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An Invaluable Source of Masonic Heritage and Information

Use of the Library will be limited to the members of the Craft who must register themselves as Members of the Library and pay certain fees for the services.

The Library is now equipped to provide:

Reader Counselling and Assistance.

The reader is given a full understanding of the age and condition of the books and records, and assistance in locating and handling them. Book marking and special storage to enable continual reading ofi the selected item over a period is also provided. This service is particularly appreciated by readers when the books cannot be taken outside.

Research Assistance

University and High School Students interested in undertaking research in Freemasonry as subject for their doctoral thesis or other dissertations can be provided guidance and assistance in developing their synopsis and hypotheses and in thesis structuring and write up. Special lectures on specific aspects of Masonry on which the research scholar is interested can also be arranged. Freemasons who are interested in furthering their studies at Masters or doctoral level with Masonry as their prime focus are encouraged to use the library.

Reprographic support

Photocopying and photographing pages from various documents accessible to general readers will be arranged on request. Until reprographic facilities are established at the library, this will be got done by expert reprographers outside under the supervision of the Information Officer.

Catalogue Service and on-line acquisitions

A reader friendly catalogue is being developed for circulation to members. A Computer terminal carrying the fully annotated catalogue accessible to members will also be provided in the library hall. On line access to Masonic literature by acquiring membership of on-line libraries is also under consideration. The service once in place will be extendible to the Library members on a time and cost sharing basis.

HISTORY

Services

A Library was etablished at the Freemsasons’ Hall premises at least eighty years ago in the building which stood at where the District Grand Assistant Secretary’s Qurters is now. Later, some 30 years ago it was shifted to the erstwhile DGL Office, as a part of it. Books and periodicals were duly numbered and archived. When that building collapsed the Library continued to be housed in the remaining portion. It had then gone into disuse and stayed there until the old building was restored and the contents salvaged. In the ’new’ building a specially designed hall has been provided for the Library.

In 2009-11 the books , periodicals were re-inventoried, reclassified according to the standard coding used by the United Grand Lodge and properly stacked in designated shelves. The books were further classified according to their physical condition. Though a large number of them have gone brittle and a few insect bored, all of them can still be used by careful readers : of course they cannot be lent out for obvious reasons of safety.

The District Grand Lodge has created a Library Fund to restore the non-replaceable records and books and also to augment the stock with replacements for the damaged material and newer publications. It is hoped that within the new future the Library will develop into a full fledged institution of research and Masonic Learning.

Our Treasure House contains books, periodicals and records which can be generally grouped into Books, Periodicals and Proceedings. Proceedings include those of the Grand Lodge(1884 onwards), Grand Chapter(1845 onwards), the District Grand Lodge (1867 onwards) and District Grand Chapter (1871 onwards) . The list of periodicals include :

  • The Freemasons Magazine and Maasonic Mirror, 1856-1868, 28 volumes
  • The Freemason, 1892-1937 ,46 volumes
  • The Freemasons Quarterly Review, 1835-1852, 18 volumes
  • The Indian Freemason 1895-1909, 18 volumes
  • The Masonic Record of Western India, 1868-1890, 38 volumes
  • The Masonic Record, 1921-1939, 19 volumes
  • The Indian Masonic Journal 1865-1957, 44 volumes
  • Madras Masonic Journal, 1925-2007, 97 volumes
  • ARS Quator Cornoti , 1886-2010, 90 volumes
  • Masonic Notes and Querries, 1914-1942, 26 volumes
  • Transactions of Manchester Association for Masonic Research, 1922-1963, 40 volumes
  • The Lodge of Research, No. 2429, Leicester, 1922-1936, 12 volumes
  • The Indian Freemason’s Friend, 1857-1866, 7 volumes
  • The Madras Freemasons’ Herald and Journal of Literature and Science, 1850-51, 15 volumes
  • The Masonic Magazine, 1881-82, 13 issues
  • The Madras Masonic Record, 1889-90, 12 issues
  • Freemason Today, 1997-2011, 30 issues

MQ, 2002-2007, and many others of small duration and dimensions, and current ones.

The Calendar and Directory of the District of Madras is available from 1912 to 2011—a whole century while the year books of the Grand Lodge are in store from 1928.

The range of books are wide and varied, some in large number of volumes. For example The British Masonic Miscellany runs into 20 volumes and many volumes are available in multiple copies. Similar is the case with Encyclopaedia of Masonry and History of Freemasonry. Some of the notable titles are given on the following pages.

The Treasure

The Treasure House of the DGL, it was part of the Library. It contained photographs and many precious old Masonic jewels presented to the District Grand Lodge. It also consisted of jewel galleries showing the replica of the jewels in use by various orders as well as the centenary jewels of the Lodges in the district. But most of them disappeared owing to the efflux of time and inadequate security and particularly during the renovation of the Freemasons Hall and the dilapidation of other structures. The museum is now being re-erected as part of the Library with permanent exhibits and storage for removables. Luckily, most of the paintings and photographs that could be salvaged are hung in the two dining halls, where the sculptures also find a place.

Catalogue

250 years of masonry in India: a study in resolved discords

1979

3-5-7 minute talks on Freemasonry

1981

A concise cyclopedia of Freemasonry, or, Handbook of Masonic reference

1908

A concise cyclopedia of Freemasonry, or, Handbook of Masonic reference

1925

A concise history of Freemasonry

1903

An investigation into the cause of the hostility of the Church of Rome to Freemasonry and an inquiry into Freemasonry

[1874]

British Masonic miscellany 20 Volumes

[19--?]

