Recent Acquisitions to Our E-Book Collection (July 2020)

We are continually adding new titles to our physical and digital collection and below are a few of the highlights available through our e-library on Odilo. Click the links below each book’s synopsis to preview the book in Odilo.

Note: For Masons in New York State, If you are interested in receiving borrowing privileges or check your library registration status please contact our Librarian at, Jpatzner@nymasoniclibrary.org  or Call (212)-337-6620.  

Schism by Ric Berman (E-Book)

This book examines the creation of the Antients Grand Lodge and traces the influence of Ireland and the London Irish, especially that of Laurence Dermott, the Antients’ Grand Secretary, in the development of freemasonry in the second half of the 18th century. It demonstrates the relative accessibility of the Antients and contrasts this with the exclusivity of the ‘Moderns’–the original Grand Lodge of England. The Antients instigated what became a six decades-long rivalry with the Moderns and pioneered fundamental changes to the social composition of freemasonry, extending formal sociability to the lower middling and working classes and creating one of the first modern friendly societies. “Schism” does not stand solely as an academic work but introduces the subject to a wider Masonic and non-Masonic audience and supplements dated historical works. The book contributes to the history of London and the London Irish in the long 18th century and examines the social and trade networks of the urban lower middling and the working-class, subjects that remain substantially unexplored. It also offers a prism through which Britain’s calamitous relationship with Ireland can be examined.

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The Book of Law by Aleister Crowley (E-Book)

The Book of Law is the foundation for readers looking to explore occult texts and understand  Crowley’s belief system of Thelema.

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The Craft How Freemasons Made the Modern World (E-Book)

John Dickie’s The Craft is an enthralling exploration of the world’s most famous and misunderstood secret brotherhood, a movement that not only helped to forge modern society, but has substantial contemporary influence, with 400,000 members in Britain, over a million in the USA, and around six million across the world. Yet the Masons were as feared as they were influential. In the eyes of the Catholic Church, Freemasonry has always been a den of devil-worshippers. For Hitler, Mussolini, and Franco, the Lodges spread the diseases of pacifism, socialism, and Jewish influence so had to be crushed. 

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 John Jacob Astor and the First Great American Fortune by Alexander Emmerich (E-Book)

This biography explores M.W. John Jacob Astor’s (Holland Lodge No.8)  rise from poor German immigrant in 1784 to the first modern millionaire Many consider him to be the fourth wealthiest American of all times. Some argued that he must have been greedy and cold. While there were calls for Astor to return his money to the United State many others praised him for his genius and vision.  Astor is the founder of a number of New York’s fine hotels the Astor House and the Waldorf-Astoria, as well as a developer of the American West and a fur trader. Many American cities and sites are named after him.

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The Drillmaster of Valley Forge By  Paul Lockhart (E-Audiobook)

In the first book on Steuben since 1937, Paul Lockhart, an expert on European military history, finally explains the significance of Steuben’s military experience in Europe. Steeped in the traditions of the Prussian army of Frederick the Great-the most ruthlessly effective in Europe-he taught the soldiers of the Continental Army how to fight like Europeans. His guiding hand shaped the army that triumphed over the British at Monmouth, Stony Point, and Yorktown. And his influence did not end with the Revolution. Steuben was instrumental in creating West Point and in writing the “Blue Book”-the first official regulations of the American army. His principles have guided the American armed forces to this day.

Steuben’s life is also a classic immigrant story. A failure in midlife, he uprooted himself from his native Europe to seek one last chance at glory and fame in the New World. In America, he managed to reinvent himself-making his background quite a bit more glamorous than it really was-but redeeming himself by his exceptional service and becoming, in a sense, the man he claimed to be.

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Houdini  by Adam Begley (E-Audiobook)

 

Nobody knows how Houdini performed some of his dazzling, death-defying tricks, and nobody knows, finally, why he felt compelled to punish and imprison himself over and over again. Tracking the restless Houdini’s wide-ranging exploits, acclaimed biographer Adam Begley tells the story of a mystifying man’s astonishing career.

