Tyler R. Anderson, Grand Historian
WB Tyler Anderson was born and raised in Albuquerque, NM. He attended The University of New Mexico where he received a BAFA in Art History focusing on Pre-Columbian Architecture in Central and South America, with a minor in Islamic History.
After graduating from college, Tyler worked for several years at the UNM Art Museum. He divided his time between the offices of the collections manager and the exhibitions curator, learning to research, document, and catalog art objects, as well as their proper care, storage, and methods of exhibition. It was here that his love of historical objects developed, and he began earnestly to collect fraternal fezzes and ephemera, a pastime which had been a casual lark while in school.
After working in the museum for several years, he moved on to the private sector, employed as a registrar and curator for local galleries and non-profits, and later started his own business doing collections management for artists and artist estates. To keep himself busy and engaged during the downturn of 2008 and 2009, he began researching American fraternalism. Working backwards from unidentified objects in his collection, he “rediscovered” an extinct Odd Fellows appendant body, and became hooked on the process of writing history, especially delving into otherwise-undocumented corners of the American fraternal world.
WB Tyler was raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason in Sandia Mountain Lodge No.72 in February of 2009 and found an immediate love for the ritual in particular. In honor of the friendship he had developed with his coach, WB Jim Sampson, who had performed Tyler’s initiation, he determined that he would learn and confer the First Degree, which was accomplished in reasonably short order. Then-incoming WM MWB Adam Hathaway appointed Tyler as Senior Steward for 2010. From that chair Tyler was elected Junior Warden for 2011, and was Worshipful Master of Sandia Mountain No. 72 two years later. In 2015 he served as Worshipful Master of the Lodge of Research and chaired the Grand Lodge Audit Committee. Tyler was also Secretary of Sandia Mountain No. 72 from 2014-2017.
Tyler was exalted a Companion of the Royal Arch and received as a Royal and Select Master at the 2012 Colorado River Fall Festival in Laughlin, Nevada. He is an active member Santa Fe Chapter No. 1 (RAM), and Santa Fe Chapter No. 5 (R&SM). He joined The Masonic Society in 2011, and has served as Reviews Editor for the Journal of the Masonic Society since 2016. He was named a Fellow of the Society in 2018.