Institut d'études et de recherches Maçonniques

GODF – 16, rue Cadet, 75009 Paris, France –

Tel. : [33] (0)1 45 23 75 06         Fax. : [33] (0)1 42 47 12 87





IDERM (Institute for Masonic Research and Studies) was created in 1974.  Its aim is to promote and support, historical and institutional researches, amongst others, related to Universal Free-Masonry. Although, the history of Free-Masonry remains the core of IDERM’s prerogatives, any Masonic sociological, philosophical or linguistic studies are also taken into account. The Institute has for vocation to assemble researchers, but also anyone interested in what can be described as the Masonic phenomena, what ever the time or place might be.
IDERM is closely related to GODF for its functioning, but it is far more than a simple historical commission of the obedience. The SGM is its president by right and two members order’s council seat at the administrative council of IDERM: the vice president and the grand treasury officer who is also the treasury officer of the association. This is an association based on the 1920th law, supported by the GODF, open to outside members. BB and SS from other obedience and even a few profane passionate with Masonic history are members. There are many different activities. The most traditional activity is the reunion; it takes place every third Thursday of each month, Rue Cadet, during which a researcher is invited to present its work. A debate follows the reunion.
Each month, all LL of the obedience receive a letter from IDERM that announces future conferences. It also send a press review  of Masonic books which collection is a precious guide considering the ever expending number of books. IDERM also organise colloquium. At last, IDERM’s booklets are published regularly again.
IDERM has an international influence; the activities of the BB that participate has contributed to make the association well known even across the channel and the Atlantic ocean. This implies that BB from obedience that do not recognise the GODF do not hesitate to use IDERM’s resources and recognise the quality of its publications.