Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Chronicon of the Ephrata Sisterhood, 1890

Finding aid created by
Rob S. Cox, June 1996

Summary Information
Title: Chronicon of the Ephrata Sisterhood
Creator: Sachse, Julius Friedrich, 1842-1919
Inclusive dates: 1890
Extent: 178 pages
This typescript of the Chronicon of the Ephrata Sisterhood was made by Julius Friedrich Sachse from a 1745 manuscript describing the sisters of the Ephrata Community.
Language: The material is in German
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
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Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

1996. M-3257.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.


No copyright restrictions.

Preferred Citation:

Chronicon of the Ephrata Sisterhood, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Julius Friedrich Sachse, a second generation German-American, was an accomplished late 19th century historian of the Germans in Pennsylvania and an important photographer. His particular interest in the Ephrata Community, whose cloister he helped save from the wrecker's ball, bore fruit in several publications, including The German pietists of provincial Pennsylvania... 1694-1708 (Philadelphia, 1895), The German sectarians of Pennsylvania... (Philadelphia, 1899-1900), and The music of the Ephrata cloister (Lancaster, Pa., 1903).

In October, 1890, Sachse was hired by the Pennsylvania historian, Samuel W. Pennypacker, to make a transcript of a manuscript on the Ephrata sisterhood. The original manuscript was apparently prepared in about 1745 and includes a full description of the women of the Ephrata Community, their organization, daily activities, clothing, records of deaths, and biographical information. It can be seen, in a sense as a companion to Brother Lamech's Chronicon Ephratense... (Lancaster, Pa., S. H. Zahm, 1889).

Collection Scope and Content Note

Julius F. Sachse's typescript of the Chronicon of the Ephrata Sisterhood includes photographic facsimiles of the first and last pages of the send brief, and photo illustrations of illustrated pages. Wording, spelling and orthography in the transcript has apparently been retained from the original. Conveniently, Sachse provided an index to the volume. The typescript, like the original, is in German.

Tipped into the front of the volume is a letter from Sachse to Pennypacker, 1891 June 16, including an accounting of expenses for his services.

Subject Terms

    • Ephrata Community.
    • Ephrata (Pa.) -- History.
    • German-American women--Clothing.
    • German-American women--Pennsylvania.
    • Germans--Pennsylvania.
    • Seventh-Day Baptists--Pennsylvania.
    • Women--Pennsylvania--Bethlehem.
    Genre Terms:
    • Typescripts.
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
    Volume   1  
    Chronicon of the Ephrata Sisterhood,  1890 [series]