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  • Records, 1907-1992, of the Improved Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the World, Greater Capitol City Lodge, No. 11, an African-American fraternal organization located in Richmond, Virginia. Contains membership files including membership cards and membership lists; correspondence; financial records including financial reports and receipts; committee correspondence and reports; organizational meeting minutes; organizational charters, by-laws and constitutions; photographs and posters; and publications. There is also a small amount of material related to the Daughters of the Improved Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the World, Benjamin Temple, No. 20, the sister organization to the I.B.P.O.E.W
  • SERIES I: Correspondence, 1975-1991. Consists of both financial and non-financial correspondence concerning the organization and its operations. This series has circular letters, memorandums, correspondence with other lodges and organizations, and Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control letters and order of suspension. Circular letters and memorandums concern lodge functions, entertainment, fundraising, committees and departments, lodge and organizational publications, member activities, conventions, and the 29th anniversary celebration held in 1984
  • SERIES II: Financial records, 1972-1991. Contains audits, bank statements, checks, deed of trust, financial reports, invoices, receipts, tax forms, an organizational budget, stock inventories, and stocks and supplies requistions. Receipts specifically concern building repairs and building operations, beer and food purchases, utilities, cable and telephone service, fire and property insurance, and property, occupational, and alcohol taxes. Financial reports generally are treasurer's and house committee reports noting daily, weekly, monthly and multi-monthly spending by the lodge
  • SERIES III: Committee reports and files, 1974-1991. Consists of correspondence and reports principally concerning fundraising and meetings of the Athletic, Audit, Beauty, Civil Liberties, Disco, Education, House, and 25th Anniversary Committees and the Grand Exalted Ruler's Office and the Trustee Board
  • SERIES IV: Minutes, 1940-1988. Comprises the minutes, 1940, 1971 and 1988 of the Greater Capitol City Lodge, minutes, 1975, 1981 and 1984, of the Virginia State Association of the I.B.P.O.E.W., and minutes, 1974, of the Daughters of the I.B.P.O.E.W
  • SERIES V: By-laws, constitutions and charters, 1907-1991. Specifically contains constitutions and by-laws, 1970, 1974, 1984, 1986, and organizational charters, 1987-1991, for the I. B. P. O. E. W.; a charter, 1907, for the Daughters of I.B.P.O.E.W., Benjamin Temple; a charter, 1956, for Daughters of I.B.P.O.E.W., Daisy Temple; and a charter, 1940, for Brotherhood of Railway and Steamship Clerks
  • SERIES VI: Photographs and posters. Contains photographs of the I.B.P.O.E.W. members and building and a poster of the 63rd annual convention of the I. B. P. O. E. W
  • SERIES VII: Publications, 1972-1988. Consists of a members' guidebook, annual meeting programs, 1980-1981, a souvenir program, 1972, of the Purple Cross Nurses Division of the I.B.P.O.E.W., a history of the I.B.P.O.E.W., copies of the "Elk Informer" newsletter, 1975-1976, copies of "The Spectrum," 1981-1982, annual convention pamphlets, 1979, 1983, memorial exercise programs, 1978-1988, and newspaper clippings
  • SERIES VIII: Membership files, 1959-1992. Specifically contains delinquent member lists and notices, membership applications, member burial fund lists, members dues booklets, members dues cards and accounts, member certificates, member name tags, lodges and councils lists, current and former lists of officers, charter member list, membership tests, a lodge list for the Daughters of I.B.P.O.E.W., and membership rolls, 1984-1990. There is also members' trial correspondence, duties of unit officers, and correspondence and files pertaining to Scottie Wood
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The Improved Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the World was formed on 28 September 1898 in Cincinnati, Ohio, and is currently the largest African-American fraternal organization in the world. Known for providing social and financial services to member's families upon their untimely death, the organization also developed specific departments to address concerns related to education, health, veteran's affairs, and civil liberties. Members pay monthly dues and burial fund taxes. The Greater Capitol City Lodge was one lodge under the auspices of the Virginia State Association of the I.B.P.O.E.W., which itself was subordinate to the National Association of the I.B.P.O.E.W.
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  • The Library of Virginia
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Governing access note
No one may access these files until fifty years after their creation date (i.e. 1952 files may be accessed in the year 2002)
Immediate source of acquisition
Improved Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the World, Greater Capitol City Lodge, No. 11
Organization method
Organized into seven series: I. Correspondence II. Financial records III. Committee reports and files IV. Minutes V. Constitutions, By-Laws and Charters VI. Photographs and posters VII. Publications and VIII. Membership files.
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