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Catalog Number 1000
Collection The Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States(MOLLUS) Records
Object Name Records
Title The Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States (MOLLUS) Records
Scope & Content In response to the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States (MOLLUS) was founded on April 15, 1865, in Philadelphia by Lieutenant Colonel Samuel Brown Wylie Mitchell, Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Ellwood Zell and Captain Peter Dirck Keyser. The object of MOLLUS was and is "to cherish the memories and associations of the war waged in defense of the unity and indivisibility of the Republic; to strengthen the ties of fraternal friendship and sympathy formed from companionship-in-arms; to advance the best interests of the soldiers and sailors of the United States, especially of those associated as members of this Order, and to extend all possible relief to their widows and children; to foster the cultivation of Military and Naval Science; to enforce unqualified allegiance to the General Government; to protect the rights and liberties of American citizenship, and to maintain National Honor, Union and Independence."

The MOLLUS collection dates from 1857 to 2012. The majority of the collection consists of record books, meeting records, scrapbooks, correspondence, financial records, registers, published addresses, membership records, photograph books, photographs of members, and songbooks. The collection documents the administration and membership of MOLLUS since its creation, focusing primarily on the Commandery-in-Chief and the Pennsylvania Commandery, but also covering other states, as well as the sister organization Dames of the Loyal Legion of the United States (DOLLUS).

Group I: Commandery-in-Chief
Series 1: Constitutions and Bylaws
Series 2: Annual Meetings
Series 3: Quadrennial Congresses
Series 4: Anniversary Meetings
Series 5: Correspondence
Series 6: Financial Records
Series 7: Membership
Series 8: Publications
Series 9: Scrapbooks
Series 10: Publications

Group II: Pennsylvania Commandery
Series 1: Meetings
Series 2: Correspondence
Series 3: Financial Records
Series 4: Membership
Series 5: Publications
Series 6: The United Service Club
Series 7: The Soldiers' Home of Philadelphia
Series 8: Gettysburg
Series 9: Scrapbooks
Series 10: In Memoriam
Series 11: Miscellaneous
Series 12: Photographs

Group III: State Commanderies
Series 1: District of Columbia (D.C.)
Series 2: Illinois
Series 3: Maine
Series 4: Assorted

Series 1: National Society
Series 2: State Societies

A complete Finding Aid is attached to this record. The Finding Aid is also available online, via the Philadelphia Area Consortium for Special Collections Libraries (PACSCL):
Date 1857 - 2012
Year Range from 1857
Year Range to 2012
Relation Show Related Records...
Legal Status On loan from The Military Order of The Loyal Legion of The United States (MOLLUS).
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