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Companions of the Forest of America Boston Area Circles Records

 Collection
Identifier: JHCI-015

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains a guide for flag formations and processions, descriptions of officer duties, a membership ledger, a reports of entertainments ledgers, a ritual book, amendments made to the bylaws at a 1974 convention, songsbooks, and charter certificates. The materials pertain mainly to the Franklin Park Circle #1571, Brookline Circle #1558, and Dorchester Circle #1542.

Dates

  • undated, circa 1929-1981

Creator

Language of Materials

This collection is in English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for researcher use. Please contact us to request access or to make an appointment to view this collection at jhcreference@nehgs.org.

Conditions Governing Use

There may be some restrictions on the use of this collection. For more information contact jhcreference@nehgs.org.

Historical Note

The Companions of the Foresters of America was a social and benvolent fraternal organization that was a branch of the Foresters of America. First organized in 1883 in San Francisco with the establishment of the Washington Circle No. 1, it was officially recognized when it became the fourth degree of the Foresters of America in 1885. Membership was originally open to Foresters and their female relatives and friends, but later was mostly known as the women’s auxiliary of the Foresters of America.

The governing body was known as the Supreme Circle, which operated at the national level. There were smaller governing bodies of Grand Circles organized at the state level, and further subordinate local circles. Circles were overseen by elected offices known as Chief Companion, Sub-Chief Companion, Treasurer, Secretary, Chaplain, Right Guide, Left Guide, Junior Past Chief, Inside Guard, Outside Guard, and Trustees.

In 1937 both Franklin Park Circle #1571 and Brookline Circle #1558 received their charters. Benefits included access to the circle’s doctor and medicine, cash benefits in accordance to dues paid, and funeral benefits. The tenets of the group were devotion to the sick, orphaned, aged, and discouraged. There was also an emphasis on honoring the flag and religious tolerance.

References

  1. Materials in the collection.
  2. Stephens, Albert Clark. Cyclopædia of Fraternities. New York: E.B. Treat and Company, 1907.
  3. Smith, May Falconer. “Companions of the Forest”. The Honolulu Advertiser. 7 June 1920: p.12.

Chronology

1883
Companions of the Forest of America is first organized in San Francisco.
1885
Companions of the Forest of America is officially recognized by the Foresters of America.
1937
The Franklin Park Circle #1571 is chartered.
The Brookline Circle #1558 is chartered.

Extent

0.5 linear feet (1 manuscript box and OS folders)

Abstract

The Companions of the Foresters of America was a social and benvolent fraternal organization that was a branch of the Foresters of America. This collection contains charter certificates, materials pertaining to the practices and rituals of the organization, songbooks, and membership and entertainment ledgers for local Boston area circles, including Franklin Park Circle #1571, Brookline Circle #1558, and Dorchester Circle #1542.

Physical Location

Located in Boston, Mass.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Boston Workers Circle, 2019.

Processing Information

Processed by Kelsey Sawyer, 2019.
Title
Guide to the Companions of the Forest of America Boston Area Circles Records, JHCI-015
Author
Kelsey Sawyer
Date
2019
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script

Repository Details

Part of the Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center at New England Historic Genealogical Society Repository

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