VOL. 2 • NUMBER 4 • WINTER 2014
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Supreme Council, 33°
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Ronald A. Seale, 33°
Sovereign Grand Commander

Joan Kleinknecht

Brent Morris, 33°, G.C.

Jason Van Dyke, 32°, KCCH
Assistant Editor

Elizabeth A. W. McCarthy
Creative Director

Jeri E. Walker
Media Production Manager
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
“To understand what to do is KNOWLEDGE, To be able to do is SKILL, To see that it is done right is SERVICE.”  â€”The Kleinknecht Gems of Thought Encyclopedia. Vol. XX by C.F. Kleinknecht, Sr., 1967.


Happy 2014! 

Looking back, we’ve had a very productive quarter since the Fall 2013 Amicus Librarium. The library has had researchers from all over the world, Masonic authors, the Librarian from the Grand Lodge of Romania, and students from GW University researching Masonic symbolism.

Photo of Belton and PinhoBrazilian & American Connections

Bro. John Belton (left in photo) from England, the author of the book The English Masonic Union of 1813, A Tale Antient and Modern, published in 2012, was here with his colleague Prof. Claudio A. Pinho (right in photo) using the library to research the connections of Brazilians and Americans in 1786 and 1787.

“There is some proof that Jefferson, from the US Embassy in France, kept in touch with some Brazilians to support their independence,” Professor Pinho said. â€œThe revolution was betrayed, and Brazil just became independent one century later.”

He also donated a copy of his book to the library’s permanent collection.

Masonry & Medievalism

Laurie Finke (Kenyon college) and Marin Shichtman (Eastern Michigan University) visited the House of the Temple Library, June 23-25, 2013, to conduct research for their upcoming book, Knight-time in America: Masculinity, Medievalism, and the Golden Age of the Fraternity, which investigates the proliferation of men’s esoteric societies in the late 19th Century that sought both fraternity and models of masculinity through the reproduction of knightly practices mediated through medieval narratives about chivalry.  While the focus of their research is the imitation of chivalric practice during the late 19th Century, they explored Masonic historians that locate models of masculinity in the organization of medieval labor practices. 

A Word of Thanks from a Satisfied "Customer"

Researcher C. Douglas Russell also visited us recently, and had this to say about his experience:

Title page and frontispiece of Doctor Robert Flood: The English Rosicrucian, Life and Writings“I recently attended the Quarry Project conference on Masonic research and preservation, which included guidelines for maintaining and cataloguing publications. My experiences in California confirm the need for this. Masonic libraries I’ve visited are nearly inaccessible—open a few hours per week, or by appointment only. Most don’t have a catalog. The House of the Temple’s library is quite a contrast. It’s open four full days per week. When I arrived, I was shown digitized and card catalogs, and a bound volume listing publications of American lodges and grand lodges spanning over 200 years. I’m researching the Art of Memory, and William Schaw and Robert Fludd, who influenced the way Art of Memory was incorporated into Freemasonry. I’ve also gathered material on symbolism of the beehive.  At the House of the Temple library, I was provided a wealth of information I’d not found in research libraries near my home. The greatest help came through the professionalism and exemplary customer service provided by librarians Joan Kleinknecht and Larissa Watkins. They diligently searched and found materials for my every request. Among the great finds: a book on Robert Fludd (photo above) and perspectives on the beehive in two pamphlets over half a century old. I’m deeply grateful to the Supreme Council of the Scottish Rite for this fine library which demonstrates their high level of commitment to Masonic Scholarship.”

Visit from the International Widows Sons Masonic Riders Association

One of my fondest visits of the year came from a Motorcycle Association. Three or four men entered the library with their motorcycle jackets on and proceeded to browse the collection. I asked if I could help them and found out that they were on their way back to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and they had stopped by to take a tour. I offered to take them around the building, and while on the tour with them, realized the back of their jackets said, “Masonic Riders Association.” I was a little surprised, so I asked them about it.

