Finding Aid for The Knights of the Maccabees records, 1881-1966
03540

Summary Information

Repository
Detroit Public Library. Burton Historical Collection.
Title
The Knights of the Maccabees records
ID
03540
Date
1881-1966
Extent
6.5 linear ft.
General Physical Description note
(12 boxes, 2 volumes)
Language
English
Abstract
Collection consists almost entirely of the biennial or quadrennial meetings of the Michigan Great Camp or of the Supreme Tent. Also included are bound volumes of speeches and reports presented at the review of such Maccabees officers as the Supreme Actuary, the Board of Trustees, and the Supreme Commander.

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Biographical/Historical note

The Knights of the Maccabees was organized in 1878 as a beneficiary society. The name came from the ancient Maccabees who were followers of Judas Maccabeus. The "History of the Maccabees" explains, " They were not of any particular tribe, but were Jews who feared not to face death in defense of their belief in the God of their fathers. The exact meaning of the name 'Maccabeus' is veiled in obscurity, but. ..it was deemed to be an appropriate term to describe. ..a man of indomitable zeal and iron nerve... ". The Modern Maccaabees began in London, Ontario in 1878. Two years later meetings were held in Port Huron, Michigan and Buffalo, New York. Other "Great Camps" soon began in several states around the country and all provinces of Canada. The organization started out to care for the widows and orphans of its members. Originally, no medical examinations were required, and men, without regard to their age, family record, or physical condition, were admitted as endowment members. Each state or province had its "Great Camp", with divisions in cities known as "Supreme Tents".

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Detroit Public Library. Burton Historical Collection. Mar. 8, 2010

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open for research use.

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The Knights of the Maccabees records, 1881-1966 (Catalog record)

[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/547103125]

Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Knights of the Maccabees -- Archives.

Subject(s)

  • Men -- Societies and clubs.

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Other Finding Aids note

Finding aid and white index cards available in the Burton Historical Collection and on the World Wide Web.

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Collection Inventory

BOX 1: Great Camp Proceedings and Reports 

General note

Maccabees volumes that have lists of disability or death payments made to Maccabees members. (Title listed is usually that found on the spine.)

1881-86 Great Camp Proceedings and Reports 

General note

Reports of Officers and Proceedings of the Great Camp Reviews in Michigan since its organization in 1881. Register of number of deaths, Michigan, September 1, 1881-June 1886

1883 Reports of the Great Commander, Great Record Keeper, Great Finance Keeper, Great Medical Examiner and Great Finance Auditors 

1889-92 Great Camp Annual Reviews, Michigan 

Register of deaths, Michigan, June 1881-June 1891 

Register of deaths, Michigan, year ending 1892 

1893-94 Thirteenth and Fourteenth Great Camp Annual Reviews, Michigan 

Register of deaths, Michigan, year ending June 1893 

Register of deaths, Michigan, year ending 1894 

Register of death claims January 1896, ending December 1897 

Permanent disability claims, June 1881-December 1897 

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BOX 2: Biennial Reviews: 

1892-94 Fifth and Sixth Bienniel Review, Supreme Tent, K.O.T.M. 

Scope and Contents note

Includes death claims from Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Ontario, Tennessee, Kansas, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Colorado, Conecticut, Nebraska and Michigan.

1897 Seventh Biennial Review, Supreme Tent, K.O.T.M. 

Scope and Contents note

Includes death and disability claims from Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio, Indiana, Ontario, Missouri, Oregon, Kentucky, Kansas, Texas, Colorado, Iowa, California, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Washington, Rhode Island, Connecticut, West Virginia, Montana, Arkansas, Nebraska, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Quebec, Manitoba and Michigan.

1899-1901 Eighth and Ninth Biennial Reports of the Supreme Tent 

Scope and Contents note

Includes death and disability claims from California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Arkansas, Maine, Manitoba, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Ontario, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Quebec, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming.

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BOX 3 : Great or Grand Camp Reports 

1900-02 Seventeenth and Eighteenth Great Camp Biennial Reports, Michigan 

Register of death claims, 1900-1901 

Register of death claims, Jan. 1898 ending Dec. 1899 

Disability & Old Age, June 1881 ending Dec. 1901 

1904 Nineteenth Review, K.O.T.M.M., Grand Camp of Michigan 

Register of death claims, Jan. 1902-Dec. 1903 

Permanent disability, June 1881 - Dec. 1903 

1905-07 Twentieth and Twenty-First Reviews of the Grand Camp of Michigan 

1910 Twenty-Second Review of the Grand Camp of Modern Maccabees, Michigan 

1929 Great Camp for Michigan Report, Coldwater, Mich. 

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BOX 4: Supreme Tent Reviews: 

1904 Official Proceedings, Tenth Supreme Review of the Knights of the Maccabees 

Scope and Contents note

Includes death and disability claims from Alabama, Alberta, Arkansas, British Columbia, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Manitoba, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Ontario, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Quebec, Rhode Island, Saskatchewan, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

1907 Eleventh Review of the Supreme Tent of the K.O.T.M. 

Scope and Contents note

Includes death and disability claims from Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, British Columbia, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Manitoba, Maryland, Missouri, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nova Scotia, Ohio, Oklahoma, Ontario, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Quebec, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

