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|Size||2.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 1,000 items)|
|Abstract||Eagle Lodge No. 19 (Hillsborough, N.C.), Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, chartered in 1791, is one of the first Masonic lodges chartered under the Grand Lodge of North Carolina. In 1793, members helped lay the cornerstone of Old East building at the University of North Carolina in a ceremony marking the birth of public higher education in the United States. The collection includes minute books, receipts, petitions for membership, correspondence, membership rosters, member and visitor registers, and related items. Also included are materials relating to R. B. Studebaker's The History of Eagle Lodge, No. 19 and a biography of A. H. Graham.|
|Creator||Freemasons. Eagle Lodge No. 19 (Hillsborough, N.C.).|
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Eagle Lodge No. 19, chartered in 1791, is one of the first Masonic lodges chartered under the Grand Lodge of North Carolina. In 1793, members helped lay the cornerstone of Old East building at the University of North Carolina in a ceremony marking the birth of public higher education in the United States. Around the turn of the century, the records indicate a lull in activity, though the reason is not indicated. In 1819, activity resumed, but because of the inactivity of the Lodge the original charter was lost. On 24 December 1819, a new charter was issued by the Grand Lodge of North Carolina, declaring Eagle Lodge, No. 71. Eagle Lodge was known by this number until 19 April 1933 when the Grand Lodge granted the request by petition of the Eagle Lodge to restore the original number 19. In 1820, the Lodge was granted permission by the State of North Carolina to sell lottery tickets to raise funds for the construction of the Lodge, which is still used today and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
R. B. (Robert Bruce) Studebaker was Master Mason of Eagle Lodge in 1931 and 1932. He was later appointed historian of the Lodge and used these materials to write a book about the history of the Lodge, entitled The History of Eagle Lodge. The book covers the history of the Lodge from 1791 through 1937. There is an accompanying volume II written by Master Mason J. Frank Ray, in 1993. This second volume continues where Studebaker's left off, summarizing important events of each year since 1937 and listing elected officers.
For more information, see the Eagle Lodge No. 19 website (http://www.eagle19.org/).Back to Top
The records of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons Eagle Lodge No. 19 (Hillsborough, N.C.) include minute books, account books, receipts, documentation about the lottery for building the Lodge, petitions for membership and advancement, correspondence, documentation of trials heard by the Lodge, membership dismissals, member and visitor registers, a public address by William M. Green, and related items.
Other materials relate to R. B. Studebaker and his notes for his book, The History of Eagle Lodge. These items are mostly handwritten by Studebaker and include drafts of chapters, and notes on certain time periods. There is also information on a possible written biography of A. H. Graham, correspondence relating to inquires about the membership of particular people, and related material.Back to Top
Materials relating to the rules and regulations kept by Eagle Lodge. Subseries include by-laws, membership requests, documentation of charges and trials against brothers, and expulsion letters.
Handwritten rules adopted by Eagle Lodge, 12 October 1791; letter to the Secretary of the Lodge requesting permission to compile a Masonic Register or Digest, 3 July 1850; by-laws adopted 4 January 1852 and 22 November 1852; printed by-laws of the Masonic Mutual Life Assurance Association of Norfolk, Va., 26 February 1876; handwritten notes regarding by-laws making reference to the year 1908; and a list of names with dates ranging from 1886 through 1950.
Requests, mostly handwritten, for initiation into, or advancement within, the Lodge.
Undated #05194, Subseries: "1.2. Petitions for Induction and Advancement, 1791-1891 and undated." Folder 3
The majority of the undated petitions are assumed to be after 1820, when the Lodge number was changed from No. 19 to No. 71.
Testimonies, reports, and related correspondence regarding charges and subsequent trials brought against members of Eagle Lodge. When possible, individual items concerning a particular trial are grouped together.
RESTRICTED: Two items, dated 1917, have been removed and are restricted until 2017.
Notices of members expelled or suspended for unmasonic conduct or non-payment of dues. Also included are notices from other lodges.
Ten volumes of meeting minutes and reports.
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Loose papers recording meeting minutes or committee reports.
Correspondence includes letters from the Grand Lodge in Raleigh regarding resolution notices, member appointments and other business; letters from members of Eagle Lodge regarding their inability to pay dues or tardiness in doing so; requests from members, widows, and other lodges seeking donations for various reasons (disasters, fund raising, dire need); meeting summons for Eagle Lodge and invitations from other lodges for celebrations or funerals; and other business, such as requesting withdrawal from Eagle Lodge.
Five volumes of account books.
[Includes minutes dated 7 September 1848]
Account summaries, lists of dues, and receipts of payments.
Items documenting the activities of Eagle Lodge in setting up a lottery to raise funds for the building of a Lodge Hall. Included are account statements, receipts, committe reports and a letter from the Secretary of State of North Carolina authorizing the sale of tickets.
A handwritten address by Rev. William M. Green, delivered at the laying of the cornerstone of a New Court House in Hillsborough 7 September 1844, and a typed transcript; a published address titled "Address to the Subordinate Lodges upon the Subject of The Masonic College," 1851; and a prayer, handwritten, undated and unsigned.
Printed forms for various purposes, including nine certificates, 1869 bearing the signature of D. W. Bain, Grand Secretary, which are otherwise blank.
Fragments, envelopes, and other miscellaneous materials.
Notes and drafts mostly undated and handwritten, of R. B. Studebaker, former Master and Historian of Eagle Lodge, for The History of Eagle Lodge No. 19 A.F. & A.M., 1937, a short biography of A. H. Graham and a bound copy of The History of Eagle Lodge No. 19 A.F. & A.M. Other materials include correspondence regarding the book and past members.
Copy or draft of the printed history.
Manuscript short history, 1935-1936 #05194, Series: "6. R. B. Studebaker Material, 1934-1939, mostly undated." Folder 39
Copies of letters and chapters 1-7 sent to editor F. M. Pinnix of Oxford, N.C.
History of Eagle Lodge notes, Chapter 5 #05194, Series: "6. R. B. Studebaker Material, 1934-1939, mostly undated." Folder 40
Drafts and notes for printed history.
Letters to Studebaker between 1931-1937; a handwritten copy of an 1821 letter (original not found); and a copy of the petition to reinstate the Lodge's original number 19.
Oversize Volume (SV-5194/1)Back to Top
Processed by: Ashley Doar, 2005
Encoded by: Lynn Holdzkom, January 2005 and Ashley Doar, May 2005Back to Top