, 1972 to March, 1976

                        4          Minutes

                                    April, 1976 to May, 1982

 

BOX 3

File                  1          Minutes

                                    April, 1982 to May, 1989

                        2          Minutes

                                    June, 1989 to October, 1997

 

SERIES II:         SCRAPBOOK

BOX 3

File                  3          Scrapbook

                                    1949 -1972

 

SERIES III         TREASURER’S CASH BOOKS

BOX 3

File                  4          Treasurer’s Cash Book

                                    December, 1949 to April, 1953

 

BOX 4

File                  1          Treasurer’s Cash Book

                                    April, 1953 to September, 1956

                        2          Treasurer’s Cash Book

                                    September, 1956 to November, 1959           

                        3          Treasurer’s Cash Book

                                    November, 1959 to May, 1963

                        4          Treasurer’s Cash Book

                                    May, 1963 to March, 1967

                        5          Treasurer’s Cash Book

                                    March, 1967 to September, 1971

                        6          Treasurer’s Cash Book

                                    September, 1971 to December, 1975

 

BOX 5

File                  1          Treasurer’s Cash Book

                                    December, 1975 to October, 1981

                        2          Treasurer’s Cash Book

                                    July, 1989 to November, 1996

                        3          Treasurer’s Cash Book

                                    October, 1974 to April, 1990

                        4          Treasurer’s Cash Book

                                    October, 1981 to June, 1989

                        5          Treasurer’s Cash Book

                                    January, 1950 to March, 1950

                        6          Treasurer’s Cash Book

                                    October, 1966 to September ?

 

SERIES IV:        REGISTRATION BOOKS

BOX 6

File                  1          Registration Book (Membership)

                                    April, 1954 to February, 1961

                        2          Registration Book (Membership)

                                    March, 1961 to April, 1969

                        3          Registration Book (Membership)

                                    May, 1977 to March, 1987

                        4          Registration Book (Membership)

                                    March, 1987 to March, 2000

 

SERIES V:         LANTERN (Stereopticon Slides)

BOX 7              GLASS SLIDES