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Amana Society

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A label from
the Amana Society

Description of the Amana Society Collection

The Amana Society collection contains materials of the Community of True Inspiration held by the Special Collections Department of Hamilton College. The Community of True Inspiration, today's Amana Society, is a Pietist sect that began in south central Germany in 1714. The Inspirationists, like the Shakers, were influenced by the "French Prophets," protestant refugees who fled southern France around 1700. The Inspirationists immigrated to the United States from Germany beginning in 1843. They were resident first at Ebenezer, New York (just south of Buffalo), and ultimately settled at Amana, Iowa, beginning in 1855. Although they abandoned communal living in 1932, the religious practice of the Inspirationists remains vital today.

Non-digital printed materials can be found in the Special Collections Department of the Hamilton College Library.

 

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Christian Goodwillie, Director and Curator of Special Collections and Archives
E-mail: cgoodwil (at) hamilton (dot) edu
Telephone: (315) 859-4447

Special Collections
Burke Library
198 College Hill Road
Clinton, NY 13323
Regular hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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Amana items on this website

  • The Amana ephemera are listed below (33 items)
Amana Society indigo blue prints
Amana (Iowa)
Label Ephemera
Provenance: Purchased from Peter Hoehnle Original digital object name: yhm-spe-ama-eph-007
Collection: Amana Society Collection
Amana blankets tag
Homestead (Iowa)
Label Ephemera
Provenance: Purchased from Peter Hoehnle Original digital object name: yhm-spe-ama-eph-006
Collection: Amana Society Collection
Ballot from the Amana Society Reorganization Vote in 1932
1932
Form Ephemera
Are you in agreement with the plan for reorganization as it has been presented: yes, or no? Date from title: 1932 Provenance: Purchased from Peter Hoehnle
Collection: Amana Society Collection
Blank postcard from Amana Society Homestead Store
1940
Homestead (Iowa)
Form Postcard
Printed date: 194_ Provenance: Purchased from Peter Hoehnle Original digital object name: yhm-spe-ama-eph-001
Collection: Amana Society Collection
Call card, Amana Society
1930
Homestead (Iowa)
Form Postcard
Printed date: 193_ Provenance: Purchased from Peter Hoehnle Original digital object name: yhm-spe-ama-eph-002
Collection: Amana Society Collection
Check payable to the Amana Society
1940
Iowa
Form Ephemera
Printed date: 194_ Provenance: Purchased from Peter Hoehnle Original digital object name: yhm-spe-ama-eph-011
Collection: Amana Society Collection
Check payable to the Amana Society
1940
Iowa
Form Ephemera
Printed date: 194_ Provenance: Purchased from Peter Hoehnle Original digital object name: yhm-spe-ama-eph-003
Collection: Amana Society Collection
Envelope
Amana (Iowa)
Envelope Ephemera
Provenance: Purchased from Peter Hoehnle Original digital object name: yhm-spe-ama-eph-005
Collection: Amana Society Collection
Price list for wool flannels
1931-02-10
Homestead (Iowa)
Price list Ephemera
Printed date: Feb. 10, 1931 Provenance: Purchased from Peter Hoehnle Original digital object name: yhm-spe-ama-eph-004
Collection: Amana Society Collection
Receipt
1900
Homestead (Iowa)
Form Receipt
Inscription: OCT 6, 1904; Mr. Jacob Kerper; New Vienna, Ia.; 10 days 2% dice; 3 pc. B. blue prints,; 139 yd. 9$ 1251; We are out of 2 patterns ordered so have substituted nearest which we trust to be all right.; Date stamped: Oct 6 1904 Provenance: Purchased from Peter Hoehnle
Collection: Amana Society Collection
Receipt for Mr. Jacob Luttif
1861-04-12
Albany (N.Y.)
Form Receipt
[M]r. Jacob Luttif[?], 2 doz [unclear] cotton 3/8, 88, [unclear], BR/RL Spelman, B. R. & R. L. Spelman, Bill $ ,, 88 Paid, April 12th 1861 Date inscribed: Apr 12; Date inscribed on back: April 13th, 1861 Provenance: Purchased from Peter Hoehnle
Collection: Amana Society Collection
This skirt has been fulled the same as cloth, does not shrink, and has a soft fleecy finish, and fast colors
Homestead (Iowa)
Label Ephemera
310; Provenance: Purchased from Peter Hoehnle Original digital object name: yhm-spe-ama-eph-008
Collection: Amana Society Collection