Recommended Readings - History and Philosophy of Freemasonry
(Books that could possibly be accepted as well-documented history or philosophy by scholars. Some in this list should instead be in other sections when reviewed but are temporary listed in this section.)
Abah, Chief Ranami, Light After Darkness.
    Presented from an African perspective by a member of a Lodge warranted by Grand Lodge of Scotland. Study of the Fraternity.
Adams, George R., A Trilogy - Inner Journey to the East: Meditations of a Master Mason Along the Way: and Masonry for the Millennium
Barratt, Morris S. & Julius F. Sachse, Freemasonry in Pennsylvania, 1727-1907, Philadelphia, 1908, 1909, 1919 (3 Vols.)
Beless, James W., Freemen & Freemasonry: a Masonic Reader.
    Principles of political and religious freedom as embodied by Freemasons.
Booudreau, Allan & Alex. Bleimann, George Washington in New York.
Borneman, Henry S., Early Freemasonry in Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 1931.
Bowen, Catherine Drinker, Miracle at Philadelphia, 1966.
    Not a Masonic book but the story of the Constitutional Convention.
Brown, Walter Lee, Albert Pike - A Life Of
Bullock, Steven C., Revolutionary Brotherhood: Freemasonry and the Transformation of the American Social Order, 1730-1840, 1996.
    Excellent book that looks at the beginning of FM in America and then each period as the Fraternity and the country matured. Contains detailed references.
Carr, Harry, The Freemason at Work, 1995 (Seventh and Revised Ed.)
    Masonic symbolism, ritual, and history carefully explained.
Carr, Harry, The Early French Exposures, Quatuor Coronati Lodge, 1971, 488 pages.
    An excellent reference for students wishing to read about the history of the early non-English rituals.
Carr, Harry, The Collected Prestonian Lectures 1925-1960, Quatuor Coronati Lodge, 1967.
    The lectures are likely the most outstanding papers presented on the history of the fraternity. 491 pages. Contemporary Masonic research in England.
Coil, Henry Wilson, A Comprehensive View of Freemasonry, 1973.
    A presentation of Freemasonry in general.
Coil, Henry Wilson, Freemasonry Through Six Centuries, (Two Vols.) 1966.
    Excellent study that traces the Craft through many lands and over six hundred years. 2 vol.
Cook, Lewis C. (Ed.), Colonial Freemasonry.
Cryer, Neville Baker, I Just Didn't Know That.
DiBernardo, Buillano, Freemasonry It's Image of Man.
Dumenil, Lynn, Freemasonry and American Culture.
Dyer, Colin, William Preston and His Work, 1987.
Gilbert, R. A., Casting the First Stone.
Grand Lodge of the Philippines, Votaries of Honor. Grimble, Ian, Robert Burns.
Haffner, Christopher, Workman Unashamed, 1989.
Haggard, Forrest D., The Clergy and the Craft, 1970.
    Views of a Masonic leader who is a P. M. and minister.
Hamill, John and R. A. Gilbert (Ed.), Freemasonry: A Celebration of the Craft, 1992.
Hamill, John & R. A. Gilbert, World Freemasonry: An Illustrated History, 1996
Hamill, John, The History of Freemasonry.
Hamilton, John D., Material Culture of the American Freemasons.
Hancox, Joy, The Byrom Collection: Renaissance Thought, The Royal Society and The Building of the Globe Theatre, Jonathan Cape, London, 1992.
    Great detail of the pre-Masonic ritual and life and can contribute to those who feel that the Royal Society was the foundation from whence we came. It contains much that would also contribute to why geometry may have its position in our ritual.
Hancox, Joy, The Queen's Chameleon.
    Discusses Lord Byron and his actions at the time of the beginning of Freemasonry and his relations with the early Fraternity.
Heaton, Ronald E., Masonic Membership of the Founding Fathers, 1965.
    Biographies of Masons involved with the Declaration of Independence, the American Revolution and the Constitution.
