Rev. Bettie Engram Kennedy Meeting Hall Collection, 1843-2014 | East Texas Research Center

By Jared McNeely

Collection Overview

Title: Rev. Bettie Engram Kennedy Meeting Hall Collection, 1843-2014Add to your cart.

ID: B/131

Extent: 0.0

Arrangement: There are 215 folders organized in 5 boxes, 2 oversized boxes containing Herione and Masonic quarterlies, and 2 oversized bundles.

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection is broken up into two categories. The first contains newspapers, quarterlies, historical documents, and photographs from the African American Freemason groups the Dawn of Light Lodge #79, the women's lodge Heroines of Jericho, The Order of the Eastern Star, and the fraternal insurance organization the American Woodmen of the World, which are all located in Lufkin, Texas. These range from the early 1870’s to the late 1980’s.

The second contains historical documents, photographs, articles, and magazines from Reverend Bettie Kennedy, for whom the collection was named after. These range from the early 1840’s to present day.

Collection Historical Note

The Reverend Bettie Meeting Hall Collection consists of several historical documents, photographs, newspaper articles from Lufkin, Angelina County Texas.

The Texas Prince Hall Masons chartered the Dawn of Light Lodge #79 in 1893 located in Lufkin Texas where Rev. Bettie Kennedy’s father, William Engram, was a founding father. The lodge was the first African American Freemason lodge in Lufkin. Rev. Bettie Kennedy’s former husband, Oscar Kennedy, also became executive secretary of the lodge.  A number of chapters have grown and dissolved over time in the Meeting House lodge. Those chapters under the Dawn of Light No. 79 included the American Woodmen No. 71, the Order of the Eastern Star Annie Jones Chapter No. 114, Heroines of Jericho White Swan Court No. 48.

The collection also holds historical documents, articles, and certificates detailing the life of Rev. Bettie Kennedy. The photographa are of her family primarily from high school and college. The articles detail a number of the projects that Bettie Kennedy was a part of, including the Meeting Hall Restoration Project and Black History Projects.

Source:

Perkins, Mary. Lufkin Daily News. http://lufkindailynews.com/news/local/article_e972a348-30c4-11e4-9fa1-001a4bcf887a.html


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Dawn of Light Lodge #79],
[Series 2: American Woodmen Camp # 71],
[Series 3: Order of the Eastern Star, Annie Jones Chapter #114],
[Series 4: Heroines of Jericho, White Swan Court # 148],
[Series 5: Personal & Misc],
[Series 6: Rev. Bettie Engram Kennedy],
[Series 7: Oversized],
[All]

Series 1: Dawn of Light Lodge #79Add to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.

Sub-Series I: Financial

Folder 1.      Lists of Members with Unpaid Dues/Relief, Monroe Penson, Secretary

Folder 2.      Lists of Members with Unpaid Dues/Relief, Oscar Kennedy, Secretary

Folder 3.      Monthly Relief Report, Oscar Kennedy, Secretary, 1964-1984

Folder 4.      Notification of Due Assessments

Folder 5.      Death Relief

Folder 6.      Receipts for Paid Relief

Folder 7.      Receipts for Dues, Oscar Kennedy to Grand Secretary

Folder 8.      Receipt Ledger, 1962-1963

Folder 9.      Receipt Ledger, 1964-1983

Folder 10.  National Appeals for Fire Relief, Financial Assistance, National

Folder 11.  Check Stub Ledger

Folder 12.  Financial Booklets

Folder 13.  Bank Records

Folder 14.  Meeting Price Lists

Folder 15.  N.A. Garrett, Insurance

Sub-Series II: Correspondence

Folder 16.  Ed Swaggerty, Worshipful Master, 1914-1944

Folder 17.  Monroe Penson, Secretary, 1924-1949

Folder 18.  W.L. Dunn, Secretary, Relief, General, 1950-1952

Folder 19.  Zeno Cox, Secretary, General, Relief, 1957-1958

Folder 20.  Oscar Kennedy, Relief Assistance, 1952-1987

Folder 21.  Oscar Kennedy from Grand Masonic Lodge, 1953-1987

Folder 22.  Oscar Kennedy, Fraternal Lodge Assistance

Folder 23.  Oscar Kennedy, Secretary, General

Folder 24.  Booker T. Robinson From Grand Masonic Lodge, Relief, General, 1953-1955

