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Exhibition Join In: Voluntary Assocations in America

Exhibition Items

A Toolkit for Associations

  • “Virginia Charter of 1606” in Ebenezer Hazard, Historical Collections: Consisting of State Papers and Other Authentic Documents, Intended as Materials for an History of the United States of America. Philadelphia: Printed by T. Dobson [1792–1794]. Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Library of Congress (001.00.02)
  • Mourt’s Relation: A Relation or Journal of the Beginning and Proceedings of the English Plantation Settled at Plimouth in New England. London: Printed for John Bellamie, 1622. Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Library of Congress (002.00.00)
  • Detail of the “Mayflower Compact” from Governor William Bradford’s manuscript journal, written 1620–1647, the earliest surviving handwritten copy of the text. Special Collections Department, State Library of Massachusetts
  • “The Second Peirce Patent” in Ebenezer Hazard, Historical Collections: Consisting of State Papers and Other Authentic Documents, Intended as Materials for an History of the United States of America. Philadelphia: Printed by T. Dobson [1792–1794]. Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Library of Congress (001.01.00)
  • “Massachusetts Charter of 1636” in The Charters of the British Colonies in America. London, Printed for J. Almon [1774?]. Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Library of Congress (003.01.01)
  • Richard Mather (1596–1669). Church-government and Church-covenant Discussed; . . . London, Printed by R. O. and G. D. for B. Allen, 1643. Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Library of Congress (005.00.00)
  • Cotton Mather (1663–1728). Bonifacius. An Essay upon the Good, That It Is to Be Devised and Designed, by Those Who Desire to Answer the Great End of Life, and to Do Good While They Live. Boston in New England: Printed by B. Green, 1710. Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Library of Congress (006.00.00)
  • William Hubbard. A Map of New-England, Being the First That Ever Was Here Cut . . . , ca. 1677. Geography and Maps Division, Library of Congress
  • New Plymouth Colony. “Indians,” The Book of the General Laws of the Inhabitants of the Jurisdiction of New-Plimouth. Boston in New-England: Printed by Samuel Green, 1685. Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Library of Congress (004.00.02)

Making Associations in Early America

  • Benjamin Franklin (1706–1790). The Life of Dr. Benjamin Franklin Written by Himself. Third American edition. New York: Printed and sold by T. and J. Swords, 1794. Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Library of Congress (009.00.00)
  • University of Pennsylvania. Additional Charter of the College, Academy, and Charity-School of Philadelphia, in Pennsylvania. Philadelphia: Printed by B. Franklin, and D. Hall, 1755. Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Library of Congress (010.00.00)
  • Library Company of Philadelphia. The Charter, Laws, and Catalogue of Books, of the Library Company of Philadelphia. Philadelphia: Printed by B. Franklin and D. Hall, 1764 [1765]. Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Library of Congress (011.00.00)
  • Transactions of the American Philosophical Society. Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society. Volume 1, 1771. Rare Book and Special Collections, Library of Congress (012.00.00)
  • Laws Enacted in the Second Sitting of the Seventh General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania [. . .]. An Act Incorporating the Presbyterian Congregation of Newtown in the County of Bucks. [Philadelphia]: Hall and Sellers, [1783]. Law Library of Congress (112.00.00)

Tocqueville, A View from Outside

  • Alexis de Tocqueville (1805–1859). De la démocratie en Amérique. Paris: Librairie de Charles Gosselin, 1835, 1840. Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Library of Congress (007.00.00-007.00.03)

