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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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Account of financial notes
Original digital object name: yhm-spe-bhc-mss-note-01
Acct Bishop Hill Colony to H. G. Farrell
Account of Bishop Hill Colony to H.G. Farrell for drugs &c, Original digital object name: yhm-spe-bhc-mss-1853-11-xx
Bill for drugs
Bill of inventory of the estate of Olaf Peterson. (Aligns with mss-inv-01), Original digital object name: yhm-spe-bhc-mss-bill-01
Certificate bestowing United States Citizenship to John Johnson
Citizenship papers for John Johnson, Original digital object name: yhm-spe-bhc-mss-1856-09-04
Certificate bestowing United States Citizenship to John Olson
Citizenship papers for John Olson, Original digital object name: yhm-spe-bhc-mss-1855-09-03
Chicago, Ill. Octo 24, 1859
Account and list of items purchased from Penton & Co. Wholesale, Original digital object name: yhm-spe-bhc-mss-1859-10-27
Chicago, Oct 3d 1863 Mr. O. Nordstrom Bishop Hill bought of Smith & Dwyer. Wholesale druggists
Account and list of items purchased from Smith & Dwyer, Wholesale Druggist., Original digital object name: yhm-spe-bhc-mss-1863-10-03
Deed transfer rom Erastus Bartlett to Olaf Johnson
Quit Claim Deed from Eustus Bartlett to Olaf Johnson., Original digital object name: yhm-spe-bhc-mss-1871-08-31
Inventory of the estate of Olof Peterson
Original digital object name: yhm-spe-bhc-mss-inv-01
Invitation to P.O. Kraus to attend an anniversary party at the Bishop Hill Lodge
Invitation to P.O. Kraus to an anniversary party for the Weller Lodge no. 160 of the A.O.U.W. from Dr. J. F. Vannice. Included with the invitation is envelope and business card from Mr. Vannice., Original digital object name: yhm-spe-bhc-mss-1886-01-20
Invoice of items purchased by Hadean & Johnson from Tucker & Mansfield, Aug 24, 1851
"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
Invoice of items purchased by Hadean & Johnson from Tucker & Mansfield, May 31, 1851
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
Invoice of items purchased from Tucker & Mansfield
Original digital object name: yhm-spe-bhc-mss-bill-05
Invoice of items purchased from Tucker & Mansfield
Original digital object name: yhm-spe-bhc-mss-bill-04
Letter From S.J. Nor[diss] to O. Nordstrom
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
Letter from O. Nordstrom, Jr. to his parents and sisters
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
Letter from Peter Nilson
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
Letter from Peter Nilson to O. Nordstrom
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
Letter from S.J. Nordiss to Broder Olaf
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
Letters of administration to Olaf Nordstrom for the estate of Olaf Peterson
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

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