Library of Freemasonry & Ritualism: Fraternalism, Freemasonry, Social Capital

Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another’s skin, another’s voice, another’s soul.
– Joyce Carol Oates

Chair:
Joe Wages, The Scottish Rite Research Society
Board of Syndics, Library of Freemasonry and Fraternalism

Conference:
World Conference on Fraternalism, Social Capital, and Civil Society

The PSO journal Ritual, Secrecy and Civil Society is a fertile resource for those looking for research ideas, and for following up on many of the topics  discussed at the Paris and Washington PSO congresses and  in the volumes of the fraternal library of Westphalia Press. Its articles suggest many different subjects for those looking for topics to explore. See “The World Conferences on Fraternalism” (Vol. 6 No. 2, 65-68).
The Paris conferences have produced many ground-breaking papers, notably Andrew Prescott and Susan Mitchell Sommers, “The Origins of Freemasonry and the Invention of Tradition” (Vol. 7 No. 2, 1-20). One aspect of study is the influence of lodges in specific nations. As an example, Emanuela Locci, “The Impact of European Freemasonry in the Turkish Civil Society” (Vol. 4 No. 2, 45-9), Vincent Lombardo “Study on the Present Conditions of Freemasonry in the World’ (Vol. 3 No. 2, 31-57), Paul Rich “Inventing America: The Role of Freemasonry in Early Washington” (Vol. 7 No. 1, 1-14).
 
The possibilities of further discussions of aspects of intellectual and cultural history are numerous: for example, Thierry Zarcone, “Freemasonry and Orientalism” (Vol. 3, No. 1, 30-36); Pierre Mollier, “The Jewish and Christian Sources of the Legend of the Vault” (Vol. 8 No. 1, 1-6); Pierre-François Pinaud, “Musical Cosmopolitanism in Paris 1779-1792” (Vol.1, No. 1). A special entire issue on Latin America edited by Guillermo De Los Reyes is especially suggestive of fields that await exploration (Vol. 5, No. 1). Ideas for further papers and publications are warmly received.
 

共济会与仪式主义图书馆

政策研究组织(PSO)杂志《礼仪、秘密与公民社会》为那些寻求研究想法的人士,和用于进一步了解巴黎和华盛顿PSO大会上探讨的许多主题以及威斯特伐利亚出版社(Westphalia Press)兄弟会图书馆藏书的许多主题提供了丰富的资源。该杂志收录的文章为那些试图探究主题的人提供建议。参见“世界兄弟会会议系列”(第6卷第2期,第65-68页)。

巴黎举办的会议带来了许多开创性论文,特别是Andrew Prescott和Susan Mitchell Sommers撰写的《共济会的起源与传统的创造》(第7卷第2期,第1-20页)。研究方向之一是(共济会)会所在特定国家的影响。例如,Emanuela Locci撰写的《欧洲共济会在土耳其公民社会中的影响》(第4卷第2期,第45-49页),Vincent Lombardo撰写的《世界共济会现状研究》(第3卷第2期,第31-57页),Paul Rich撰写的《铸造美国:共济会在华盛顿政府早期发挥的作用》(第7卷第1期, 第1-14页)。

许多其他文章进一步探讨了知识和文化史方面:例如,Thierry Zarcone撰写了《共济会与东方主义》(第3卷第1期,第30-36页);Pierre Mollier撰写了《墓穴传说的犹太教起源和基督教起源”(第 8卷第1期,第1-6页);Pierre-François Pinaud撰写了《1779-1792年巴黎的音乐世界主义》(第1卷第1期)。Guillermo De Los Reyes编辑的一期特刊聚焦于拉丁美洲,特别暗示了有待探究的领域(第5卷第1期)。邀请进一步撰写论文和出版著作的想法受到热烈欢迎。

 

The Spirit Of Masonry

The author, William Hutchinson, F.A.S., passed away on 7th of April, 1814, at the age of 82, after a long career as an attorney, and as an author and devoted Freemason. He penned such works as A History of the County of Durham, A View…

Freemasonry, Heir to the Enlightenment

Modern Freemasonry may have mythical roots in Solomon’s time but is really the heir to the Enlightenment. Ever since the early eighteenth century freemasons have endeavored to convey the values of the Enlightenment in the cultural, political and religious fields, in Europe, the American colonies…

Masonic Myths and Legends

The papers presented here represent over twenty-five years of publications by S. Brent Morris. They explore his many questions about Freemasonry, usually dealing with origins of the Craft.

A Radical In The East

The papers presented here represent over twenty-five years of publications by S. Brent Morris. They explore his many questions about Freemasonry, usually dealing with origins of the Craft.