By laws of the Provincial Grand Lodge, of the Coast of Coromandel, for the Government of the Lodges working under its constitution, revised by a special committee of the Provincial Grand Lodge and confirmed at the quarterly communication held at the Masonic Hall of Lodge Perfect Unanimity No. 1 on the 27th of June 1849, A. L. 5853 and again approved of by the Deputy Provincial Grand Master

1850

By laws of the Royal Arch Chapter of the School of Plato, attached to the Lodge of Perfect Unanimity, No. 1 at Fort St. George, on the Coast of Coromandel in the East Indies

1835

Original Bylaws of many Lodges that followed

 

Constitutions of the ant[c]ient fraternity of free and accepted Masons

1867

Early British Freemasonry-England

[19--?]

Early Masonic pamphlets

1945

Free masonry

1790

Freemasonry: its outward and visible signs

[1875]

General regulations established by the Supreme Grand Chapter for the Government of the order of Royal Arch Masons of England

1864

Gould's history of Freemasonry

1952

Grand Lodge 1717-1967

1967

Grand Lodge decisions

1897

Historical Land Marks Vol II

1846

History of Freemasonry

1841

History of Freemasonry in Bengal

[1866]

History of Freemasonry in Hyderabad (Deccan)

1910

Illustrations of masonry

1801

Kenning's Masonic cyclopedia and handbook of Masonic archaeology, history and biography

1878

King Solomon's temple in the Masonic tradition

1972

Lectures on Masonic jurisprudence

1924

Manual of Freemasonry

[191-?]

Masonic poems

1924

Masonic question & answer (with Masonic tit bits)

[200-?]

Masonic reprints

1922

Masonic reprints and historical revelations

1898

Mediaeval master masons and their secrets

1931

Military and religious life in the middle ages and at the period of the renaissance

[199-?]

Mormonism and masonry

1924

Notes on the origin and history of the Lodge of Perfect Unanimity

1918

On the square

1923

On wings of Masonic light

2001

Papal teachings in Freemasonry

1866

Record of the Vellore Lodge 1786-1790

1930

Robert burns and his Masonic circle

1929

Robert Burns the complete works and letters

[189-?]

Roman Catholicism and Freemasonry

1922

Selected Masonic essays

[1991]

Short talks on masonry

1969

Side notes on the Bible from flinders Petrie's discoveries

[193-?]

Six Masonic songs of the eighteenth century

1930

Suggestions for a course of Masonic reading

1915

Swedenborg rite and the great Masonic leaders of the eighteenth century

1870

The collected Prestonian lectures

1983-1984

The development of the Trigradal system

1925

The discrepancies of Freemasonry

1875

The duties of lodge officers

1929

The early French exposures

1971

The emblems of Freemasonry

1919

The etiquette of Freemasonry

1902

The four old lodges, founders of modern Freemasonry and their descendants

1879

The Freemason's craft

1932

The Freemason's pocket reference book

1965

The Freemason's treasury

1863

The Freemason's vade mecum

1909

The golden remains of the early Masonic writers

1847-1869

The Grand Stewards and Red Apron Lodges

1917

The great light in masonry

1924

The historical landmarks and other evidences of Freemasonry, explained in a series of practical lectures, with copious notes

1846

The history of Freemasonry

[1859]

The keystone and other essays on Freemasonry

1913

The keystone and other essays on Freemasonry

1925

The king and the corpse

1948

The land and the book, or, Biblical illustrations

1864

The landmarks of Freemasonry

1924

The law & custom of Freemasonry

1928

The lectures of the three degrees in Craft masonry with the ceremony of consecration, the funeral ceremony, the Masonic muse

1906

The legend of the craft and the ancient history of Freemasonry

1923

The legislation of the craft

1927

The magic of Freemasonry

1924

The Masonic manual, or, Lectures on Freemasonry

1843

The mediaeval mason

1933

The men's house

1924

The moral teachings of Freemasonry

1926

The Morgan affair and anti-masonry

1924

The mysteries of Britain, or, the Secret rites and traditions of ancient Britain restored

[19--?]

The old charges

1924

The old charges of British Freemasons

1895

The old constitutions belonging to the ancient and honourable society of free and accepted masons of England and Ireland

1871

The origin and evolution of Freemasonry connected with the origin and evolution of the human race

1920

The Oxford ritual of Royal Arch Masonry

1884

The pentagram

1955

The pentagram

1958

The perfect ashlar and other Masonic symbols

1912

The Pythagorean triangle, or, the science of numbers

1875

The rare books of Freemasonry

1923

The red

[19--?]

The religion of Freemasonry

1888

The research lodge monitor

1946

The star in the east

1842

The story of the craft

[191-?]

The symbol of glory

1850

The symbols and legends of Freemasonry

1910

The temple and the lodge

1989

The temples of the Jews and the other buildings in the Haram area at Jerusalem

1878

The text book of Freemasonry

1881

The three distinct knocks at the door of the most ancient Freemasonry

[19--?]

The untrodden paths of Masonic research

1924

The works of Josephus

[19--?]

The years of development

1958

Theocratic Philosophy of Freemasonry

 

Thirteen articles on Freemasonry

1923

Thomas Dunckerley

1891

Through the land of Babylonia

[19--?]

Unwritten laws in Freemasonry

1925

Via lucis, or, Freemasonry as a philosophy of life for the atom-age

1946

Who was Hiram Abiff?

1925

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