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Workingmen's Institution collection

 Collection — Folder: S1104
Identifier: S1104

Scope and Contents

This 20-page, typed list, including title page, gives extracts of the books and pamphlets in a special library at the Workingmen's Institute, New Harmony, Indiana. The list was compiled by Rena Reese in March 1909. Part I, which is six pages, has Indiana imprints before 1877. Part 2, consisting of 13 pages, has other American imprints before 1877. One of the earliest pamphlets was published by the Rappites in 1824 entitled: "Thoughts on the destiny of man, particularly with reference to the present times, by the Harmony Society of Indiana." Also listed is William Maclure's "essay on the formation of rocks" in 1832. Robert Owen's daughter Jane Dale Owen Fauntleroy published a circular about the New Harmony Seminary for Young Ladies about 1844. In 1850, Robert Dale Owen published "Brief practical treatise on the construction and management of plank roads." Charles Nordhoff's "Communistic societies of the United States, from personal visit and observation" was published in 1875. Four pages list the publications by Robert Owen, including "Debate on the evidence of Christianity between Robert Owen and Alexander Campbell," in 1829. On September 29, 1862, Robert Owen sent a letter to President Lincoln about the policy of emancipation of the slaves "which is said to have had the greatest influence in determining the mind of the president."


  • 1909


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note/Historical Note/Administrative History

The Workingmen's Institute in New Harmony, Indiana, had a library with a special collection of books and pamphlets, from which this list is taken.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged as the transcript is paginated.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Rena Reese.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing and finding aid completed 2015/02/12 by Nikki Stoddard Schofield.
Workingmen's Institute collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.