Folder 25.  Booker T. Robinson, Oscar Kennedy From Robert Banks, Livingston

Folder 26.  L.B. Lamb, Worshipful Master, General

Folder 27.  Letters from Matrons of Heroines of Jericho and Order of the Eastern Star

Sub-Series III: Membership

Folder 28.  Constitution and Revisions

Folder 29.  By Laws and Drafts

Folder 30.  Masonic Ritual Books

Folder 31.  Application for Membership, Reinstatement

Folder 32.  Oscar Kennedy, Secretary, Master Mason Membership Certificates

Folder 33.  Mother Lodge of England Connection to Texas

Box 2Add to your cart.

Sub-Series III: Membership

Folder 1.  Oversizedcar Kennedy, Secretary, Master Mason Membership Certificates

Folder 2.  Oversizedcar Kennedy, Secretary, Master Mason Membership Certificates

Folder 3.  Meeting Notes, Minutes, George Conner, Assistant Secretary

Folder 4.  Membership Index 1988

Folder 5.  Grand Lodge Proceedings, Prince Hall, 1974, 1977

Folder 6.  Grand Lodge Proceedings, Prince Hall 1952,1954

Folder 7.  Grand Lodge Proceedings, Prince Hall. 1956

Folder 8.  77th and 78th Masonic Annual Communication

Folder 9.  Funeral and Sunday Church Programs, Pamphlets

Folder 10.  Miscellaneous, Pamphlets, Flyers

Folder 11.  Masonic Photographs

Folder 12.  Structure of Masonry Degrees (Oversized)

Sub-Series IV: Newspapers & Masonic Quarterlies

Folder 13.  Texas Prince Hall Masonic Quarterly September 1981-June 1985

Folder 14.  “Masonic Quarterly” (Oversized) September 1927-September 1941

Folder 15.  “Masonic Quarterly” (Oversized) September 1960-March1988

Folder 16.  “Masonic Quarterly”, September 1927, Vol. 32, No. 8 (Oversized)

Folder 17.  “Masonic Quarterly”, May, 1928, Vol. 32, No. 11(Oversized)

Folder 18.  “Masonic Quarterly”, May 1929, V. 32, No. 15 (Oversized)

Folder 19.  “Masonic Quarterly”, March 1930, V. 32, No. 18 (Oversized)

Folder 20.  “Masonic Quarterly”, September 1930, V. 32, No. 20(Oversized)

Folder 21.  “Masonic Quarterly”, September 1931, V. 32, No. 33(Oversized)

Folder 22.  “Masonic Quarterly”, Unidentified, 1932(Oversized)

Folder 23.  “Masonic Quarterly”, September 1935, No. 148 (Oversized)

Folder 24.  “Masonic Quarterly”, June 1936, V. 37, No. 151 (Oversized)

Folder 25.  “Masonic Quarterly”, June 1937, V. 37, No. 154 (Oversized)

Folder 26.  “Masonic Quarterly”, September 1937, V. 37, No. 156 (Oversized)

Folder 27.  “Masonic Quarterly”, December, 1937, V. 38, No. 157 (Oversized)

Folder 28.  “Masonic Quarterly” September 1944, Vol. 24, No. 69, Second Edition (Oversized)

Folder 29.  “Masonic Quarterly” May 1945, V. 25, No. 73 (Oversized)

Folder 30.  “Masonic Quarterly” September 1945, V. 45, No. 172 (Oversized)

