This section contains various databases, lists, and sources compiled from the Inspirationist Archive collections. The databases are works in progress and are intended to provide a basis for further research. The information contained in them suggests the depth and breadth of possible research topics pertaining to the 18th century Inspirationist Gemeinden. It also suggests that Community membership was more extensive, enduring, and vibrant throughout the century than how it is usually characterized in scholarly accounts.
The Namenregister is a composite working list of members of the Community of True Inspiration who are represented in the various documents in the Inspirationist Archive collections (Liebesmahl Guest Register, Unterredungs Registers, Letzte Stunden und Todesberichte, Zeugnisse, etc.). We list the names alphabetically, with a town location reference (if known), and note the general type of document(s) where the name appears. The time frame of the register is from the origins of the community in 1714 through the end of the 18th century. For the most part, the individuals listed are adult members of the community. The list currently includes more than 1,600 members.
Liebesmahl Guest Register (1714-1716)
The Liebesmahl Guest Register contains the names of persons invited to one or more of the five Liebesmahls (Love Feasts) that were held during the first two years of the Inspirationists. Because Liebesmahl guests were invited individually by the Werkzeuge, the guest lists found in Archive manuscripts provide reliable information about who can be considered to be an Inspirationist in the early years.
Schwarzenau Unterredungsregister (1716-1718)
The Schwarzenau Unterredungsregister lists the names of individuals who participated in the Unterredungen held in Schwarzenau in 1716, 1717, and 1718. Unterredungen/Untersuchungen are spiritual examinations of Gemeinde members, usually conducted by Werkzeuge and Elders of a Gemeinde.
The Unterredungsregister lists names of individuals who participated in the Community Unterredungen (also called Untersuchungen) sessions in different Gemeinden, mostly in the Ysenburg region, in the period 1743-1778. Unterredungen/Untersuchungen are spiritual examinations of Gemeinde members, usually conducted by Werkzeuge and Elders of a Gemeinde. The Unterredungsregister, is compiled primarily from manuscript accounts recorded at the time by Paul Giesebert Nagel. Some of these were copied later in the 19th century by Gottlieb Prestele and others.
Letzte Stunden und Todesberichte
Letzte Stunden (Last Hours) und Todesberichte (Death Reports) are a main genre of Inspirationist literature. This database lists known accounts of individuals, including date, location, author of the account, and where the account can be found in manuscript and/or published sources.