[Archive] Ledger Books and Photo Album of Park Lodge No. 516, Free and Accepted Masons of New York City, 1860-1940

(New York City): (1860-1940).

Price: $7,000.00

Hardcover. A collection of seven ledgers and one large photo album, documenting the proceedings of Park Lodge No. 516 and several of its leading members, including Civil War hero Peter Hart, and founding charter member John Taddiken, treasurer and master of the Lodge throughout the 19th Century. Park Lodge, located at 300 West 58th Street, was ?one of the most popular of the New York Masonic bodies, and a body that is noted, in the language of the craft, for ?turning out good material.??

For example, Peter Hart served under Major Robert Anderson during the Mexican-American War (1846-48) and later joined the New York City police force. On a family visit to Charleston, South Carolina, Hart was at Fort Sumter when war broke out, and he chose to remain as a civilian to assist his former commander. When the fort was evacuated two days later, he rescued the flag and kept it with him until February 1865, when it was raised once again over the fort. Among the Lodge?s other leading figures are several leading New York City industrialists, including Lodge Master John Taddiken, a manufacturer of mineral waters; and Grand Standard Bearer William S. Thomson, a tool-maker and cutter manufacturer, and charter member of the Craftsman?s Club.

The archive includes the Lodge?s first ledger book of proceedings dating from 1860-62. It is bound in contemporary straight-grain morocco with ?Minutes? stamped on gold on the front cover. The six other ledger books are bound contemporary calf bindings spanning the years: (1872-78); (1884-94); (1908-13); (1913-19); (1919-26); and (1933-40). The large folio photo album contains 38 portrait photographs of prominent Lodge members dating from the 1890s: it is elaborately bound in padded leather over boards with silver edge plates, spine, and clasp, in very good condition. The six ledgers in calf bindings are worn and scuffed, with one volume (1913-19) lacking the back board and spine back, else all seven ledges are very good, with easily legible manuscript pages neatly written throughout on the rectos and versos.

References to Peter Hart can be found in the first ledger book from 1860-62, and the third ledger contains a wood-engraved ?In Memoriam? broadside dating from his death on December 13, 1892. Formal research of the first three ledgers would likely uncover further references to Hart. A scarce surviving archive of primary source materials. A detailed list of the photo album and ledgers is available.


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Item #438474 [Archive] Ledger Books and Photo Album of Park Lodge No. 516, Free and Accepted Masons of New York City, 1860-1940. John G. C. TADDIKEN, Peter Hart.
[Archive] Ledger Books and Photo Album of Park Lodge No. 516, Free and Accepted Masons of New York City, 1860-1940
[Archive] Ledger Books and Photo Album of Park Lodge No. 516, Free and Accepted Masons of New York City, 1860-1940
[Archive] Ledger Books and Photo Album of Park Lodge No. 516, Free and Accepted Masons of New York City, 1860-1940
[Archive] Ledger Books and Photo Album of Park Lodge No. 516, Free and Accepted Masons of New York City, 1860-1940
[Archive] Ledger Books and Photo Album of Park Lodge No. 516, Free and Accepted Masons of New York City, 1860-1940
[Archive] Ledger Books and Photo Album of Park Lodge No. 516, Free and Accepted Masons of New York City, 1860-1940
[Archive] Ledger Books and Photo Album of Park Lodge No. 516, Free and Accepted Masons of New York City, 1860-1940
[Archive] Ledger Books and Photo Album of Park Lodge No. 516, Free and Accepted Masons of New York City, 1860-1940
[Archive] Ledger Books and Photo Album of Park Lodge No. 516, Free and Accepted Masons of New York City, 1860-1940
[Archive] Ledger Books and Photo Album of Park Lodge No. 516, Free and Accepted Masons of New York City, 1860-1940
[Archive] Ledger Books and Photo Album of Park Lodge No. 516, Free and Accepted Masons of New York City, 1860-1940