A Nation of Joiners

Fellowship

  • Freemasons. Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania. Ahiman Rezon Abridged and Digested. Philadelphia: Hall and Sellers, 1783. Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Library of Congress (025.00.00)
  • Strobridge & Company, lithographers. Washington as a Freemason, Commander of the American Army, 1775, President of the United States, 1789, Initiated, November 4th 1752, in Fredericksburg, Lodge No. 4, Virginia. Cincinnati, Ohio: J. H. Powers & Co., Fraternity Publishers, ca. 1870. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (027.00.00)
  • Prince Hall (1748–1807). A Charge, Delivered to the African Lodge, June 24, 1797, at Menotomy. Boston: Printed by Benjamin Edes, 1797. Ebenezer Hazard Pamphlet Collection, Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Library of Congress (028.00.00)
  • Freemasons. Prince Hall Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia. Directory of the Grand and Subordinate Lodges, F.A.A.M. of the District of Columbia, 1903–1905. Washington, ca. 1905. Daniel Murray Collection, Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Library of Congress (029.00.00)
  • Order of the Eastern Star. Transactions of the Grand Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star, State of New York. New York: Masonic Publishing Company, 1871. General Collections, Library of Congress (030.00.00)
  • A. C. Golsh, photographer. African American Man, Member of the Grand United Order of Odd Fellows, between 1890 and 1900. Gladstone Collection of African American Photographs, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (033.00.00)
  • Fourteenth Continental Congress of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, April 17–22, 1905. Washington, D.C. 1905. General Collections, Library of Congress (111.00.00)
  • I Feed You All! Milwaukee, Wisconsin: American Oleograph Co., ca. 1875. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (034.00.00)
  • Will F. Dillon (dates unknown). The K. C. Drive (Knights of Columbus), [1918]. World War I Sheet Music Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress (035.00.00)
  • Carol M. Highsmith (b. 1946), photographer. The Rotary International Float in the 124th Rose Parade in Pasadena, California, January 1, 2013. Print from digital file. The Jon B. Lovelace Collection of California Photographs in Carol M. Highsmith’s America Project, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (036.00.00)
  • Carl D. Vandersloot (1898–1963), composer. The American Legion, 1920. World War I Sheet Music Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress (113.00.00)
  • Harris & Ewing, photographer. “American Legion Pays Tribute to One of Their Buddies at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Washington, D.C.,” 1938. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (114.0.00)

Lending Hands, Joining Hands

  • The Constitution and By-laws of the Orphan Asylum Society of the City of New-York, April, 1823. New York: James Oram, 1823. General Collections, Library of Congress (038.00.00)
  • D.T. Valentine (1801–1869). Manual of the Corporation of the City of New York for 1852. New York: McSpedon & Baker, 1852. General Collections, Library of Congress (039.00.00)
  • Minutes of the Thirteenth Annual Meeting of the Edwardsville Baptist Association, [. . .] Madison County, Illinois, May 20, 21, 22, 1842. Alton: Printed at the "Telegraph" office, [1842]. Rare Book and Special Collections, Library of Congress (116.00.00)
  • Detroit Publishing Company. Remember the Poor: A Salvation Army Christmas Box, ca. 1903. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (115.00.00)
  • Mary Church Terrell (1863–1964). “What the National Association [of Colored Women] Has Meant to Colored Women,” Mary Church Terrell Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress (040.00.00, 040.01.00)
  • Application for Membership to National Association of Colored Women, October 29, 1897. Mary Church Terrell Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress (041.00.00)
  • Minutes of the Second Convention of the National Association of Colored Women . . . [Chicago: The Association, 1899?]. Daniel Murray Pamphlet Collection, Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Library of Congress (042.00.00, 042.00.01)
  • National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs, 1924. Mary Church Terrell Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress (043.00.00)
  • “Local Committee on Arrangements of the Chicago and Northern District of Colored Women’s Clubs, Hostess to the National Association of Colored Women, 1924,” from the NACW 1924 Souvenir Program. Facsimile. Mary Church Terrell Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress (043.01.00)
  • The Jewish Immigrant, January 1909. New York: Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, 1909. African and Middle Eastern Division, Library of Congress (045.00.00)
  • The Jewish Immigration Bulletin, vol. 5, no. 7, July, 1915. General Collections, Library of Congress (046.00.00)
  • Marilynn K. Yee (b. 1950), photographer. Svetlana and Manashe Babayev with Their Children, Larisa, 8 years old, Zina, 7, and Oxsana, 4, at Rear, after Arriving Recently at Kennedy International Airport [from the Soviet Union], 1989. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (047.00.00)
  • Bill W. (William Griffith Wilson, 1895–1971). Alcoholics Anonymous: The Story of How More Than One Hundred Men Have Recovered from Alcoholism. First Edition. New York City: Works Publishing Co., 1939. General Collections, Library of Congress (055.00.00)
  • Bill W. (William Griffith Wilson, 1895–1971). Alcoholics Anonymous: The Story of How Many Thousands of Men and Women Have Recovered from Alcoholism. Ninth Edition. New York City: Works Publishing Co., 1946. Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Library of Congress (055.01.00)
  • Recruitment brochure for Movimiento Artístico Chicano (MARCH), ca. 1975. Chicago Ethnic Arts Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress (051.00.00)
  • Jonas Dovydena (b. 1939), photographer. Wall mural in the predominantly Mexican American Little Village neighborhood, Chicago, Illinois, 1977. Chicago Ethnic Arts Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress (052.00.00)
  • New York City Mattachine Society Survey, January 1965. Lilli Vincenz Collection, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress (053.00.00)
  • The Ladder, A Lesbian Review, January 1966 (publication for Daughters of Bilitis). Lilli Vincenz Collection, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress (054.00.00)
  • American Heart Association. Quick & Easy Cookbook. First edition. New York: Times Books, 1995. General Collections, Library of Congress (125.00.00)
  • Rep. Frank W. Boykin (D.-Ala.) Rehearses in Washington, January 10, for Amateur Program to be Held by the American Heart Association, 1950. New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (126.00.00)
  • The USET Monthly Bulletin, January 1986. Newsletter. American Folklife Center, Library of Congress (048.00.00)
  • USET: Cherokee, Miccosukee, Choctaw, Seminole; 40th, 1969–2009. Nashville, Tennessee: United South and Eastern Tribes, Inc. 2009. General Collections, Library of Congress (049.00.00)
  • Original USET Board Meeting, 1970. From left: Jackson Isaac, Choctaw; Walter Johnson, Cherokee Principal Chief; Emmett York, Choctaw Chairman; Buffalo Tiger, Board Vice-Chairman and Miccosukee Chairman; Joe Dan Osceola, Board Chairman and Seminole President and Vice-Chairman; Johnson Catolster, Board Secretary, Cherokee; Betty Mae Jumper, Seminole Chairwoman; and Phillip Martin, Choctaw. Facsimile. General Collections, Library of Congress (050.00.00)

Uniting at Work

  • Articles of Agreement to Establish a Quarterly Meeting of the attornies [sic] in the City of New York [. . .], November 26, 1756. Law Library of Congress (061.00.00)
  • American Bar Association. Call for a Conference, Proceedings of Conference . . . Meeting of the Association, Officers, Members, etc. Philadelphia: Jackson Bros., 1878. Law Library of Congress (062.00.00)
  • Constitution and By-laws of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Organized November 5, 1852. 1870. General Collections, Library of Congress (105.00.00)
  • “Tunnels of the Pacific Railroad,” paper read before the Society, January 5, 1870, in American Society of Civil Engineers Transactions. Volume 1. New York: Published by the Society, 1872. General Collections, Library of Congress (106.00.00)
  • Illustration accompanying “Tunnels of the Pacific Railroad,” in American Society of Civil Engineers Transactions. Volume 1. New York: Published by the Society, 1872. General Collections, Library of Congress (106.01.00)
  • Amelia Earhart (1897–1939) to Harriet Adams (1892–1982) about her election to SWG, June 6, 1931. Society of Woman Geographers Records, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress (056.00.00)
  • Amelia Earhart receiving the first gold medal from the SWG, New York, January 5, 1933. Society of Woman Geographers Records, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress (057.00.00)
  • Amelia Earhart coin. Society of Woman Geographers Records, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress (058.00.00)
  • Society of Woman Geographers brochure showing Deborah Atwood with SWG flag at Mt. Kilimanjaro, 2009. Society of Woman Geographers Records, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress (059.00.00)
  • Excerpt from abstract of speech by Margaret Mead to New York Group of Woman Geographers upon receiving the Society’s Gold Medal, February 23, 1942. Society of Woman Geographers Records, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress (060.00.00)
  • Letter from Frank Morrison (1859–1949) to Woodrow Wilson (1856–1924), March 7, 1913. Woodrow Wilson Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress (117.00.00)
  • “Labor Day,” American Federationist (Official Magazine of the AFL), September 1915. Woodrow Wilson Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress (118.00.00)

Emergency!

