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。

 
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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.

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…Read more Masonry and Protestantism

Proceedings of the General Grand Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star at its Fourth Stated Meeting, August 17-23, 1883

by General Grand Chapter 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…Read more Proceedings of the General Grand Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star at its Fourth Stated Meeting, August 17-23, 1883

An Address Delivered Before the Members of the Anti-Masonic State Convention: Assembled at Augusta, Maine, July 4, 1832

by Moses Thacher Purchase Moses Thacher was born on November 14, 795 in Princeton, Worcester County, Massachusetts. He was frustrated with the growing number of people involved with Freemasonry in his religious community. He felt the oats one swore as part of Masonic ritual were…Read more An Address Delivered Before the Members of the Anti-Masonic State Convention: Assembled at Augusta, Maine, July 4, 1832

Pioneering in Masonry: The Life and Times of Rob Morris, Masonic Poet Laureate, Together with the Story of Clara Barton and the Eastern Star

by Lucien V. Rule 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…Read more Pioneering in Masonry: The Life and Times of Rob Morris, Masonic Poet Laureate, Together with the Story of Clara Barton and the Eastern Star

The Early History and Antiquities of Freemasonry: As Connected with Ancient Norse Guilds, and the Oriental and Mediæval Building Fraternities

by George F. Fort 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…Read more The Early History and Antiquities of Freemasonry: As Connected with Ancient Norse Guilds, and the Oriental and Mediæval Building Fraternities

The Masonic Genius of Robert Burns: An Address Delivered in Lodge “Quatuor Coronati,” 2076, 4th March, 1892

by Bro. Benjamin Ward Richardson 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…Read more The Masonic Genius of Robert Burns: An Address Delivered in Lodge “Quatuor Coronati,” 2076, 4th March, 1892

Masonic Regularity

by Alain Bernheim Purchase through Amazon  Alain Bernheim was born in Paris on May 23, 1931. At twelve he was interned in Drancy under Occupied France. After World War II was over, Bernheim studied at the National Music Conservatory of Paris, and became the first…Read more Masonic Regularity

An Introduction to the Formation of Freemasonry in the United States of America: The Constellation of the Brotherhood

by Larissa P. Watkins Purchase through Amazon  The Constellation of the Brotherhood is another stellar reference resource by bibliographer Larissa Watkins. It encompasses the developmental history of the Grand Masonic Bodies in the United States for each state… It will be a boon to researchers,…Read more An Introduction to the Formation of Freemasonry in the United States of America: The Constellation of the Brotherhood

History of the Worshipful Company of Glaziers of the City of London: Otherwise the Company of Glaziers and Painters of Glass

by Charles Henry Ashdown Purchase through Amazon Despite the name, The City of London is only a small part of metropolitan London, and is further unique in that it boasts of its own government. This centers on the ancient companies, or guilds, which in the…Read more History of the Worshipful Company of Glaziers of the City of London: Otherwise the Company of Glaziers and Painters of Glass

Freemasonry: A French View

by Roger Dachez and Alain Bauer Purchase through Amazon Perhaps one should speak not of Freemasonry but of Freemasonries in the plural. In each country Masonic historiography has developed uniqueness, but it is safe to say that one of the highest levels of scholarship has been…Read more Freemasonry: A French View

Manual of the Eastern Star: Containing the Symbols, Scriptural Illustrations, Lectures, etc. Adapted to the System of Speculative Masonry

by Robert Macoy Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase through CreateSpace The secret cyphers and ritual books of the Eastern Star as well as of other fraternal societies inevitably make their way to the shelves of antiquarian book dealers. Efforts to get families to return documents…Read more Manual of the Eastern Star: Containing the Symbols, Scriptural Illustrations, Lectures, etc. Adapted to the System of Speculative Masonry

Chains of Empire: English Public Schools, Masonic Children, Historical Causality, and Imperial Clubdom

by P. J. Rich Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase through CreateSpace The British Empire’s and the English public schools’ peculiar system of rituals and rewards had more in common than has been realized. In Chains of Empire, Paul Rich related this to controversies about historical…Read more Chains of Empire: English Public Schools, Masonic Children, Historical Causality, and Imperial Clubdom

