Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library | Spring 2015  

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Aimee E. Newell, PhD, Director of Collections, and Maureen Harper, Collections Manager, at work 
in collections storage.

  

This Rose Croix Apron was an early gift to 

the collection. Rose Croix Apron, 1830–1840, 

unidentified maker, United States, gift of the 

Supreme Council, 33°, Ancient Accepted Scottish 

Rite, Northern Masonic Jurisdiction, USA,  

74.1.48.  Photograph by David Bohl.  

This tracing board is an example of an object  

in our fraternal collection. Independent Order of 

Odd Fellows Tracing Board, 1897, M.L. Spencer, 

Winchester, Virginia, Special Acquisitions  

Fund, 87.3.

The Collection Over Time

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nitially the Museum held only a small collection of objects, consisting mostly of  
gifts presented to the Sovereign Grand Commander at home and abroad, along with 
commemorative items from Scottish Rite events and objects donated to the Supreme 

Council by member Masons. Today, the museum holds more than 17,000 objects, forming 
one of the largest collections of American fraternal and Masonic material in the country.  
Our fraternal collection includes more than 400 aprons, over 2,500 badges and jewelry 
and more than 1,000 items of regalia.  Since 2004, the museum has managed an   
additional 10,000 objects and documents on long-term loan from the Grand Lodge  
of Masons in Massachusetts.

The Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library seeks to be the historical society for 
American Freemasonry. To do this, we regularly add to our holdings through purchase  
or through gifts from generous donors.  In turn, we work to care for these objects in  
order to insure their preservation for generations to come.  

We also collect objects associated with American history that relate to themes of   
liberty, patriotism, ingenuity, leadership, fraternity and family. Objects in these categories, 
along with ones related to American fraternal groups and voluntary associations, help  
to provide context for the Masonic objects in the collection. We seek to build our collection 
to help tell a full and engrossing story of American Freemasonry, including how it influ-
enced the organization and activities of other fraternities, as well as how Freemasonry 
was expressed in the daily lives of Americans and how it fits into the larger context of 
American society and culture.

Today, the Museum holds more than 17,000  

objects forming one of the largest collections of American 

fraternal and Masonic material in the country.