Guide to the A. J. Smith Council (Newark, NJ) Account Book 1910-1916 MG 1533


Descriptive Summary
Historical Note
Scope and Content Note
Access Points
Administrative Information

Container List

Account Ledger

Guide to the A. J. Smith Council (Newark, NJ) Account Book
MG 1533

The New Jersey Historical Society
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Inventory prepared by Kim Charlton.

Finding aid encoded by Julia Telonidis. May 2005. Production of the EAD 2002 version of this finding aid was made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Finding aid written in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: A.J. Smith Council (Newark, N.J.)
Title: A. J. Smith Council (Newark, NJ) Account Book
Dates 1910-1916
Abstract: This collection consists of a single ledger dating from 1910-1916 which contains the accounts of members of the A. J. Smith Council, a fraternal organization based in Newark, New Jersey.
Quantity: 0.1 linear feet (1 volume)
Collection Number: MG 1533

Historical Note

A. J. Smith Council is a Newark, New Jersey based chapter of an unidentified fraternal organization. The Council was formed by charter on December 9, 1910 and consisted of 28 founding members, mostly men in their 20s who lived in Newark. Members worked in a variety of professions, including policeman, silver plater, clerk, jeweler, “tester,” machinist, and florist.

Each member paid weekly dues of 20 cents to remain in good standing. He was also eligible for entry into a Funeral Benefit Association, which provided for the member’s funeral costs or provided the deceased’s family with an insurance-like payment.

The Newark city guides from the time period show a Pride of A. J. Smith Council, No. 196 of the Daughters of Liberty, a female organization. There is no similar male organization listed. (However, the first member account listed is for Charles D. Munson, whose father, Edward W. Munson, was a founder of the Daughters of Liberty.)
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Scope and Content Note

The ledger dates from 1910-1916 and contains the accounts of members of the A. J. Smith Council of an unidentified fraternal organization based in Newark, New Jersey. Each account contains the “brother’s” name, the date he was admitted to the organization, his age at the time he joined, his address, and a record of dues payments. Some accounts also record a birth and death date and an occupation. Accounts are marked with notations reading “audited” or “suspended” and the ledger contains a list of “Brothers suspended for non-payment of dues” and “Brothers made honorary members being in arrears.” There is also a list of “Number of members enrolled with both Funeral Benefit Assoc’s.”

The accounts start with those of the 28 founding members, who were “admitted by charter” on December 9, 1910. The accounts are indexed.

A note in the rear of the volume reads, “We the auditing committee of A. J. Smith Council have duly audited the books of the Financial Secy for the term ending June 29, 1911 and do hereby report that same have been found correct.”
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Access Points

The entries below represent persons, organizations, topics, forms, and occupations documented in this collection.
Subject Organizations:
A. J. Smith Council (Newark, NJ)
Subject Topics:
Associations, institutions, etc.–Membership.
Friendly societies–New Jersey–Newark.
Subject Places:
Newark (N.J.)
Document Types:
Ledgers (Account Books)

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Administrative Information

Custodial History

The volume was found in Schwaben Halle, a former German meeting hall on Springfield Avenue in Newark, New Jersey. From about 1966 until the present, the hall has been occupied by a Masonic lodge. One of the Masons, Jerome Woodward, found the ledger in the building and gave it to Warren Grover, a member of the board of trustees of The New Jersey Historical Society for donation. The ledger was acquired by the Society on March 22, 2001.

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as: Manuscript Group 1533, A. J. Smith Council (Newark, NJ) Account Book, The New Jersey Historical Society.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Jerome Woodward, 2001.

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Container List

Account Ledger

Box Folder Title Date
1 (ledger sized box) 1 Ledger Book 1910-1916

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