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The Perfect Cubit.pdf 
  
Mt. Wor. Lloyd Ulrich Jefferson66Virginia Research Lodge No. 17773/14/1986Yes
This paper explores the concept of a "Perfect Cubit" used to build King Solomon's Temple. A cubit is a measurement of a man's arm, and there was no consistent length of a cubit among the different workmen of the Temple. Paper also presented in A. Douglas Smith Lodge that same year.
Young George Washington and The Lodge at Fredericksburg.pdf 
  
Wor. Daniel Wilson Thompson65Virginia Research Lodge No. 17773/5/2016Yes
An exploration of two separate but related topics: First, The Lodge at Fredericksburg and second, one of its most famous members, George Washington …... young George Washington.
The Three Great Lights.pdf 
  
Bro. Catlin E. Tyler64Virginia Research Lodge No. 177712/14/1985Yes
This paper offers several symbolic meanings of the Square and Compasses as displayed on the Bible, including exactly how many degrees wide the Compasses are supposed to be and the reason for such.
Robert Burns.pdf 
  
Wor. George D. Stevens63Virginia Research Lodge No. 17779/28/1985Yes
The tragically short history of the Poet Laureate of Scotland, Robert Burns. He is perhaps our most famous Masonic poet.
Masonry, A Well Spent Life.pdf 
  
Wor. Christopher Winston Douglas1Norfolk Valley Scottish Rite9/15/2016Yes
Discusses how to plan your Masonic career over the course of several decades.
The State of Freemasonry.pdf 
  
Mt. Wor. Henry G. Law62Virginia Research Lodge No. 17776/22/1985Yes
An analysis of the reasons for the decline in membership in the Fraternity, tying it to the austerity of those who lived through the Great Depression and the enormous influx of members following World War II. The author suggests a dramatic increase in dues to resolve the issue and restore our Lodges to their proper state.
Masons' Hall.pdf 
  
Mt. Wor. L. Douglas Delano61Virginia Research Lodge No. 17773/23/1985Yes
A detailed history of the oldest Masonic building in the United States, Masons' Hall, in Richmond. Originally the home of the first Lodges in Richmond, it is still in continuous use, and is nearly as old as the city of Richmond itself.
The Masonic Witch Hunt of the 1980s.pdf 
  
Bro. Thomas E. Weir60A. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 194910/31/1987Yes
A critical review of the THE BROTHERHOOD by Stephen Knight. The author (of the book) is quite critical of Freemasonry and indulges several conspiracy theories not based on fact. The author of the paper addresses these ideas and explains once again how Masonry is NOT a religion.
Social Media and Masonry.pdf 
  
Wor. Christopher Winston Douglas59South Norfolk Lodge No. 3398/2/2016Yes
Describes in detail the various types of social media and how to use them to create an outreach program for a Lodge.
Masonry and the Constitution.pdf 
  
Mt. Wor. Stewart Wilson Miner58A. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 19498/29/1987Yes
An analysis of the several Masons who participated in drafting the U.S. Constitution. Examines the political and philosophical influence of the newly formed Grand Lodge of England, and how these Masons did and did not use their Masonic experience in writing this first of it's kind document for the government of a new nation.
Methods Of Historical Research.pdf 
  
Joseph S. Gordon, Ph.D.57A. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 194911/29/1986Yes
A useful guide for a Mason interested in beginning to write research papers. Explains the fame of mind necessary, and details the various steps of gathering information, creating a bibliography, and developing a writing style for articles.
General And Brother Joshua L Chamberlain.pdf 
  
Bro. Charles W. Plummer56A. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 19495/30/1986Yes
A history of Chamberlain’s life as a school teacher, a Mason, a highly decorated Civil War General, and four-time Governor of the state of Maine.
A Declaration For Masonic Action.pdf 
  
Bro. Kenneth H. Hooley55A. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 194911/30/1985Yes
In light of the dramatic loss of membership in Grand Lodges nationwide, a very aggressive proposal of how to take action to correct this loss and return Masonry to its previous prominence in society.
The Masonic Rods and Staffs.pdf 
  