Folder 31.  “Masonic Quarterly”, March 1946, V. 26, No. 76 (Oversized)

Folder 32.  “Masonic Quarterly”, September, 1946, V. 26, No. 78 (Oversized)

Folder 33.  “Masonic Quarterly”, September 1948, V. 28, No. 91 (Oversized)

Folder 34.  “Masonic Quarterly”, March 1949, V. 30, No. 93 (Oversized)

Folder 35.  “Masonic Quarterly”, September 1960, V. 40, No. 143 (Oversized)

Folder 36.  “Masonic Quarterly”, December 1960, V. 40, No. 144 (Oversized)

Folder 37.  “Masonic Quarterly”, March 1961, V. 40, No. 145 (Oversized)

Folder 38.  “Masonic Quarterly”, June 1961, V. 40, No. 146(Oversized)

Folder 39.  “Masonic Quarterly”, December 1961, V. 44, No. 148(Oversized)

Folder 40.  “Masonic Quarterly”, March 1962, V. 42, No. 149 (Oversized)

Folder 41.  “Masonic Quarterly”, June 1962, V. 40, No. 150 (Oversized)

Folder 42.  “Masonic Quarterly”, September 1962, V. 40, No. 151 (Oversized)

Folder 43.  “Masonic Quarterly”, December 1962, V. 40, No. 151 (Oversized)

Folder 44.  “Masonic Quarterly”, December 1962, V. 40, No. 152 (Oversized)

Folder 45.  “Masonic Quarterly”, June 1965, V. 63, No. 9 (Oversized)

Folder 46.  “Masonic Quarterly”, September 1965, V. 63, No. 10 (Oversized)

Folder 47.  “Masonic Quarterly”, December 1965, Unknown Edition (Oversized)

Folder 48.  “Masonic Quarterly”, June 1966, V. 64, No. 1 (Oversized)

Folder 49.  “Masonic Quarterly”, September 1966, V. 64, No. 2 (Oversized)

Folder 50.  “Masonic Quarterly” June 1968, V. 64, No 9 (Oversized)

Folder 51.  “Masonic Quarterly” June 1970, V. 67, No. 1 (Oversized)

Folder 52.  “Masonic Quarterly”, December 1972, V. 68, No. 9 (Oversized)

Folder 53.  “Masonic Quarterly”, March 1974, V. 64, No. 13 (Oversized)

Folder 54.  “Masonic Quarterly”, March 1976, V. 71, No. 21 (Oversized)

Folder 55.  “Masonic Quarterly”, December 1976, V. 72, No. 21 (Oversized)

Folder 56.  “Masonic Quarterly”, March 1978, V. 41, No. 214 (Oversized)

Folder 57.  “Masonic Quarterly”, March 1978, Vo. 73, No. 25 (Oversized)

Folder 58.  “Masonic Quarterly”, March 1988, V. 87. No. 3 (Oversized)

Folder 59.  “Masonic Quarterly”, December 1981- March 1986

Folder 60.  “Masonic Quarterly”, March (Oversized)

Folder 61.  “Masonic Quarterly”, June 1989, V. 88, No. 3(Oversized)

Folder 62.  Newspaper Scraps (Humidified, Photocopied, Discarded)

Series 2: American Woodmen Camp # 71Add to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.

Sub-Series I: Financials

Folder 63.  Master of Finance, Account Ledge, 1908-1911

Folder 64.  Paystubs, 1914-1916

Folder 65.  Lawrence Lightner, Supreme Clerk, Lawrence Lightner, 1933

Sub-Series II: Correspondence

Folder 66.  Florence E. Long, Secretary, 1913-1915

Folder 67.  Ed Swaggerty, Secretary, September 1922

Folder 68.  Mollie P. Grace, Clerk

Folder 69.  C.C. Dove, Secretary-Treasurer 1959

Folder 70.  Miscellanious

Subseries III: Membership

Folder 71.  Ritual Book, Proceedings, Constitution

Folder 72.  Membership Certificates, Proof of Insurance

Folder 73.  Meeting Minutes, 1917-1922

Folder 74.  Meeting Minutes Ledger, Ilder D. Johnson, Recorder, 1921-1940

Series 3: Order of the Eastern Star, Annie Jones Chapter #114Add to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.

