Large Ballot Box, 1817-1929
Scope and Contents
Nominations, as shown on the stubs of the book of records, appear in 5 volumes, 1817-1929. Two books of proposals, possibly a duplication of entries in the nomination book also record the names from Feb. 15, 1814 to Dec. 27, 1853.
Also Two ballot boxes, one gavel, one plastic box containing seven white balls and four black balls. One folder containing two notes that accompanied the ballot box and gavel. Another box containing sixty-eight white balls and fourteen black balls.
Language of Materials
From the Collection: English
This collection is located in Range 29, Bay 2, Shelf D.
The large ballot box contains eight individual voting boxes with a small round hole in the top of each one. Also a roman numeral has been carved on the bottom of each sliding lid and on the edge of each individual box. Each individual box has a sliding lid with a wooden knob on the top so that the lid can be removed. The ballot box also came with voting balls. There are sixty-eight white balls and fourteen black balls. All of the voting balls are carved from marble. Three notes also accompanied the ballot box. All of the notes say the same thing: ANSP MEMBERSHOPS. Nominations, 1817-1929. 7 Items. After the founders meeting, it was decreed that every new member must be nominated by two active members, his name read before the group and voted on at the next business meeting. A single black marble in the voting box kept the nominee out. It was presumed that the prospective member knew nothing of his nomination, so that the insult if not elected would not be known by him. If black balled the nomination blank was even destroyed to remove any record of the outcome of the election. Nominations, as shown on the stubs of the book of records, appears in 5 volumes, 1817-1929. Two books of proposals, possibly a duplication of entries in the nomination book also record the names from feb. 15, 1814 to Dec. 27, 1853. Archived.