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Amana Society

Image - A label from the Amana Society

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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Adam Clemens house Amana
Adam Clemens house, Amana, Provenance: Purchased from Peter Hoehnle.
Amana Brickyard
Amana Brickyard, 1898, Description: Photograph, mounted on card stock, 3 _ X 4 5/8 and is identified and dated, in ink, on the back. Several men are pictured next to what was likely the drying shed for the brick. A horse is hitched to what looks to be the clay mixer and two oxen are nearby pulling a cart., Provenance: Purchased from Peter Hoehnle.
Amana General Store, Amana, Iowa, ca. 1900
Amana General Store, Amana, Iowa ca 1900, Description: Photograph of Amana General Store-Amana, Iowa, This image dates to around 1900. The stone portion of this building, still (2012) used as a general store, was built in 1858., Provenance: Purchased from Peter Hoehnle.
Amana General Store, ca. 1890 looking from east to west
Amana Store + Main Office, Description: Image is 3 x 4 and mounted on card. The stone portion of this building was built in 1858. The General Store is still standing and continues as a general store (2012)., Provenance: Purchased from Peter Hoehnle.
Amana General Store, ca. 1900
Amana Store, Old Amana Store + office, Description: Image is 3 x 3 and mounted on card. This shows part of west wall of the building and front facade. The stone portion of this building was built in 1858. The frame wing housed the Amana Society main office for many years following the end of the communal system. The building today (2012) continues to house a general store., Provenance: Purchased from Peter Hoehnle.
Amana Meeting House
Saal [Amana], 1900, Selzer, Description: Amana meeting house, 1900, taken facing east. This shows the wooden living quarters and women's entrance as well the long stone faade of the main meeting house (church) in Amana which was built in 1864. The image is 3 X 4 and mounted on an embossed cream colored card that is 4.5 X 5.5. Notation on back reads "Saal 1900"., Provenance: Purchased from Peter Hoehnle.
Amana Pharmacy
Amana Pharmacy, Description: View of the Amana Pharmacy with grinding windmill, tower for Pepsin production and an original pre Amana farm house. Photograph is probably the work of Adolph Siegrist, a sometime member of the Society, whose work was primarily done in the 1890s., Provenance: Purchased from Peter Hoehnle.
Amana Pharmacy Building with windmill in back and brick tower used in production of Pepsin
Amana drug Store with Christe Gasser's wind mill - (right), 1814-1884, Description: Photographs of the windmill are uncommon as it was removed around 1890. Photograph mounted on a card. The image is 4 3/8 X 6 3/8 inches. Not a sharp image., Provenance: Purchased from Peter Hoehnle.
Amana Pharmacy Building with windmill in back and brick tower used in production of Pepsin
Amana Drugstore, Description: Photographs of the windmill are uncommon as it was removed around 1890. Photograph mounted on a card; the image is 4 3/8 X 6 3/8 inches. Not a sharp image., Provenance: Purchased from Peter Hoehnle.
Amana Schulhaus
Amana Schulhaus, [unclear], Description: Interesting view, taken from second floor of Trautmann House in Amana looking east. Visible in the middle four ground is the back of a brick ash house. In photo center is the back of the school building for the lower grades and, at extreme right, the building used by the upper grades. Three buildings of the Amana main street are visible in the background. This image dates from around 1900 (one of the visible buildings has a construction date of around 1898) 4 3/16 X 3 2/16 mounted on a card that is 5 3/8 X 4 . $75., Provenance: Purchased from Peter Hoehnle.
Amana Society indigo blue prints
Provenance: Purchased from Peter Hoehnle, Original digital object name: yhm-spe-ama-eph-007
Amana Woolen Mill
Amana Woolen Mill, Description: Nice view of smokestack reflected in mill race and of the original stone factory building. Shows an early view of the woolen mill which shows the 1891 weaving building and 1896 smokestack, but not an 1908 addition. These buildings are still (2012) standing and partially used as a woolen mill., Provenance: Purchased from Peter Hoehnle.
Amana Woolen Mill
Factory, Dec 99, L to R Henry Klipfel, C Baust, Carl Moershel, Description: Larger format image of the interior of the office at the Amana Woolen Mill in December 1899. This is one of a series of images made by an unknown photographer of the woolen mill interior. The picture shows three men (all identified on the reverse). One of the men is Charles Moershel, the manager of the woolen mill from 1859 until 1903. Moershel is seated at his desk in a corner of the space, which appears to have also been used for packaging finished product., Provenance: Purchased from Peter Hoehnle.
Amana Woolen Mill from across Mill Race
Amana Woolen Mill, circa 1896-1908, Description: Photograph shows woolen mill from across mill race. Visible are the weaving and carding buildings, the power house and the smokestack. Photograph was taken between construction of smokestack in 1896 and construction of weaving building addition in 1908. Image is 3 X 4, original photograph mounted on card stock, taken ca. 1903 - 1908., Provenance: Purchased from Peter Hoehnle.
Amana Woolen Mill, ca. 1910
Amana Woolen Mill ca 1903 - 1940's, Description: Amana Woolen Mill. Weaving building at left, spinning building and smokestack and power plant at right., Provenance: Purchased from Peter Hoehnle.
Amana barnyard [three photos]
Amana Barnyard, Description: Album page with three images attached to it, all early prints a. View of the Amana farm yard, c. 1910. Image shows the farm yard, with homes in the background. Several wagons are fathered in the middle of this winter scene. 3.5 X 4.5. B. Street scene of three wagons and teams on a street in Amana. Joseph Prestele house in background, taken from the yard of the Amana cabinet shop. The large oak tree growing on the corner of the street is still there today, and a local landmark. Picture is 3 1/4 X 5. C. View of the woolen mill, side branch of the mill race, Amana hotel and several homes. This image dates to around 1910, after the tall smokestack was built at the woolen mill but before the 1923 fire that destroyed the flour mill. Bucolic scene with grape arbors and two bridges spanning the canal., Provenance: Purchased from Peter Hoehnle.
Amana blankets tag
Provenance: Purchased from Peter Hoehnle, Original digital object name: yhm-spe-ama-eph-006
Amana farm workers with portable tractor powered saw
Description: Probably from the 1920s. Believed to have been taken in West Amana of the portable saw rig that was taken around the village to cut fire wood for the residents., Provenance: Purchased from Peter Hoehnle.
Amana houses on Main St.
Amana - houses on main st., Provenance: Purchased from Peter Hoehnle.
Amana men on outing, c. 1910
Amana men on outing c. 1910, Description: American flag, tent, bicycle, wind up phonograph liquor bottles and shot guns - lots of evidence of "outside" influence., Provenance: Purchased from Peter Hoehnle.

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