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Library & Archives Hours

Wednesday - Saturday
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

The Library & Archives will be closing at 12:30 on, Saturday, June 6, and will be closed on Saturday, June 13.

Visitors who wish to use the Library and Archives are asked to consult the online catalog and to e-mail citations for material needed for research. If you have questions or need further assistance, please e-mail us at library[at] or call 781-457-4109. Reference and photocopying services are available.


A rich and varied collection is available for in-house use by scholars and the merely curious.  A professional staff is happy to assist with recommendations and research.


Contact the Library and Archives

Librarians and archivists love questions!  Let us know how we can help you in your quest for information. We're happy to share information about the contents of our collections. Feel free to contact us with your research queries.

      Manager of Library & Archives
           Jeff Croteau, 781-457-4125
           John Coelho, 781-457-4116
We can also be reached by mail, phone, or fax:
     National Heritage Museum
     Van Gorden-Williams Library & Archives
     33 Marrett Road
     Lexington, MA 02421-5703
     781-861-9846 (fax)

About the Van Gorden-Williams
Library and Archives

The Van Gorden-Williams Library and Archives serves the Masonic community as a repository of the history of Freemasonry and as a research facility. It preserves Masonic and fraternal history in many formats, available to the public, to researchers, and to Masonic scholars. Its other major collecting area is American history. The Library and Archives is always interested in considering potential donations.
The Van Gorden-Williams Library collections number over 60,000 volumes, including 1,600 periodical titles. The Archives collections include over 2,000 cubic feet of material. Visitors are welcome to use the materials in the library's reading room. Our professional staff is always there to assist, at whatever level of interest the visitor may bring. More information about the Library and Archives collections is available here.
In addition to the research collection, the library holds the Wallace M. Gage Collection, consisting of approximately 700 Masonic books generously donated to the library in 2001 by Mr. Gage.  Books in the Gage Collection may be checked out for a one-month period by Masons living in the local area.