Born Erik Weisz in Budapest in 1874, Houdini grew up an impoverished Jewish immigrant in the Midwest and became world-famous thanks to talent, industry, and ferocious determination. He concealed as a matter of temperament and professional ethics the secrets of his sensational success.

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Announcement of Digital Library Launch and Patron Survey!

Dear Patrons,

After diligent research and preparation over the past two years by the librarian, Joseph Patzner, director Alex Vastola, and the Trustees of the Robert R Livingston Masonic Library we are proud to announce the library will be launching a digital library hosted by Odilo on Monday, March 1st.

Odilo is a digital content platform, which will allow patrons to borrow and enjoy the digital versions of reading course books and other library materials as PDFs and ePubs from their e-reader, phone, tablet, or computer. Additionally, we hope this service will help reduce long waits for books from our most popular courses allowing patrons to continue their personal Masonic education.

Patrons will be able to check out up to 3 books at a time and books will be loaned for 21 days and are returned automatically at the end of the loan period.

You will soon be receiving a link to our patron survey. We request all patrons complete this survey. Our goal is to have clearer insight into our patron’s reading habits, feedback on our reading courses, and verify contact information. Your responses will inform how we grow our print and electronic collections to best serve our patrons and researchers.

Please note the information collected during the survey will be used internally for research purposes only and not shared with anyone outside the Livingston Masonic Library.

Sincerely,

Livingston Library Staff

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Grand Lodge Certificate of Appreciation to Worshipful Presented to Worshipful Brother Daniel O. Williams

Pictured from left are Grand Master Sardone, Worshipful Bro. Williams and Right Worshipful Steve King, President of the Livingston Library Board of Trustees.

On Monday, February 22, 2021 Most Worshipful William M. Sardone presented the Grand Lodge Certificate of Appreciation to Worshipful, Brother Daniel O. Williams, for his unstinting contribution of time and imagination to the Livingston Library.

Brother Dan was instrumental in managing the relocation of the Utica Library annex from the Masonic Care Community (MCC) to locations

in both the Utica Masonic Temple and in the Fraternity’s New Rochelle Campus.  The project began last June, and in the time since then Dan has been a constant presence on the Masonic Care Community campus securing, packing, and transporting many of the Library’s volumes and artifacts to the new site in downtown Utica.

For those who don’t know, the former Library Building at the MCC is being repurposed as part of the general refurbishing of buildings on the campus.

Bro. Williams presently serves as Master of Amicable Lodge No. 664 in Utica.

Recent Acquisitions

The Theatre of The Occult Revival: Alternative Spiritual Performance from 1875 to the Present
This volume offers a thorough exploration of the religious foundations, political and social significance and aesthetics created by some of the most influential voices of the Occult Revival including, Aleister Crowley, Rudolf Steiner, and Katherine Tingley. Lingan’s text explores how theatre contributed to the fragmentation of Western religions and how the Occult Revival influences the development of occult rituals and beliefs.

Black Freemasonry
Revered Masonic research, Cécile Révauger provides a history of black Freemasonry throughout the United States from the beginning of Prince Hall lodges in Boston and Philadelphia in the early 19th century through the civil rights movement. Moreover, she attempts to explain the social role Freemasonry played in helping black Americans transcend the injustices they faced throughout time.

The Master Mason: The Reason of Being

The Master Mason explore the symbolism and allegory of the third degree of Freemasonry . In this volume Stewart seeks to explore the underlying esoteric connections within the ritual involved in becoming a Freemason.

Espionage, Diplomacy & The Lodge : Charles Delafaye and the The Secret Department of the Post office

In Berman’s latest book he provides insight into the British secret service and one of the most important figures of 18th century Britain., Charles Delafaye. Lafaye was a notable Freemason was at the center of the code breaking and Deciphering Branch within the secret department of the Post Office helping to prevent potential coups and acts of treason.

