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  • Collection: Selections from the Van Gorden-Williams Library & Archives

Lexington Monument Association membership certificate for Augustus Child, 1860 March 20

Lexington Monument Association membership certificate issued to Augustus Child, dated March 20, 1860. Certificate includes facsimile signatures of the officers and directors of the association. Imprint at bottom of certificate: "Drawn by Hammatt…

Postcard with Washington as a Freemason 1927 calendar

Postcard with miniature 1927 calendar on the front. Postcard features monochromatic image of "Washington as a Freemason" print, with image of George Washington wearing Masonic regalia and holding trowel.

Presidential Candidates, 1884

A Knox Hat Company advertising pamphlet featuring presidential candidates for the year 1884. Includes portraits of Republican candidates James G. Blaine and John A. Logan and Democratic nominees: Grover Cleveland, and Thomas A. Hendricks.


Autograph of Jonathan Harrington

Autograph of Jonathan Harrington, the last living survivor of the Battle of Lexington, Massachusetts. Note accompanying autograph states that autograph was written on August 12, 1852.

Land deed for Meridian Sun Lodge, No. 191

Land deed for "the sole use and purpose of erecting a building thereon a Masonic Hall for the sole use and benefit of the Meridian Sun Lodge No. 191," dated September 21, 1815.

Note on reverse: "Deed. P. Franchot to Martin Noble and others for…

Deed of Masonic Hall and lot for Meridian Sun Lodge, No. 191

Deed of Masonic Hall and lot for Meridian Sun Lodge, No. 191, dated December 19, 1820.

Note on reverse reads: "Deed of Masonic Hall & Lot to Paschal Franchot."

Lodge summons for Lodge of Perfect Friendship

This engraved summons invites English Freemasons to a meeting of the Lodge of Perfect Friendship at Bath, England, and is dated 1770.

Invitation to John Lowell's Masonic funeral, 1793 June 3

This funeral notice from Grand Master John Cutler, Esq., invites Massachusetts Masons to attend the Masonic funeral of Deputy Grand Master John Lowell, which was held at the Concert Hall located at Hanover Street and Queen Street. The notice is dated…

Petition to a Masonic lodge at Stockbridge, 1777 June 25

Petition to a Masonic lodge at Stockbridge. Dated June 25, 1777. In this letter, a group of Stockbridge, Massachusetts, Freemasons request admission to the Masonic lodge located at Stockbridge. The unnamed lodge was presumably Berkshire Lodge,…

Summons for Lodge No. 2 "Ancients," to meet at the house of James Bell

This summons calls for the members of No. 2 Ancient York Masons to meet at the Philadelphia home of James Bell. The summons is dated May 13, 1760, and contains this imprint at the bottom: "Brother Henry Dawkins, Sculpt Philada.”