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The main resource of Quatuor Coronati Lodge is AQC, the Transactions of the Lodge, which date back over 130 years. Our library and other documents etc. are stored in the Museum and Library at Freemasons’ Hall, Great Queen Street, London.

A Searchable List of Articles and Papers published in AQC is available here:

A Complete List of Papers & Authors in AQC, 1886-2020

Indexing any journal is an ongoing task, particularly one that has been published annually for 133 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. We hope to produce a compact revised index of all volumes of AQC in the course of the next few years.

Our Searchable Index for AQC 1 – 127 can be accessed here

Searchable Indexes for more recent volumes are below: –

Some out-of-copyright issues of AQC are stored on Internet Archive and can be accessed at archive.org. Links to the first sixty volumes of AQC are given below. Certain volumes are stored on third-party websites. QC/QCCC does not accept responsibility for the integrity of any files that may be downloaded.

Listed below for download and study is a selection of rare, mainly late nineteenth-century volumes published as QC Antigraphas (QCAs): click here for a summary of the contents.

The QCAs contain facsimile versions of early Masonic Charges such as the Regius, Cooke and Lansdowne manuscripts; 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 to the Old Institutions – the first Minutes of the Antients Grand Lodge, (QCA volume 11).

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
QCA Vol 6: Early Masonic Manuscripts

QCA Vol 7: Anderson’s 1738 Constitutions
QCA Vol 8: Early Masonic Certificates
QCA Vol 9: Philo Musicae 1725-27
QCA Vol 10: Minutes of the Grand Lodge of England
QCA Vol 11: Minutes of the Antients Grand Lodge

Current Book Reviews

Les 30 Glorieuses de la Grande Loge des ‘Modernes’ vues par la presse de l’époque
300 Famous Australian Freemasons
Espionage, Diplomacy and the Lodge
Espionage, Diplomacy & the Lodge (2)
The Changing Face of the Masonic Benevolent Institution
The Treasures of English Freemasonry
Volume of Valour
Les Premiers Franc-Macons face a la Repression Policiere
Over 300 Years of Masonic Ritual
The Master’s Emblem
British Freemasonry 1717–1813
The Foundations of Modern Freemasonry
Finding the Mark

Other Research Sources

A good entry point for masonic research is the Resources & Information page at the Museum of Freemasonry, London.  A short summary of other Masonic Libraries and information sources is available here.

The Research Directory of the Bristol Masonic Society is another invaluable resource, as are the Masonic Library of Singapore and the Centro Ricerche Storiche Sulla Libera Muratoria.

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