The So-Called Schwedenkiste (“Swedish Box”), the Most Significant Illuminati Archive

Terry Melanson

Webmaster/editor of Conspiracy Archive; author of Perfectibilists: the 18th Century Bavarian Order of the Illuminati.

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  1. Phillip D. Collins says:

    Hands down, Terry Melanson is the unparalleled expert on the Illuminati. These are sort of sources that are analogous to gold for real researchers. No sensational garbage. No ideologically biased accounts. Just primary sources. Obscure. Rare. Authenticate.

    Keep up the great work, Terry!

  2. Andee says:

    I seem to have the knack of finding great sources of occult information! Or do I? Is this just another containment exercise? How can you have obtained this information and then been allowed to publish it, were you not an initiate. The research on the subject of Secret Societies is, by its nature, most frequently undertaken by individuals with a desire to expose their activities as not desirable from a fair minded point of view. There is usually an underlying hatred that may be born out of bitter experience. This piece is purely factual and for that reason has been made available to service the usual hidden agenda. LOve it though

    • Scholars get their PhDs in Illuminaten history. The legit info available about the Illuminati now could easily fill a small library. I was transparent and gave you the sources in the article – all from scholars. Check it. Further, the Swedish Box contents are now being posted at the Erfurt University by a select group under the coordination of Professor Hermann Schuttler.

  3. So, Terry, may we expect an English translation of this material from you? I’m glad that it’s being made public at Erfurt University, but it appears to be all in German.

    • No. That’s beyond my ability. I can handle French well enough but not German. They would need a team of professional German translators to tackle such a project. I don’t see it happening any time soon.

  4. Is it true that many later German Illuminati recruits came out of Johann Wilhelm Kellner von Zinnendorf’s lodges?

  5. Zinnendorf Rite and the Strict Observance were the dominant systems in German Freemasonry. So yes.

  6. Anthony says:

    Hello Terry

    Quoting Hermann Schüttler (googles translation)

    “The genesis of the Strict Observance is still unclear. After evaluating the existing sources, however, it seems to me to be certain that the project of the founder of the order, Karl Gotthelf von Hund, initially had nothing to do with Freemasonry, nor had it anything to do with the idea of ​​rebuilding the Knights Templar, which later became decisive. The aim of the association, which had been active since about 1750, was to have found the necessary financial, organizational and human resources to found a colony in the form of a pre-democratic nobility republic on North American soil”.

    This is very reminiscent of Count Nicholas Ludwig von Zinzendorf of Bohemia wouldn’t you say.

    Was count Zinzendorf part of the Strict Observance?

    Also is there evidence of any colonies in North America being set up in such a way by other nobility?

    P.S. I used to enjoy your website specifically about the Bavarian Illuminati but i gather it no longer exists?


    • No record of Zinzendorf being a mason. If there was, we’d all be aware of it.

      Zinzendorf is often confused with Johann Wilhelm Kellner von Zinnendorf, founder of a masonic rite based on the Swedish rite, even in masonic books (by masons for masons). Zinnendorf became a member of the Strict Observance before leaving to found his own rite. Strict Observance and the Zinnendorf rite were the two most popular masonic obediences in central Europe.

      I have no specific information about colonies set up by nobility in the Americas. Generally speaking, immigration was encouraged and land was given out freely to those who had the desire and fortitude to make a go at it. The Illuminati had a plan to set up their own colony in South Carolina. They sent a letter (using a penname) to both Franklin and John Adams. No record of Franklin replying, however Adams did and encouraged them to come so long as they abided by the laws of the land.

      I couldn’t afford the hosting fees for the Illuminati site. Most of the material posted there is reposted here, at the following section of the site:

  7. Anthony says:

    Merci beaucoup.

    If we are to be believed that the mission of the members of the Strict Observance was to find financial, organizational and human resources to found a colony in the form of a pre-democratic nobility republic on North American soil (Hermann Schüttler).

    If no evidence of this how did they fail so badly?

    It’s almost impossible to believe when that was the sole raison d’être of the Strict Observance according to Hermann Schüttler.

    This is reminiscent of the work by the deceased author Laurence Gardner where he promoted the thesis that the USA was leadership (sovereignty) was to be offered to the Stewart royal family.

  8. Anthony says:

    Just an observation regarding the Schwedenkiste (Swedish box)

    Volume IV has a different cover (looks more modern).

    Will this have been used more than the others?

    Yes it’s minutiae,but everything is in the minutiae.

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