Pythagoras Lodge of Research and museum.
The PLoR Archives collects, preserves and makes accessible the historical records and other records related to the history of Freemasonry for the administrative support of the lodge and for historical research.
The Library is open to any Freemason who has a genuine need to use its collections. Any Master Mason with a permanent address who wishes to carry out research can apply for a Research Pass; they are required to provide proof of signature and address for security purposes.Apply for a Pass
Mon - Fri
10:00 am to 8:00 pm
- Museum Pass
Sat - Sun
11:00 am to 11:00 pm
- Research Pass
The Museum's collection of ancient Egyptian art consists of approximately twenty-six thousand objects of artistic, historical, and cultural importance, dating from the Paleolithic to the Roman period (ca. 300,000 B.C. - A.D. 4th century).
More than half of the collection is derived from the Museum's thirty-five years of archaeological work in Egypt, initiated in 1906 in response to increasing Western interest in the culture of ancient Egypt.
G. Washington papers
B. Franklin papers
Book of the Dead
Ancient Artifact #36
Srinivasa Ramanujan notebook
Civil War Freemasons
T. Jefferson Collection
W. Churchill papers
P. Revere collection
John Paul Jones papers
The Pythagoras Lodge of Research (PLoR) is pleased to announce the Illuminated Research & Education Award Program (I-REAP). I-REAP is an awards competition for producing literary works of Masonic interest, education and research; and invites all Masons in the District of Columbia to transcribe their thoughts into meaningful written expressions.Contributing authors do NOT have to be members of PLoR.
Illumination AwardIllumination Award
The Illumination Award is a highly interpretative paper and may be based entirely on personal opinion, expectation and/or experience of the Craft. Because of its very personal nature, the Illumination Award is reserved for Entered Apprentice, Fellowcraft, and/or Master Masons who have been raised less than one year from date of submission.
Education AwardEducation Award
The I-REAP Education Award may address any Masonic topic or perspective related to the good of Freemasonry. It is designed for Master Masons with a higher level of knowledge and expertise using more thorough investigative analysis techniques, but does not adopt the same stringent documentation criteria required for the Research Award.
Research AwardResearch Award
The Research Award offers the greatest level of prestige and difficulty. It requires the development of an abstract, titles, footnotes, and bibliography. Winning entries will be suitable for publishing independently or in a compendium with other appropriate work as a valuable resource to complement the Masonic wealth of informed research.