Guide to the Hollenbeck DeMolay Mother's Club Collection, 1928-1977

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Overview of the Collection

Collection Title: Hollenbeck DeMolay Mother's Club Collection
Dates: 1928-1977
Bulk Dates: 1928-1958
Identification: URB/HDMMC
Creator: Hollenbeck DeMolay Mother's Club
Physical Description: 0.42 linear feet
Language of Materials: English
Repository: Urban Archives
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.
Note:
Processing staff for this collection were supported by a generous gift from the J. Paul Getty Trust.

Historical Note:

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 States.
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.

Access Terms

This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Corporate Name:

DeMolay (Organization)

Genre/Form of Material:

Paper records

Administrative Information

Processing Information:

Robert G. Marshall and Elizabeth Gilmartin, July 2002

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has not been transferred to California State University, Northridge. Copyright status for other materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond 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 the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

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.

Collection Contents

Box 1, Folder 1

Accounts Ledger, December 1939-April 1946

Box 1, Folder 2

Attendance Ledger, November 1928-January 1942

Box 1, Folder 3

Attendance Record, 1949-1952

Box 1, Folder 4

Correspondence, 1932

Box 1, Folder 5

Correspondence, 1946

Box 1, Folder 6

Correspondence, 1947

Box 1, Folder 7

Correspondence, 1948

Box 1, Folder 8

Correspondence, 1949

Box 1, Folder 9

Correspondence, 1950

Box 1, Folder 10

Correspondence, 1951

Box 1, Folder 11

Correspondence, 1952

Box 1, Folder 12

Correspondence, 1954

Box 1, Folder 13

Correspondence, 1955

Box 1, Folder 14

Correspondence, 1956

Box 1, Folder 15

Correspondence

Box 1, Folder 16

Financial Records: Bank Statements, 1947

Box 1, Folder 17

Financial Records: Bank Statements, 1948

Box 1, Folder 18

Financial Records: Bank Statements, 1949

Box 1, Folder 19

Financial Records: Dues, 1977

Box 1, Folder 20

Financial Records: Notes

Box 1, Folder 21

Fire Insurance: Policy, 1950 February 28

Box 1, Folder 22

Fire Insurance: Policy, 1951 March 30

Box 1, Folder 23

Grand Council of Mothers' Circles: Constitution, ca. 1949

Box 1, Folder 24

Grand Council of Mothers' Circles: Correspondence, 1949

Box 1, Folder 25

Grand Council of Mothers' Circles: Correspondence, 1950 February 2

Box 1, Folder 26

Membership List, ca. 1939/1940

Box 1, Folder 27

Membership List, 1950 April 27

Box 1, Folder 28

Membership List

Box 1, Folder 29

Membership List

Box 1, Folder 30

Membership List

Box 1, Folder 31

Membership List

Box 1, Folder 32

Minute Book, 1945-1950

Box 1, Folder 33

Regular Membership Meetings: Minute Book, November 1928-October 1929

Box 1, Folder 34

Regular Membership Meetings: Minute Book, November 1929-October 1931

Box 1, Folder 35

Regular Membership Meetings: Minutes, 1931 November-1931 December

Box 1, Folder 36

Regular Membership Meetings: Minutes, January 1932-December 1932

Box 1, Folder 37

Regular Membership Meetings: Minutes, January 1933-December 1933

Box 1, Folder 38

Regular Membership Meetings: Minutes, January 1934-December 1934

Box 1, Folder 39

Regular Membership Meetings: Minutes, January 1935-December 1935

Box 1, Folder 40

Regular Membership Meetings: Minutes, January 1936-December 1936

Box 1, Folder 41

Regular Membership Meetings: Minutes, January 1937-December 1937

Box 1, Folder 42

Regular Membership Meetings: Minutes, January 1938-December 1938

Box 1, Folder 43

Regular Membership Meetings: Minutes, January 1939-December 1939

Box 1, Folder 44

Regular Membership Meetings: Minutes, January 1940-December 1940

Box 1, Folder 45

Regular Membership Meetings: Minutes, January 1941-December 1941

Box 1, Folder 46

Regular Membership Meetings: Minutes, January 1942-December 1942

Box 1, Folder 47

Regular Membership Meetings: Minutes, January 1943-December 1943

Box 1, Folder 48

Regular Membership Meetings: Minutes, January 1944-December 1944

Box 1, Folder 49

Regular Membership Meetings: Minutes, January 1945-December 1945

Box 1, Folder 50

Regular Membership Meetings: Minutes, January 1946-December 1946

Box 1, Folder 51

Regular Membership Meetings: Minutes, January 1947-December 1947

Box 1, Folder 52

Regular Membership Meetings: Minutes, January 1948-December 1948

Box 1, Folder 53

Regular Membership Meetings: Minutes, January 1949-December 1949

Box 1, Folder 54

Regular Membership Meetings: Minutes, January 1950-December 1950

Box 1, Folder 55

Regular Membership Meetings: Minutes, March 1951-December 1951

Box 1, Folder 56

Regular Membership Meetings: Minutes, January 1952-December 1952

Box 1, Folder 57

Regular Membership Meetings: Minutes, April 1953

Box 1, Folder 58

Regular Membership Meetings: Minutes, March 1954-June 1954

Box 1, Folder 59

Regular Membership Meetings: Minutes, February 1955-August 1955

Box 1, Folder 60

Regular Membership Meetings: Minutes, May 1956; September 1956

Box 1, Folder 61

Regular Membership Meetings: Minutes, February 1957; April 1957

Box 1, Folder 62

Regular Membership Meetings: Minutes, October 1958