Lexington Lodge no. 1 records

Abstract

The Lexington Lodge no. 1 records (dated 1797-2020; 18.2 cubic feet; 15 boxes, 15 items) primarily comprise membership records, meeting minutes, ledgers, annual reports, pamphlets, correspondence, and notes that document the membership and administration of the Masonic Lodge, Lexington Lodge no. 1, in Lexington, Kentucky.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Lexington Lodge no. 1 records
Date
1797-2020 (inclusive)
Extent
18.2 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Freemasonry -- Kentucky -- Lexington
Freemasonry -- United States
Freemasons -- Grand Lodge of Kentucky
Minutes (Records)
Freemasons. Lexington Lodge, No. 1 (Lexington, Ky.)
Arrangement
Collection is arranged by subject into 4 series: Membership records, Meeting minutes, Ledgers and reports, and Assorted.
Finding Aid Author
M. Alvey
Preferred Citation
2018ms011: [identification of item], Lexington Lodge no. 1 records, 1797-2020, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
The Lexington Lodge no. 1 is a Masonic Lodge located in Lexington, Kentucky. It was founded in 1788 by the Grand Lodge of Virginia as Lexington Lodge no. 25. It became no. 1 in 1800 after the formation of the Grand Lodge of Kentucky. In 1861 during the Civil War, Union Troops occupied the lodge hall and most of the records since the founding of the lodge were destroyed. Following the Civil War, fraternal organizations became imcreasingly popular. During this time, Lexington Lodge no. 1 created programs that increased their membership through the early 1900s. Lexington Lodge no. 1's membership increased steadily, including two large membership spikes after World War I and World War II, until 1962. After 1962, member retention decreased, causing a decrease of overall membership, from 1667 masons to closer to 300. At the turn of the century, engagement increased for Lexington Lodge no. 1's members, and the average age of the active member began to shift younger. Notable early members of Lexington Lodge no. 1 include Henry Clay, Levi Todd, General Thomas Bodley, Gideon Shryock, Joseph Hamilton Daviess, James B. January, John M. McCalla, Benjamin W. Dudley, and Samuel Postlethwaite.
Scope and Content
The Lexington Lodge no. 1 records (dated 1797-2020; 18.2 cubic feet; 15 boxes, 15 items) primarily comprise membership records, meeting minutes, ledgers, annual reports, pamphlets, correspondence, and notes that document the membership and administration of the Masonic Lodge, Lexington Lodge no. 1, in Lexington, Kentucky. The Membership records include completed forms for petitions, dues, and demits. Additionally, the records include membership ledgers. The minutes consist of bound and loose meeting minutes for the lodge from 1860-2007. The majority of records from the late 1700s until 1860 were destroyed during the Civil War when the lodge was occupied by Confederate forces. The records also include financial ledgers and annual reports, letters and pamphlets relating to events and projects, and letters regarding relationships between the Lodge and outside parties.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open to researchers by appointment
Use Restrictions
The physical rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.

Contents of the Collection

Membership records, 1888-2008

Scope and Contents

Comprises ledgers, petitions, and forms that document the membership of Lexington Lodge no. 1. The forms include ones for dues and demits (resignation of membership). Series is organized by format.

Petitions, dues, and demit forms, A, 1908-1987

  • Box 2018ms011-01, folder 1-4
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Petitions, dues, and demit forms, B, 1953-1983

  • Box 2018ms011-01, folder 5-15
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Petitions, dues, and demit forms, C, 1904-1984

  • Box 2018ms011-01, folder 16-25
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Petitions, dues, and demit forms, D, 1902-1983

  • Box 2018ms011-01, folder 26-29
  • Box 2018ms011-02, folder 1-2
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Petitions, dues, and demit forms, E, 1904-1979

  • Box 2018ms011-02, folder 3-5
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Petitions, dues, and demit forms, F, 1951-1984

  • Box 2018ms011-02, folder 6-12
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Petitions, dues and demit forms, G, 1952-1983

  • Box 2018ms011-02, folder 13-20
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Petitions, dues, and demit forms, H, 1938-1982

  • Box 2018ms011-02, folder 21-32
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Petitions, dues, and demit forms, I, 1957-1958

  • Box 2018ms011-02, folder 33
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Petitions, dues, and demit forms, J, 1952-1983

  • Box 2018ms011-02, folder 34-36
  • Box 2018ms011-03, folder 1
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Petitions, dues, and demit forms, K, 1952-1984

  • Box 2018ms011-03, folder 2-8
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Petitions, dues, and demit forms, L, 1952-1982

  • Box 2018ms011-03, folder 9-14
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Petitions, dues, and demit forms, M, 1951-1983

  • Box 2018ms011-03, folder 15-27
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Petitions, dues, and demit forms, N, 1956-1979

  • Box 2018ms011-03, folder 28-30
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Petitions, dues, and demit forms, O, 1953-1981

  • Box 2018ms011-03, folder 31-33
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Petitions, dues, and demit forms, P, 1952-1984

  • Box 2018ms011-03, folder 34-37
  • Box 2018ms011-04, folder 1-2
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Petitions, dues, and demit forms, Q, 1952-1982

  • Box 2018ms011-04, folder 3
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Petitions, dues, and demit forms, R, 1952-1982

  • Box 2018ms011-04, folder 4-7
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Petitions, dues, and demit forms, S, 1951-1982

  • Box 2018ms011-04, folder 8-21
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Petitions, dues, and demit forms, T, 1951-1984

  • Box 2018ms011-04, folder 22-25
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Petitions, dues, and demit forms, U, 1953-1982

  • Box 2018ms011-04, folder 26
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Petitions, dues, and demit forms, V, 1953-1982