Wor. C. Richard Walk54A. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 19496/29/1985Yes
An analysis of rods and staffs in biblical and human history, and a brief program that illustrates how the movement of the Stewards and Deacons form our Masonic symbols.
Masonic Ritual In Virginia.pdf 
  
Rt. Wor. Samuel T. Atkinson53A. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 19493/30/1985Yes
A thorough study of the origins of Virginia Ritual, from our Mother Grand Lodges through the forming of the Grand Lodge of Virginia to the establishment of the Committee on Work and Grand Lecturers.
The Twofold Nature Of Freemasonry.pdf 
  
Bro. Kenneth H. Hooley52A. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 194912/15/1984Yes
The author discusses the exoteric/external, the structure and ritual of our craft; and the esoteric/internal, the hidden meaning behind the ritual and symbolism. He discusses the origins of Freemasonry and our ties to the Rosicrucians.
Freemasonry And The Leaders Of Victorian England.pdf 
  
Mt. Ex. George B. Yeates51A. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 19499/29/1984Yes
An explanation of how speculative Masons began to join operative Lodges, and brief biographies of prominent Masons in the English nobility.
The First Tool Engineer.pdf 
  
Rt. Wor. George L. Miller50A. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 19496/30/1984Yes
A brief story of the first Tool Engineer and the first Tool Engineering Educator, Tubal Cain.
Preface to Volume IV.pdf 
  
Rt. Wor. Richard K. ThompsonA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 19499/6/2004No
Note from the Editor Volume IV.pdf 
  
Wor. G. William MillerA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 19499/2/2004No
Note from the Editor Volume III.pdf 
  
Wor. G. William MillerA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 194912/20/2003No
Masonry in the Federal District.pdf 
  
Mt. Wor. Stewart Wilson MinerA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 19499/29/2001No
Using the World Wide Web for Conducting Masonic Research.pdf 
  
Wor. Paul S. NewhallA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 19496/30/2001No
The Times They Are A Changin.pdf 
  
Wor. John ShroederA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 19493/31/2001No
Religious Freedom In Early Virginia.pdf 
  
Wor. John ShroederA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 19493/31/2001No
Preface to Volume III.pdf 
  
Wor. Kwame AcquaahA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 194912/20/2003No
Fingerprint Based Background Checks to Protect Vulnerable Persons.pdf 
  
Wor. James LoudermilkA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 19493/31/2001No
What Does Free Mean.pdf 
  
Wor. John ShroederA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 194912/16/2000No
The Importance of Research Lodges.pdf 
  
Mt. Wor. Richard E. FletcherA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 194912/16/2000No
Seven Habits of Highly Effective People - A Review.pdf 
  
Wor. John ShroederA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 19499/30/2000No
The Murdered Magicians - A Review.pdf 
  
Wor. John ShroederA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 19495/29/2000No
The Seventh Sign.pdf 
  
Bro. Sean O’NeillA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 19494/29/2000No
The Challenges of Past Masters.pdf 
  
Mt. Wor. Donald M. Robey, MPSA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 19499/30/2000No
The Royal Arch of Zerubbabel and the Royal Arch of Solomon.pdf 
  
Wor. John ShroederA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 19491/29/2000No
Suggestions About How To Do Interesting and Informative Masonic Research.pdf 
  
Rt. Wor. Paul M. BesselA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 19491/29/2000No
The Post Boy Sham Exposure of 1723.pdf 
  
Wor. S. Brent MorrisA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 194910/30/1999No
Masonic Symbols and Emblems.pdf 
  
Mt. Ex. William A. BrownA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 194910/30/1999No
The Underground Railroad.pdf 
  
Prof. Edward SmithA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 19495/29/1999No
George Washingtons Masonic Career.pdf 
  
Mt. Ex. William A. BrownA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 19497/31/1999No
The Forgotten Mother of Our Country.pdf 
  
Mt. Ex. William A. BrownA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 19495/29/1999No
Neo-Platonism and the Royal Arch Triple Tau.pdf 
  
