Series VIII: Fraternal, 1792-1937, inclusive
This series includes certificates of membership to fraternal organizations and lodges including the Odd Fellows and the Freemasons. Freemason organizations represented include the Scottish Rite, the Police Square Club, and Knights Templar. Several certificates use the Masonic calendar, recording years in AL or AO. Many of these certificates are printed on parchment and have wax or embossed seals.
The collection includes several certificates of membership, given to John Stoneacre Ellis, to both California Freemason and Odd Fellow organizations. A colorful lithograph, titled "Masonic Chart" and printed by Strobridge & Co., contains religious and symbolic imagery. A memorial certificate for Benjamin S. Clark records his history with the masons and includes an albumen portrait.