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Title: Arthur C. Furchgott papers

Collection #: Mss 1043

Dates: 1906-1971

Size: 35 items

Biographical Note: Arthur Clarence Furchgott (1884-1971) was born in Charleston, South Carolina. He married Pena Sorentrue in 1910 and had three sons, Arthur (b. 1912), Robert (b. 1916) and Max (b. 1917) and named after Arthur's father. Furchgott joined Charleston's Friendship Lodge No. 9 in 1906 and served as Master from 1911-1913. In 1908 he was made a 32nd Degree Mason in the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite and in 1915 he was honored by the Supreme Council with the rank and decoration of Knight Commander of the Court of Honor. Furchgott was elevated to the 33rd Degree Honorary in 1924 and given a life membership to Friendship Lodge No. 9, A.F.M in 1930.

Scope and Content Note: Contains letters (1930, 1958) to Furchgott regarding membership achievements in Friendship Lodge No. 9; formal photographs of Friendship Lodge No. 9 members (b/w) 1909, 1949, 1954, 1963-1965, and two undated photographs (ca. 1950s). 1961 Lodge Resolution in recognition of Furchgott's 55 years of service and Memoriam Resolution (1971) from Friendship Lodge issued upon Furchgott's death. Ephemera includes receipts (1906) for dues paid, menu from Lodge's 144th Anniversary (1911) Dinner held at St. John Hotel; invitation and program from Supreme Council meeting, Oct. 1941, Washington, D.C.; Certificate of Appreciation for Furchgott's 55 years of Masonic service. Clippings (1907-1965) from Charleston newspapers cover Friendship Lodge No. 9 officer elections, the obituary (1921) for Max Furchgott (Arthur's father), and awards (Masonic) presented to Arthur Furchgott.


  A. Letters (1930, 1958): typed letter (1930) from Sidney Rittenberg, Secretary of Friendship Lodge No. 9 A.F.M which accompanied Furchgott’s life membership card; typed letter (1958) from Thomas A. Pope, Grandmaster of Masons, congratulating Furchgott for receiving a fifty-year (membership) emblem from the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Ancient Free Masons of South Carolina.  
  B. Photographs: Formal photographs of Furchgott with members of Friendship Lodge No. 9: 1909, 1949, 1954, 1963, 1964, 1965; photograph from dedication of KKBE tabernacle (1950); two undated photographs, probably ca. 1955-1956. Photos have been photocopied and most individuals are identified.  
  C. Resolutions (1961, 1971): Resolution (1961) from Officers and Members of Friendship Lodge No. 9 in recognition of Furchgott’s 55 years of service; Resolution (1971) in Memoriam of Arthur Clarence Furchgott from Friendship Lodge No. 9; contains synopsis of his Masonic achievements.  
  D. Ephemera (1906-1961): Three receipts (1906) for dues paid by Arthur Furchgott to Friendship Lodge No. 9; menu from 144th Anniversary Dinner of Friendship Lodge No. 9, held at St. John Hotel, Dec. 27, 1911 (see clipping re. event in folder 1/5); invitation and program from the Regular Session of the Supreme Council, held in the House of the Temple, Washington, D.C. Oct. 20, 1941; certificate (1961) of appreciation presented to Furchgott from M.W. Grand Lodge of Ancient Free Masons, for 55 years of service.  
  E. Clippings (1907-1965): re. elections (1907-1908) of Friendship Lodge No. 9 officers; re. 144th Anniversary Banquet/business meeting to elect new officers (1911); clipping re. death and funeral of Max Furchgott (1921); articles (1929) re. Arthur Furchgott’s life memberships in the Masons and Scottish Rite Bodies (1958); series of "Backward Glance" columns (1950s-1960s) which reference Friendship Lodge elections (and Furchgott) ca. 1909-1915; article (1961) re. installation of Louis Kirshstein as master of Friendship Lodge No. 9 with mention of Arthur Furchgott, oldest living past master receiving certificate of merit.