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The main resource of Quatuor Coronati Lodge is AQC, our Transactions. A list of Past Issues of AQC and their contents can be downloaded here. Indexing any journal is an ongoing task, particularly one that goes back over 120 years. The late Svend Aaage Verdeso of Denmark produced a workable index of volumes 1-127 (1888-2014) in PDF form that can be searched using Acrobat Reader or simply used as a normal index. The newer volumes have their own indexes at the back. The index for AQC 1-127 can be accessed here.

Many out-of-copyright past issues of AQC are stored on Internet Archive and can be accessed at archive.org. Links to the first twenty volumes of AQC are given below. Internet Archive is a third party website and QC/QCCC cannot accept responsibility for the integrity of any files that may be downloaded.

The latest material to be made available for download and study is a selection of very rare, mainly late nineteenth-century publications: the QC Antigraphas (QCAs): click here for a summary of the contents. The QCAs contain facsimile versions of many early Masonic Charges such as the Regius, Cooke and Lansdowne manuscripts, in addition to a compilation of early Masonic Certificates (QCA volume 8), the first Minutes of the Grand Lodge of England (QCA volume 10), and the early records of the Grand Lodge of England according the the Old Institutions – the first Minutes of the Antients Grand Lodge, (QCA volume 11). Please note that certain files have been scanned to a very high quality to allow optical character recognition, i.e., word searches, and the file sizes are relatively large at around 50MBs.

QC Antigraphas Volumes 1 – 5

QCA Vol 1: Early Masonic Manuscripts
QCA Vol 2: Early Masonic Manuscripts
QCA Vol 3: Early Masonic Manuscripts
QCA Vol 4: Early Masonic Manuscripts
QCA Vol 5: Early Masonic Manuscripts

QC Antigraphas Volumes 6 – 11

QCA Vol 6:   Early Masonic Manuscripts
QCA Vol 7:   Anderson’s ‘Constitutions’
QCA Vol 8:   Early Masonic Certificates
QCA Vol 9:   Philo Musicae 1725-27
QCA Vol 10: Grand Lodge of England – Early Minutes
QCA Vol 11: Antients Grand Lodge – Early Minutes

Other Research Sources

One of the best entry points for masonic research is the Resources & Information page at the The Library and Museum of Freemasonry at Great Queen Street, London. A short list of other Masonic Libraries and sources of information is available here.

The Future

We are currently working on other early primary and secondary source material from QC’s Archives. Please support this effort if you can by making a donation.

If you have specific research enquiries, please email the team at the Library and Museum of Freemasonry at Freemasons’ Hall mentioning that you are a  member of the Correspondence Circle. The email address for all research queries is: enquiries@qccircle.org.uk.

 

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