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Danish Brotherhood and Danish Sisterhood Lodges of Junction City, Oregon records

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: Coll 409

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of three record books containing minutes, membership information, events and transactions, correspondence, and other information regarding the lodges, from 1908-1981.


  • 1908-1981


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to the public. Collection must be used in Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room. Collection or parts of collection may be stored offsite. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives in advance of your visit to allow for transportation time.

Conditions Governing Use

Property rights reside with Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

In the 1870s large numbers of Danes emigrated to America seeking greater opportunities in the United States and Canada. Mark Hansen, a Danish emigrant, formed the Dansk Vaabebrode (Danish Brothers in Arms) in the 1880s in Omaha, Nebraska. Hansen was a veteran of the Danish and United States armies (he fought in the American Civil War); the group he founded was for Danish veterans and emphasized the military service the members had in common.

In 1881, local Danish groups joined together to form a national organization, with a national convention for the new group being held in 1882. Attendees at the convention recognized that many Danish non-veterans would benefit from the support and social aspects of the group; as a result, the majority agreed to form the new national group "The Danish Brotherhood in America." The DBIA purpose was to reach out to "honorable men, born of Danish parents or who were of Danish extraction." William Wind of Racine, Wisconsin was elected as the first president of the Brotherhood.

In December of 1883, Lodge #1 of the Danish Sisterhood was established in Negaunee, Michigan. Like the Brotherhood, the Sisterhood provided a support system for members who emigrated to the United States from Denmark. Currently, the Sisterhood promotes interest in Danish heritage, educating children in Danish history and language, is involved in fund raising, and enjoys the company of its members.



0.5 linear feet (1 container) : 1 clamshell box

Language of Materials



Danish Brotherhood and Sisterhood lodges are fraternal organizations organized around a shared Danish heritage. The collection (1908-1981) contains records of the Danish Brotherhood and Danish Sisterhood lodges of Junction City, Oregon.


Material within this collection is minimally arranged. Any arrangement is either derived from the records' creators or custodians or from staff at the time of initial processing. It may be necessary to look in multiple places for the same types of materials.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Tanya Parlet, 2013.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

This collection received a basic level of processing including minimal organization and rehousing.

Description information is drawn in part from information supplied with the collection and initial surveys of the contents.

Guide to the Danish Brotherhood and Danish Sisterhood Lodges of Junction City, Oregon Records
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Finding aid is written in English.
Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Repository Details

Part of the University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives Repository

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA