Inspirationist Archive

Purpose

The purpose of Inspirationist Archive is a) to make Inspirationist testimonies and writings more accessible to members of the Amana Church Society and others by means of an online archive, and b) to preserve rare manuscripts and texts through digitization.

Focus

The focus of Inspirationist Archive is primarily on the early, 18th-Century years of the Gemeinde der Wahren Inspiration (Community of True Inspiration) — from the first Werkzeuge (Inspired Instruments) and Gebets Versammlung (prayer gathering) in Fall 1714, through the death of the last remaining Werkzeug from this Awakening period, Johann Friedrich Rock, in 1749, and the subsequent work of P.G. Nagel and Jonas Wickmark to maintain the Gemeinde and preserve the testimony manuscripts.

The timeline below shows four major periods of Inspirationist history. (“Periods” are spans of time in which there either are Werkzeuge delivering Zeugnisse (inspired testimonies), or in which there are no Werkzeuge.

Content

The site is organized into five main sections.

  1. Zeugnisse/Testimonies is a database containing all known testimonies (Zeugnisse des Geistes des Herrn) through the Inspirationist Werkzeuge (Instruments) from September 1714 through 1749. It is based on a register created by P. G. Nagel in 1762. The database includes information on when and where the testimony was delivered, where it can be found in manuscript or printed versions, and whether it has been transcribed into modern German and/or translated into English.
  2. Werkzeuge lists the seventeen 18th-century Werkzeuge identified in Inspirationist writings, and includes a short discussion of transitional moments in their lives as Werkzeuge.
  3. By the Numbers provides a visual display of quantitative information regarding the who, what, where, and how many Zeugnisse and Werkzeuge. This can help us see patterns and trends regarding ebbs and flows in Inspirationist activity.
  4. Collection Catalogs contains the inventories of two primary collections of Inspirationist material located in Amana, Iowa: 1) the archive collection of the Amana Church Society, and 2) the library and archive collections of the Amana Heritage Society.
  5. Digital Texts consists of viewable and downloadable files of digitized Inspirationist manuscripts and printed works, as well as English translations of various 18th-century Inspirationist works.

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