Sub-Series I: Financials

Folder 4.  Dues, Relief Receipts, Juanita Nelson, Secretary

      Subseries II: Correspondence

Folder 5.  Juanita Nelson, Secretary, E.E. Burnette 1945-1962

Folder 6.  Kathryn B. Smith, Relief

Folder 7.  M.A. Andrews, Worshipful Matron,

Folder 8.  Lou Willie Thompson, General, 1951-1952

Sub-Series III: Membership

Folder 9.  Constitution, By Laws, Draft of By Laws, and Ritual Book

Folder 10.  New Membership

Folder 11.  Return Charters

Folder 12.  55th and 59th Annual Session Proceedings, 1946,1949

Folder 13.  61st and 64th Annual Session Proceedings, 1951,1954

Folder 14.  65th and 66th Annual Session Proceedings, 1955,1956

Folder 15.  90th Annual Session Proceedings, 1965

Sub-Series IV: Newspapers

Folder 16.  “The Eastern Star” Order of the Eastern Star Official Organ January 1956

Folder 17.  “The Eastern Star” December 1972, (Oversized)

Series 4: Heroines of Jericho, White Swan Court # 148Add to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.

Sub-Series I: Financials

Folder 18.  Relief Receipts, Mrs. Goldie Williams, Secretary

Sub-Series II: Correspondence

Folder 19.  Mrs. Goldie Williams, Secretary, General

Folder 20.  Frances Brewer, General

Sub-Series III: Membership

Folder 21.  Mrs. Goldie Williams, Secretary, Executive Membership List

Folder 22.  Membership Ledger, Janie Alexander, 1878

Folder 23.  Membership Ledger, Mrs. Goldie Williams, 1929-1942

Folder 24.  Membership Roll Book, 1950-1963

Folder 25.  Membership Roll Book, 1959-1963

Folder 26.  Membership, Minutes, and Dues Ledger, 1933, 1937, 1942-1947

Box 4Add to your cart.

Series IV: Heroines of Jericho, White Swan Court #148

Sub-Series III: Membership

Folder 1.  Membership, Minutes, and Dues Ledger, 1939, 1947-1950

Folder 2.  Membership, Minutes, and Dues Ledger, 1945-1947

Folder 3.  Membership, Minutes, Notes, and Dues Ledger, 1949-1951

Folder 4.  Membership, Minutes, Notes, and Dues Ledger, 1951-9157

Folder 5.  Membership, Minutes, Notes, and Dues Ledger, 1950-1956

Folder 6.  Membership, Minutes, Notes, and Dues Ledger, 1956-1960

Folder 7.  Membership, Minutes, Notes, and Dues Ledger, 1948-1949,1957-1960

Folder 8.  Membership, Minutes, Relief, Notes, Relief, Dues, 1960-1967

Folder 9.  Notes, Dues, Minutes, Relief, 1967-1972

Folder 10.  79th and 83rd Annual Proceedings

Sub-Series IV: Newspapers and Quarterlies

Folder 11.  “Heroines Quarterly”, June 1940, Vol. 15, No. 54, First Edition (Oversized)

Folder 12.  “Heroines Quarterly”, September 1947, Vol. 27, No. 82, Second Edition (Oversized)

Folder 13.  “Heroines Quarterly”, September 1953, Vol. 34, No. 112 (Oversized)

Folder 14.  “Heroines Quarterly”  March 1967, Vol. 41, No. 67 (Oversized)

Folder 15.  “Heroines Quarterly”, December 1969, Vol. 41, No. 180(Oversized)

