Leeman Anderson Collection of Masonic Lodge RecordsLeeman Anderson Collection of Masonic Lodge Records

Leeman Anderson Collection of Masonic Lodge Records

Descriptive Summary

Title: Leeman Anderson Collection of Masonic Lodge Records
Creator: Anderson, Leeman, 1899-1969
Dates: 1848-1914
Extent: 2.0 boxes (0.75 linear feet)
Collection Number: RBRL/141/LA
Repository: Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
Abstract: The Leeman Anderson Collection of Masonic Lodge Records documents the activities of two masonic lodges, Erin Lodge, No. 70, in Meriwether County, Georgia, and Hollonville Lodge, No. 70, in Pike County, Georgia, which were active from the middle of the 19th century into the early part of the 20th century

Collection Description

Biographical Note

Erin Lodge, No. 70, Meriwether County, Georgia, and Hollonville Lodge, No. 70, Pike County, Georgia, were masonic orders that were active from the middle of the 19th century into the early part of the 20th century. Both lodges were affiliated with the Grand Lodge of Georgia, Free and Accepted Masons, which was established in 1786 and exists to the present day.

Leeman Anderson was born in December 1899 in Hollonville, Pike County, Georgia, to James and Sarah Anderson. In 1931, having until then served as the chief clerk in the Georgia Department of Agriculture, Anderson resigned to join Richard B. Russell's gubernatorial campaign. Following Russell's election, he was hired as Governor Russell's secretary and primary assistant. When Russell became a U.S. Senator in 1933, Anderson accompanied him to Washington as his chief administrative assistant. In 1937, Anderson married Dorothy Webb, who also worked in Russell's office. Soon after, Anderson took a job with the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Harlingen, Texas. He returned to his former position in late 1941 and remained a member of Russell's staff until his death in August 1969.

Scope and Content

The Leeman Anderson Collection of Masonic Lodge Records documents the activities of two masonic lodges, Erin Lodge, No. 70, in Meriwether County, Georgia, and Hollonville Lodge, No. 70, in Pike County, Georgia. The collection contains minute and account books for both lodges; the Hollonville Lodge materials include general correspondence and "returns," which function as annual reports of the lodge's membership and fiscal stability.

Anderson's connection to the materials is unclear, though it is possible that his father, James Anderson, or another relative was at one time a member of one or both of the lodges.

Organization and Arrangement

The collection is arranged in two series: I. Erin Lodge and II. Hollonville Lodge.


Administrative Information and Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open for research.

Preferred citation

Leeman Anderson Collection of Masonic Lodge Records, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.

Conditions Governing Use note

Library acts as "fair use" reproduction agent.

Copyright Information

Before material from collections at the Richard B. Russell Library may be quoted in print, or otherwise reproduced, in whole or in part, in any publication, permission must be obtained from (1) the owner of the physical property, and (2) the holder of the copyright. It is the particular responsibility of the researcher to obtain both sets of permissions. Persons wishing to quote from materials in the Russell Library collection should consult the Director. Reproduction of any item must contain a complete citation to the original.

Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared by Mat Darby, 2014.


Related Materials

Access Points

Freemasonry--Georgia.
Men--Georgia--Societies and clubs.
Secret societies--Georgia

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 

Series I. Erin Lodge

Extent: 7.0 folders
BoxFolder
21Minute Book, 1848 April 28 - July 27
21Minute Book, 1848 November 12 - 1856 June 14
BoxFolder
11Minute Book, 1856 June 28 - 1865 August 26
12Minute Book, 1865 October 14 - 1870 November 21
13Minute Book, 1871 January 8 - 1876 January 22
14Minute Book, 1883 June 23 - 1890 January 4
15[Minutes], 1871 May 27
16Account Book, circa 1859 - 1873
 

Series II. Hollonville Lodge

Extent: 6.0 folders
BoxFolder
17Minute Book, 1888 August 11 - 1912 February 17
18Secretary's Account Book, 1887-1891
19[Minutes and Accounts pages], 1892-1911
110Returns to the Grand Lodge of Georgia, 1881-1914
111[Correspondence], 1889-1902
112Price List of Emblems and Furniture for Secret Societies, circa 1880