Brought to Light: The Mysterious George Washington Masonic Cave

Purchase in greyscale | Purchase in color by Jason Williams MD  The George Washington Masonic Cave near Charles Town, West Virginia, contains a signature carving of George Washington dated 1748. Although this inscription appears authentic, it has yet to be verified by historical accounts or…

Washington and His Masonic Compeers

by Sidney Hayden Purchase As Sidney Hayden wrote of this work on George Washington and his Masonic pasts, “Biographies of Washington, and the most eminent of our countrymen who were contemporary with him, have been often written so far as relates to their public acts,…

Storia del Grande Oriente d’Italia (Italian Edition)

by Emanuela Locci Purchase Questo volume è la traduzione italiana di un libro precedente nato con l’intento di colmare una lacuna bibliografica, infatti, fino alla sua pubblicazione non era presente nella letteratura massonica un libro che trattasse in maniera organica la storia della massoneria in…

Masonry and Protestantism

by Susanna Hopkins Mason Purchase Social history as a corrective to a historiography is often too limited to diplomacy and wars. It began an upward trajectory as early as the 1930s, but it remains constrained by the frustrating cost and availability of materials that even…

Annals of the Hobby Club of New York City, 1912-1920

by New York Hobby Club Purchase In 1908, the Hobby Club was established as a gentlemen’s club. Planned to be a space for people to showcase their special interests, the “object of the Club shall be to encourage the collection of literary, artistic and scientific…

History of Saint John’s Lodge of Boston

by Saint John’s Lodge Freemasons Purchase Saint John’s is the oldest lodge in the United States and its social history when fully written will be a corrective to a historiography is often too limited to diplomacy and wars. Fraternal organizations like Saint John’s have impacted…

History of the Grand Orient of Italy

Emanuela Locci, Editor Purchase The initiative to write this volume comes from the need to fill a bibliographic gap: no book in Masonic literature upon the history of Italian Freemasonry has been edited in English up to now. Thus, it aims to cover this lack…

History of the Fraternal Order of Eagles

by J. Fanning O’Reilly Purchase The Fraternal Order of Eagles is an international fraternal organization that was founded on February 6, 1898 in Seattle, Washington by a group of six theater owners. It was initially composed of those who worked within the performing arts. The…

Why Thirty-Three?: Searching for Masonic Origins

by S. Brent Morris, PhD, Introduction by Wallace E. Boston, Jr. Purchase The papers presented here represent over twenty-five years of publications by S. Brent Morris. They explore his many questions about Freemasonry, usually dealing with origins of the Craft. What “high degrees” were in…

History of Freemasonry in England from 1567 to 1813

by Leon Hyneman Purchase through Amazon Social history as a corrective to a historiography is often too limited to diplomacy and wars. It began an upward trajectory as early as the 1930s, but it remains constrained by the frustrating cost and availability of materials that…

The Great Transformation: Scottish Freemasonry 1725-1810

by Dr. Mark C. Wallace Purchase through Amazon  Modern Freemasonry emerged in Britain after 1700 as a prominent fixture in both British communal and social life. It combined earlier stonemason customs and methods of organization with the popular passion for clubs and societies. Some mocked…

The History of the Order of the Eastern Star Among Colored People

by Mrs. S. Joe Brown Purchase through Amazon  Social history as a corrective to a historiography is often too limited to diplomacy and wars. It began an upward trajectory as early as the 1930s, but it remains constrained by the frustrating cost and availability of…

Freemasonry, Politics and Rijeka (Fiume) (1785-1944)

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Masonic Regularity and Recognition: A Global Issue

Roger Dachez, Introduction by Alain Bauer Purchase through Amazon  “The issue of regularity and recognition in Freemasonry is examined here from a mainly French point of view, because France is essentially the only major Masonic country in the world where this debate is so complicated.…

Invasions of the Gulf: Radicalism, Ritualism and the Shaikhs

by Paul Rich Purchase through Amazon  The Gulf was ruled for a good part of the 19th and 20th centuries from India, and those who served there constituted a unique, small foreign service of their own. Their public (private boarding in American usage) school backgrounds…

Masonic Regularity

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Getting the Third Degree: Fraternalism, Freemasonry and History

Editors: Guillermo De Los Reyes and Paul Rich Purchase through Amazon Possibly the most international and diverse scholarly conference on fraternalism and freemasonry is the one held in Paris in the spring every two years at the Bibliotheque Nationale de France and hosted by Westphalia…

Dudley Wright: Writer, Truthseeker & Freemason

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A Dictionary of Secret and Other Societies

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Freemasonry: A French View

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Freemasonry in the Holy Land, or, Handmarks of Hiram’s Builders

by Robert Morris, LLD. Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase through CreateSpace In 1868, Robert Morris (1818-1888), a sometime grand master of the Grand Lodge of Kentucky and founder of the Order of the Eastern Star, gathered a group of Masons for Secret Monitor ceremonies in…

