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"Wabasch Lied" poem

 Collection — Folder: S2448
Identifier: S2448

Scope and Contents

This collection contains two photostat copies of "Wabasch Lied" or "Wabash Song," a poem written in German by members of the Harmony Society after moving to Indiana in 1814. "E. D. Ogden and Co. of Baton Rouge, Louisiana " and the date December 18, 1942 are stamped on the reverse side of one copy. It is not known it the photostats were made from an original copy of the poem.


  • circa 1814, 1942

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

The Harmony Society, led by George Rapp, came to the United States from Germany in 1804 and settled in Butler County, Pennsylvania. The Harmonists were religious Separatists who pursued Christian perfection through every aspect of their daily conduct. In 1814, the Society purchased 20,000 acres along the Wabash River in what is now Posey County, Indiana. Members of the Harmony Society, also called Rappites, established Harmony (or Harmonie), a self-sufficient community that produced a wide variety of goods. After ten years, George Rapp decided the colony should move again and sold the community in 1825 to Robert Owen, who established another utopian society called New Harmony.


Arndt, Karl J. "The First Wabash Song." Indiana Magazine of History 38, no.1 (March 1942): 80-83.

Britannica, T. Editors of Encyclopaedia. "Rappite." Encyclopedia Britannica, November 25, 2016.

Indiana State Museum. "The Innovative Approach Behind the Utopian Communities." Historic Sites: New Harmony. Accessed November 7, 2022.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials




This collection consists of two copies of one item.

Custodial History

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


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2022/11/14 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2022/11/14 by Laura Eliason.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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