Recent Acquisitions

If you are interested in deepening your understanding of the early history of Freemasonry and its influence of Freemasonry throughout the United States and Europe, visit the library’s reading room to browse our recent acquisitions shelf.

 The 1783 Francken Manuscript  

 Supreme Council,33°, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Northern Masonic Jurisdiction

The 1783 Francken Manuscript is a foundational document of Freemasonry and Scottish Rite that is of notable interest of Masons and historians alike. This volume features essays by, Alan E. Foulds, Aimee E. Newell, and Jeffrey Croteau, 316 full-color images of the original manuscript accompanied by a printed transcription on the adjacent page. While the book does not cover modern ritual this volume enables the reader to develop an understanding of the type of ritual they may have encountered during the genesis of Freemasonry in the United States.  

Exploring Early Grand Lodge Freemasonry

Author, Christoper R. Murphy

This book features eight scholarly essays exploring various aspects of Freemasonry during the early eighteenth century including, early masonic lectures, the role of music and song in Lodge Meetings, speculation regarding religion, and an examination into early lodge culture.  Thus, this compilation of essays helps to understand the begins of the institution of Freemasonry as well as the societal impact of the craft.

Little Lodges on the Prairie 

Author, Tessa Lynn

This book explores the role in which Freemasonry played in the lives of Laura Ingalls Wilder and her family.  Lynn worked with records from the Order of The Eastern Star Chapter Laura and her sister Almanzo were a member, in addition to records from the Grand Lodge of South Dakota and the Grand Lodge of Missouri.

Gender and Fraternal Orders in Europe, 1300-2000 

Editor, Máire Fedelma Cross 

A study of religious organizations, Freemasonry, fraternal organizations, and social groups provides insight into the role gender played in the evolution of separate social spheres throughout Europe.

The Spirit of Freemasonry 

Author, Kamel Oussayef

Over twelve independent chapters translated from the original French documents pictured parallel to the type set translation explore Masonic subjects that may be viewed as peculiar to the 21st-century reader.    In addition to the main text, the footnotes provide readers with a  guide to understand the vocabulary, symbols, calendar, rituals, and alphabet utilized throughout Freemasonry.

Contemplative Masonry  

Author, C.R. Dunning Jr.

Expanding on his Guide to The Exploration of Freemasonry Through Contemplative Practices, C.R. Dunning Jr. provides a practical and accessible resource for Masons interested in deepening their self-knowledge through the degrees of Craft Masonry.

American Freemasonry: Its Revolutionary History and Challenging Future

Author, Alain De Keghel 33°

Renowned Masonic researcher, Alain De Keghel examines the rise of Freemasonry in the United States during the Colonial Era by exploring the relationship between Marquis de Lafayette, George Washington, and Benjamin Franklin and the influence French lodges had on American Freemasonry. Moreover, Keghel investigates the decrease in membership and the efforts being made by the Grand Lodge of California to revitalize membership.

Book of Wisdom 

 Author, Jean Doszedardski, Translated by Kamel Oussayef, 33°

Translated from the original French, this Oussayef’s translation provides insight into the history of Freemasonry in the West Indies during the Late-18th and early 19th Century with documents from Lodge le Choix des Hommes located in San Domingo.

A Sublime Brotherhood 

Authors, Richard B. Burgess, Jeffrey Croteau, Alan E. Foulds, Aimee E. Newell, Jerry A. Roach Jr., and Catherine C. Swanson

To commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Scottish Rite Northern Masonic Jurisdiction staff members, Richard B. Burgess, Jeffrey Croteau, Alan E. Foulds, Aimee E. Newell, Jerry A. Roach Jr., and Catherine C. Swanson compiled six chapters with lavish illustrations and prose that presents the history of the events, traditions, meeting places, and members which have encouraged the development of the organization from its beginnings to the present day.