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Hope, Indiana collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S2161

Scope and Contents

This collection contains several items related to Hope, Indiana and the Moravian Church, including the historical sketches, "Settlement at Hope Followed Failure of Moravian Mission" (circa 1968) and "The Moravian Cemetery (Hope, Indiana)" by George E. Utterback (1968). A basic map is included with the sketches and has symbols to mark places in the town such as schools, churches, playgrounds, and the cemetery. Also part of the collection is a copy of "Welcome to Hope, Hawcreek Township, Bartholomew County, Indiana," a promotional pamphlet sponsored and prepared by the Hope Business Association that includes a brief history of the town, pictures of points of interest and maps of the town and township (circa 1966).

There are also oversize plat maps of the town of Hope, Indiana as well as plats pertaining to the Moravian Church, circa 1836 to 1905 (OBC079).


  • circa 1836-1905; circa 1960

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.

Historical Note

In the fall of 1829, Martin and Susannah Hauser and their children migrated to Indiana from North Carolina. They bought 240 acres in Hawcreek Township in Bartholomew County and founded the town of Hope in April 1830. Originally called Goshen, the name was changed to Hope due to another town in northern Indiana already having the name of Goshen. The first building constructed in the town was the log cabin that served as the Moravian church. The Moravian Church, as it remains today, was connected to the Protestant Episcopal reform movement began by Jan Hus of Prague; later Moravia and Bohemia, the capital of which was Prague; later the Moravian Church in America began with Germanic immigrants in the early eighteenth century.

Originally a congregational town, the provincial elders of the church decided to open the community to other settlers besides Moravians. Though the community is no longer confined to one denomination, the influence of the Moravian Church is still evident today.


Information found within collection.

Baker, Ronald L. and Marvin Carmony. Indiana Place Names. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1975.

Bartholomew County Historical Society. History of Bartholomew County, Indiana 1888, vol. 1, Columbus, IN: Bartholomew County Historical Society, 1976.

Hope Moravian Church. "History of the Hope Moravian Church." Accessed March 8, 2021.


0.07 Cubic Feet (1 folder, 1 large oversize folder)

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Custodial History

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


No further additions are expected.

Related Materials

Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN:

OBC079: Hope, Indiana plat maps

S2713: Hope, Indiana, United Brethren church history

Processing Information

Oversize collection processing completed 2006/01 by Benjamin Clark. Oversize collection EAD finding aid created 2015/12/03 by Bethany Fiechter. Collection processing completed 2021/03/08 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2021/03/08 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid revised 2021/10/21 by Lauren Patton; 2022/03/02 by Brittany Kropf.
Hope, Indiana 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.