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Manuscript Group 351
JULIUS F. SACHSE DEPOSIT OF EPHRATA CLOISTER MATERIALS
1680-1939 (bulk 1725-1931)
8 cubic feet


Julius Friedrich Sachse (b. 1842 - d. 1919) was an author and historian from Philadelphia who specialized in researching Pennsylvania-German culture. Materials in this collection include correspondence, articles, books, hymns, wills, photographs and other materials either collected by or written by Sachse concerning the history and religious development of the Ephrata Cloister of the Seventh Day German Baptist Brethern formed at Ephrata in 1732 and its sister community, the Snow Hill Cloister, in Franklin County that was incorporated in 1823. The Ephrata Cloister was a mystical communal religious sect founded by Georg Conrad Beissel in 1728 and was noted for its fraktur, music, and 18th century imprints. Included are 18th century Ephrata imprints on religious subjects, hymn books, a copy of Geistliche Harmonien (Dresden, 1680), biographical material concerning leaders and members of the cloister, and information relating to other religious groups located in Lancaster and Chester counties, including the Moravians (United Brethern), Schwenkfelders, Dunkards (Church of the Brethren, Conservative Dunkers), and Sabbatarians. Some of the material is in German.




 

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