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Oscar Schmidt manuscript

 Collection — Folder: S1141
Identifier: S1141

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a typed manuscript, with handwritten edits, entitled "Echoes" by Oscar Schmidt in Spencer, Indiana regarding a story about narrator Dick Wheeler, who along with several friends, visits the estate home of Mrs. Ellen Gilbert in southern Indiana, presumably in New Harmony. The story provides a detailed narrative of the immigration of George Rapp and his followers from Germany to western Pennsylvania in 1803, and their move to Harmony, Indiana in 1814.


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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

George Rapp (1757-1845) was an Evangelical Lutheran who was exiled from Germany for his controversial religious doctrine. At its height in Germany, Rapp’s following was estimated at 12,000. In America, Rapp’s following was much lower, at approximately 800 members. The settlement of New Harmony, Indiana was founded upon his ideas.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Oscar Schmidt.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2015/11/05 by Linda Gellert. EAD finding aid created 2015/11/05 by Linda Gellert. EAD finding aid revised 2016/02/08 by Brittany Kropf.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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