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Masonic Collection
Concordia University, Loyola Campus, Vanier Library

Freemasons; Freemasons--Rituals; Secret societies

Father Walton Hannah built up this collection of Masonic and other secret society rituals to provide a Masonic library, available to the non-Mason deprived of access to the Grand Lodge and the Lodge of Research libraries. In 1966, with the consent of Father Walton Hannah's brother, Rev. John Hannah, the collection was given to Loyola College by the Archdiocese of Montreal through the Rev. Jonathan Robinson, Secretary of the Archbishop of Montreal, Cardinal Léger.

The collection includes official or authentic versions of every Masonic degree, order, and grade in Great Britain as well as many extinct degrees; and quasi-Masonic, imitative, and occult society rituals of Great Britain and America. Books on occultism, French books on Freemasonry, Catholic books on Freemasonry, and material on the history of secret societies and Freemasonry are also included. The geographic emphasis is on Great Britain, North America, and Europe. Material on rituals is primary and rare. The collection is not, at present, being developed further.


500 monographs; 2 serials; 327 rituals.

Bibliographic Access
All monographs are catalogued. Rituals are uncatalogued and accessible from the contents listing on the boxes. LC subject headings and classification are used. Most holdings (with the exception of rituals) are recorded in UTLAS. An unpublished list prepared by the Rev. Walton Hannah is available.

Physical Access
The collection is in a special collections area which is open to the public. For further information visit:

Interlibrary Loan: No. Some monographs may be loaned for use in the library only.

Reprography: Yes, but rituals may not be photocopied.

Reference Assistance: Yes.

Publications Describing Collection
None at present.