Museum and Historical Libraries (page 2)

(Thank you, Johann H. in Cambridge, England)

The home library, now a private museum, of General Jan Smuts in Pretoria, South Africa. Smuts, who served twice as prime minister of the Union of South Africa and as a member of the British War Cabinets under Churchill and Lloyd George, was the greatest South African statesman after Nelson Mandela. He was also a deeply intellectual man who was an outstanding student at Christ’s College, Cambridge and who wrote books on holism, Whitman and the grass species of Southern Africa. His library of rare and classic works reflects his erudition, his command of classical and modern languages and his wide-ranging interests full of rare and classic works. The library and museum are open to the public.



The Library at the House of the Temple, a Masonic temple in Washington, D.C., United States. The Temple was built in 1911, designed by architect John Russell Pope, who modeled it after the tomb of Mausolus at Halicarnassus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The Library is the oldest library in DC that is open to the public and houses over 250,000 precious books, manuscripts, and other publications. Two of its rarest volumes include Benjamin Franklin’s 1734 re-printing of Rev. James Anderson’s “The Constitutions of the Free-Masons” and an Incunabulum titled “Sermones de tempore et de sanctis,” by Albertus Magnus, printed in Ulm, Germany in 1479. The Library is open to the public.