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Order Sons of Italy in America, Michigan Grand Lodge records

Identifier: IHRC1839


Records of the OSIA Michigan Grand Lodge consist of the constitution and by-laws, general laws, press releases, correspondence, convention minutes and booklets (1981-1987), council minutes (1981-1987), and committee chairs (1987).


  • 1979-2001

Language of Materials

English, Italian.


Open for use in the Elmer L. Andersen Library reading room.


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Biographical / Historical

The Michigan Grand Lodge was the 13th state lodge chartered by OSIA on October 21, 1923, eight years after the founding of the first local lodge, the Nuova Era #336. Most activity focused in the Detroit area, but in 1961 the Grand Lodge became inactive. Meetings of the Grand Council were re-initiated in 1981 and the Grand Lodge was formally reactivated in 1982. Local lodges are now scattered throughout the state. Since 115, 26 local lodges and 5 junior lodges have been created in the state. The Grand Lodge had 354 members in 1958, and after its reactivation, had 141 members in 1982.


3 Linear Feet


The collection is divided into eight series: 1) National; 2) State; 3) Local; 4) Non-OSIA Groups and Activities; 5) Artifacts; 6) Grand lodge general records; 7) Audio - visual; 8) Newsletters. Documents are in English, with an occasional record in Italian. The collection covers the period 1922-2001, with the bulk of the materials from the 1980s and 1990s.

The original arrangement of the files at the time of their transfer to the IHRC has been largely maintained. Series and subseries categories were artificially established in processing the material but drew heavily upon preexisting groupings.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was acquired from Maria Fodale Rondello, State Historian of the Michigan Grand Lodge in installments from October 1988 to JuUne 2002.

Processing Information

The collection was processed by Jennifer Guglielmo, Italian American Research Assistant at the IHRC, in July 1997. Joel Wurl, IHRC Curator, directed the project. Additional processing of materials received after 1997 was done by Charlotte Noble in 2019.

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