Overview of the Collection
Scope and Contents
Overview of the Collection
Collection Title: Hollenbeck DeMolay Mother's
Bulk Dates: 1928-1958
Hollenbeck DeMolay Mother's Club
Physical Description: 0.42
Language of Materials:
Abstract: The Hollenbeck DeMolay Mother’s Club and
all DeMolay Mother’s Club Circles have their roots in the Masonic Temple Order. Largely
philanthropic in nature, the Hollenbeck DeMolay Mother’s Club raised funds in a variety
of ways, most notably through donations, endowments, baked cake/gift raffles, and
‘bunko’ parties throughout the year. Within the Masonic Order, donations were made for
families in need, as well as for happier occasions such as weddings and births. The
collection consists primarily of administrative records, minutes of meetings,
correspondence and donation records.
Processing staff for this collection were supported by a generous gift from the J.
Paul Getty Trust.
The Hollenbeck DeMolay Mother's Club and all DeMolay Mother's Club Circles
have their roots in the Masonic Temple Order. Mothers of sons who become DeMolay members
are "automatically" members of any Masonic Mother's chapter. The
Hollenbeck DeMolay Mother's Club by-laws of 1928 assert that, "the object of
this club shall be to raise funds to help the DeMolay boys purchase paraphernalia and
equipment used in their order." Each temple had a Mother's club, and the
Mother's clubs were organized into larger "circles."
Los Angeles and its environs had approximately thirty-seven Mother's clubs within
its Grand Council of Mothers Circles. Officers were elected every four months and could
serve once in any one position. The Hollenbeck area of Los Angeles is near Evergreen and
Chicago avenues in the Boyle Heights district just east of downtown. Many of the
earliest members had addresses on these very streets. Today, the Mother's Clubs
have become Parents Clubs and combine the dual energies of parents to "cooperate
with and assist the Advisory Council of the Chapter in promoting the growth of the
Chapter and its members, and to serve the Chapter and strengthen the interest of each
member in DeMolay." In addition, the responsibilities have grown as members now
take on transportation roles for members who do not have cars or are unable to drive to
meetings. While the Hollenbeck DeMolay Mother's Club disbanded around 1977, DeMolay
Parent's Clubs still flourish in Southern California and other parts of the United
Largely philanthropic in nature, the Hollenbeck DeMolay Mother's Club raised funds
in a variety of ways, most notably through donations, endowments, baked cake/gift
raffles, and 'bunko' parties throughout the year. Within the Masonic Order,
donations were made for families in need, as well as for happier occasions such as
weddings and births. The Mothers also kept in good order the robes used for installation
of Masonic officers and the Master Councilor. They were in charge of securing and
maintaining the building's fire insurance on which this regalia is listed as worth
$297.00. The Mothers provided the legwork for many different functions and refreshments
for all of the ceremonies within the Masonic Temple. Furthermore, the Mothers donated
yearly to the Masonic Homes Endowment Fund which provided for the residence and
education of boys. The Hollenbeck DeMolay Mother's Club provided funds for needy
children to attend camp and on one rare occasion, donated blood for the care of a
hospitalized member. The Mothers met at the home of one of its members, who provided
refreshments, and where they conducted business and socialized. Today, no De Molay
Mother's Club is registered within the Los Angeles area, but there are many
chapters in other areas such as Orange County.
This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Genre/Form of Material:
Robert G. Marshall and Elizabeth Gilmartin, July 2002
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that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners.
Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of
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Conditions Governing Access:
The collection is open for research use.
Scope and Contents
The records of the Hollenbeck DeMolay Mother’s Club consists primarily of administrative
records, minutes of meetings, correspondence and donation records. Much of the material
is in handwritten form, including the amendments to the by-laws, which is unusual, even
for an organization with limited funding, such as this one. The correspondence and
Treasurer’s Records give an idea of the type of philanthropy the Mother’s Club pursued
during its tenure from 1928-1977. The collection is comprised of a single series
containing loose papers and ledger books with hand written credits and debits which
outline the revenues and philanthropic/social expenditures. Administrative Records
contain member lists, minutes, and the workings of the DeMolay Mother’s Club meetings.
In addition, this series holds the letters written on behalf of DeMolay and the letters
received in return.