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Ancient Order of United Workmen papers, 1887-1921

Identifier: 1975-005

Scope and Contents

The AOUW Papers consist of the meeting minutes, financial records, and membership rolls of the AOUW Grand Lodge of Guthrie Oklahoma, all dating from 1900-1902. Also included among the papers is a photograph of the casket of Father J. J. Upchurch, the organization's founder, as he lay in state at the Masonic Hall in St. Louis, Missouri, 23 January 1887.

The membership roll has been digitized and can be accessed from this online repository.


  • 1887 - 1921



This material is open for research use by any registered reader. This material is housed off-site and will require advance notice of 1 business day for use.

Use and Copyright

This material is owned by the University of Tulsa, McFarlin Library, Department of Special Collections. Unpublished manuscripts are under copyright. Therefore, permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from both the repository and the copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

The Ancient Order of United Workmen, or AOUW, was a fraternal organization, established in 1868 in Meadville, Pennsylvania. At its height it numbered approximately 320,000 members.


2 Linear Feet (1 manuscript box, 1 oversize box, 1 plus oversize box)

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Physical Location

Collection shelved at off-site storage.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Provenance unknown.

Related Materials note

Researchers may also be interested in the following items from the Harold Leventhal Proletarian Library: A.O.U.W. Public Ceremonials HD6515.W6 A53 1886; Juvenile Ritual : A.O.U.W. Oklahoma HD6515.W6 A53 1923; Constitution and by-laws ... HD6515.W6 A53 1927;Thirty-first annual session Grand Lodge, A. O. U. W. Guthrie, Oklahoma February 12-13 1929. HD6515.W6 A53 1929; A.O.U.W. Ritual : Oklahoma HD6515.W6 A53 1934.

Ancient Order of United Workmen papers, 1887-1921
Milissa Burkart
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Repository Details

Part of the The University of Tulsa, McFarlin Library, Department of Special Collections & University Archives Repository

McFarlin Library
University of Tulsa
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