Fonds MS-1206 - Independent Order of Odd Fellows fonds

Maple Leaf Rebekah Lodge No. 2 Friendship Lodge No. 7 Strathcona Lodge No. 9 Jewel Rebekah Lodge No. 25 Unity Rebekah Lodge No. 26 Norwood Lodge No. 41 Edmonton Norwood Temple Hall Unknown Lodge Number
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Independent Order of Odd Fellows fonds

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CA EDM MS-1206

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  • 1891 - 2007 (Creation)
    Independent Order of Odd Fellows
  • 1891 - 2007 (Creation)
    International Association of Rebekah Assemblies

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6.6 m of textual records and other material

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(1819 -)

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The Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF) is an international fraternal organization that was established in 1819 by Thomas Wildey in Baltimore, Maryland. Although originally a part of the English Order of Odd Fellows, the IOOF formed a separate system of governance in 1842, thereby starting the American Lodge system that would spread throughout the United States of America and Canada.

Membership to an Odd Fellows lodge is open to men and women above the age of 18, though only men are able to hold higher offices within a lodge. The IOOF confers degrees of differing levels to its membership upon the demonstration and active promotion of philanthropy, charity, and the ethic of reciprocity through fundraising, acts of service, and their own charitable works.

The levels include:

Lodge degrees:
Initiatory (White degree)
Friendship (First degree, Pink degree)
“Brotherly” Love (Second degree, Blue degree)
Truth (Third degree, Scarlet degree)

Encampment degrees:
Patriarchal (Faith degree)
Golden Rule (Hope degree)
Royal Purple (Charity degree)

Patriarchs Militant degree:
Chevalier (Patriarch Militant degree)

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(1851 -)

Administrative history

The International Association of Rebekah Assemblies, also known as the Daughters of Rebekah or simply ‘Rebekahs,’ was established in 1851 as the women’s auxiliary of the larger Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF). The Rebekahs promote philanthropic work and actively fundraise for such charities as the IOOF Educational Foundation, The Arthritis Foundation, the Visual Research Foundation, and the Odd Fellows & Rebekahs Pilgrimage for Youth.

While membership to the Rebekahs was originally restricted to the wife and daughters of Odd Fellows who had obtained the Scarlet Degree, membership opened to all women above the age of 18 in 1894 and eventually to men above the age of 18in the early twentieth century. Although men might hold offices at the lower levels of each Rebekah lodge, only women may hold the higher offices based upon the level of degrees that have been conferred upon them.

The levels include:

Lodge degree:
Rebekah degree

Encampment degree:
Ladies Encampment Auxiliary (LEA) degree

Patriarchs Militant degree:
Ladies Auxiliary Patriarchs Militant (LAPM) degree

Custodial history

As each of the Lodges of the men's and women's organizations began to assimilate due to declining membership, so too did their records. Eventually, when the lease for the Norwood Temple expired in February of 2020, the Jewel Rebekah No. 25 were the last Lodge left as the custodian of the records from the older Lodges.

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This fonds consists of minutes, membership lists, financial ledgers, regalia, certificates, and photographs produced by Odd Fellow and Rebekah Lodges throughout Edmonton geographic area and history.

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This fonds was donated to the City of Edmonton Archives by the Edmonton Norwood Odd Fellows Temple via Judy McPherson of the Jewel Rebekah Lodge No. 25 in 2020.


The material was arranged into series according to the Lodge that produced it. The material within each series was further arranged by the archivist into chronological order.

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  • English

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Glenbow Museum and Archives:
Independent Order of Oddfellows. Grand Lodge of Alberta / Rebekah Assembly of Alberta


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Accession number: A2020-7

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Includes ca. 400 photographs, 1 architectural drawing, 8 wood block negatives, 1 object, 4 books

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City of Edmonton Archives

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  • Box: MS Room