Wor. W. Kirk MacNultyA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 19491/30/1999No
Preserving the Heritage, Building the Future - A Call To Action.pdf 
  
Mt. Wor. Edmund M. CohenA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 194912/19/1998No
Masonic Symbols, Physical And Conceptual.pdf 
  
Mt. Wor. Edmund M. CohenA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 194910/31/1998No
Color Symbolism.pdf 
  
Wor. John ShroederA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 19498/29/1998No
Masonic Titles Their Use And Misuse.pdf 
  
Rt. Wor. Chris DainsA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 19495/30/1998No
Grand Lodge Recognitions.pdf 
  
Mt. Wor. Donald M. Robey, MPSA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 194912/13/1997No
Regular Lodges.pdf 
  
Mt. Wor. Donald M. Robey, MPSA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 194912/13/1997No
A Lambskin Or White Leather Apron.pdf 
  
Wor. A. J. HughesA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 19495/31/1997No
Masonic Tracing Boards.pdf 
  
Wor. W. Kirk MacNultyA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 19494/30/1996No
Scripted Debate on Classes, Voting, and Catechism.pdf 
  
Bro. Glenn CrossA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 19499/30/1995No
Regularity, Recognition, and Fraternal Relations.pdf 
  
Rt. Wor. Mickey AnderA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 194912/7/1996No
History of Freemasonry and the Development of the 15 Original English Masonic Lectures.pdf 
  
Mt. Ex. William A. BrownA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 194910/29/1994No
Abraham Lincoln and Freemasonry.pdf 
  
Rt. Wor. Paul M. BesselA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 19497/29/1995No
It Came to Pass.pdf 
  
Mt. Ex. William A. BrownA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 19494/29/1995No
Reflections On A Spotlight.pdf 
  
Wor. John ShroederA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 19494/30/1994No
Examination of Visitors.pdf 
  
Wor. Michael PobatA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 19491/29/1994No
Research Into The True Name Of The Grand Lodge Of Virginia.pdf 
  
Mt. Wor. Donald M. Robey, MPSA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 194912/18/1993No
Washington Memorial Exercises.pdf 
  
Mt. Wor. Norman Hoff, Sr.A. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 194910/30/1993No
Preface to Volume II.pdf 
  
Wor. Edwin R. Carpenter Jr.A. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 19497/15/1993No
Origin of the Regius Poem.pdf 
  
Mt. Wor. Floren QuickA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 19495/29/1993No
The Letter G.pdf 
  
Wor. S. Brent MorrisA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 19491/30/1993No
Saint John The Baptist.pdf 
  
Wor. Roger W. PeakA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 194910/31/1992No
The Cradle Of The American Revolution.pdf 
  
Alexandria Scottish RiteA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 19498/29/1992No
Masonry And Religion.pdf 
  
Bro. Thomas E. WeirA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 19498/31/1991No
Mozarts Other Masonic Opera.pdf 
  
Dr. Roger M. FirestoneA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 19493/30/1991No
The Bible.pdf 
  
Mt. Ex. William A. BrownA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 19499/15/1990No
Charles A. Lindbergh - Man, Mason, American.pdf 
  
Dr. Roger M. FirestoneA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 19496/30/1990No
Freemasonry And Judaism.pdf 
  
Rt. Wor. Paul M. BesselA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 19493/31/1990No
Alpha Lodge No 116.pdf 
  
Bro. J. Hampton Harley, MPSA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 19498/16/1989No
The Office Of District Deputy Grand Master.pdf 
  
Mt. Wor. Lloyd Ulrich JeffersonA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 19494/29/1989No
The Legend Of Hiram Abiff.pdf 
  
Bro. Jerry MarsengillA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 194910/29/1988No
Change.pdf 
  
Mt. Wor. Cabell F. CobbsA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 19497/30/1988No
A Concise Study Of Freemasonry In France.pdf 
  
Dr. Claude Harrison HarrisA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 19494/30/1988No
Applied Masonic Research.pdf 
  
Rt. Wor. John P. McIntyreA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 19491/30/1988No
Rudyard Kipling.pdf 
  
