Honorary 33° certificate issued by the Supreme Council, 33°, Northern Masonic Jurisdiction, to James C. Bullen and dated August 20, 1875. Gift of the Supreme Council of the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction of the Scottish Rite, A1980/036.

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If you'd like to read more about Masonic membership certificates, a short bibliography can be found below.


John D. Hamilton, Material Culture of the American Freemasons (Lexington, Massachusetts: Museum of Our National Heritage, 1994), 166-200.

T.O. Haunch, “English Craft Certificates,” Ars Quatuor Coronatorum: Transactions of the Quatuor Coronati Lodge No. 2076, London, vol. 82 (1969), 169-253.

Aimee E. Newell, Hilary Anderson Stelling, and Catherine Compton Swanson, Curiosities of the Craft: Treasures from the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts Collection (Boston: Grand Lodge of Masons in Massachusetts; Lexington, Massachusetts: Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library, 2013)

Robert W. Reid, "Some Early Masonic Engravers in America," Transactions: The American Lodge of Research Free and Accepted Masons, vol. 3, no. 1, October 31, 1938-October 30, 1939, 97-125.

Hilary Anderson Stelling, "Partnerships and the Business of American Masonic Certificates, 1800-1830," Freemasons in the Transatlantic World: Papers Delivered to the 2018 Conference for Quatuor Coronati Lodge in the United States of America, The George Washington National Masonic Memorial, Alexandria, Virginia 14-16 September 2018 (London: Lewis Masonic, 2019), 259-276.