  • Box 2018ms011-04, folder 27-29
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Petitions, dues, and demit forms, W, 1952-1984

  • Box 2018ms011-04, folder 30-32
  • Box 2018ms011-05, folder 1-11
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Petitions, dues, and demit forms, Y-Z, 1953-1974

  • Box 2018ms011-05, folder 12
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Petitions and demit forms F-K binder, 1900-1951

  • Box 2018ms011-05, folder 13-18
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Petitions and demit forms L-P, 1893-1951

  • Box 2018ms011-05, folder 19-23
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Petitions and demit forms, Q-S, 1901-1951

  • Box 2018ms011-05, folder 24
  • Box 2018ms011-06, folder 1-3
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Petitions and demit forms, T-Z binder, 1894-1951

  • Box 2018ms011-06, folder 4-6
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Petitions of members of Lexington Lodge no. 1, A, 1910-1970

  • Box 2018ms011-06, folder 7-11
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First member ledger A-B, 1927-1997

  • Box 2018ms011-06, folder 12
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First member ledger, C-D, 1928-1992

  • Box 2018ms011-06, folder 13
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First member ledger, E-G, 1931-2006

  • Box 2018ms011-06, folder 14
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First member ledger, H, 1940-1998

  • Box 2018ms011-06, folder 15
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First member ledger, I-L, 1923-1997

  • Box 2018ms011-06, folder 16
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First member ledger, M-N, 1921-1998

  • Box 2018ms011-06, folder 17
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First member ledger O-R, 1924-1997

  • Box 2018ms011-06, folder 18
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First member ledger, S, 1943-2005

  • Box 2018ms011-06, folder 19
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First member ledger, T-Z, 1932-1999

  • Box 2018ms011-06, folder 20
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Second member ledger, G-H, 1907-1998

  • Box 2018ms011-06, folder 21
  • Box 2018ms011-07, folder 1-2
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Second member ledger, L-N, 1890-1988

  • Box 2018ms011-07, folder 3-5
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Second member ledger, O-R, 1891-1988

  • Box 2018ms011-07, folder 6-8
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Second member ledger, W-Z, 1901-1988

  • Box 2018ms011-07, folder 9-10
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Records of former members, A-B, 1892-1986

  • Box 2018ms011-07, folder 11-13
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Records of former members, C-D, 1893-1988

  • Box 2018ms011-07, folder 14-16
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Records of former members, E-F, 1896-1988

  • Box 2018ms011-07, folder 17-18
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Records of former members, I-K, 1895-1988

  • Box 2018ms011-07, folder 19
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Records of former members, S, 1899-1987

  • Box 2018ms011-07, folder 20-22
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Records of former members, T-V, 1888-1986

  • Box 2018ms011-07, folder 23-24
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Rejected petitions, A-L, 1947-1988

  • Box 2018ms011-08, box 1-2
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Rejected petitions, M-W, 1948-1988

  • Box 2018ms011-08, folder 3-4
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1951 petitions, 1951-1952

  • Box 2018ms011-08, folder 5-8
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Rejected petition, 1972

  • Box 2018ms011-08, folder 9
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Early 1900s loose petitions, dues, demit forms, and letters regarding lodge affiliations, 1888-1971

  • Box 2018ms011-08, folder 10-12
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Unfiled applications, dues, and demit forms, 1919-1988

  • Box 2018ms011-08, folder 13
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Loose petitions, dues, and demit forms, 1982-1988

  • Box 2018ms011-08, folder 14
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1988 unfiled petitions, dues, and demit forms, 1963-1999

  • Box 2018ms011-08, folder 15-17
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Lexington Lodge no. 1 correspondence and petitions, 2001-2008

  • Box 2018ms011-08, folder 18-20
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Petition for degrees and 1970 Knights Templar anniversary program, 1970, undated

  • Box 2018ms011-08, folder 21
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Holland Lodge no. 8 demit, undated

  • Box 15, folder 1
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Meeting minutes, 1826-2007

Scope and Contents

Comprises meeting minutes that document the Lexington Lodge no. 1's meetings from 1860-2007. The minutes consist of bound volumes and binders. The binders were disassembled and stored in folders, however they are described as one unit. Additionally, the series includes minutes for the Clinton Lodge no. 86 from 1822-1839. Series arranged chronologically.

Clinton Lodge no. 86 demits and minutes, 1826-1829

  • Box 2018ms011-08, folder 22
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Clinton Lodge no. 86 demit forms and minutes, 1829-1839

  • Box 2018ms011-08, folder 23
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Lexington Lodge no. 1 minutes, 1860-1871

Lexington Lodge no. 1 minutes, 1871-1892

Lexington Lodge no. 1 minutes, 1893-1910

Loose meeting minutes and notes on Lexington Lodge no. 1 projects, 1889-1910

  • Box 2018ms011-09, folder 11
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Lexington Lodge no. 1 minutes, 1910-1923

Lexington Lodge no. 1 minutes, 1924-1927

  • Box 2018ms011-08, folder 24
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Lexington Lodge no. 1 minutes, 1927-1935

  • Box 2018ms011-09, folder 1
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Minutes for 1932 not included in the records.

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Lexington Lodge no. 1 minutes, 1935-1945

  • Box 2018ms011-09, folder 2-3
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Lexington Lodge no. 1 minutes, 1946-1947 November

  • Box 2018ms011-09, folder 4
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Lexington Lodge no. 1 minutes, 1947 December-1949

  • Box 2018ms011-09, folder 5
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Lexington Lodge no. 1 minutes, 1950-1952

  • Box 2018ms011-09, folder 6-7