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Koreshan Unity Collection

Identifier: yhm-spe-com-kor

Scope and Contents

This collection contains letters to and from various members of the Koreshan Unity, other documents relating to it, a series of notebooks containing scriptural indices, the book "Cellular Cosmogony or the Earth a Concave Sphere," a newpaper clipping on it, and a letter to a hollow-Earth skeptic.


  • 1890 - 1920

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There are no restrictions governing access to this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply. Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

The Koreshan Unity (1870s-1910s) was led by Cyrus Teed (1839-1908) and was a religious cult whose members generally believed that a life of celibacy led to immortality and that the Earth was hollow and concave. They formed a commune in Florida, which, at its peak, housed some 250 members. The commune contained a printing house, Guiding Star Publishing House, at which was published the Flaming Sword, a newsletter and journal.


0.4 Linear Feet : One half-size archival box.

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This collection contains many of the personal papers of various members of the Koreshan Unity, as well as several bound notebooks serving as scriptural indices. Also of note are Teed's book "Celluar Cosmogony," a newspaper clipping describing its hollow-Earth theory, and a letter of refutation to a critic of the theory.


The collection is contained within one half-size archival box and consists of four series: Correspondence, Miscellaneous Documents, Notebooks, and items relating to the hollow-Earth theory. Within each series, files are arranged chronologically.

Dana Goettler
Nov., 2022
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Repository Details

Part of the Hamilton College Special Collections Repository

Hamilton College
198 College Hill Road
Clinton NY 13323 United States