Contents and Arrangement

Series 1: Divine Communications and Letters on Various Subjects, 1793-1814

5 boxes

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Consists of communications and letters from when Joanna began hearing a voice which prophesied a solution to the world's troubles with the imminent arrival of the "Second Coming of Christ." Her voices or "communications" appeared as visions to the "prophet" while asleep or awake, or as messages written automatically and unconsciously. These communications were usually dictated to and copied by her secretaries, Ann Underwood and Jane Townly. They primarily warned that man must turn to God because the end of the world was near, but they also offered explanations of scriptures and comments on historical and local events.


Not arranged according to any arrangement scheme.

Collection History


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Barbara Volz and Stephanie Henning in 1993. Finding aid written by Barbara Volz and Stephanie Henning in 1993.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Series 1: Divine Communications and Letters on Various Subjects; Joanna Southcott Collection, C0755, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
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