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House of David Collection

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: House of David.
Title: House of David Collection
Inclusive Dates: 1960s
Quantity: 1 folder (SC)
Abstract: Small collection of printed ephemera relating to the House of David religious community in Benton Harbor, Michigan.
Language: English
Repository: Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010

Biographical History

The House of David is a religious society co-founded by Benjamin and Mary Purnell in Benton Harbor, Michigan, in March 1903. The group split in the 1920s into the New Israelite House of David, better known as Mary's City of David for its leader, Mary Purnell, and the Old House of David led by Judge T. H. Dewhirst. Among other things the society fielded an amateur/semi-pro baseball team and several nationally known musical groups, and for many years owned and operated a zoo and amusement park.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The House of David Collection consists of a small amount of printed ephemera relating to the House of David community in Benton Harbor, Michigan. Items include a Christmas order form and a newsletter with a photograph of one of the park's miniature trains.

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Access Restrictions

The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.

Use Restrictions

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

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Subject Headings

Corporate Bodies

House of David.


Collective settlements -- Michigan.


Benton Harbor (Mich.) -- History.

Genres and Forms


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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

House of David Collection,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Purchase, 2015.

Finding Aid Information

Created by: MRC
Date: 24 Jul 2015
Revision history:

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Printed material
SC 745 Miscellany 1960s

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