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United Ancient Order of Druids, Negaunee Grove No. 3 records

 Collection — Box: 09-05-04
Identifier: MSS-120

Scope and Content Note

The collection, MSS-120, United Ancient Order of Druids, Negaunee Grove No. 3 records, is separated into five series arranged by subject and arranged chronologically within each series. The collection materials date from 1913 to 1997 and some of the early materials are written in Italian.

Series 1 – Cash Book, 1937-08 – 1970-06, contains one bound ledger identified on the flyleaf as “Libro del Tesoriere.” The entries dated August 1937 through April 14, 1955 are written in Italian. The entries dated May 12, 1955 through June 1970 are in English. This ledger documents revenue and expenses (Entrate e Spese) of the Negaunee Grove No. 3. Expenses shown relate to pay outs to members for illness, injury, and death.

Series 2 – Ceremonies and Proceedings, 1913-1997, contains seven items. The materials in this series document the procedures for conducting meetings: Past Arch Degree; Ceremony for Draping Charters; Prayer Card of the Opening and Closing Prayers; and Forms for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, the Conferring of Ovates, Bards, and Druids Degree, the regulations for installation of officers, and for opening new Groves. Also in this series is the Mortgage Burning Celebration pamphlet, the Certificate of Commission for the Negaunee Grove No. 3 and Negaunee Circle No. 2, the Commencement Journal for the 50th Biennial Session in 1983 and the Letter of Disbanding for Negaunee Grove No. 3 in 1997.

Series 3 – Constitution and By-Laws, 1913, 1915, 1977, contains three items containing the Constitution and By-Laws of the organization. There is a copy of the Franklin Grove No. 2, Dayton, Ohio Constitution and By-Laws from 1977. There are two versions of the Negaunee Grove No. 3 Constitution and By-Laws. The 1913 version is in English and the 1915 version is in Italian.

Series 4 – Membership, 1975, contains a blank Membership Application and a Membership Roster dated August 4, 1975.

Series 5 – Minutes, Ledger, 1913-09-28 – 1985-09-05, consists of four items. This series contains four ledgers documenting membership, membership dues payments, and meeting minutes covering the years since the organizations establishment on September 28, 1913 through September 5, 1985. The first ledger dated September 28, 1913 through August 1932 is written entirely in Italian. The second ledger dated September 1932 through December 1956 is written in Italian through May 12, 1955 when minutes started being written in English. The ledgers dated January 9, 1969 through December 14, 1978 and December 14, 1978 through May 9, 1985 are written in English.


  • 1913 - 1997


Language of Materials

This collection contains materials that are written in English and Italian. The Minutes Ledger dated 9-28-1913 through 8-1932 is written entirely in Italian. The Minutes Ledger dated 9-1932 through 12-1956 is written in Italian until 5-12-1955 then it changes to English. The Constitution and By-Laws booklet dated 1915 is written entirely in Italian.

Conditions Governing Access note

No restrictions. Open for research.

Conditions Governing Use note

Permission to publish material from the United Ancient Order of Druids, Negaunee Grove No. 3 records, MSS-120, must be obtained from the University Archivist. The University Archivist may be reached by phone at 906-227-1225, or e-mail, The University Archivist may also be reached in Room 126 of the Learning Resource Center, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI.

Biographical / Historical

The United Ancient Order of Druids (UAOD) first came to the United States in 1830 and the first Grove was established in New York City in 1839 and was named George Washington Lodge #1. The UAOD was open to males age 18 to 50 of good moral character and in good health. Women were allowed to join auxiliaries referred to as “Circles” which could also have male members. The UAOD had an elected board of directors, collected membership fees, and served as a beneficent fraternal organization. The UAOD provided funds for illness, injury, and death of members and their families based on the guidelines set forth in the Constitution and By-Laws. Negaunee Grove No. 3 was established in Negaunee, Michigan, on September 28, 1913 and was disbanded on April 10, 1997.


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The materials in this collection, MSS-120, United Ancient Order of Druids, Negaunee Grove No. 3, are divided into series that are arranged by subject and within each series the materials are arranged chronologically.

Separated Materials

The wall plaque received with this material was transferred to the Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center. The engraving was as follows: "The Supreme Grove of the United States, United Order of Druids proudly presents Negaunee Grove #3 U.A.O.D. in Recognition for Hosting the 51st Bi-ennial Session of the Supreme Grove Sept. 14th and 15th, 1985, Negaunee, Michigan. Fraternally submitted in U.P.C. Supreme Arch Robert Shell"

United Ancient Order of Druids, Negaunee Grove No. 3 records
Glenda K. Ward, Arrangement and Description Specialist
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Repository Details

Part of the Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives Repository

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