  • Massachusetts Charitable Fire Society. Sir. A Society Has Lately Been Instituted in This Town, the First Object of which is to Afford Relief to Those Who Suffer by Fire. . . . Boston, May 15, 1794. Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Library of Congress (014.00.00)
  • Currier & Ives. This Certifies that . . . Is a Member of . . . Company; No. . . . Fire Department. New York: Published by Currier & Ives, ca. 1877. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (016.00.00)
  • Continuation of the Account of the Pennsylvania Hospital. Philadelphia: B. Franklin and D. Hall, 1761. Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Library of Congress (103.00.00)
  • Robert Scot (ca. 1744–1823), engraver. The Pennsylvania Hospital, between 1782 and 1793. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (104.00.00)
  • “Diagram of a Scheme for the Administration of the U.S. Sanitary Commission in the Form of an Orrery,” September 26, 1863. Frederick Law Olmsted Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress (018.00.00)
  • Isaac N. Arnold (1815–1884) to Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865), Tuesday, October 13, 1863 (requests original draft of Emancipation Proclamation for benefit of North-Western Sanitary Fair). Abraham Lincoln Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress (019.00.00)
  • E. (Edward) Mack (1826–1882), composer. “The Sanitary Fair Grand March.” Philadelphia, 1864. Civil War Sheet Music Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress (020.00.00)
  • American National Red Cross. Articles of Incorporation, 1881. Clara Barton Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress (021.00.00)
  • The American National Red Cross. Terms of Membership, n.d.. Clara Barton Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress (022.00.00)
  • Richard Avedon (1923–2004), photographer. Red Cross Volunteer Dottie Brier, 2001. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (023.00.00). Courtesy of Burger King Corporation.

Changing America

  • Thomas Sinclair (approximately 1805–1881), lithographer. This is to Certify that ... Was Duly Elected a Member of the Above Society on the . . . Day of . . . 184-, . . A Certificate of Membership for Temperance Societies. Philadelphia: Published by James Porter, ca. 1841. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (063.00.00)
  • Boston Temperance Association. Constitution of the Boston Temperance Association, Adopted March 1839. Boston, 1839. Rare Book and Special Collections, Division Library of Congress (064.00.00)
  • The Slave’s Friend, Volume 2. New York: American Anti-Slavery Society, 1836–[38]. Rare Books and Special Collections Division Library of Congress (068.00.00)
  • Slave Market of America. New York: American Anti-Slavery Society, 1836. Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Library of Congress (069.00.00)
  • Frederick Douglass (1820–1895). “What the Black Man Wants,” speech delivered at the annual meeting of the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society at Boston, 1865. Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Library of Congress (071.00.00)
  • Letter from Frances Willard (1839–1898) to “My Dear Sister and Friend [Clara Barton]” regarding “saloon influences” on college students, February 15, 1898. Clara Barton Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress (065.00.00)
  • Twenty-second Annual Convention of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union of the State of New York. Rochester, New York, 1895. General Collections, Library of Congress (066.00.00)
  • Jane Addams (1860–1935). Twenty Years at Hull-House, with Autobiographical Notes. New York: Macmillan, 1912 (Carrie Chapman Catt’s copy). Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Library of Congress (074.00.00)
  • Lewis Wickes Hine (1874–1940), photographer. Jane Addams of Hull House, Chicago, Ill., ca. 1913. National Child Labor Committee Collection, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (075.00.00)
  • Bain News Service, publisher. Ellen Gates Starr [(1859–1940)], ca. 1915–1917. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (076.00.00)
  • Charles P. Schwartz 1886–1975). Lessons in Citizenship for Naturalization. Chicago: Hull-House, [191–]. General Collections, Library of Congress (077.00.00)
  • Cover of Club Life, March 1904. (An Official Organ of California Federation of Women’s Clubs and California International Sunshine Society). San Francisco, The Clubwomen’s Guild, 1902–1906. General Collections, Library of Congress (79.00.00)
  • Portrait of Mrs. Lovell White, founder, vice-president, and de facto president of the California Federation of Women’s Clubs. Reproduction. General Collections, Library of Congress (080.00.00)
  • R. P. Slater, photographer. Niagara Movement Founders, 1905 (from left to right) front row, Henry L. Baily; of Washington, D.C., Clement G. Morgan of Massachusetts, W.H.H. Hart of Washington, D.C., and B.S. Smith of Kansas; middle row, Frederick L. McGhee of Minnesota, Norris Bumstead Herndon, son of Alonzo Herndon, J. Max Barber of Illinois, W.E.B. Du Bois of Alanta, Georgia, and Robert Bonner of Massachusetts; back row, H.A. Thompson of New York, Alonzo F. Herndon of Georgia, John Hope of Georgia, and an unidentified man, possibly James R.L. Diggs. Robert McNeil Family Collection, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (073.00.00)
  • An Open Letter to College Men—The Meaning of the Niagara Movement and the Junior Niagara Movement, 1909. Booker T. Washington Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress (072.00.00)
  • NAACP. Platform of the National Negro Committee, 1909. NAACP Records, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress (122.00.00)
  • Constitution and By-Laws of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, 1911. NAACP Records, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress (123.00.00)
  • National Congress of American Indians. Cultural Conservation Report of February 1986. American Folklife Center, Library of Congress (127.00.00)
  • National Congress of American Indians. Program from an NCAI poetry reading in Phoenix, Arizona on September 24, 1986. American Folklife Center, Library of Congress (128.00.00)
  • Betty Friedan (1921–2006), President of the National Organization for Women, Tells Reporters in the New York State Assembly Lobby of the Group’s Intention to “Put Sex into Section I of the New York Constitution,” 1967. New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (123.00.00)
  • Bettye Lane (1930–2012), photographer. ERA March, 1979. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (124.00.00)

