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House of David

Image - Benjamin Purnell

Benjamin Purnell
(founder)

Description of the House of David Collection

These are materials related to the Israelite House of David community founded by Benjamin and Mary Purnell in Benton Harbor, Michigan. The Israelite House of David, and The Israelite House of David as Reorganized by Mary Purnell (commonly called Mary's City of David), communities are active at present. Popularly known for their athletic teams (baseball and basketball), amusement parks and jazz bands, the Israelites are a fascinating and understudied part of American history. The faith that underpins the public face of the Israelites is rooted in the Bible, and mystical Christianity from Jane Leade through the six messengers of the Christian Israelite tradition beginning with Joanna Southcott in the late eighteenth century.

The Special Collections Department of Hamilton College holds thousands of manuscripts, imprints, ephemera, visual materials, audio/video materials, and artifacts documenting the entire history of the Israelites. The printed materials can be researched through our online catalog, ALEX.

 

Research on site at Hamilton College

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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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House of David materials on this website

  • Jezreelite Pioneer of Wisdom (vols. 1-10, 1889-1899, all 252 issues) (vols. 11-14, 1901-1906, 11 scattered issues) [uploading in progress, 2018-01]
  • Shiloh's Messenger of Wisdom - Index (vols. 1 to 12)
  • Shiloh's Messenger of Wisdom (vols. 1 to 15, 1903-1919)
    • Additional copies of a few issues are available. See separate listings below for copies 1-3.
Pioneer of wisdom (coming soon)
Jezreel, James J. (James Jershom), 1840-1885
1889-1906
London (England)
Publications Serials
Periodical publication of the New and Latter House of Israel, London, England. Began with: Vol. 1, no. 1 (Jan. 4, 1889); Monthly, 1892-1903; Weekly, 1889-1891 Original digital object name: yhm-spe-jez-pow
Collection: House of David
Shiloh's messenger index, vols. 1 to 12
House of David
1915
Benton Harbor (Mich.)
indexes
Alphabetical index to Shiloh's messenger of wisdom. Variant of Yaple 170 (index to v. 1-20 of Shiloh's messenger). Digital resource provided by the Hamilton College Library, Clinton, New York
Collection: House of David
Shiloh's messenger of wisdom
1903-2014
Benton Harbor (Mich.)
Serials
A monthly publication of the House of David, Benton, Harbor, Michigan. Digital resource provided by the Hamilton College Library, Clinton, New York.
Collection: House of David
Shiloh's messenger of wisdom (copy 1)
1903-2014
Benton Harbor (Mich.)
Serials
A monthly publication of the House of David, Benton, Harbor, Michigan. This copy contains these issues: vol. 1, iss.1-12 (May 1903 - April 1904). Digital resource provided by the Hamilton College Library, Clinton, New York.
Collection: House of David
Shiloh's messenger of wisdom (copy 2)
1903-2014
Benton Harbor (Mich.)
Serials
A monthly publication of the House of David, Benton, Harbor, Michigan. This copy contains these issues: vol. 1, iss.1-12 (May 1903 - April 1904); vol 4, no. 12 (April 1907); vol. 7, no. 4 (August 1909). Digital resource provided by the Hamilton College Library, Clinton, New York.
Collection: House of David
Shiloh's messenger of wisdom (copy 3)
1903-2014
Benton Harbor (Mich.)
Serials
A monthly publication of the House of David, Benton, Harbor, Michigan. This copy contains these issues: vol. 1, iss. 1 (May 1903); vol. 1, iss. 10 (February 1904); vol. 1, iss. 12 (April 1904). Digital resource provided by the Hamilton College Library, Clinton, New York.
Collection: House of David