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A Short List of Books on Freemasonry
Prepared by the Samuel Crocker Lawrence Library and Museum
Grand Lodge of Massachusetts

Books for Preliminary Reading

Claudy. Introduction to Freemasonry (1953) 3v.
George. The Lodge in Friendship Village, 1927
Hamill/Gilbert. Freemasonry: A Celebration of the Craft, 1992
Haywood. The Newly-Made Mason, 1948
Newton. The Builders: A Story and Study of Masonry, 1951
Roberts. The Craft and Its Symbols, 1974
Robinson. A Pilgrim's Path, 1993
Street. Symbolism of the Three Degrees, 1922

General History

Coil. A Comprehensive View of Freemasonry, 1954
Coil. Freemasonry Through Six Centuries, 1966
Gould. The Concise History of Freemasonry, 1924
Hamill/Gilbert. World Freemasonry, 1991
Hills. The Freemasons Craft, 1932
Jones. Freemasons' Guide and Compendium, 1956
Lennhoff. The Freemasons, 1994
MacNulty. Freemasonry, 1991
Newton. Modern Masonry, 1924
Pick/Knight. The Pocket History of Freemasonry, 1969
Tatsch. Short Readings in Masonic History, 1926
Wells. The Rise and Development of Organized Freemasonry, 1986

Creative and Early Freemasonry

Deutsch. From Whence Came You?, 1958
Knoop/Jones. The Genesis of Freemasonry, 1947
Knoop/Jones. Introduction to Freemasonry, 1933
Knoop/Jones. The Medieval Mason, 1967
Knoop/Jones. The Early Masonic Catechisms, 1963
Robinson. Born in Blood, 1989
Vilbert. Freemasonry Before the Existence of Grand Lodges, 1916

Freemasonry in America

Bennett. Six-Guns and Masons, 1991
Boston. Saint John's Lodge History of Saint John's Lodge of Boston, 1917
Boston. The Lodge of saint Andrew, Bi-Centennial Memorial 1756-1956, 1958
Brown, Freemasonry in Virginia (1733-1936), 1936
Carter. Masonry in Texas, 1955
Denslow. Freemasonry in the Western Hemisphere, 1953
Foss. Three Centuries of Freemasonry in New Hampshire, 1972
Morris. Cornerstones of Freedom, 1993
Roberts. House Undivided, 1961
Roberts. Freemasonry in American History, 1985
Roy. Stalwart Builders, Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, 1980
Tatsch. Freemasonry in the Thirteen Colonies, 1933
Taylor/Beach. Historical Sketch of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, 1933

Symbolism

Horne. Sources of Masonic Symbolism, 1981
Mackey. Symbolism of Freemasonry, 1921
Museum of Our National Heritage. Masonic Symbols in American Decorative Arts, 1976
Roberts. The Craft and Its Symbols, 1974
Steiner. Masonry Illustrated, 1953
Street. Symbolism of the Three Degrees, 1922

Ethics and Philosophy

Baily. The Spirit of Msaonry, 1957
Carr. The Freemason and Work, 1976
Haffner. Workman Unashamed, 1989
Hall. The Lost Keys of Freemasonry, 1931
Hammond. What Masonry Means, 1939
Haywood. The Great Teachings of Masonry, 1923
Pike. The Meaning of Masonry, 1924
Roberts. The Key to Freemasonry's Growth, 1969
Smith. Whither Are We Traveling?, 1962
Steinmetz. Freemasonry: Its Hidden Meaning, 1948
Ward. Freemasonry: Its Aims and Ideals, 1923
Wilmshurst. The Meaning of Masonry, 1922

Masonic Jurisprudence

Anderson. Constitutions of 1723, 1924
Henderson. Masonic World Guide, 1984
Hunter. A Study of an Interpretation of the Regius Manuscript, The Earliest Masonic Document, 1952
Mackey. Mackey's Masonic Jurisprudence, 1927
Massachusetts Grand Lodge. Constitutions and Regulations of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, 1989
Poole. The Old Charges, 1924
Pound. Lectures on Masonic Jurisprudence, 1924
Shepard. The Landmarks of Freemasonry, 1924

Biography

Baird. Great American Masons, 1924
Banner. These Men Were Masons, 1924
Bell. Famous Masons, 1928
Boyden. Masonic Presidents, Vice-Presidents, and Signers, 1927
Brown. George Washington, Freemason, 1952
Cary. Joseph Warren, Physician, Politician, Patriot, 1961
Denslow. 10,000 Famous Freemasons, 1957?, 4v.
Dyer. William Preston and His Work, 1987
Fay. Franklin, the Apostle of Modern Times, 1929
Morison. John Paul Jones, 1959
Nettl. Mozart ad Masonry, 1957
Roberts. George Washington: Master Mason, 1976
Roberts. Brother Truman, 1985
Steblecki. Paul Revere and Freemasonry, 1985
Wright. Robert Burns and His Masonic Circle, 1929

Anti-Masonry

Cerza. Anti-Masonry, 1962
Fisher. Behind the Lodge Door, 1994
Huntington. The True History Regarding the Abduction and Murder of William Morgan, 1932
Kngiht. The Brotherhood, 1984
IKnight. The Strange Disappearance of William Morgan, 1932
Leazer. Fundamentalism & Freemasonry, 1995
Madden. Freemasonry: Mankind's Hidden Enemy, 1995
Palmer. The Morgan Affair and Anti-Masonry, 1924
Short. Inside the Brotherhood, 1989
Thorn. The Boy Who Cried Wolf, 1995

Miscellaneous Subjects

Baigent/Leigh. The Temple and the Lodge, 1989
Blakemore. Masonic Lodge Methods, 1953
Brown. Highlights of Templar History, 1944
Carr. The Freemason at Work, 1976
Chailley. The Magic Flute: Masonic Opera, 1971
Claudy. The Master's Book, 1935
Coil. Coil's Masonic Encyclopedia, 1961
Curl. Art and Architecture of Freemasonry, 1995
Denslow. Masonic Rites and Degrees, 1955
Denslow. Freemasonry and the American Indian, 1956
Haggard. The Clergy and the Craft, 1970
Hamilton. Material Culture of the American Freemasons, 1994
Haywood. Masonic Curiosa, 1968
Herrmann. Designs Upon the Trestleboard, 1935
Horne. King Solomon's Temple in the Masonic Tradition, 1972
Hutchens. A Bridge to Light, 1995 (Scottish Rite)
Jones. Freemasons' Book of the royal Arch, 1957
Lanier. Masonry and Citizenship, 1921
Mendoza. Serendipity, 1995
Merz. Ask Me, Brother!, 1927
MSA. Masonic Treasures, 1958
Peterson. Masonic Quiz Book, 1951
Pirtle. The Lost Word of Freemasonry, 1951
Roberts. The Mystic Tie, 1991
Roberts. Masonry Under Two Flags, 1968
Roberts. House Undivided, 1961
Roberts. Key to Freemasonry's Growth, 1969
Robinson. Dungeon, Fire and Sword, 1991
Voorhis, Facts for Freemasons, 1951
Voorhis. Masonic Organizations and Allied Orders and Degrees, 1952
Vrooman/Roberts. Sword and Trowel, 1964
What to Say: Fraternal Prose, Poetry and Quotes, 1944
Wiest, Freemasonry in American Courts, 1958
Wright, Woman and Freemasonry, 1922


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