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Manuscripts by Subject - Groups / Organizations - #10551

Title: Danish Brotherhood of America, Lodge No. 251 Devils Lake Records

Dates: 1907-1975

Collection Number: 10551

Quantity: 1 feet

Abstract: The files include membership laws and bylaws, minutes in Danish language, membership ledger, financial ledger, annual reports, monthly reports, and songbooks. Some of the correspondence is in English language.

Provenance: The State Historical Society of North Dakota acquired the Danish Brotherhood of America records from Daisy Hermanson in August 1990. 

Property Rights: The State Historical Society of North Dakota owns the property rights to this collection.

Copyrights: Copyrights to this collection remain with the donor, publisher, author, or author's heirs.  Researchers should consult the 1976 Copyright Act, Public Law 94-553, Title 17, U.S. Code or an archivist at this repository if clarification of copyright requirements are needed.

Access: This collection is open under the rules and regulations of the State Historical Society of North Dakota.

Citation: Researchers are requested to cite the collection title, collection number, and the State Historical Society of North Dakota in all footnote and bibliographic references.


Historical Note:  The Danish Brotherhood of America Lodge 251 of Devils Lake was charted on February 8, 1907 and closed in December 1975. The organization of Lodge 251 was pioneered by Hans Peter Jensen for the purpose of keeping intact the Danish heritage of the people in the Devils Lake area. Meetings were conducted above Pillsbury Hardware, known as Pillsbury Hall. Members included farmers, contractors, carpenters, electricians, bricklayers, store stockmen, lumberyard operator, banker, and jeweler. Early members included: Frederick Daldemar Gram, Rasmus P. Jensen, Hans Clausen, Peter Jorgensen, N. P. Nielsen, Jens Mosbek, Louis Simonsen, Louis Hansen, P. Jensen Rude, Nels Clausen, J. S. Sorensen, Jens Renborg, John Westerhom, Hans Westergaard, Ole Holbek, Herman Pedersen, Christ Kasserer Sorensen, E. Hammike, and Carl Trap.


Box 1:
1 Secretary’s Book  1915-1948 (Danish)
2 Ledger, Membership  1906-1922
3 Ledger, Membership  1913-
4 Ledger, Membership/Financial n.d.
5 Ledger, Membership/Financial n.d.

Box 2:
1 Receipt Books, Membership  1930-1967
2 Records, Misc. Financial 1925-1974
3 Reports, Annual 1938-1974
4 Reports, Monthly  1960-1964, 1974
5 Correspondence, 1960, 1975
6 Medical
7 Forms, Membership application
8 Laws and by laws, Lodge membership
9 Song books
10 Brochures, Insurance policies
11 Stationary
12 Ephemera

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