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Picture of inside of hymnal with inscription:  "Dieses Gesangbuch Gehort Maria (?)esin in Harmony den 18 Nov. 1822."
Picture of inside of hymnal with inscription: "Dieses Gesangbuch Gehort Maria (?) in Harmony den 18 Nov. 1822."

The following books can be purchased at the USI Bookstore.

  • Arndt, Karl J. R. George Rapp's Disciples, Pioneers and Heirs: A Register of the Harmonists in America. Edited by Donald E. Pitzer & Leigh Ann Chamness. University of Southern Indiana Press, Evansville, 1992.
    Cost: $22.95

  • Elliott, Josephine Mirabella, and Jane Thompson Johansen. Charles-Alexandre Lesueur: Premier Naturalist and Artist. 1999.
    Cost: $29.95

  • Pitzer, Donald E., ed. America's Communal Utopias. University of North Carolina Press, 1997.
    Cost: $26.65 (paper cover); $64.00 (cloth cover)

  • Pitzer, Donald E., and Josephine Mirabella Elliott, eds., Indiana Magazine of History. Published by Indiana University Department of History with the Indiana Historical Society, vol. XCIV, no. 2, June 1998.
    Cost: $5.00

  • Wittmer, Joe. The Gentle People: Personal Reflections of Amish Life. Educational Media Corp., 1991.
    Cost: $8.95

Recent publications and ongoing projects in communal studies, especially related to New Harmony as it aproaches its Bicentennial Celebration in 2014:

  • Donald Pitzer and Darryl Jones, New Harmony Then and Now (Quarry Books, 2011).

  • Leonard Warren, William Maclure of New Harmony (2009).

  • Eileen English, Demographic Directory of the Harmony Society (2011).

  • Joel Nathan Rosen, From New Lanark to Mound Bayou: Owenism in the Mississippi Delta (2011).

  • Don Pitzer and Darryl Jones, New Harmony Then and Now (2011).

  • Reprint of Arthur Besor's Backwoods Utopias: The Sectarian Origin and The Owenite Phase of Communitarian Socialism in America 1663-1829 (2012) with new introduction by Don Pitzer.

  • Two-volume work on New Harmony naturalist Charles Alexandre Lesueur by Ritsert Rinsma with English translation from French by Leslie Roberts (2012 or later).

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