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Inventory of the International Concatenated Order of Hoo-Hoo, Inc., Records, 1892 - 1972

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Descriptive Summary

Abstract: The International Concatenated Order of Hoo-Hoo, a fraternal and service society for men in the lumber industry, was founded in Gurdon, Arkansas in 1892.
The collection includes correspondence of Lawrence S. Clark, convention materials, directories and other materials concerning Hoo-Hoo meetings, conventions, membership, budget, and other matters. Also rolls of microfilm of the Hoo-Hoo magazine, now titled Log and Tally, applications for degrees, and applications for membership.
Title: International Concatenated Order of Hoo-Hoo, Inc., Records, 1892 - 1972
Creator: International Concantenated Order of Hoo-Hoo, Inc.
Repository: Forest History Society Library and Archives
Call Number: 3322
Language of Material: Material in English
Extent: 1.5 linear feet
(2 archival boxes)

Historical Note

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The International Concatenated Order of Hoo-Hoo, a fraternal and service society for men in the lumber industry, was founded in Gurdon, Arkansas in 1892.

While in Gurdon waiting for a delayed train, Bolling Arthur Johnson, a journalist for Chicago's Timberman trade newspaper; George K. Smith, secretary for the Southern Lumber Manufacturers Association in St. Louis, shared thoughts on a unified lumber fraternity. They approached fellow stranded lumbermen George Washington Schwartz, William Starr Mitchell and William Eddy Barns and later Ludolph O.E.A. Strauss with the concept. From these discussions, a new fraternal order emerged, the suggested name "Ancient Order of Camp Followers" discarded for the monniker "International Concatenated Order of Hoo-Hoo."

The organization has grown into an international organization, with members in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, and South Africa.

The organization has also been known as the Fraternal Order of Lumbermen.

Selected events from the early history of Hoo-Hoo (taken from http://www.hoo-hoo.org/facts.html):

Chronology List

January 1892 Concatenated Order of Hoo-Hoo founded.
September 1892 The first Hoo-Hoo convention was held in St. Louis, Missouri. The total membership of the order came to 167.
September 1906 The first membership card was issued. Membership fee was increased from 99 cents to $1.65 (99 cents for dues and 66 cents for subscription to the Bulletin).
January 1909 The first official Hoo-Hoo flag was exhibited during a special concatenation in New Orleans, Louisiana.
July 1921 The first establishment of an independent club when the Atlanta Hoo-Hoo Club No. 1 (now the Dick Wilson/Atlanta Hoo-Hoo Club No. 1) adopted a constitution and bylaws and voted to meet monthly.
March 1924 First club outside the United Stated was established in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada - Winnipeg Hoo-Hoo Club No. 24.
May 1924 Detroit Hoo-Hoo Club No. 28 conducted the largest concatenation in Hoo-Hoo's history with 260 kittens.
1962 First club in Australia formed - Adelaide Hoo-Hoo Club No. 212.

Collection Overview

The collection includes correspondence of Lawrence S. Clark, convention materials, directories and other materials concerning Hoo-Hoo meetings, conventions, membership, budget, and other matters. Also rolls of microfilm of the Hoo-Hoo magazine, now titled Log and Tally, applications for degrees, and applications for membership.

Collection Arrangement

1. Correspondence, Convention Materials, Membership Directories, and Other Materials, 1901-1972

2. Microfilm



Subject Headings

  • Hoo-Hoo magazine
  • International Concatenated Order of Hoo-Hoo, Inc.
  • Forest products industry -- Societies, etc.
  • Log and Tally magazine

Detailed Description of the Collection

1. Correspondence, Convention Materials, Membership Directories, and Other Materials, 1901-1972.

   Folder 1
1901-1906
Includes "Constitution and By-Laws of the Concatenated Order of Hoo-Hoo and List of Officers and Members," 1901 and explanatory note (2001). Also includes 1906 version of "Hoo-Hoo: A Spectacular Play in Three Acts," rewritten and staged by Bolling Arthur Johnson.

1901 "Constitution and By-Laws of the Concatenated Order of Hoo-Hoo and List of Officers and Members"

   Folder 2
1923-1927
Includes August 1923 copy of the Mississippi Valley Lumberman and December 22, 1927 copy of "The Hoo Hooter."
   Folder 3
1934-1939
Includes an invitation for an indoor fishing party, 1934, and program of Hoo-Hoo Concatenation, 1939.
   Folder 4
1940-1949
Includes certificate of Lawrence S. Clark's appointment as Vicegerent Snark; correspondence, invitations to social outings, meeting programs, and other materials related to the activities of the Twin Cities Hoo-Hoo Club
   Folder 5
1951-1959
Includes programs of Hoo-Hoo Concatenation for the Twin Cities Hoo-Hoo Club, 1951, 1953, and 1954; annual convention program, 1953; booklet containing Twin Cities roster, constitution and by-laws, 1953; and buttons for the Twin Cities club, 1953 and 1959.
   Folder 6
1960-1969
Includes proclamations for National Forest Products Week; Twin Cities membership roster; notes from Board of Directors meetings; radio and television scripts for National Forest Products Week; notes (presumably by Lawrence S. Clark); invitations to social outings; correspondence to and from Lawrence S. Clark; interview transcript; club directories; list of key historical events in early Hoo-Hoo history; and other materials, chiefly related to Forest Products Week.
   Folder 7
Executive Secretary, October 1968 to Februrary 1970
Includes records kept by the Executive Secretary of Hoo-Hoo International, Ben F. Springer, chiefly membership lists and officer directories, chapter information, and expenses. Also includes a Log and Tally article on Brother Ben Springer.
   Folder 8
Board, March 1969 to August 1970
Includes correspondence, meeting minutes, and 1969 Report and Recommendations to the Snark, Officers, and Supreme Nine by Lawrence S. Clark.
   Folder 9
1971-1972
Includes correspondence and program related to 1971 annual convention, Twin Cities club newsletter, and code of ethics as well as membership brochure, correspondence, planning materials, publications, programs, Minneapolis-related brochures, and other materials related to the 1972 annual convention hosted by the Twin Cities Hoo-Hoo club. Also includes Hoo-Hoo wooden nickels and button for the 1972 convention, puch for 1972 convention materials, quiz cards from the Twin City Hardwood Lumber Company, and business cards.

2. Microfilm.

Box 2
Microfilm
Includes 53 rolls of microfilm of the Hoo-Hoo magazine, now titled Log and Tally (7 rolls); applications for degrees (43 rolls); and applications for membership (3 rolls).

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], International Concatenated Order of Hoo-Hoo, Inc., Records, Library and Archives, Forest History Society, Durham, NC, USA.

Processing Information

Processed by Amanda Ross, January 2009

Encoded by Amanda Ross, January 2009

Funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission supported the encoding of this finding aid. Support for digitization and outreach provided by the Alvin J. Huss Endowment.