Tammany Society laws  1789-1795, 1859 (bulk 1789-1795)
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Collection Scope and Content Note

This volume contains 16 laws (50 pages) adopted by the Society of Tammany (later Tammany Hall) of New York City between August 24, 1789, and December 7, 1795. The laws concern the organization's governance, including officers' roles, initiation rites, and other administrative matters. An unidentified owner used the first 2 pages to record financial accounts and related notes in 1859. The volume has the bookplate of Justin G. Turner.

Each of the book's 16 chapters consists of a law regulating a specific aspect of the society's governance, subdivided into multiple sections. Four chapters outline the duties of officers or branches, including the secretary, treasurer, judiciary branch, and committee of amusement. The laws establish each position's responsibilities, guidelines for the transition between incumbents, and termination of membership. The society's rituals, such as initiation rites, and the use of passwords and membership badges are also described. The Society of Tammany utilized Native American terminology to identify the highest members of the organization (who were referred to as "sachems" and "sagamores").

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