Van Gorden-Williams Library & Archives Overview
Library & Archives Hours
The Van Gorden-Williams Library & Archives is one of the premiere repositories in the United States for the study of Freemasonry and fraternalism. Its other major collecting area is American history. The Library & Archives is open to the public and is located off the Museum’s main lobby.
The Library & Archives has one of the world’s most comprehensive collections on the subject of American Freemasonry. The collection comprises over 60,000 books, 1,600 serial titles and 2,000 cubic feet of archival materials related to Freemasonry, fraternalism, and American history. Read more
We strive to provide both intellectual and physical access to our collections. Readers are encouraged to contact us with their research questions or visit our Reading Room. Read more
Masons who live within a two-hour drive of the museum may borrow books from the Wallace M. Gage Collection, a circulating collection that is part of the Van Gorden-Williams Library & Archives. Read more
Library & Archives FAQ
Wireless internet access is available in the Reading Room for researchers who have computers with wireless capabilities. Ask at the Reference Desk for assistance with logging on.
The Library & Archives is free of charge and open to the public. The Library & Archives is located off the Museum’s main lobby.
No appointment is necessary. Researchers fill out a registration form upon arrival and must provide a photo id.
We love questions! Let us know how we can help. We’re happy to answer basic reference questions or share information about our collections. Feel free to contact us with your research inquiries.