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Indiana State Library - Indianapolis [Mss I] ISLI S1687 (Text) 00000106178650 Manuscripts Available -
Indiana State Library - Indianapolis [Mss I] ISLI V194 (Text) 85471-4512 Manuscripts Available -

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  • Physical Description: 0.02 Cubic feet 2 folders

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General Note:
Processing Information: Collection processing completed 2017/06/15 by Linda Gellert. EAD finding aid created 2017/06/15 by Linda Gellert. EAD finding aid revised 2017/06/28 by Brittany Kropf.
Restrictions on Access Note:
This collection is open for research.
Summary, etc.:
The collection contains materials related to Posey County, Indiana, comprising copies of handwritten minutes and constitution of the Society of New Harmony Community of Equality, New Harmony, Indiana (1825-1826); a typed, translated copy of a February 1, 1837 letter from Prince Maximilian von Wied to Charles Lesueur of New Harmony, Indiana regarding a visit to New Harmon y in 1832-1833 (original at Indiana Historical Society); a handwritten letter from W.H. Watkins in New Harmony to A.M. Elliott on December 10, 1855; two copies of an address by J. S. Duss entitled, "George Rapp and His Associations (The Harmony Society)" and a golden sticker from the New Harmony centennial celebration on June 6, 1914; periodical articles about New Harmony (1933, 1959); and a typed letter from John Coudret, General Merchandise, St. Wendells, Indiana to Mr. Schneider advertising Dr. Hess Poultry Pan-a-ce-a in (undated).
Preferred Citation of Described Materials Note:
Posey County collection, Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction Note:
Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.
Biographical or Historical Data:
Posey County, Indiana was organized in 1814. It was named for General Thomas Posey who served in the Revolutionary War, and assumed governor of the Indiana Territory, 1813-1816. In 1814, German immigrant George Rapp founded his religious socialist settlement along the Wabash River in Posey County, Indiana. The settlement was referred to as the Harmony Society, consisting of a group who called themselves Harmonists who had relocated from their Pennsylvania settlement of 7,000 acres to a much larger site of more than 20,000 acres. A decade later, in 1825, the Harmonists decided to move back to Pennsylvania, and sold the settlement to Robert Owen for $150,000, which included homes, saw and grain mills, tanneries, and numerous manufactured goods, including beer, wine, whiskey, leather, beef, and pork. Owen, a successful textile industrialist from Scotland, was determined to use the Harmonist settlement to create a utopian community, based on principles of social reform. On February 5, 1826, the community adopted its constitution, The New Harmony Community of Equality. By 1827, Owen⁰́₉s socialist community failed, and was formally dissolved in 1829.Sources: Baker, Ronald L., and Marvin Carmony. Indiana Place Name., Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1975. Indiana State Museum. "About Historic New Harmony." Accessed June 28, 2017. https://www.indianamuseum.org/historic-new-harmony-.Versluis, Arthur. "Western Esotericism and The Harmony Society." Accessed June 15, 2017. www.esoteric.msu.edu.
Ownership and Custodial History:
This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a records donation from unknown.
Accumulation and Frequency of Use Note:
No further additions are expected.
Subject: Lesueur, Charles Alexandre, 1778-1846.
Rapp, George, 1757-1847.
Wied, Maximilian, Prinz von, 1782-1867.
Harmony Society.
Church buildings > Indiana > Posey County > History.
Frontier and pioneer life > Indiana > Posey County.
Mills and mill-work.
Sawmills.
New Harmony (Ind.)
Posey County (Ind.)
Genre: Clippings.
Constitutions.
Correspondence.
Minutes (Records)
Pamphlets.
Periodicals.
Stickers.

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