Group of men and women seated. There are two shield shaped decorated with an elk at either end of the room. A few men wear fezzes, including a man at the front. His fez is embroidered, "Grand Exalted Ruler I.B.P.O.E.W.", he also wear a chain of office as does the women to his left. Ink on negative: caption and "Scurlock Photo". No edge imprint. Pencil retouching on faces.
Biographical / Historical:
The Improved, Benevolent Protective Order of Elks of the World (I.B.P.O.E.) was formed in 1898 in Cincinnati, Ohio by B.F. Howard and Arthur J. Riggs, a Pullman porter. They had been denied membership in the all-white Benevolent Protective Order of Elks and they were determined to form an organization that "granted membership to all qualified individuals without regard to race, creed, or ethnicity". Each Elk Lodge is governed by an Exalted Ruler. The Grand Exalted Ruler governs Grand Lodge. Their women's organisation is called the Daughters of the I.B.P.O.E. and is organised in Temples.
Collection is open for research.
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Photographs -- 1930-1940 -- Black-and-white negatives -- Acetate film
Banquet camera photographs -- 1930-1940
Scurlock Studio Records, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Smithsonian Institution
The collection was acquired with assistance from the Eugene Meyer Foundation. Elihu and Susan Rose and the Save America's Treasures program, provided funds to stabilize, organize, store, and create digital surrogates of some of the negatives. Processing and encoding funded by a grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources.