Father Divine's International Peace Mission Movement is based at Woodmont outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Its leader Reverend Major Jealous Divine, usually called Father Divine, began attracting followers in the American South during the 1910s. By 1919 the movement was based at Sayville, New York; and in 1933 Father Divine established a headquarters in Harlem. Followers recognize Father Divine as God. Members are celibate and reject racial categorizations. Many of them lived in large hotel buildings called "heavens." The movement is celebrated for its sumptuous banquets. In 1962 Father Divine moved to Woodmont, a National Historic Landmark, which is open to the public and also the location of museum and library.
Hamilton College Special Collections General
The Special Collections of the Hamilton College Library comprise a variety of materials ranging from six Roman-Egyptian Papyri and fifty-four incunabula to contemporary artist's books. The three main collections are the Beinecke Lesser Antilles Collection, the Ezra Pound Collection, and the Communal Societies Collection. We are also strong in Book Arts, Utica Imprints, and local history, including the Adirondacks, and Civil War regimental histories from New York State.
Baron Friedrich von Steuben collection
Correspondence of Maj. (Baron) Friedrich von Steuben (1730-1794). Baron Steuben, born in Magdeburg, Prussia, served under Washington at Valley Forge, rose to the position of Inspector-General of the Continental Army in 1778 and later was a participant in the founding of the Hamilton-Oneida Academy, the predecessor of Hamilton College.