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Hollenbeck DeMolay Mother's Club Collection

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Collection Overview

Title: Hollenbeck DeMolay Mother's Club Collection, 1928-1977Save to your list.

Predominant Dates:1928-1958

ID: URB/HDMMC

Primary Creator: Hollenbeck DeMolay Mother's Club

Extent: 0.42 Linear Feet

Date Acquired: 00/00/1998

Subjects: DeMolay (Organization), Hollenbeck DeMolay Mother's Club -- Archives, Women -- Societies and clubs -- Correspondence

Forms of Material: Paper records

Languages: English

Abstract

The Hollenbeck DeMolay Mother’s Club and all DeMolay Mother’s Club Circles have their roots in the Masonic Temple Order. Largely philanthropic in nature, the Hollenbeck DeMolay Mother’s Club raised funds in a variety of ways, most notably through donations, endowments, baked cake/gift raffles, and ‘bunko’ parties throughout the year. Within the Masonic Order, donations were made for families in need, as well as for happier occasions such as weddings and births. The collection consists primarily of administrative records, minutes of meetings, correspondence and donation records.

Biographical Note

The Hollenbeck DeMolay Mother's Club and all DeMolay Mother's Club Circles have their roots in the Masonic Temple Order. Mothers of sons who become DeMolay members are "automatically" members of any Masonic Mother's chapter. The Hollenbeck DeMolay Mother's Club by-laws of 1928 assert that, "the object of this club shall be to raise funds to help the DeMolay boys purchase paraphernalia and equipment used in their order." Each temple had a Mother's club, and the Mother's clubs were organized into larger "circles."

Los Angeles and its environs had approximately thirty-seven Mother's clubs within its Grand Council of Mothers Circles. Officers were elected every four months and could serve once in any one position. The Hollenbeck area of Los Angeles is near Evergreen and Chicago avenues in the Boyle Heights district just east of downtown. Many of the earliest members had addresses on these very streets. Today, the Mother's Clubs have become Parents Clubs and combine the dual energies of parents to "cooperate with and assist the Advisory Council of the Chapter in promoting the growth of the Chapter and its members, and to serve the Chapter and strengthen the interest of each member in DeMolay." In addition, the responsibilities have grown as members now take on transportation roles for members who do not have cars or are unable to drive to meetings. While the Hollenbeck DeMolay Mother's Club disbanded around 1977, DeMolay Parent's Clubs still flourish in Southern California and other parts of the United States.

Largely philanthropic in nature, the Hollenbeck DeMolay Mother's Club raised funds in a variety of ways, most notably through donations, endowments, baked cake/gift raffles, and 'bunko' parties throughout the year. Within the Masonic Order, donations were made for families in need, as well as for happier occasions such as weddings and births. The Mothers also kept in good order the robes used for installation of Masonic officers and the Master Councilor. They were in charge of securing and maintaining the building's fire insurance on which this regalia is listed as worth $297.00. The Mothers provided the legwork for many different functions and refreshments for all of the ceremonies within the Masonic Temple. Furthermore, the Mothers donated yearly to the Masonic Homes Endowment Fund which provided for the residence and education of boys. The Hollenbeck DeMolay Mother's Club provided funds for needy children to attend camp and on one rare occasion, donated blood for the care of a hospitalized member. The Mothers met at the home of one of its members, who provided refreshments, and where they conducted business and socialized. Today, no De Molay Mother's Club is registered within the Los Angeles area, but there are many chapters in other areas such as Orange County.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Hollenbeck DeMolay Mother’s Club Collection consists primarily of administrative records, minutes of meetings, correspondence and donation records. Much of the material is in handwritten form, including the amendments to the by-laws, which is unusual, even for an organization with limited funding, such as this one. The correspondence and Treasurer’s Records give an idea of the type of philanthropy the Mother’s Club pursued during its tenure from 1928-1977. The collection is comprised of a single series containing loose papers and ledger books with hand written credits and debits which outline the revenues and philanthropic/social expenditures. Administrative Records contain member lists, minutes, and the workings of the DeMolay Mother’s Club meetings. In addition, this series holds the letters written on behalf of DeMolay and the letters received in return.

Subject/Index Terms

DeMolay (Organization)
Hollenbeck DeMolay Mother's Club -- Archives
Women -- Societies and clubs -- Correspondence

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections & Archives

Access Restrictions: The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions: Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has not been transferred to California State University, Northridge. Copyright status for other materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Acquisition Source: Community Service Organization

Preferred Citation: For information about citing items in this collection consult the appropriate style manual, or see the Citing Archival Materials guide.

Processing Information: Robert G. Marshall and Elizabeth Gilmartin, July 2002

Finding Aid Revision History:

Cathy Kay, 2005

Special Collections and Archives staff, 2012

Other Note: Processing staff for this collection were supported by a generous gift from the J. Paul Getty Trust.