Wor. Christopher Winston DouglasOcean View Lodge No. 3359/2/2016Yes
A short biography of Brother Rudyard Kipling, and his most famous Masonic Poem, "The Mother-Lodge".
The First American Citizen.pdf 
  
Wor. Michael D. Johnstone12Norfolk Valley Scottish Rite8/16/2018Yes
Wor. Johnstone, Valley Americanism Chairman, presents a history of our most famous Mason and President, George Washington.
Zoroaster and the Symbolism of the 32nd Degree.pdf 
  
Wor. Christopher Winston DouglasNorfolk Valley Scottish Rite7/19/2018Yes
Details the history and philosophy of Zoroastrianism and how it is an integral part of the 32nd degree. Describes the meanings of many of the symbols depicted in this degree.
Remember now thy Creator.pdf 
  
Wor. Christopher Winston DouglasOcean View Lodge No. 3356/10/2016Yes
An explanation of Ecclesiastes 12, verse 1 through 7, recited by the Chaplain during the Master Mason degree.
Rights of Visitation.pdf 
  
Wor. Christopher Winston DouglasOcean View Lodge No. 3354/15/2016Yes
This paper was based on numerous conversations with new members, explaining what a Lodge and Grand Lodge are, some of our history, as well as explaining how to visit other Lodges.
What is a Research Lodge.pdf 
  
Wor. Christopher Winston Douglas2Ocean View Lodge No. 3352/19/2016Yes
Describes what a Research Lodge is, and how to find more information about attending one.
Athelstan, First King of All England.pdf 
  
Wor. Daniel J. Thompson36Virginia Research Lodge No. 17779/27/2003Yes
King Athelstan begins the Constitution of Masonry as adopted by the Grand Lodge of Virginia in 1791. This paper will discuss the historical Athelstan, his lasting influence on English history and explore his legendary ties to the Masonic fraternity.
The Virginia Craftsmen.pdf 
  
Wor. Keith A. Hinerman35Virginia Research Lodge No. 17776/28/2003Yes
The original paper on the history of the Virginia Craftsmen, a group of Virginia Masons who dressed in Civil War uniforms and conferred Masonic Degrees in Virginia, other states, and other countries. Based on  "Brotherhood in Action!" by Allen E. Roberts.
Faith Hope and Charity.pdf 
  
Wor. Christopher Winston DouglasOcean View Lodge No. 3359/11/2015Yes
Discusses the concepts of Faith, Hope, and Charity from the lectures, what the meaning of these terms are, and how we can apply them in our daily lives as men and as Masons.
The Virginia Craftsmen II.pdf 
  
Wor. Thomas Lee VarnerVirginia Research Lodge No. 17779/27/2008Yes
A second paper on the history of the Virginia Craftsmen, a group of Virginia Masons who dressed in Civil War uniforms and conferred Masonic Degrees across the Commonwealth.
Are Lodge Meetings Supposed To Be Enjoyable.pdf 
  
Mt. Ex. George B. Yeates34Virginia Research Lodge No. 17773/15/2003Yes
A humorous admonition to keep Lodge meetings interesting and enjoyable, and not settle for simply reading the minutes and going home.
Virginia Lodge Histories.pdf 
  
Mt. Wor. William Franklin Perdue32Virginia Research Lodge No. 177710/5/2002Yes
Excerpts from a book commissioned by the Grand Lodge of Virginia about the History of Freemasonry. Provides interesting anecdotes of Masons and Lodges in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
William Moseley Brown - The Man and His Masonry.pdf 
  
Rt. Wor. Baldwin G. Locher, Jr.33Virginia Research Lodge No. 177712/14/2002Yes
A brief biography of the many accomplishments of William Moseley Brown, who served as Grand Master, Grand High Priest, and Grand Commander of Virginia; in addition to being active in many other Masonic bodies.
Black Freemasonry.pdf 
  
Rt. Wor. Douglas T. Boynton30Virginia Research Lodge No. 17773/9/2002Yes
Explains the history of Prince Hall Masonry, the moral standards demanded by Prince Hall Masons of their members, and concludes with the current recognition of the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Virginia.
Masonry the Past, Present, and Future.pdf 
  
