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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

To schedule a research visit, please contact us in advance.

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 Messenger of wisdom and Israel's guide (vol. 1, 1887-1888, 7 scattered issues)
  • Jezreelite Pioneer of Wisdom (vols. 1-10, 1889-1899, all 252 issues) (vols. 11-14, 1901-1906, 11 scattered issues)
  • 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.
Shiloh's messenger index, vols. 1 to 12
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, yhm-spe-hod-shi-ind
Shiloh's messenger of wisdom
A monthly publication of the House of David, Benton, Harbor, Michigan., Digital resource provided by the Hamilton College Library, Clinton, New York.
Shiloh's messenger of wisdom (copy 1)
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.
Shiloh's messenger of wisdom (copy 2)
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.
Shiloh's messenger of wisdom (copy 3)
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.