Masonic Poems

by Masonic Service Association US Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase through CreateSpace Masonic poems can be maudlin or marvelous, but critics must concede that Rudyard Kipling and Robert Burns cannot be accused of being amateurs. In short, the poetry of Freemasonry is a very mixed…Read more Masonic Poems

Between Conflict and Conformity: Freemasonry During the Weimar Republic and the “Third Reich”

Authored by Ralf Melzer Translated by Glenys A. Waldman Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase through CreateSpace Freemasonry during the Weimar Republic and the ‘Third Reich’…One might ask, “Is that a chapter of forgotten persecution or a legend of persecution?” After extensive research in archives in…Read more Between Conflict and Conformity: Freemasonry During the Weimar Republic and the “Third Reich”

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…Read more Freemasonry in Inverness

The Story of the City Companies

by P.H. Ditchfield Purchase on Amazon  |  Purchase on CreateSpace As this volume shows, the guilds or livery companies of London started as medieval associations of tradesmen: haberdashers, skinners, goldsmiths, and ironmongers. They became charity foundations, trustees of schools and hospitals, custodians of art treasures and…Read more The Story of the City Companies

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…Read more Hints on Masonic Etiquette

Manual of Knights Templar

by Edward J. Newman Purchase on Amazon |  Purchase on CreateSpace Partly because of novelists and Hollywood, the Masonic Knights Templar have enjoyed an enormous amount of recent attention, and are the subject of extravagant claims about their antiquity. The truth is that the present Templars,…Read more Manual of Knights Templar

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…Read more Lyrics & Love Songs

Ivanhoe Masonic Quartettes

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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…Read more Freemasonry in All Ages

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…Read more Freemasonry in Canada

How Washington Lost His Birthday and Other Masonic Essays: Gaston Lichtenstein’s How George Washington Lost His Birthday

Purchase through Amazon Edited and Introduced by Guillermo De Los Reyes This book by Gaston Lichtenstein is an antiquarian’s pleasure. An antiquarian is an enthusiast for things historical, and historians sometime regard being called an antiquarian as an insult, as a slur on their scholarship.…Read more How Washington Lost His Birthday and Other Masonic Essays: Gaston Lichtenstein’s How George Washington Lost His Birthday

Anti-Masonry and the Murder of Morgan: Lee S. Tillotson’s Ancient Craft Masonry in Vermont

Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase through CreateSpace Edited and Introduced by Guillermo De Los Reyes The anti-Masonic movement during the 1820s and 1830s is sometimes related by scholars to the development of the American party system.  Certainly individuals migrated to the Know Nothing and Whig…Read more Anti-Masonry and the Murder of Morgan: Lee S. Tillotson’s Ancient Craft Masonry in Vermont

L’Enfant and the Freemasons: H. Paul Caemmer’s The Life of Pierre Charles L’Enfant

Purchase through Amazon  Edited and Introduced by Guillermo De Los Reyes The papers of Hans Paul Caemmerer (1922-1954) are deposited in the National Archives and include considerable correspondence concerning this book about Pierre Charles L’Enfant (1754–1825). It was Caemmerer who dispelled the belief that L’Enfant was…Read more L’Enfant and the Freemasons: H. Paul Caemmer’s The Life of Pierre Charles L’Enfant

The Thomas Starr King Dispute: Acceptance and Unveiling of the Statues of Junipero Serra and Thomas Starr King

Purchase through Amazon  The Reverend Thomas Starr King left the amenities of bookish and comfortable Boston, where he was lionized as a charismatic and courageous preacher, to take a struggling Unitarian pulpit in a San Francisco that in the 1850s was hardly the sophisticated city…Read more The Thomas Starr King Dispute: Acceptance and Unveiling of the Statues of Junipero Serra and Thomas Starr King

The Pope and the Freemasons: The Letter “Humanum Genus” of the Pope, Leo, XIII against Free-Masonry and the Spirit of the Age

Purchase through Amazon   By Pope Leo XIII Popes have never been enthusiastic about Freemasonry. Clement XII condemned the order in 1738, as did Benedict XIV in 1751. This was followed by interdicts by Pius VII in 1821, Leo XII in 1826, Pius VIII in 1829,…Read more The Pope and the Freemasons: The Letter “Humanum Genus” of the Pope, Leo, XIII against Free-Masonry and the Spirit of the Age