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Folder 1: Accounts Ledger, December 1939-April 1946Save to your list.
Folder 2: Attendance Ledger, November 1928-January 1942Save to your list.
Folder 3: Attendance Record, 1949-1952Save to your list.
Folder 4: Correspondence, 1932Save to your list.
Folder 5: Correspondence, 1946Save to your list.
Folder 6: Correspondence, 1947Save to your list.
Folder 7: Correspondence, 1948Save to your list.
Folder 8: Correspondence, 1949Save to your list.
Folder 9: Correspondence, 1950Save to your list.
Folder 10: Correspondence, 1951Save to your list.
Folder 11: Correspondence, 1952Save to your list.
Folder 12: Correspondence, 1954Save to your list.
Folder 13: Correspondence, 1955Save to your list.
Folder 14: Correspondence, 1956Save to your list.
Folder 15: CorrespondenceSave to your list.
Folder 16: Financial Records: Bank Statements, 1947Save to your list.
Folder 17: Financial Records: Bank Statements, 1948Save to your list.
Folder 18: Financial Records: Bank Statements, 1949Save to your list.
Folder 19: Financial Records: Dues, 1977Save to your list.
Folder 20: Financial Records: NotesSave to your list.
Folder 21: Fire Insurance: Policy, 1950 February 28Save to your list.
Folder 22: Fire Insurance: Policy, 1951 March 30Save to your list.
Folder 23: Grand Council of Mothers' Circles: Constitution, ca. 1949Save to your list.
Folder 24: Grand Council of Mothers' Circles: Correspondence, 1949Save to your list.
Folder 25: Grand Council of Mothers' Circles: Correspondence, 1950 February 2Save to your list.
Folder 26: Membership List, ca. 1939/1940Save to your list.
Folder 27: Membership List, 1950 April 27Save to your list.
Folder 28: Membership ListSave to your list.
Folder 29: Membership ListSave to your list.
Folder 30: Membership ListSave to your list.
Folder 31: Membership ListSave to your list.
Folder 32: Minute Book, 1945-1950Save to your list.
Folder 33: Regular Membership Meetings: Minute Book, November 1928-October 1929Save to your list.
Folder 34: Regular Membership Meetings: Minute Book, November 1929-October 1931Save to your list.
Folder 35: Regular Membership Meetings: Minutes, 1931 November-1931 DecemberSave to your list.
Folder 36: Regular Membership Meetings: Minutes, January 1932-December 1932Save to your list.
Folder 37: Regular Membership Meetings: Minutes, January 1933-December 1933Save to your list.
Folder 38: Regular Membership Meetings: Minutes, January 1934-December 1934Save to your list.
Folder 39: Regular Membership Meetings: Minutes, January 1935-December 1935Save to your list.
Folder 40: Regular Membership Meetings: Minutes, January 1936-December 1936Save to your list.
Folder 41: Regular Membership Meetings: Minutes, January 1937-December 1937Save to your list.
Folder 42: Regular Membership Meetings: Minutes, January 1938-December 1938Save to your list.
Folder 43: Regular Membership Meetings: Minutes, January 1939-December 1939Save to your list.
Folder 44: Regular Membership Meetings: Minutes, January 1940-December 1940Save to your list.
Folder 45: Regular Membership Meetings: Minutes, January 1941-December 1941Save to your list.
Folder 46: Regular Membership Meetings: Minutes, January 1942-December 1942Save to your list.
Folder 47: Regular Membership Meetings: Minutes, January 1943-December 1943Save to your list.
Folder 48: Regular Membership Meetings: Minutes, January 1944-December 1944Save to your list.
Folder 49: Regular Membership Meetings: Minutes, January 1945-December 1945Save to your list.
Folder 50: Regular Membership Meetings: Minutes, January 1946-December 1946Save to your list.
Folder 51: Regular Membership Meetings: Minutes, January 1947-December 1947Save to your list.
Folder 52: Regular Membership Meetings: Minutes, January 1948-December 1948Save to your list.
Folder 53: Regular Membership Meetings: Minutes, January 1949-December 1949Save to your list.
Folder 54: Regular Membership Meetings: Minutes, January 1950-December 1950Save to your list.
Folder 55: Regular Membership Meetings: Minutes, March 1951-December 1951Save to your list.
Folder 56: Regular Membership Meetings: Minutes, January 1952-December 1952Save to your list.
Folder 57: Regular Membership Meetings: Minutes, April 1953Save to your list.
Folder 58: Regular Membership Meetings: Minutes, March 1954-June 1954Save to your list.
Folder 59: Regular Membership Meetings: Minutes, February 1955-August 1955Save to your list.
Folder 60: Regular Membership Meetings: Minutes, May 1956; September 1956Save to your list.
Folder 61: Regular Membership Meetings: Minutes, February 1957; April 1957Save to your list.
Folder 62: Regular Membership Meetings: Minutes, October 1958Save to your list.

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