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Collection of the Koreshan Unity Publications


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Title: Collection of the Koreshan Unity Publications, 1895-1995Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1922-1936

ID: SP/Koreshan

Extent: 0.0

Arrangement: Arranged in two series: history and publications, which are then listed by titles in chronological order.

Subjects: Koreshanity, Koreshan Unity Settlement, Teed, Cyrus Reed, 1839-1908


Communal organizations flourished during the 19th century America when people joined movements that strove to achieve more perfect lives. One of these was the Koreshan movement. Cyrus Teed, who possessed a magnetic personality, actively recruited followers for his cult of Koreshan Universology. The Koreshans espoused communism in the truest sense of the word, imitating the communal lives of the early Christians when everything was held in common. The Koreshan community in Estero, Florida was established in 1894, when Reed brought his early followers from Chicago to Florida. In 1903, the Koreshan Unity became a legal Corporation in Florida. When the Koreshan Unitarians arrived in Estero, they had to clear the land before they could pursue their dreams. They laid out their plans for settlement and took hand in all phases of cultivation. To enhance the quality of their lives, Koreshan pioneers tried to complement their labors with educational, artistic and recreational activities. The community blossomed during the first few years of the 20th century. After Teed's death in 1908, the driving and inspiring force was gone, the population aged, the community declined in the ensuing decades. In 1967, the Koreshan State Park was dedicated in Florida.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection consists of a variety of Koreshan publications, including broken runs of the periodicals the Flaming Sword and the American Eagle. The latter started out as a political newspaper and moved more and more toward publishing horticultural articles. Henry Nehrling, a German American horticulturist, found a ready forum for his writings on Florida gardens in American Eagle. The collection also contains newspaper clippings, theses and several monographs on Cyrus Teed, the Koreshan Unity and its members, and the Koreshan State Park.

Subject/Index Terms

Koreshan Unity Settlement
Teed, Cyrus Reed, 1839-1908

Administrative Information

Repository: Rollins College Archives & Special Collections

Access Restrictions: Open access

Physical Access Note: Due to the frail conditions of many of the materials, they will have to be viewed one piece at a time under strict supervision.

Related Materials: See also Henry Nehrling Papers For more information please see

Preferred Citation: Container No., Koreshan Unity Publications, Archives and Special Collections, Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida.

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[Series 1: History and General Information],
[Series 2: Publications],

Series 1: History and General InformationAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Outline and description of collectionAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: HistoryAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Teed, Cyrus R.Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Michel, HedwigAdd to your cart.
Biographical material from secondary sources
Folder 5: Annual celebrations of Koresh's birthday, October 18, 1958-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 6: News clippings, 1959-1999Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Site illustrationsAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Koreshan Unity--Collections in other depositoriesAdd to your cart.
Here are gathered descriptions and bibliographies of Koreshan materials in museums, libraries, and archives other than Rollins College.
Folder 9: Koreshan State Park, Estero, FL--News clippingsAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: President Jo BigelowAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Dr. Lyn RainardAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: The World's College of Life curriculumAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Articles by Dr. Irvin D.S. WinsboroAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Art HallAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: "The Planetary Court"Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Archival correspondenceAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Communal Studies Association Conference, Estero, FL  October 12-13, 1995Add to your cart.
notes and schedule of presenters from the conference

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