Rt. Wor. Joseph P. Westfall Jr.31Virginia Research Lodge No. 17776/22/2002Yes
Discusses the secret societies that populated America at the turn of the last century, how most have disappeared and all that Masonry has to say for itself is that it is still here.
John Dove.pdf 
  
Mt. Ex. Robert Stanley Hughes, Jr.28Virginia Research Lodge No. 177712/9/2000Yes
A well-researched biography of the life, work, and Masonic career of one of the most famous Virginia Masons, John Dove. He served as Grand Secretary/Recorder of the Grand Lodge, Grand Royal Arch Chapter, and Grand Commandery.
The Grange Ritual - A Masonic Harvest.pdf 
  
Rt. Wor. Douglas L. Jordan29Virginia Research Lodge No. 17776/23/2001Yes
The Patrons of Husbandry (The Grange) is a fraternal organization for farmers established by Oliver Hudson Kelley, a farmer and Mason. This paper explores how the lessons of our Fraternity could be redone using farm implements instead of stonemason tools.
Whither Are We Traveling.pdf 
  
Wor. Nelson King, FPS25Virginia Research Lodge No. 17776/24/2000Yes
Examines the decline in our Lodges, how we sell Masonry too cheap and offer little to new members, and how this is not a recent problem. Talks about Traditional Observance Lodges in Australia and Canada and asks why they wouldn't work here in America.
George Washington's Masonic Career.pdf 
  
Mt. Ex. William A. Brown27Virginia Research Lodge No. 17776/24/2000Yes
A letter from Washington explaining why he became a Mason, his Royal Arch membership, his Honorary Membership, and his appointment as Grand Master AND General Grand Master.
Research Lodges.pdf 
  
Wor. John Shroeder26Virginia Research Lodge No. 17776/24/2000Yes
A brief discussion of the several Research Lodges in Virginia, using Rt. Wor. Paul Bessel's guide to research papers with an explanation of using that guide.
Freemasonry in Winchester During the Civil War.pdf 
  
Wor. Jeffrey G. Burcham24Virginia Research Lodge No. 17773/18/2000Yes
Provides details of how the Civil War affected the activities of Winchester Hiram Lodge, including a visit from a well-known Masonic President, William McKinley. Describes the beautiful Masonic frescoes painted in the lodge room.
Hidden Masonic Lessons.pdf 
  
Wor. Samuel L. Cochran22Virginia Research Lodge No. 17779/25/1999Yes
What are the lessons taught by the Masonic degrees and how can we apply them to our daily lives?
The Middle Chamber and the Ethic of Self Improvement.pdf 
  
Bro. W. Kirk Crady23Virginia Research Lodge No. 177712/11/1999Yes
This paper consists of two things: a report on an experiment in Masonic education undertaken in January 1996 at Widow's Sons' Lodge in Charlottesville, and a rationale for an ethic of self-improvement as revealed in the experience of our second degree.
Century-Ending Dilemmas.pdf 
  
Mt. Wor. Stewart Wilson Miner21Virginia Research Lodge No. 17779/25/1999Yes
The author talks about the upcoming Y2K scare and explores several "double-zero" issues he sees in Masonry that need to be addressed.
Masonic Symbolism - Thoughts on Its Philosophical Source.pdf 
  
Wor. W. Kirk MacNulty20Virginia Research Lodge No. 17776/19/1999Yes
An in-depth look at Masonic Tracing Boards and their symbolism, which demonstrates that Freemasonry is a profoundly noble view of humankind, which deserves to be taught once again.
Selected History of Widows Son Lodge.pdf 
  
Rt. Wor. Robert E. Simpson17Virginia Research Lodge No. 17773/27/1999Yes
Selections from a new book detailing the 200 year history of the Lodge, including four Grand Masters, interactions with Presidents and Civil War Generals, and community leaders. Also discusses Moon Lodges, of which over 200 Virginia Lodges once were.
Freemasonry in England.pdf 
  
