Independent Order of B'nai B'rith Lodge 171 (Denver, Colo.) Records

The Independent Order of B'nai B'rith Lodge 171, Denver, Colorado, was a primary Jewish philanthropic and social service organization in Denver from 1872 through World War II. This fraternal organization received a charter from the National Order of B'nai B'rith on April 7, 1872. David Kline was the first president and Louis Anfenger was the first secretary. Charles M. Schayer served as president in 1876. The B'nai B'rith Denver Chapter created Colorado's Anti-Defamation League, the Mountain States Hillel Foundation, and the B'nai B'rith Youth Organization (BBYO). One of the largest projects of the Denver B'nai B'rith was the vital role it played in establishing the National Jewish Hospital for Consumptives in 1899. The Denver B'nai B'rith continues to be a major Denver organization. The records include administrative records, correspondence, publications and photographs of the Denver Lodge #171 and some documents and photographs of the B'nai B'rith Youth Organization and a few records related to other lodges.