The Great Council of Kentucky of the Improved Order of Red Men records

Abstract

The Great Council of Kentucky of the Improved Order of Red Men records (1905-1968, undated; 0.68 cubic feet; 2 boxes) comprises the operating records, correspondence, and printed materials of the Great Council of Kentucky of the Improved Order of Red Men, documenting the Council's activities as a secret patriotic society in the first half of the twentieth century.

Descriptive Summary

Title
The Great Council of Kentucky of the Improved Order of Red Men records
Date
1905-1968, undated
Extent
0.68 Cubic feet
Subjects
Organizations--United States.
Patriotic societies--Kentucky.
Patriotism--United States.
Secret societies--Kentucky.
Arrangement
Collection is arranged by format.
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Ashley Evans
Preferred Citation
2012ms046 : [identification of item], The Great Council of Kentucky of the Improved Order of Red Men records, 1905-1968, undated, University of Kentucky Special Collections.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
The Improved Order of Red Men was formed in 1813 at Fort Mifflin, Pennsylvania. It consolidated various Revolutionary War-era secret societies such as the Sons of Liberty and the Sons of St. Tamina into one group, originally called the Society of Red Men. In 1834, the name was changed to the Improved Order of Red Men. The groups rituals and regalia are modeled after those of Native Americans. The groups primary goals include the promotion of patriotism and the support of charities.
Sources: The Improved Order of Red Men. History of the Red Men. Accessed December 12, 2014. http://redmen.org/redmen/info/.
Scope and Content
The Great Council of Kentucky of the Improved Order of Red Men records (1905-1968, undated; 0.68 cubic feet; 2 boxes) comprises the operating records, correspondence, and printed materials of the Great Council of Kentucky of the Improved Order of Red Men, documenting the Council's activities as a secret patriotic society in the first half of the twentieth century. Documents include correspondence, reports, bylaws, programs, newsletters, member lists, and records of annual meetings. Also included are records from select annual meetings for the Great Council of Delaware, the Great Council of Ohio, and the Great Council of the United States.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Access note Collection is open to researchers by appointment.
Use Restrictions
Property rights reside with the University of Kentucky. The University of Kentucky holds the copyright for materials created in the course of business by University of Kentucky employees. Copyright for all other materials has not been assigned to the University of Kentucky. For information about permission to reproduce or publish, please contact Special Collections.

Contents of the Collection

Blank forms and letterhead, undated

  • Box 1, Folder 1
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Code of Laws of the Great Council of Kentucky, 1952

  • Box 1, Folder 2
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Correspondence, 1921-1959

  • Box 1, Folder 3
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Empty envelopes, 1906-1957

  • Box 1, Folder 4
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Financial records, 1905-1957

  • Box 1, Folder 5
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Great Sachem's Banquet programs, 1956-1968

  • Box 1, Folder 6
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The Kentucky Red Men's News Bulletin, 1960 December

  • Box 1, Folder 7
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Member lists, 1909-1954

  • Box 1, Folder 8
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Notice of report and taxes due for Panima Tribe No. 438, 1922 March 21

  • Box 1, Folder 9
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Reports of Institution of New Tribes, 1905-1919, undated

  • Box 1, Folder 10
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Record of the Eleventh Session of the Great Council of Kentucky, undated

  • Box 1, Folder 11
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Record of the Great Council of Delaware, 1964 October 23-24

  • Box 1, Folder 12
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Records of the Great Council of Ohio, 1963, 1965

  • Box 1, Folder 13
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Records of the Great Council of the United States, 1958, 1962, 1966

  • Box 1, Folder 14
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Records of the Great Sun Council of the Great Council of Kentucky, 1943-1967

  • Box 2, Folder 1
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Tribal supplies order forms, 1939-1948

  • Box 2, Folder 2
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