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The Library, Archives, and Museum of the Supreme Council: Preserving the Great Heritage

December 29, 2010
Albert Pike's Formulas and Rituals book
Albert Pike's Formulas and Rituals book
The Library, Archives, and Museum of the Supreme Council: Preserving the Great Heritage

Many Masons who have visited the House of the Temple are aware that the Library of the Supreme Council was started with Albert Pike’s Collection of several thousand volumes, and that it was the first free library open to the public in Washington, D.C. But the story of how the Library grew to a collection of over 200,000 volumes is simply incredible.


What is the most requested or asked about book in the Temple’s Library?

December 15, 2015
Manly P. Hall’s An Encyclopedic Outline of Masonic, Hermetic, Qabbalistic and Rosicrucian Symbolical Philosophy

By Bro. Stuart C. Pool 32°

The book in our collection that is most commonly requested is Manly P. Hall’s An Encyclopedic Outline of Masonic, Hermetic, Qabbalistic and Rosicrucian Symbolical Philosophy: Being an Interpretation of the Secret Teachings Concealed by the Rituals, Allegories, and Mysteries of All Ages. This was subtitled, probably for easy pronunciation, The Secret Teachings of All Ages. The book was originally published in 1928 and is considered by many to be Hall’s magnum opus.

Manly P. Hall was […]


Albert Pike Museum

July 30, 2013

The Albert Pike Museum is a dedicated memorial to Albert Pike, who was Grand Commander of this Supreme Council from 1859 until his death in 1891, at the age of 82. During these 32 years, he wrote and compiled many books and became familiar with numerous languages, among them Latin, Greek, and Sanskrit. Pike is a highly regarded Masonic scholar, philosopher and historian. With his knowledge of languages, he conducted valuable research and rewrote the Rituals of the Ancient and […]


The Great Light: Rare Bibles in the Scottish Rite Library

May 1, 2012
Featured in the 2004 film, National Treasure, this Bible dates to 1641.
Featured in the 2004 film, National Treasure, this Bible dates to 1641.
The Great Light: Rare Bibles in the Scottish Rite Library

Everyone has some personal “stuff” on their desk. Some have family photos or some books. Others have their kids’ artwork. Well, for me, I also have a Bible(1) sitting on my desk. And, it’s not because I’m married to a minister, either. This Bible is really unique. It’s not just any Bible, it’s a ratty old-looking Bible, with part of the cover coming off. And, it has been on my desk since I first began working at the Scottish Rite.