The International Widows Sons Masonic Riders Association was established in 1998 by several motorcycle enthusiasts who also happened to be Masons. Aside from a shared love of motorcycling, the purpose of the Widows Sons is to aid and assist widows and orphans of Master Masons. What a great organization! I was thrilled to take them on a tour of our magnificent building.

What I will remember the most from this experience is what one of members of the association, Bro. B.J. Huss, W.M. Lamberton Lodge #476, told me before he left, “I will remember this for the rest of my life.” He can’t wait to return and spend more time here, which is great, because we can’t wait to have him again.

If you are interested in the Widows Sons, please visit http://www.widowssons.com/.

Grand Lodge Proceedings

The Library recently has received Proceedings from the following states:
  • Oregon 
  • Nebraska
  • Florida
Thank you so much!! These documents are very helpful to researchers, if you have any extra copies from your state, please email me to see if you, too, can help fill in the blanks.

FREE BOOKS for SJ Valleys!

Cover of Dynamic Freedoms, Our Freedom DocumentsCurrently we are offering copies of Dynamic Freedoms: Our Freedom Documents to Scottish Rite, SJ, Valleys for free—all you need to do is pay postage and handling. For non-SJ Valleys, we are selling them for $0.60, plus postage and handling.

Dynamic Freedoms includes the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States of America, excerpts from George Washington's Farewell Address, Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, and other articles of interest to every American.

If you would like copies, please email store@scottishrite.org.

Recent Acquisitions

Three books donated by Mr. Helper
I would like to thank the following people for donations of books and pamphlets. These all make nice additions to the library. 
  • Bro. Douglas S. Helper, 32°, donated (photo right):
    1. The Authentic Life of President McKinley, 1901;
    2. America’s War for Humanity, 1898;
    3.  Holy War (no date).
  • Erla Bergner donated a box of Masonic books in memory of her husband John F. Bergner, Jr.
  • Wife of Samuel D. Lamb donated a brochure, Origin and Development of Freemasonry by Dr. John Wise, 1916.
  • Louis Krupp donated a Reunion program from the Orient of Colorado Valley of Denver, 1983.

Adopt-a-Book Program Update

We wish to thank the following donors who have adopted a book in the library. By doing so, you help us preserve and restore our wonderful collections. We will continue to recognize Adopt-a-Book donors, alphabetically, in each issue of Amicus Librarium.   
  • Bro. Wade Turner, 32°, The Masonic Lodges of the World by Frederick Armitage, 1913
  • Bro. Thomas F. Veale, 32°, A History of Freemasonry by H. L. Haywood, 1927
  • Bro. Lucien Evans Votta, 32°, Freemasonry: Its Two Great Doctrines, the Existence of God and a Future State by Chalmers I. Paton, 1878
  • Bro. Patrick D. West, 32°:
    1. The Masonic Letter G by Paul Foster Case, 1981
    2. Saint-Martin by Arthur Edward Waite, 1935
    3. The Golden Dawn by Israel Regardie, 1984
  • Bro. John Alvin Williams, 32°, The Historical Landmarks and Other Evidences of Freemasonry, Vol. 1, by George Oliver, 1865
  • Bro. Douglas R. Witchey, 32°, Historic Masonry by S. Frederick Calhoun, 32°, 1899
  • Bro. Richard D. Wright, 32°, Freemasonry, Anti-Masonry and Illuminism in the United States, 1734-1850: A Bibliography, Vol. 1, by Kent Logan Walgren, 2003
  • Bro. William Victor Wright, 32°:
    1. The Traditions, Origins and Early History of Freemasonry by A.T.C. Pierson, 1882
    2. Reprint of the Rare 1772 Edition of William Preston's Illustrations of Freemasonry by William Watson, 1887
If you would like to adopt a book, here's how:
  1. Find out more about the program by clicking here.
  2. Visit the Library’s online catalog, and find your favorite Masonic book.
  3. Contact Robert Heffelfinger at 202-777-3111 or rheffelfinger@scottishrite.org.
Thank you for your interest!
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