Hernandez, Mabini G., Reflections on Masonic Values.
Originally from "Dear Dad" letters. Good advice.
Horne, Alex, King Solomon's Temple in the Masonic Tradition.
Home, Alex, Sources of Masonic Symbolism, Macoy, 1981.
    Readable historical basis for much of Freemasonry.
Hunter, C. Gruce, Beneath the Stone.
Huss, Wayne A., The Master Builders: A History of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Pennsylvania, (Three Vols.), 1986-1988-1989.
Jackson, A. C. F., English Masonic Exposures 1760-1769, Lewis Masonic, 1986.
    Includes full transcripts of Three Distinct Knocks, 1760; Jachin and Boaz, 1762; and Shibboleth, 1765 and commentaries. Has been referred to many times as possible references to early ritual work as there are no official rituals from those days.
Jacobs, Margaret Jacobs, Living the Enlightenment: Freemasonry and Politics in Eighteenth-Century Europe, Oxford Univ. Press, 1991.
    An Excellent reference on some of Europe's early Freemasonry. A solid history with many notes and references. Very valuable.
Johnson, Melvin M., The Beginnings of Freemasonry in America, Kingsport, Tenn. 1924.
Jones, Bernard E., Freemasons' Guide and Compendium, 1950, 1956.
    A clear view of Speculative Masonry and its amazing growth.
Jones, Frank B., Benjamin Franklin: 1706-1790.
Jordan, H. Glenn, Let There Be Light (A History of Freemasonry in Louisiana 1763-1989).
Kennon, Donald R., A Republic for the Ages.
Knoop, Douglas, G. P. Jones, & Douglas Hamer, The Early Masonic Catechisms, 1953, 1963.
Lessing, Gotthold, Lessing's Masonic Dialogues, Masonic Book Club, 1991.
    Serves as an excellent reference for his thinking in Germany at the time he joined the Fraternity.
MacBride, A. S., Speculative Masonry: Its Mission, Its Evolution and Its Landmarks, Macoy, 1924, 1971.
MacNulty, W. Kirk, Freemasonry - A Journey Through Ritual and Symbol, Thames and Hudson, London, 1991.
    Beautifully illustrated introduction to Freemasonry.
McLeod, Wallace, The Quest for Light, 1997.
McLeod, Wallace, The Grand Design, Anchor Communications, Highland Springs, VA, 1991.
    Addresses articles on many aspects of Freemasonry including old charges and why they are different.
McLeod, Wallace, A Candid Disquisition, Masonic Book Club, Bloomington, Ill., 1989.
Morris S. Brent, Cornerstones of Freedom - A Masonic Tradition.
    Discusses the cornerstone laying ceremony and its history.
Morris, S. Brent, A Radical in the East, Iowa Research Lodge, 1993.
    Discusses myths and beliefs in our ritual system.
Munn, Sheldon A., Freemasons at Gettysburg.
    Story of the Friend to Friend monument at Gettysburg.
Nettl, Paul, Mozart and Masonry, Dorset Press, New York, 1957.
    The life and Masonic record of this great composer. (Library).
Newton, Joseph Fort, The Builders, McCoy Publishing Co., Richmond, 1914.
    History, interpretation, and prophecy. Includes questions for study. Great book for the new Mason. Classic.
Partner, Peter, The Murdered Magicians: The Templars and their Myth, Oxford Univ. Press, 1987.
    An excellent book that not only discusses the original Knight Templars but also covers the period after their end with detailed discussion of how they were perceived by the public in each period.
Pick, Fred L. & G. Norman Knight, The Pocket History of Freemasonry, 1953.
Pike, Albert., Morals and Dogma, Supreme Council of the S.J., Charleston, 1871 and numerous succeeding editions.
    A very hard read. It is the major compilation of Pike's writings on his view of the questionable history of mystic studies. Basis of some of the Scottish Rite rituals.
Pound, Roscoe, Masonic Addresses and Writings of Roscoe Pound, NY, 1955.