Folder 16.  “Heroines Quarterly”, June 1971, Vol. 41, No. 186, - December 1971, Vol. 41, No. 188 (Oversized)

Folder 17.  “Heroines Quarterly”, Vol. 41, No. 214, March 1978(Oversized)

Folder 18.  “Heroines Quarterly”, Vol. 41, No. 215, June 1978(Oversized)

Folder 19.  “Heroines Quarterly”, Vol. 41, No. 216, September 1978(Oversized)

Folder 20.  “Heroines Quarterly”, June 1979, Vol. 43, No. 210(Oversized)

Folder 21.  “Heroines Quarterly” March 1980, Vol. 46, No. 221 – December 1980 (Oversized)

Folder 22.  “Heroines Quarterly”, December 1980, Page 5 and 6 (Oversized)

Folder 23.  “Heroines Quarterly”, June 1980, Vol. 47, No. 222, 5 copies (Oversized)

Folder 24.  “Heroines Quarterly”, December 1980, pgs. 5 & 6

Folder 25.  “Heroines Quarterly”, March 1981, Vol. 49, No. 255 – December 1981, Vol. 50, 288

Folder 26.  “Heroines Quarterly”, June 1982, Vol. 51, No. 230 – December 1982, Vol. 52, No. 232

Folder 27.  “Heroines Quarterly”, March 1983, Vol. 53, No. 232, - December 1983, Vol. 53, No.236

Folder 28.  “Heroines Quarterly”, December 1984, Vol. 59, No. 290

Folder 29.  “Heroines Quarterly”, September 1985, Vol. 62, No. 293

Folder 30.  “Heroines Quarterly”, March 1986, Vol. 64, No 295 – December 1986, Vol. 65, No. 298

Folder 31.  “Heroines Quarterly”, September 1987, Vol. 66, No. 301- December 1987, Vol. 66, No 302

Folder 32.  "Heroines Quarterly”, March 1988, Vol. 66, No. 303 (Oversized)

Folder 33.  “Heroines Quarterly”, June 1988, Vol. 66, No. 304 (Oversized)

Folder 34.  “Heroines Quarterly”, September 1988, Vol. 66, No. 305

Folder 35.  “Heroines Quarterly”, June 1989, Vol. 66, No. 308 – March 1989, Vol. 66, No. 307 (Oversized)

Series 5: Personal & MiscAdd to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.

Folder 36.  Personal Letters, Oscar Kennedy, 1968, 1985

Folder 37.  Personal Letters, Monroe Penson

Folder 38.  Oscar Kennedy, Career, Education, Officiating

Folder 39.  Oscar Kennedy, Disabled American Veterans

Folder 40.  School Card Report, Latasha Brown

Folder 41.  Misc.,

Folder 42.  College Bulletin Catalogue, Texas State College for Women, Denton TX, 1934

Folder 43.  Misc. F.B.I. Wanted Poster, James Eddie Diggs, (Oversized)

Series 6: Rev. Bettie Engram KennedyAdd to your cart.
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Box 5Add to your cart.

Sub-Series I: Correspondence

Folder 1.  Interview 107A with Bettie Kennedy, Jonathan Gerland Interviewer

Folder 2.  Bettie Kennedy, Correspondence, Black Heritage Month

Folder 3.  R.L. Kuykendall, Response to “Send’em back”

Folder 4.  R.L. Kuykendall, Correspondence, Articles

Folder 5.  Correspondence, Bettie Kennedy and Kyle Ainsworth, Interviews

Sub-Series II: Projects

Folder 6.  Bettie Kennedy, Teacher’s Certification and Awards

Folder 7.  Bettie Kennedy, The Malone Family Project

Folder 8.  Bettie Kennedy, Temple Durden Jones Project

Folder 9.  Bettie Kennedy, Uncle Ines Times, Photographs, Civil Rights Activist

Folder 10.  Bettie Kennedy, Annual Freedom Fund Banquet Speech “The Race to Reality”

Folder 11.  Bettie Kennedy, City Council Statement, N.A.A.C.P.

