The mission of The Chancellor Robert R Livingston Masonic Library of Grand Lodge is to collect, preserve, interpret, and make available for education and research, to both members of the Fraternity and others, such materials as relate to the history, philosophy, culture, and organization of Freemasonry, in its social and historical contexts, with a special emphasis on Freemasonry in New York State. The Livingston Masonic Library is a non-profit institution chartered by the New York State Board of Regents.
As one of the world's foremost repositories of Masonic books, artifacts, and ephemera, the Livingston Masonic Library maintains a vast collection of materials which are available to visitors and researchers.
The collections in the care of The Chancellor Robert R Livingston Masonic Library of Grand Lodge are the property of the Grand Lodge of the State of New York, F&AM. Some of the strengths of the collection are:
-Over 60,000 volumes detailing Masonic history, origins, philosophy, symbolism, current events, esoterica and occultism.
-Historical files for every Lodge, Chapter, Council, Commandery and Valley in New York State.
-Extensive holdings of Masonic periodicals from all over the United States and the world, from the 1700's to the present day, including a large collection of Shrine publications.
-Subject files containing articles, essays, speeches and studies on numerous topics relating to Freemasonry.
-Biographical files on Masons known for their achievements both within the Craft and in wider historical contexts.
-Extensive collections of Masonic memorabilia, ritual artifacts, jewlery, aprons and other textile artifacts, artwork, engravings, paintings, and collections gathered by Past Grand Masters of New York.
-Revolving exhibits in the Reading Room of Masonic memorabilia and ephemera; Concentration in New York State History.
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