There is a very interesting piece in The Believer this month about Occult Libraries and Manly P. Hall. You should go out and buy it, or if you don’t want to spend $8, find an awesome library that subscribes. Manly P. Hall was a mystic who wrote The Secret Teachings of All Ages: An Encyclopedic Outline of Masonic, Hermetic, Qabbalistic and Rosicrucian Symbolical Philosophy in 1928. He also founded the Philosophical Research Center in the most un-magical of all places, Los Angeles.
I would like to not be typing in italics right now. I would also like to read his biography, Master of the Mysteries.