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The Internet has long been home to all kinds of sites about Freemasonry, pro and con. However, it has been hard to find reliable, vetted information on the web on this topic. This page has electronic editions of core texts on Freemasonry in the public domain, presented complete and unaltered.

 The Dionysian Artificers
by Hippolyto Joseph da Costa [1820]
An essay by one of the pioneers of Freemasonry on an important ancient mystery religion.

Illustrations of Masonry
by William Morgan [1827]
An early 19th century account of Freemasonry which inspired a great deal of controversy.

 Duncan’s Masonic Ritual and Monitor
by Malcolm C. Duncan [1866]
A comprehensive guide to York rite Freemasonry, including details of ceremonies, grips and passwords, extensively illustrated.

 General Ahiman Rezon
by Daniel Sickels [1868]
One of the most sought-after Masonic collections, with descriptions of ceremonies, hymns, building dedications, funerals, and more.

 Morals and Dogma
by Albert Pike [1871]
Albert Pikes’ magnum opus; an advanced textbook of the esoteric basis of Freemasonry.

 Devil Worship in France
by A.E. Waite [1882]
Waite debunks the notorious Taxil hoax which falsely accused Freemasons of worshipping the Devil.

 The Symbolism of Freemasonry
by Albert G. Mackey [1882]

 Shibboleth: A Templar Monitor
by George Cooper Connor [1894]
A Masonic organization modeled after the Templars of old

 The Builders
by Joseph Fort Newton [1914]
One of the most readable introductions to Masonic history and philosophy, including (for once) a factual account of how Freemasonry emerged in the 18th century.

 The Meaning of Masonry
by W. L. Wilmshurst [1922]
A look inside the symbolism of Masonry.

Symbolical Masonry
by H. L. Haywood [1923]
A study guide to the history and symbolism of Freemasonry.

 The Official Monitor of the Grand Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, State of Texas
Details of important Masonic rituals, including initiations for the first three degrees, installation of a lodge, and a Masonic burial service.