Rajendran, V., Fiat Lux - Selected Masonic Essays.
Roberts, Allen E., House Undivided, 1961.
    Story of Freemasonry and the Civil War.
Roberts, Allen E., Freemasonry in American History, 1985.
    The story of the Fraternity in the founding of the United States.
Roberts, Allen E., Key to Freemasonry's Growth, 1969.
Roberts, Allen E., The Mystic Tie, 1991.
    Covers many topics in Robert's style from history to current events.
Roberts, Allen E., Masonic Trivia & Facts, 1994.
    Information packed into more than 600 questions and answers.
Roberts, Allen E., The Craft and Its Symbols, 1974.
    Classic introduction to Freemasonry.
Roberts, Allen E., George Washington: Master Mason.
    Story of Washington and the Fraternity using many of his own words.
Roberts, Allen E., Brother Truman.
    A sympathetic biography of Bro. and President Truman.
Roberts, Allen E. and Wallace McLeod, Freemasonry and Democracy - It's Evolution in North America.
    Discusses role of the Fraternity in the development of the U. S. and Canada.
Robinson, John J., A Pilgrim's Path, 1993.
    Discusses history, anti-Masonry, and the author's feelings as he decides to petition the Fraternity. Recommended for beginners.
Robinson, John J., Dungeon, Fire and Sword: The Knights Templar in the Crusades, M. Evans and Co., 1991.
    The story of the warrior monks who occupied the Temple Mount after the First Crusade.
Roy, Thomas S., Stalwart Builders - The Grand Lodge of Masons in Mass.: 1730-1970, Boston, 1971.
Sachse, Julius F., Old Masonic Lodges of PA, Moderns and Ancients, 1730-1800, Philadelphia, 1912, 1913, (2 Vols.).
Smith, Douglas, Working the Rough Stone: Freemasonry and Society in Eighteenth-Century Russia, Northern Ill. Univ. Press, DeKalb, 1999.
Smith, Dwight L., Whither Are We Traveling?, 1962.
Steblecki, Edith J., Paul Revere and Freemasonry, Paul Revere Memorial Assoc., 1985.
    Description of Freemasonry and life in that period.
Stevenson, David, The First Freemasons: Scotland's Early Lodges and Their Members, Aberdeen Univ. Press., 1988.
    Detailed study of the first lodges in Scotland from study of the early records of the lodges. Most of these lodges existed from records before 1598 when St. Clair organized a few of Scotland's earliest lodges and may have built the organization that exists today.
Stevenson, David, The Origins of Freemasonry: Scotland's Century, 1590-1710, Cambridge Univ. Press, 1988.
    Detailed study by a historian of the background of the philosophy of the Fraternity and the early operative and non-operative fraternity in Scotland before the founding of the Grand Lodge in England. For those who claim that the fraternity came from the operative masons, this is a must read.
Tresner, Jim and John Mandleberg, Albert Pike: The Man Beyond the Monument, Scottish Rite Research Society, 1995.
    Story of the man, Freemason, and general who was a Masonic leader.
Vaughn, William P., The Anti-Masonic Party in the United States, 1826-1843.
United Grand Lodge of England, Grand Lodge 1717-1967, Oxford Univ. Press, 1967.
Weir, John, Robert Burns - The Freemason, Lewis Masonic, 1986.
    Study of Burn's Masonic career and the Scottish Fraternity in that period.
Welchans, George R., History of Lodge No. 43, F&AM, Lancaster, PA, (Various Editions).
    Contains history of the revolt of the country lodges, as well as Buchanan Masonic material.
Weisberger, R. William, Speculative Freemasonry & The Enlightenment.
Wells, Roy A., The Rise and Development of Organized Freemasonry, 1986.
Wells, Roy A., Understanding Freemasonry.
    Some of his classic writing.
Wilmshurst, W. L., The Meaning of Masonry, Gramery Books, New York, 1980.
    Exposition of character, meaning, and religious aspect of the Fraternity.
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