VOL. 5 • NUMBER 2 • Summer 2016
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Supreme Council, 33°
Library Reading Room

Ronald A. Seale, 33°
Sovereign Grand Commander

Joan Kleinknecht

S. Brent Morris, 33°, G.C.

Gregory S. Kearse, 33°
Staff Writer/Editor

Elizabeth A. W. McCarthy
Creative Director
Our Friends are a vital asset to the library. By encouraging interest in its collections and services, the members act as goodwill ambassadors for this unique institution. Amicus Librarium, a quarterly publication, is intended to provide you with essays, book reviews, and a wide range of information about the Library’s history, news, and events. Amicus Librarium welcomes your contributions.  Please send not only your suggestions on items you would like included, but also your essays, book reviews, and photographs you would like to share with us and other Friends.  I look forward to hearing from you. To become a Friend and receive Amicus Librarium, please click the "subscribe" link in the message or drop me an email, and I will add you to the distribution list.
~ Joan Kleinknecht

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Thank You, Sponsors! 

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Above:  An “after” shot of bound books—what a difference contributions make! Thank you for your generosity! (Photography: Gregory S. Kearse, 33°, Staff Writer/Editor)

The summer edition of Amicus is dedicated to all the people who have made contributions to the Library throughout the year.  I would like to give them a BIG thank you! Without your support, the Library would not be where it is today. This has been the best year for donations to the Library in a very long time. 

The Library binding program which was started by Ill. Akram Alias, 33°, has made great progress. The Library has currently received its third batch of more than 100 finished volumes from Wert Bindery. Let’s keep up the great work! For $100, you can get three volumes bound. If available, they can be from your state, country, or lodge, etc. All you need to do is send a check payable to the "Supreme Council, 33°, SJ, USA" for however many volumes you would like to bind.  In the check's memo area, please write "Library Binding Project" and mail it to:

Supreme Council, 33°, SJ, USA
Attn.: Joan Kleinknecht
1733 16th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
Unbound books galore in need of rescue.

Above photo: The "before: shot—unbound books galore still in need of rescue! (Photography: Gregory S. Kearse, 33°, Staff Writer/Editor)

When the books come back from the bindery, they will be cataloged into our online database, and your name will be placed as the sponsor of your volumes. With your continued support, we hope to keep this project moving forward. There is light at the end of the tunnel! 

Our binding sponsors to date include: Lyndon Shaftoe, Raymond Hunter, David Williamson, Pierre Lanham, Charles Webber, Lyle Swenson, Bill Loerch, and Dave Williamson.

Books, Books,
& More Books!


The following books were generously donated by:

Ill. James O. Wolfe, 33°, Orient of Nebraska—
  • Andrews, Daryl Lamar. Masonic Abolitionists; Freemasonry and the Underground Railroad in Illinois. Chicago, IL: Andrew, 2011. Print.
  • Corso, Joe. Lafitte's Treasure. Black Horse, 2014. Print.
  • Hinks, Peter P., and Stephen Kantrowitz, eds. All Men Free and Brethren; Essays on the History of African American Freemasonry. Cornell U, 2013. Print.
  • Jacobsen, William Larry, 33°. The Omaha Valley Scottish Rite Freemasonry 1867–2014. Automatic Printing, 2015. Print.
  • Janes, William H. The Masonic Musical Manual. New Orleans, LA: Cornerstone Book, 2014. Print.
  • Land, Frank S. Young Freemasons? Ed. Guillermo De Los Reyes. Washington, DC: Westphalia, 2013. Print.
  • Nelson, Matt. Lodge Leadership; A Five Step Guide to Masonic Reform. Colorado Spring, CO: Starr, 2012. Print.
  • Parsons, John T. Travels Through History; An Amateur Battlefield Historian's Ramblings. Kearney, NE: Morris, 2011. Print.
  • Porter, Cliff. The Secret Psychology of Freemasonry. Ed. R. Gregory Starr. Denver, CO: Starr Pushing, LLC, 2011. Print.
  • Shieh, Owen. Journey on the Level. 2011. Print.
  • Weatherington, Dan. Recognizing Prince Hall: An Eleven Year Journey to Honesty. Ed. Ric Carter. 2010. Print.
  • Young, Toni. The Grand Experience. American Life Foundation for The Grand Opera House, 1976. Print.
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William Pesson—
  • Pesson, William. Architectures Rosicruciennes. Bruxelles: (French), Print. (pictured above)

Bro. Randall B. Shell, 32°, PM, Lexington Lodge No. 138, Lexington, TX—
  • Rasmussen, John. A Contribution to the History of Freemasonry in the Danish West Indies. Trans. Isaac Lindo. 1924. Print.
  • Thornhill, G. W. A Hundred Years History of the St. James's Lodge, Doune No. 171. Stirling: Cook & Wylie, 1890. Print. Illinois Masonic Enlightener 1–17 (1949–1965): Print.
Ill. Frank Loui, 33°, Sovereign Grand Inspector General in California—
  • Proceedings of the XIV World Conference of Regular Masonic Grand Lodges. San Francisco, CA:., 2015. Print. November 18–21.
Thomas M. Saharsky—
  • Palmer, Edward Henry. Oriental Mysticism A Treatise on the Sufiistic and Unitarian Theosophy of the Persians. Delhi: Facsimile, 2016. Print.

Bro. Peter Paul Fuchs, 32°—
  • Fuchs, Peter Paul. The Bulls Apron; The Aesthetic Theory of Masonic Art and Material Culture. Alexandria, VA: Association of Masonic Arts, 2015. Print.
I would like to thank each and every one of you very much for these generous donations!  They will make an enjoyable addition to the Supreme Council Library! If I have left someone out or have made an error, please email me at jkleinknecht@scottishrite.org or call my direct line at 202–777–3139.
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