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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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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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Letters of guardianship to Olaf Nordstrom for Peter Jones
Letters of Guardianship. Olaf Nordstrom becomes guardian of Peter Jones, minor heir of Jonas Peterson., Original digital object name: yhm-spe-bhc-mss-1859-11-23
Minutes of a meeting at Bishop Hill
Handwritten meeting minutes entitled "Resolutions of Respect Bishop Hill Ill." signed by J.A. Ericson, A. Nordberg and John Root., Original digital object name: yhm-spe-bhc-mss-1885-02-07
Promissory note to Nilson Multer from Eric Norberg, Olof Olson, Andrew Norberg, E.P. Lindwall, and John Soderstrom
Loan agreement for $1000.00 between Nilson Multer and Bishop Hill directors., Original digital object name: yhm-spe-bhc-mss-1868-05-08
Quit-Claim deed. The Bishop Hill Colony to Jonas Olson
Quit claim Deed from Bishop Hill Colony to Jonas Olson., Original digital object name: yhm-spe-bhc-mss-1866-11-19
Receipt for money paid from Christine Olson to the Trustees of the Bishop Hill Colony
Receipt for $40 from Christine Olson for her share in "subscription for the legal proceeding against the Trustees of the Bishop Hill Colony". Signed by O. Olson, Original digital object name: yhm-spe-bhc-mss-1868-09-21
Receipt for money paid from the Trustees of the Bishop Hill Colony to Jon Jonson
Receipt from Trustees of the Bishop Hill Colony for $38 to Jon Jon son, being his share of money from the interest paid fron the American Railroad Company., Original digital object name: yhm-spe-bhc-mss-1868-06-30
Receipt for real estate taxes paid by J. Olson
Receipt from State of Illinois, Henry County for payment of $75.15 in taxes. Made out to J. Olson and Olson party., Original digital object name: yhm-spe-bhc-mss-1869-02-11
Receipt of payment from James Olson to P.O. Blomberg
Receipt for one hundred dollars to Jonas Olson from P.O. Blomberg. Money to be applied to purchase of Bishop Hill mill., Original digital object name: yhm-spe-bhc-mss-1866-02-27
Receipt of payment from S. Swanson to John Axling
Receipt for second installment of one hundred dollars from John Axling to Bishop Hill Colony and signed by S. Swanson., Original digital object name: yhm-spe-bhc-mss-1865-11-18
Request from Olaf Johnson and J.W. Sweet to Olaf Nordstrom for delivery of wheat
Letter to Olaf Nordstrom from Olaf Johnson and J. W. Sweet asking him to deliver 30 bushels of wheat to Johnson party., Original digital object name: yhm-spe-bhc-mss-1862-03-10
Statement of the Ledger kept at Galva for the Bisop Hill Colony up to January 1, 1860
Statement of the ledger kept at Galva for the Bishop Hill Colony up to January 1, 1860., Original digital object name: yhm-spe-bhc-mss-1860-01-01
Summons for appearance in court for Lars Ericson, Olaf Headland, and Eric P. Asland
Summons to appear to testify sent by Olof Olson to Lars Ericson, Olaf Headland and Eric Asland., Original digital object name: yhm-spe-bhc-mss-1869-07-01
Warrantee Deed from Bishop Hill Colony to Olaf Johnson & others
Indenture document and warranty deed, Original digital object name: yhm-spe-bhc-mss-1863-04-02
Western Exchange Fire & Marine Insurance Co. One Dollar
One dollar bank note number listed as "No. 642", Original digital object name: yhm-spe-bhc-eph-01
Western Exchange Fire & Marine Insurance Co. Two Dollars
Two dollar bank note number listed as "No. 243", Original digital object name: yhm-spe-bhc-eph-02
Western Exchange Fire & Marine Insurance Co. Will Pay Three Dollars
Three dollar bank note number listed as "No. 642", Original digital object name: yhm-spe-bhc-eph-03

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