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Bishop Hill Colony

Description of the Bishop Hill Colony Collection

The Bishop Hill Colony was founded in western Illinois in 1846 by dissenters from the Swedish Lutheran Church. Known as lasare (or readers), they read the Bible for themselves and followed the preaching of their leader Erik Janson. Many of the settlers perished during a difficult first winter at their new home in the United States. Additionally, Janson was murdered in 1850. Despite these set backs the colony existed as a communal settlement until 1861.

 

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Telephone: (315) 859-4447

Special Collections
Burke Library
198 College Hill Road
Clinton, NY 13323
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Invoice of items purchased by Hadean & Johnson from Tucker & Mansfield, Aug 24, 1851
1851-08-24
Peoria (Ill.)
Ephemera Invoice
"Bill for Drugs". Several listings of items sold and mostly dating from 1851. (Align with mss-bill-01-05) Original digital object name: yhm-spe-bhc-mss-bill-03
Collection: Bishop Hill Colony
Invoice of items purchased by Hadean & Johnson from Tucker & Mansfield, May 31, 1851
1851-05-31
Peoria (Ill.)
Ephemera Invoice
List of notes from Nils Hedstrom, Anderson, Ringstrom, Anderson, Angstrom, Peterson etc. (Aligns with mss-note-01) Original digital object name: yhm-spe-bhc-mss-bill-02
Collection: Bishop Hill Colony
Invoice of items purchased from Tucker & Mansfield
Ephemera Invoice
Original digital object name: yhm-spe-bhc-mss-bill-04
Collection: Bishop Hill Colony
Invoice of items purchased from Tucker & Mansfield
Ephemera Invoice
Original digital object name: yhm-spe-bhc-mss-bill-05
Collection: Bishop Hill Colony
Letter From S.J. Nor[diss] to O. Nordstrom
1862-06-15
Corinth (Miss.)
Manuscripts Correspondence
Letter to O. Nordstrom in Swedish. Letterhead in red ink, image of George Washington and draped flag. Envelope included. Original digital object name: yhm-spe-bhc-mss-1862-06-15
Collection: Bishop Hill Colony
Letter from O. Nordstrom, Jr. to his parents and sisters
Nordström,Olaf, Jr.
1866-05-09
New York Harbor (N.Y. and N.J.)
Manuscripts Correspondence
Letter from O. Nordstrom Jr. in Swedish to his "dear Parents". Letterhead is in red and blue ink with image of eagle holding flag in beak with large star underneath. "Not a star must fall" printed at top. Original digital object name: yhm-spe-bhc-mss-1866-05-09
Collection: Bishop Hill Colony
Letter from Peter Nilson
Nilson, Peter
1863-09-07
Corinth (Miss.)
Manuscripts Correspondence
Letter from Peter Nilson in Swedish to unknown recipient on "Head Quarters" letterhead from the 57th Reg. Illinois Volunteer Infantry camp. Original digital object name: yhm-spe-bhc-mss-1863-09-07
Collection: Bishop Hill Colony
Letter from Peter Nilson to O. Nordstrom
Nilson, Peter
1863-08-13
Corinth (Miss.)
Manuscripts Correspondence
Letter from Peter Nilson in Swedish to O. Norsdstrom on "Head Quarters" letterhead from the 57th Reg. Illinois Volunteer Infantry camp. Original digital object name: yhm-spe-bhc-mss-1863-08-13
Collection: Bishop Hill Colony
Letter from S.J. Nordiss to Broder Olaf
Nordiss, S.J.
1862-07-10
Corinth (Miss.)
Manuscripts Correspondence
Letter from S. J. Nordiss to Broder Olaf in Swedish. Letterhead in red and blue ink with image of Eagle holding American Flag and attacking another bird holding early confederate flag. Original digital object name: yhm-spe-bhc-mss-1862-07-10
Collection: Bishop Hill Colony
Letters of administration to Olaf Nordstrom for the estate of Olaf Peterson
Nordström, Olaf Peterson, Olaf
1860-02-09
Knox County (Ill.)
Ephemera Legal form
Letters of Administration from Knox County. Appointing Olaf Nordstrom administrator of the estate of Olaf Peterson. Original digital object name: yhm-spe-bhc-mss-1860-02-09
Collection: Bishop Hill Colony

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