This collection contains photocopies and microfilm of correspondence, deeds, and other documents relating to Robert Owen, the New Harmony Community, and other Owenite movements. Most of the correspondence is written by Owen himself, but other correspondents include George Flower, Marie Fretageot, Joseph Hume, Thomas Jefferson, William MacLure, James Madison, James Monroe, Robert Dale Owen, William Owen, Robert Peel, Nicholas P. Trist, and Frances Wright.
Eleven reels of microfilm are from the Manchester Collection in the possession of the Cooperative Union Limited, Holyoke House, Manchester, England. The other reel of microfilm, containing fourteen items, is from the Dorsey-Owen collection in the Indiana Historical Society Library. The photocopies, of which there is a chronological card index, are from the following depositories: Library of Congress, Indiana Historical Society, Manchester Cooperative Union, American Philosophical Society, Illinois State Historical Library (Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library), Historical Society of Pennsylvania, and the New-York Historical Society.
A 164-page inventory of the collection is available, and a list of the microfilm of that collection is attached.