Building Communities

  • The First Board of Managers of the National Congress of Mothers: Helen Lewis, Letitia G. Stevenson, Alice M. Birney, Phoebe A. Hearst, Mrs. William L. Wilson, Frances Benjamin Johnston, Clara B. Finley, Mrs. James H. McGill, Helen Birney, Cora E. Fuller, Mary Louisa Butler and Harriet McLellan, ca. 1905. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (092.00.00)
  • Southside Varsity Band Concert, High School Auditorium, Rockville Centre Benefit Students Loan Fund. New York: WPA Federal Art Project, Dis. 4, [1938]. Work Projects Administration Poster Collection, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (094.00.00)
  • Minnesota Sings. Cooperative Recreation Service, Inc., 1962. Cooperative Recreation Service Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress (082.00.00)
  • Carol Highsmith, photographer. Prize Winners in the Gourd Family Inside the 4-H Pavilion at the Annual Iowa State Fair in the Capital City of Des Moines, 2016. Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (085.00.00)
  • Boy Scout Week—Nation Wide Campaign for 1,000,000 Associate Members. New York, June 2, 1919. Rare Book and Special Collections Division (086.00.00)
  • Boy Scouts of America. Adventuring for Senior Scouts. Boy Scouts of America, 1938. General Collections, Library of Congress (087.00.00)
  • Scouting Award Square Knot. Patch. Private Collection (88.01.00)
  • Harris & Ewing, photographer. Girl Scouts, Troop #1 (Mrs. Juliette Low, Founder, right; Elenore Putsske, center; Evaline Glance, second from right), 1917. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (089.00.00)
  • Girl Scout Handbook. New York: Girl Scouts, Inc., 1933. General Collections, Library of Congress (090.00.00)
  • Girl Scout sash and insignia pins, ca. 1964. Private collection. (091.00.00, 091.00.01)
  • Carol M. Highsmith (b. 1946), photographer. Headquarters Building of the Latino Chamber of Commerce in Pueblo, Colorado, 2015. Gates Frontiers Fund Colorado Collection within the Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (095.00.00)
  • McKenney Hills/Carroll Knolls Civic Association News, Silver Spring, Maryland. Vol.12, Issue 1, Summer/Fall 2019. Private Collection (102.00.00)
  • Voyage of Rediscovery: Hōkūleʻa ‘85–‘87, A Cultural, Educational, and Scientific Expedition, n.d. Polynesian Voyaging Society. Local Legacies Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress (100.00.00)
  • Hōkūleʻa Crew Member Talks to Elementary School Group Aboard Hokule' in Hilo, Hawaii, 1987. Local Legacies Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress (101.00.00)
  • Gerry Serotta, former Executive Director of the Interfaith Council of Metropolitan Washington (center), gathers with Jewish, Christian, and Muslim leaders in front of Masjid Muhammad Mosque to protest the restriction of immigration from several majority Muslim countries (the “Muslim ban”), 2016. Courtesy of Interfaith Council of Metropolitan Washington (121.01.00)
  • The Holy Bible: Containing the Old Testament and the New. Translated into the Indian Language. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Samuel Green and Marmaduke Johnson, 1663. Bible Collection, Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Library of Congress (097.00.00)
  • Brochure for Wampanoag Language Reclamation Project, ca. 2018. American Folklife Center, Library of Congress (098.00.00)