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Masonic Research Societies and Resources

A Research Lodge is a Masonic lodge that is devoted to Masonic research. It is a lodge, and as such has a charter from some Grand Lodge. However, it does not confer degrees, and restricts membership to Master Masons of some jurisdiction in amity with the jurisdiction that the research lodge is in.

Related to research Lodges are Masonic Research Societies, which serve the same purpose but function fundamentally differently. There are Research Lodges in most countries where Freemasonry exists.

Most Research Lodges have some type of Transactions, Proceedings, or even just a newsletter that is published regularly.

There are many Masonic Lodges of Research and Research Societies. 

Part of our Masonic growth is to learn about the craft.  Membership to some of these Research  and Society Masonic organizations can provide an invaluable information to those who are seeking further light.

Lastly, if you do not find what you are looking for please check as well The Esoteric Links page.




Confederate Military Lodge of Research


Academia Lodge No. 847 - California's First Traditional Observance Lodge
El Camino Research Lodge        Trestleboard   
Northern California Research Lodge        Trestleboard    Papers
Southern California Research Lodge        Papers
California College of the Societas Rosicruciana in C.F.        Papers

Institute of Masonic Studies


Research Lodge of Colorado


Philosophic Lodge of Research, Connecticut - link not working at this time


Pythagoras Lodge of Research, D.C.


Delaware Lodge of Research – Wilmington, Delaware


Illinois Lodge of Research
Illinois Lodge of Research – Bloomington, Illinois

Albertus Magnus Commandery of Research No. 92 – Chicago, Illinois (the world’s first & only commandery of research)


Iowa Research Lodge No. 2 – Des Moines, Iowa


Louisiana Lodge of Research        Papers


The Maine Lodge of Research    Papers


Michigan Lodge of Research and Information No.1


Educational Lodge 1002


Missouri Masonic Lodge of Research      Newsletters


Nevada Lodge of Research #2

New Hampshire

Anniversary Lodge of Research No. 175

New York

American Lodge of Research -

Justice Robert H. Jackson, New York - link not working at this time

New Jersey

New Jersey Lodge of Research
        This is their new site

New Mexico

Lodge of Research - New Mexico

North Carolina

The Masonic Research and Historical Society of North Carolina

North Dakota

Frontier Army Lodge of Masonic Research No. 1875 – Fargo, North Dakota


Ohio Lodge of Research


Oklahoma Lodge of Research
College of the Consistory – Guthrie, Oklahoma


Pennsylvania Lodge of Research

South Carolina

South Carolina Masonic Research Society

South Dakota

South Dakota Lodge of Masonic Research        Papers
Frontier Army Lodge of Masonic Research #1875        Papers


Tennessee Lodge of Research


Texas Lodge of Research


Utah Lodge of Research        Papers


Civil War Lodge of Research No.1865, Virginia
A. Douglas Smith, Jr., Lodge of Research #1949         Papers


Armistead - Bingham Lodge No.1862 - Link not working at this time


For other Research Lodges within the US, check here

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International Lodges of Research


Association of Masonic Museums, Libraries and Archives in Europe – throughout Europe


Australian and New Zealand Masonic Research Council – Williamstown, Victoria
Fremasonry in Victoria - UGLV
Grand Lodge of S.A. & N.T. Educational Resources
Holden Research Circle
- UGLV in Melbourne, Victoria
Kring Nieuw Holland - UGLV in Melbourne, Victoria
Leichhardt Lodge of Research No. 225 in Darwin - Link not working at this time
Masonic Historical Society of New South Wales
The Research Lodge of New South Wales No 971

The South Australian Lodge of Research No.216
The Victorian Lodge of Research No.218
- UGLV in Melbourne, Victoria


Ars Macionica Lodge of Research – Bierbeek, Belgium


Internet Lodge of Research U.D. 
Heritage Lodge No. 730
– Pickering, Ontario
Mid Island Lodge of Education, British Columbia
Solomon Lodge of Research 5986
The Heritage Lodge No. 730
- Cambridge, Ontario
Toronto Society for Masonic Research - Toronto Canada


Minerva Research Lodge No. 27


Franc-Maçonnerie Française - An excellent website. Large content. Quality of information. Perfect to understand the variety of French Freemasonry. French and English.
Obédiences Maçonniques Françaises

Loge William Preston


Masonic Historical Society of New South Wales
The Masonic Lodge of Research CC


Pietre Stones Review of Freemasonry
Torrione Lodge of Research No. 34    Papers

New Zealand

Hawkes Bay Research Lodge No. 305 – Hastings, New Zealand


Philippines Lodge of Research


The Lodge Hope of Kurrachee No.337 - looks link is down ATT

South Africa

Cape Masonic Research Association


Centro de Estudios Históricos de la Masonería Española - Historical research at its top in Spanish
Centro Ibérico de Estudios Masónicos


Alpina Research Group – Lausanne, Switzerland

United Kingdom

Canonbury Masonic Research Centre
Cornerstone Society
– Lancashire, England
Dormer Masonic Study Circle
– London, England
Internet Lodge No.9659, U.K        Papers
Manchester Association for Masonic Research
Masonic Philatelic Society

Quatuor Coronati Lodge No. 2076 - The Premier Lodge of Masonic Research
The Centre for Research into Freemasonry at the University of Sheffield        Papers
The Roslyn Templars

Click here to see a list of other Lodges of Research

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Blue Friars, Society of – invitational society of Masonic authors

El Taller Masonico - Excellente

Masonic Service Association of North America

Philalethes Society - Established in 1928, the Philalethes Society is the oldest independent Masonic research society in North America.