1911 Twelfth Review of the Supreme Tent of the K.O.T.M. (Being the First Quadrennial Review) 

Scope and Contents note

Includes death and disability claims from Alabama, Alberta, Arizona, Arkansas, British Columbia, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Manitoba, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nova Scotia, Ohio, Oklahoma, Ontario, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Quebec, Rhode Island, Saskatchewan, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

1914 Official Proceedings of the Special Review, Supreme Tent, Detroit 

1915 13th Review of the Supreme Tent of the Maccabees 

1919-24 Fourteenth Regular Review of the Supreme Tent of the Maccabees, Supplementary Report of the Supreme Record Keeper of Death Claims Paid from 1 January 1919 to 31 December 1924 inclusive 

1925 Fifteenth Regular Review of the Supreme Tent of the Maccabees, Official Report of the Supreme Commander 

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Subsequent reports do not include names of individuals receiving death or disability payments. They only have financial and statistical statements regarding amounts paid out, causes of death, etc. 

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BOX 5 

1929 Sixteenth Review of the Supreme Tent, Proceedings and Official Reports, Detroit 

1933 Seventeenth Review of the Supreme Tent and Official Reports, Detroit 

1937 Eighteenth Review of the Supreme Tent and Official Reports, Detroit 

1941 Nineteenth Review of the Supreme Tent and Official Reports, Detroit 

1946 Twentieth Review of the Supreme Tent and Official Reports, Detroit 

1950 Twenty-First Review of the Supreme Tent and Official Reports, Detroit 

1954 Twenty-Second Review of the Supreme Tent and Official Reports, Chicago 

1958 Twenty-Third Quadrennial Review of the Supreme Tent, Proceedings and Official Reports, Detroit 

1958 Twenty-Third Quadrennial Review of the Supreme Tent, Official Reports, Detroit 

1958 Twenty-Third Quadrennial Review of the Supreme Tent, Official Reports, Detroit 

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BOX 6 

1962 Twenty-Fourth Quadrennial Review, Proceedings and Transactions, Lansing 

1966 Twenty-Fifth Quadrennial Review, Detroit 

1966 Report of Examination of the Maccabees Trust Fund, Southfield, Michigan, as of Dec. 31, 1966 

Souvenir Programs: 

1907 11th Review 

1911 12th Review 

1925; 1937 Supreme Review and Caravan Jubilee, Washington, D.C. 

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BOX 7 

Manual for Court Directors and Outline of Programs and Activities for Courts of Junior Maccabees 

The Maccabees Laws, 1880-1886 

Early History of Fraternal Beneficiary Societies in America History, K.O.T.M., Ancient and Modern 

History and Proceedings of the Supreme Tent of the K.O.T.M., 1883-1889 

History of the Order of the Maccabees and Biography of Major N.S. Boynton, by Ethan W. Thompson, (1929) 

The Origin and Destiny of Man, by H.W. Thomas, 1877 

Golden Deeds in Character Education, by M.A. Cassidy, 1924 

The Holy Bible, c. 1901 

Books of the Maccabees 

Initiation Booklet 

Installation Booklet 

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BOX 8 

Catalogs of Costumes and Supplies 

The Maccabees Field Bulletin, June 22, 1925 

Posters and Charter Forms 

Songbooks and Odes 

Scrapbooks, 1902-1904 

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BOX 9: 

Maccabees Reviews for Ohio: 

1892-95 Regular Reviews of the Great Camp for Ohio, Knights of the Maccabees of the World: Lakeside, 1892; Piqua, 1893; Toledo, 1894; Cleveland, 1895 

1901 Knights of the Maccabees, Ohio Great Camp: Third Biennial Review, Akron 

1911 Knights of the Maccabees, The Great Camp for Ohio, First Quadrennial Reivew, Mansfield 

1915 The Maccabees, Great Camp for Ohio, Dayton 

1915 The Maccabees, Second Quadrennial Review of the Great Camp for Ohio, Dayton, Reports of the Great Commander, etc. 

General note

(Neither of the above booklets have death or disability payment lists included in them.)

1919 The Maccabees Great Camp for Ohio, Elyria 

1919 The Maccabees, Great Camp for Ohio, Reports of Officers and Proceedings, Elyria 

1929 The Maccabees Great Camp for Ohio, Thirteenth Regular Review, Thirty-Seventh Anniversary, Cedar Point 

General note

(No death or disability lists included in this report.)

1933 The Maccabees Great Camp for Ohio, Fourteenth Regular Review, Forty-First Anniversary, Canton 

1937 The Maccabees Great Camp for Ohio, Reports of Officers and Proceedings of the Fifteenth Regular Review, Columbus 

Illinois: 

1929-30 Official Proceedings of the Tenth and Eleventh Quadrennial Reviews, Great Camp of Illinois 

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BOX 10 

New York: 

1890 Proceedings of the new York State Convention of the K.O.T.M. of the World, Rochester 

1912-17 The Maccabees Great Camp for New York Official Paper 

1918-23 The Maccabees Great Camp for New York Official Paper 

1919-24 The Maccabees Great Camp for New York Official Paper 

Oversize Volumes: 

1899-1901 Supreme Record Keeper's Ledger 1901-1902 

Supreme Record Keeper's Ledger 

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BOX 11 

The Beehive: Official Organ of the Knights of the Maccabees of the World 

1891 Bound Volume 

1914-16 Unbound Issues 

1930 Bound Volume 

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