Mt. Ex. George B. Yeates15Virginia Research Lodge No. 17779/26/1998Yes
An explanation of how Freemasonry increased dramatically in England during the 18th and 19th centuries and the attraction it held for the middle class.
Tabernacle, Temple, Self.pdf 
  
Bro. Joseph P. Gardner16Virginia Research Lodge No. 177712/12/1998Yes
A detailed description of the tabernacle, or tent, used by Moses to house the Ark of the Covenant while in the desert; and the rich designs of Solomon's Temple which was built as it's permanent home.
Anti-Masonry and our Response.pdf 
  
Wor. Wallace Edmund McLeod, Ph.D.14Virginia Research Lodge No. 17776/27/1998Yes
Describes in depth the charges leveled against Masonry by various religious organizations and handily refutes them.  Recommends that Brothers should speak out and defend the craft.
The Rise and Decline of Masonic Flasks.pdf 
  
Wor. Jeffrey G. Burcham13Virginia Research Lodge No. 177712/13/1997Yes
A history of Masonic flasks manufactured by glass works and popular in the early 1800s. Also provides details about the Anti-Masonic party and it's possible cause of the decline of their use.
Opportunities.pdf 
  
Bro. Robert D. Springer10Virginia Research Lodge No. 17779/27/1997Yes
Brother Robert Springer, a career Air Force Officer, recounts the numerous opportunities that Masonry and military service offered him in his life, and calls on all Masons to provide that opportunity to those who should join us.
A Little Bit O'Allen.pdf 
  
Mt. Wor. Richard E. Fletcher9Virginia Research Lodge No. 17776/28/1997Yes
Mt. Wor. Fletcher, Past Grand Master of Vermont, recounts selected works from the prolific writer Allen E. Roberts following his untimely death. He speaks of the efforts of the Masonic Information Center to keep Masons informed about our history.
A Memorial Tribute To Allen Earl Roberts.pdf 
  
Mt. Wor. Lloyd Ulrich Jefferson8Virginia Research Lodge No. 17773/22/1997Yes
A fond tribute to the life and work of Allen E. Roberts, a prolific Masonic author and long time Secretary of Virginia Research Lodge.
Benjamin Franklin - Mason.pdf 
  
Rt. Wor. Clarence E. Whitley7Virginia Research Lodge No. 177712/14/1996Yes
A biography of one of our most famous Masons, Benjamin Franklin, his early years, his service to our country, and his Masonic career.
Another Look at the Trestleboard.pdf 
  
Mt. Wor. Ralph L. Haltquist6Virginia Research Lodge No. 17779/23/1995Yes
Using the Trestleboard to build Solomon's Temple, to form the Grand Lodge of England, and in our Lodges today. Enumerating the Ancient Landmarks, whether they should be enumerated or still considered Landmarks at all.
Why There's Confusion Among The Workmen.pdf 
  
Mt. Wor. John A. Anagnostis5Virginia Research Lodge No. 17776/24/1995Yes
The author compares Northern and Southern English with humorous results, explains the importance of reaching younger Masons and ensuring we bring about necessary change together, and provides several examples of Masons living up to their obligations.
The Mounties and Masonry.pdf 
  
Wor. Nelson King, FPS4Virginia Research Lodge No. 17773/25/1995Yes
Wor. King, a Canadian Mason, gives a detailed history of the ties between Masonry and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, including his lifetime fascination with the RCMP.
Addressing the Membership Crisis in Virginia.pdf 
  
Mt. Wor. Thomas F. May3Virginia Research Lodge No. 177712/10/1994Yes
The Grand Master of Masons in Virginia spoke on the membership crisis we are experiencing and described the twenty three point plan he instituted to address it.
Preface to Volume I.pdf 
  
Mt. Ex. Richard B. BaldwinA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 19496/14/1988Yes
A preface to the first Volume of Transactions for A. Douglas Smith Lodge of Research No. 1949. This is the first of many documents provided by that Lodge for our archives.
Resolution of Memoriam Alfred Douglas Smith Jr.pdf 
  
Mt. Wor. Lloyd Ulrich JeffersonA. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 19493/29/1986Yes
A memoriam in honor of A. Douglas Smith Jr.
George Washington and the Virginia Conventions.pdf 
  