Phylaxis Society - The Phylaxis Society is not a Masonic organization, but is a voluntary association of Freemasons who wish to learn more about Prince Hall Freemasonry.

The College of the Consistory  Yahoo Group
The College of the Consistory  out of Guthrie OK

The Masosic Society - is not just to look backward at the history of Freemasonry, but to foster the intellectual, spiritual and social growth of the modern Masonic fraternity.

AASR Northern Jurisdiction, Research Blog - For the Northern Jurisdiction of Scottish Rites

The Scottish Rite Research Society - Since 1991, the Scottish Rite Research Society (SRRS) has become one of the most dynamic forces in Masonic research today, pursuing a publication program emphasizing quality—both in content and physical form.

Thomas Smith Chapter of Research 1798 - Warranted by the The Grand Chapter of the State of New York, Royal Arch Masons for Royal Arch Research as the first Royal Arch Chapter to be solely devoted to Royal Arch research and scholarship.

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Grand College of Rites in the United States of America– Tremont, Illinois

The Grand College of Rites of the United States

The Royal Arch Chapter of Research - Ireland


Institute for Masonic Studies On-line - articles


Hiram Oasis - An extraordinary huge collection of files to view or download often very interesting. It include numerous works from The Philaletes. The interface is not always very easy but it really is a very good referral.

Lodge Banner from UK - Excellent source to view UK Lodge Banner's history

Lux Occulta - Esoteric Freemasonry. Some good papers. -  Lots of links well organized

MasterMason Library - Index of Articles available

Masonicinfo - A site concerning those who would like to destroy Freemasonry

Masonic Leadership Center - maintained by Sri Brahadeeswara Lodge Masonic Research from India.

Mason Star for All - Great site - Link not working at this time

Masoneria de Bolivia Para el mundo... - Excelente página de estudios Masónicos in Spanish

Masonic Research Org - A new site still in its infancy

Masonic Light

Masonicworld - A good education website.

Paul Bessel Website - Whatever your research about Freemasonry, do not forget to visit this high level website. Quality and quantity. Top referral site. Brother Paul, all freemasons must thank you for your impressive works

Pietre-Stones - PS Review of Freemasonry - is the oldest, most popular and famous Freemasons’ online magazine written by Master Masons of a Grand Lodge of Ancient, Accepted Free Masons.

Portal Masónico - Un poco de todo. Rico y interesante... EXCELENTE

Theodore Reuss' Rituals - Non-Masonically affiliated site containing rituals of the Ordo Templi Orientis and other research material. Presents both original and translated manuscripts and facsimiles

The Cornerstone Society - site to increase the awareness, particularly of Master Masons, of the real meaning and inner spirituality and beauty of our Masonic ritual.

The -  great for articles

The Lost Word of Freemasonry - interesting

The Worldwide Rosicrucian Order

The Temple Mount In Jerusalem
Dealing with King Solomon's Temple

Tracing Boards -  great for articles

Hiram's Oasis Files - lots of files (articles) -  use as last resort

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Biblical Timeline

Internet Sacred Texts Archive

an online Jewish resource to Judaism

Religious Tolerance - great site

Sepher Yetzirah Or The Book Of Creation
Translated From Hebrew by Wm. Wynn Westcott

The Bible - Ten fully-searchable online Bibles

The Book Of Enoch
About The Book Of Enoch

The Book of Mormon

The Catholic Encyclopedia: Freemasonry

The Concise Dictionary of Religion

The Gospel Of Thomas

The Holy See: Vatican Web Site

The Koran

The Mystery Of The Hebrew Alphabet
Teach Yourself the Hebrew Alphabet

Hebrew For Christians

The Secular Web Library -  Excellent sources for philosophical and historical papers.
The Secular Web Reference Desk - online tools for secular research

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A Bequest Unearthed, Phoenicia

A World History Chart

A World Timeline to 1717

Anglo-Saxon England


Egyptian Antiquity Information - non-Masonic but good to understand ancient history



Exploring Ancient World Cultures

Internet Libraries (The Library Spot)

Internet Medieval Sourcebook


Philosophy of History

Philosophy of Religion

Philosophy of Science

Political Economy

The Ancient World Web

The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle

The Egyptian Book Of The Dead

The History of Philosophy

The Internet Classics Series

The Internet Sacred Text Archive

The Middle Ages: Feudal Life

The Philosophical Research Society

The Origin of the New Age

The Renaissance

The Sacred Landscape

Theomatics - It Deals with the Bible Code

Thomas Paine; The Age of Reason

Value Theory

World History


Declaration of Independence

United States Constitution

The Bill of Rights (original)

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The American Heritage Book of English Usage

The Biographical Dictionary

The Encyclopedia Mythica

The Guide To Writing & Grammar

The U.S. Library of Congress

The Mystica Encyclopedia


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