Howdy! I'm working on a research project, and I was wondering if anyone could point me to lesser-known secret societies? Everyone knows the Masons, Illuminati, Rosicrucians, Skull & Bones, Black Hand, etc., but I was hoping for one or two that everyone hasn't already heard of.
My ideal criteria: 1) contemporary with other secret societies in the 16th - 19th centuries, 2) some presence in America / the American colonies, 3) some mystical / wisdom / mysteries belief systems, and 4) not easily found on the internet. I'd like to have to visit an actual library or similar to learn more about this secret society.
I'm NOT interesting in modern secret societies (like the Bilderberg group), academic societies (like the Skull & Bones), or ones that are plastered all over the internet (like the Masons / Illuminati).
Kind of a tall order, I know! Thanks for any help you can provide.