- 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.