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Accession Number: 93-1005


Independent Order of Oddfellows booklets fonds. -- 1891, 1901. -- 2 items.

Biography / History

The Independent Order of Oddfellows was firstofficially established in 1843 with the American branch breakingaway from the Manchester Unity. The first documented lodges wereprevious to 1843 in Halifax in 1815 and 1832. The next lodgesdocumented were the ones established in 1843 and after. GeorgeMathews, an engraver and lithographer, and John H. Hardie, a painterand decorator, are credited with being the fathers of the IndependentOrder of Oddfellows in Canada. Both the American Branch and theManchester Unity were represented in Montreal when the first lodgebecame a reality. During 1844 a number of lodges expanded outsideof Montreal. The Grand Lodge of Canada West was formed in 1855.(Taken from: "History of Odd-Fellowship in Canada under theold regime." Brantford: Expositor Steam Painting House, 1879.)

Custodial History


Scope and Content

This fonds consists of the constitution andby-Laws of the Otonabee Lodge No. 13, revised as of June 15, 1891,as well as the constitution, by-Laws and rules of order of DurhamLodge No. 78 of the Independent Order of Oddfellows.


Title based on creator of fonds.

This fonds was donated from an unknown source.

Restrictions: N

Associated material located in the NationalArchives of Canada and the Archives of Ontario.