Masonic Poems

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Plain Thoughts on Secret Societies

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Freemasonry’s Research Agenda

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The Symbolic Tradition of Freemasonry

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Challenges Facing Freemasonry

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Stories for the American Freemason’s Fireside

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Ritual and Secrecy Confront Reality

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Fiat Lux: Full Score, Parts Included

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Proceedings of the Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia – 1898

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Hymns to the Gods & Other Poems

by Gen. Albert Pike Purchase on Amazon  |  Purchase on CreateSpace Albert Pike (1809-1891) began writing as a youth, and “Hymns to the Gods” was his first published poem when he was only 23. He subsequently became a contributor to Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine after his…

Freemasonry in Inverness

by Alexander Ross Purchase on Amazon  |  Purchase on CreateSpace Alexander Ross (1834-1925) was educated at Inverness Royal Academy and became an architect like his father. He joined St. John’s Masonic Lodge in 1833 and eventually was its Master. Ross traveled throughout Scotland as public education…

The Story of the City Companies

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Philippine Masonic Directory ~ 1918

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Gems of Song for Eastern Star Chapters

compiled by Pitkin & Mathews Purchase on Amazon  |  Purchase on CreateSpace Although the Order of the Eastern Star at one time claimed ties to orders in the seventeenth and eighteenth century Swedish royal court, the consensus is that it was largely invented as a…

Hints on Masonic Etiquette

by R. H. Gaynor Purchase on Amazon  |  Purchase on CreateSpace Freemasonry not only has myriad complex ceremonies for initiating and advancing candidates, but also preserves a code for every social occasion, including requirements for addressing others during meetings, offering banquet toasts, opening and closing…

Manual of Knights Templar

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History of the Knights of Pythias

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Lyrics & Love Songs

by Albert Pike, with a new introduction by Paul Rich Purchase on Amazon  Albert Pike was a Harvard dropout, Confederate general, lawyer for Native American causes, celebrated Masonic leader, and lifelong writer of poems. Erudite in many languages and expert on folklore and mythology, his work…

Meeting Minutes of Naval Lodge No. 4 F.A.A.M. 1813

Purchase through Amazon   Edited and Introduced by Isaiah Akin This book contains the Meeting minutes of Naval Lodge No. 4 F.A.A.M. of Washington DC from 1813, along with articles about the people mentioned and the Washington Navy Yard where many of them worked, and gives…

Ivanhoe Masonic Quartettes

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President John Quincy Adams’ Quarrel with the Freemasons

Edited and Introduced by Guillermo De Los Reyes Such was the revulsion in the United States over the purported murder of William Morgan, an upstate New Yorker who in 1826 disappeared after threatening to expose Masonic secrets, that political groups campaigned to drive Masons out…

Royal Arch Masonry in Pennsylvania

by William J. Paterson The Royal Arch is a Masonic degree as well as a rite of several degrees that are close companions of the initial three Masonic degrees. Many Freemasons consider it the logical conclusion of the Masonic initiation. It was conferred in America…

Freemasonry in All Ages

by Rev. M.F. Carey The tension in Freemasonry over its legendary and real origins and with its Enlightenment ethos in contrast with Christian views is apparent in this work by an Irish Episcopalian priest who came to American in the later part of the nineteenth…

The Lodge of Washington and His Neighbors

Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase from CreateSpace By Charles H. Calahan In 1928, the Masonic lodge that George Washington had presided over as Worshipful Master gathered anecdote about his connections with Alexandria, Virginia, and commissioned photographs of relics and places that provide unusual insights into his…

Freemasonry in Canada

Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase on CreateSpace By Sheppard Osborne Since its appearance in 1915, Freemasonry in Canada has been a starting point for any serious discussion of Canadian lodge history. It was remarkable in its time for covering not only developments in the Canadian…

Ancient Masonic Mysteries: John Perry’s The Freemason’s Gift

Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase through CreateSpace Edited and Introduced by Guillermo De Los Reyes The antiquity of Freemasonry is much debated. As a philosophical and ritualistic society, rather than a group of stonemasons, it certainly existed in the seventeenth century. But its beginnings are…

Young Freemasons?: Frank S. Land’s Order of DeMolay

Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase on CreateSpace Edited and Introduced by Guillermo De Los Reyes The Order of DeMolay is a puzzle.  It originated in the United States but is widespread, with chapters in Italy and Japan and Germany as well as Latin America and…

New Sources on Women and Freemasonry

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Meeting Minutes of Naval Lodge No. 4 F.A.A.M. 1812

Purchase through Amazon Edited and Introduced by Isaiah Akin This book contains the Meeting minutes of Naval Lodge No. 4 F.A.A.M. of Washington DC from 1812, along with articles about the people mentioned and the Washington Navy Yard where many of them worked, and gives…