Folder 12.  Bettie Kennedy, Latin American Heritage Project

Folder 13.  Bettie Kennedy, Texas Slaver Project

Folder 14.  Bettie Kennedy, Charles Freeman

Folder 15.  Photograph and Short Biography, Herman Woolbright, Huntington Mayor

Folder 16.  Bettie Kennedy, Black History Project

Folder 17.  Bettie Kennedy, Restoration Project

Sub-Series III: Articles and Newspapers

Folder 18.  “Black Pioneers of Oregon”, Article

Folder 19.  “New York City Riots”, Articles

Folder 20.  Lufkin Historical Articles, Black Heritage

Folder 21.  Handbook of Texas Online, Articles

Folder 22.  “Port Chicago”, Articles

Folder 23.  “Juneteenth”, Articles

Folder 24.  1928 Article “The Negro’s Influence as a Voter”

Folder 25.  Magazine, Texas Town and City, Vol. LXXXX, No. 11, Jackie Levingston

Folder 26.  Newsweek, “Transition” Articles

Folder 27.  Dallas Morning News, “Bush Campaign”

Folder 28.  Kohrville Historical Articles

Folder 29.  Lufkin Daily News, Articles, “Restoration Project”, Bettie Kennedy

Folder 30.  “Your Opinions”, Newsletter

Folder 31.  Laminated Articles, Misc.

Folder 32.  “Charm” Magazine, Cover and Article on Bettie Kennedy

Sub-Series IV: Personal and Misc.

Folder 33.  Bettie Kennedy, Photographs, Family

Folder 34.  Misc., T.A.K.S., Fiscal Notes

Folder 35.  Misc. Photographs, Tigers Baseball Team

Folder 36.  Minutes of City Commission, March 1st 1927

Folder 37.  Leadership Training Institution Pamphlet

Folder 38.  Jones Park Ribbon Cutting Pamphlet, March 22nd 2003, Misc.

Folder 39. Newspaper Scraps (Dehumidified, Photocopied, Discarded)

Series 7: OversizedAdd to your cart.
Bundle 1Add to your cart.
Item 1: C.M. White, Photograph, Brief BiographyAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Matron's 100 Club, 1944, PhotographAdd to your cart.
Item 3: The Supreme Camp of the American Woodmen Charter, (Small)Add to your cart.
Item 4: 10th Quadrennial Session of the Supreme Camp of the American Woodmen 1941, PhotographAdd to your cart.
Item 5: Blueprints of the Meeting HouseAdd to your cart.
Item 6: Peter Ogden, Photograph, 1843Add to your cart.
Item 7: The Supreme Camp of the American Woodmen Charter, (Large)Add to your cart.
Item 8: The Grand Lodge of the Improved Benevolent Protective Order of the Elks of the World CharterAdd to your cart.
Item 9: The Grand United Order of Odd Fellows CharterAdd to your cart.
Item 10: "Heroines Quarterly", March 1988, Vol. 66, No. 303 & December 1985, Vol. 63, No. 293Add to your cart.
Item 11: "The Texas Republican", April 1928Add to your cart.
Bundle 2Add to your cart.
Item 1: Pride of Lufkin Lodge, PosterAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Masonic Lodge, Proclamation of Sixty- Ninth Annual CommunicationAdd to your cart.
Item 3: Proclamation of Sixty-Eighth Annual CommunicationAdd to your cart.

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[Series 2: American Woodmen Camp # 71],
[Series 3: Order of the Eastern Star, Annie Jones Chapter #114],
[Series 4: Heroines of Jericho, White Swan Court # 148],
[Series 5: Personal & Misc],
[Series 6: Rev. Bettie Engram Kennedy],
[Series 7: Oversized],
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