Scottish Rite Documents

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The Scottish Rite Documents collection contains some of the founding documents of Scottish Rite Freemasonry, along with a number of other mid-to-late nineteenth-century material related to Scottish Rite Freemasonry in the United States. A selection of Scottish Rite membership certificates can be found in the Masonic Certificates collection. The Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library has one of the finest collections of material related to Freemasonry's Scottish Rite, an appendant body of Freemasonry formally organized in Charleston, South Carolina in 1801, but with roots reaching back to the middle of the eighteenth century. The Supreme Council, 33°, Northern Masonic Jurisdiction, which founded the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library in 1975, was formally organized on August 5, 1813 in New York City. Its headquarters are now in Lexington, Massachusetts.

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Manuscript copy of a letter from Nathan Hammatt Gould to John James Joseph Gourgas, 1848 December 5
Manuscript copy of a letter from Nathan Hammatt Gould to John James Joseph Gourgas, Dated December 5, 1848. In this letter, Gould asks for Gourgas’ aid in setting up a Council or Consistory in Newport, Rhode Island. Gould also alludes to the…

Letter from Moses Holbrook to John James Joseph Gourgas, 1827 January 15
Letter from Moses Holbrook to John James Joseph Gourgas. Dated January 15, 1827. In this letter, Sovereign Grand Commander Holbrook of the Southern Jurisdiction replies that he prizes Gourgas sentiments expressed in his letter of January 8, 1827, and…

Letter from Moses Holbrook to John James Joseph Gourgas, 1826 December 13
Letter from Moses Holbrook to John James Joseph Gourgas. Dated December 13, 1826. In this letter from Sovereign Grand Commander Moses Holbrook of the Southern Jurisdiction, Holbrook expresses the Southern Jurisdiction’s gratitude for Gourgas’ help.…
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