Scottish Rite Documents


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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Letter from Sovereign Grand Commander Josiah H. Drummond to John Sheville, 1870 July 8
A letter from Sovereign Grand Commander Josiah H. Drummond to John Sheville, the Supreme Council's Deputy for the state of New Jersey. Dated July 8, 1870. In this letter, Drummond commissions Sheville to confer the thirty-third degree upon William…

Certificate of Appointment to the Supreme Council, Northern Masonic Jurisdiction, for Giles Fonda Yates, 33°.
This patent, dated July 5, 1828, admitted Giles Fonda Yates, 33°, as an Active Member of the Supreme Council, Northern Masonic Jurisdiction. Document in the hand of John James Joseph Gourgas, who was Grand Secretary General of the Supreme Council at…

Circular Throughout the Two Hemispheres
Circular announcing the formation of the first Supreme Council, located at Charleston, South Carolina. This is the foundation document of the Ancient and Accepted (Scottish) Rite. This copy signed by John Mitchell (Grand Commander) and signed and…
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