Research Lodge

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A Research Lodge is a Masonic lodge that is devoted to Masonic research. It is a lodge, and as such has a charter from some Grand Lodge. However, it does not confer degrees, and restricts membership to Master Masons of some jurisdiction in amity with the jurisdiction that the research lodge is in.[1] Related to research Lodges are Masonic research societies, which serve the same purpose but function fundamentally differently. There are Research Lodges in most countries where Freemasonry exists.

The oldest research lodge is Quatuor Coronati No. 2076, founded in 1886 under the jurisdiction of the United Grand Lodge of England. It accepts members from all over the world through its Correspondence Circle.[2] A book of transactions called Ars Quatuor Coronatorum (which includes the papers given in the lodge) has been published every year since 1886.

Most Research Lodges have some type of Transactions, Proceedings, or even just a newsletter that is published regularly.


  • California has five research lodges chartered under the Grand Lodge of California:
The Northern California Research Lodge[3] in San Francisco, chartered in 1940; largest research lodge in the Western United States.
The Southern California Research Lodge publishes a monthly newsletter and has an "Entered Apprentice's Program" to encourage new Masons to get interested in scholarly research.[4]
The El Camino Research Lodge,[5] located in San Jose
The Orange County Research Lodge[6]
The Golden Compasses Research Lodge,[7] based in Folsom, Sacramento County.
The Philosophic Lodge of Research,[8] based in Cromwell
The Masonic Lodge of Research No. 401,[9] in New Haven
  • The District of Columbia is home to the David A. MacWilliams, Sr. Research and Education Lodge, F&AM - Prince Hall Affiliated. Working under the Prince Hall Jurisdiction of the District of Columbia, it is dedicated to the conduct of research and education about Freemasonry in general and Prince Hall Freemasonry.[11]
  • Georgia Lodge of Research[16] - As well as Research Lodge #1 of Savannah.[17]
  • Indiana: The Dwight L. Smith Lodge of Research (U.D.) - Indiana's only Lodge of Research. Usually meets in Indianapolis.
The Ted Adams Lodge of Research in Paintsville[19]
The William O. Ware Lodge of Research in Covington.[20]
  • The Massachusetts Chapter of Research - notable in that it is chartered under a York Rite Holy Royal Arch Chapter, and not a Grand Lodge, and tends to focus on Chapter-specific research.
  • The Mississippi Lodge of Research No. 640[21] - charter issued by the Grand Lodge of Mississippi.
  • The New Jersey Lodge of Masonic Research and Education, No. 1786 - warrant issued by the Grand Lodge of New Jersey.
The American Lodge of Research is the oldest research lodge in the United States, having been founded in 1931. It is chartered under the Grand Lodge of New York, and meets in the City of New York.[24]
The Western New York Lodge of Research[25]
Thomas Smith Webb Chapter of Research No. 1798, chartered under the Grand Council of New York in 2002, devotes its studies to Royal Arch Chapter related issues.[26]
  • The Research Lodge of Oregon Number 198, Chartered June 16, 1932 under the Grand Lodge of Oregon. It is the Third Research Lodge Chartered in the United States, the oldest Research Lodge on the West Coast and the Second Oldest Research Lodge in America.[28]
  • Vermont is home to one research lodge - The Edward J. Wildblood, Jr., Vermont Lodge of Research #110.[33]
Virginia Research Lodge No. 1777[34] in Highland Springs
The A. Douglas Smith, Jr. Lodge of Research No. 1949[35] which meets at the George Washington Masonic National Memorial
The Peyton Randolph Lodge of Research No. 1774,[36] based in southeastern Virginia
The James Noah Hillman Lodge of Research No. 1883,[37] which meets in southwestern Virginia
The George Washington Lodge of Research No. 1732,[38] located in Fredricksburg
Virginia Research Priory No. 1823,[39] The first Knights Templar Research Priory in the US. It is devoted to research about the Knights Templar.
Virginia Research Chapter No.1753,[40] A Royal Arch Chapter dedicated to research concerning Capitular Masonry.
Walter F. Meyer Lodge of Research No. 281[41]
Eastern Washington Lodge of Research No. 310[42]
  • The Civil War Lodge of Research #1865, chartered under the Grand Lodge of Virginia. Research is specifically on Freemasonry during the American Civil War[43]


  • Discovery Lodge of Research No. 971,[44] Chartered under the United Grand Lodge of New South Wales & Australian Capital Territory in 1968.
  • Barron Barnett Lodge of Research No. 146 Chartered under the United Grand Lodge of Antient Free & Accepted Masons of Queensland
  • The Western Australian Lodge of Research No. 277 Chartered under the Grand Lodge of Antient Free & Accepted Masons of Western Australia
  • Victorian Lodge of Research No. 218 Chartered under the United Grand Lodge of Antient Free & Accepted Masons of Victoria[45][46][47]
  • Holden Research Circle,[48] chartered under the United Grand Lodge of Antient Free & Accepted Masons of Victoria in 1945.




  • Lodge of Research, No. CC[53]


  • Tokyo Lodge of Research

New Zealand[edit]

  • New Zealand is home to Hawke's Bay Research Lodge No. 305.[54]


  • Forskningslogen Niels Treschow, chartered 2003.[55]


  • Research Lodge "Quator Quoronati" No.8 ("Четверо Коронованных") Moscow[56]



  • Mimar Sinan Lodge

United Kingdom[edit]


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  18. ^ Research Lodge No.2
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  20. ^ "Kentucky Lodge Locator". Grand Lodge of Kentucky. Retrieved 17 January 2013. 
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  22. ^ "Missouri Lodge of Research". Missouri Lodge of Research. Retrieved 31 December 2013. 
  23. ^ Anniversary Lodge of Research
  24. ^ American Lodge of Research Website
  25. ^ Western New York Lodge of Research Website
  26. ^ Thomas Smith Webb Chapter of Research Website
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  29. ^ The Pennsylvania Lodge Of Research
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  32. ^ Texas Lodge of Research, AF&AM
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  44. ^ The Discovery Lodge of Research No. 971
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  49. ^ Den Danske Frimurerorden
  50. ^ Isis Lodge of Research, No. 9 Retrieved 27 July 2012
  51. ^ Posseidonia Lodge of Research, No 33 Retrieved 27 July 2012
  52. ^ Plato Lodge of Research, No 70 Retrieved 27 July 2012
  53. ^ [10] Lodge of Research, No. CC Website
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  55. ^ Forskningslogen Niels Treschow
  56. ^ quatorquoronati #8 GLoR
  57. ^ "Research and Education Lodge No 6 Aurora Borealis". Swedish Masonic Camp. Retrieved August 30, 2009. 
  58. ^ [11] Veritatem Sequere Lodge on the Provincial Grand Lodge of Hertfordshire website
  59. ^ [12] Temple of Athene Lodge website

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