The Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library often receives calls from Masonic lodges and Valleys asking how to preserve their historic documents—charters, minute books, and certificates—as well as photographs and books. We have updated and revised one of our most popular resources, Caring for Your Masonic Treasures. This 21-page booklet is now freely available online. Feel free to consult the PDF online, download it to your device, or print it out.
We hope this booklet will help you get started with preserving your lodge’s or Valley’s historic material. The booklet outlines various preservation techniques and explains:
- The kinds of materials you might encounter in your collection
- The ideal conditions in which to store your collections
- The types of storage enclosures (boxes, folders, etc.) to use when storing your collections
- How to contact and hire a professional conservator to repair damaged documents and books.
We hope that the guidelines in Caring for Your Masonic Treasures will help you feel confident that you are doing what you can to help insure the long-term preservation of your lodge’s or Valley’s documents, photographs, and books.
View Caring For Your Masonic Treasures – Digital Booklet (Issuu)
Download Caring For Your Masonic Treasures – PDF (15.1MB)