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Koreshan Unity Publication Collection

Identifier: SP-Koreshan

Scope and Contents

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.


  • Created: 1895-1995
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1922-1936

Conditions Governing Access

Open access


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Language of Materials



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.

Arrangement Note

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

Physical Access Requirements

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

Existence and Location of Originals

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Related Materials

See also Henry Nehrling Papers

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Repository Details

Part of the Rollins College Archives & Special Collections Repository

Rollins College Box 2744
1000 Holt Avenue
Winter Park 32789-4499 US