Mt. Wor. Donald M. Robey, MPS49Virginia Research Lodge No. 17779/22/1984Yes
An analysis of the several conventions to form the Grand Lodge of Virginia and why George Washington was not asked to serve as our first Grand Master.
John Coustos.pdf 
  
Wor. Wallace Edmund McLeod, Ph.D.48Virginia Research Lodge No. 17776/23/1984Yes
A detailed history of John Coustos, who was tortured by the Inquisition to obtain Masonic secrets. Information is provided about the many famous Masons in the Lodges he was a member and Master of.
Advice to a Leader.pdf 
  
Rt. Wor. Allen E. Roberts47Virginia Research Lodge No. 177712/10/1983Yes
An excerpt from an installation by the Grand Master of India, presented as advice to any Masonic leader on how to rule and govern.
Masonry Within The Beltway.pdf 
  
Mt. Wor. Stewart Wilson Miner46Virginia Research Lodge No. 17773/24/1984Yes
The author examines the Lodges of Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia that are found within the Beltway of Washington, D.C. He highlights their numerous problems and recommends a possible solution.
Pulling Down Idols.pdf 
  
Wor. James Royal Case43Virginia Research Lodge No. 17779/24/1983Yes
Off-the-cuff comments by the Grand Lecturer of Connecticut on common Masonic folklore reprinted in magazines, such as the number of Masons who signed the Declaration of Independence. Most are factually incorrect.
Ho, Companions!.pdf 
  
Mt. Wor. Stewart Wilson Miner45A. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 19497/30/1983Yes
The author examines the problems of Centralization, Legalization, Idolization and Depersonalization that threaten Freemasonry. He suggests the antidote is Fraternalization, if we are strong enough to take it.
Research and the Grand Bodies.pdf 
  
Mt. Wor. Stewart Wilson Miner42Virginia Research Lodge No. 17776/25/1983Yes
An in-depth analysis by a Past Grand Master of the lack of the Grand Lodge, Chapter, and Commandery to utilize research lodges to their full effectiveness and suggestions for improvement of research in general in Virginia Masonry.
Alfred Douglas Smith.pdf 
  
Rt. Wor. Allen E. Roberts44A. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 19491/29/1983Yes
The first paper presented in A. Douglas Smith Jr. Lodge of Research No. 1949, in honor of the Mason it was named for.
Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Free Masonry.pdf 
  
Wor. Phillip V. Whitley37Virginia Research Lodge No. 17773/27/1982Yes
A detailed history of the origins of the Mother Supreme Council of the Scottish Rite and the growth of Scottish Rite Masonry in Virginia.
The Jewel - Square or Quadrant.pdf 
  
Mt. Wor. A. Douglas Smith, Jr.39Virginia Research Lodge No. 177712/11/1982Yes
Past Grand Master A. Douglas Smith, Jr. elaborates on the legend of the Grand Master's jewel and his effort to disprove the common theory it was crafted for George Washington, when in truth it was made in 1911.
YORKTOWN 1781 -- 1881 -- 1981.pdf 
  
Rt. Wor. Allen E. Roberts38Virginia Research Lodge No. 17779/26/1981Yes
A study of George Washington and the battle of Yorktown, the climactic battle of the Revolutionary War. Also the centennial and bicentennial celebrations and the Grand Lodge's involvement.
Within Our Power.pdf 
  
Mt. Wor. Dwight L. Smith40Virginia Research Lodge No. 177712/13/1980Yes
Brethren, let us address ourselves to ways whereby we, as Freemasons, can help to bring about the dawn of a better day for ourselves, and, in so doing, a better day for all mankind.

That's all very good – but how?
Levi L Stevenson.pdf 
  
Wor. Walter M. McCracken41Virginia Research Lodge No. 17773/29/1980Yes
A biography of a prolific and active Mason, not only a Grand Master, Grand High Priest, and Grand Generalissimo, but the only Most Illustrious Grand Master of the short-lived Grand Council of Cryptic Masons in Virginia.