Stereoview of Elder Henry Blinn in the Ministry Shop at Enfield Shaker Village
Stereoview, “Lower West Room, Ministry’s Dwelling” C. E. Lewis, Photographer, Lebanon, NH ca. 1880

Shaker Studies: Guide to Museums and Libraries for Shaker Research

One of the most exciting developments in the field of Shaker Studies is the abundance of primary source material that is now available online. We have compiled a comprehensive guide to museums and libraries to assist Shaker researchers in locating both primary and secondary source materials.

If you are doing research on the Shakers for National History Day, a high school or college term paper, or even working at the graduate level, use the web sites below to locate a Shaker museum or library in your region of the country. You’ll find that a great deal of your research can be done remotely.

Suggestion: When searching the websites below, always try both “Shaker” and “Shakers”; they will bring back different results.

At Enfield Shaker Museum, our collection includes an on-site library and archive; many unique photographs, stereoviews, and postcards; and wonderful objects that document the life of the Shakers here in Enfield. We’d be pleased to share our collection with you.
And best of luck with your Shaker research!

NEW ENGLAND

Connecticut

Connecticut State Library, Hartford, CT

Maine

Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, Sabbathday Lake, ME

Massachusetts

American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, MA

Boston Public Library, Boston, MA

  • Search the Catalog at the Boston Public Library
    (The BPL holds the hard-to-find Western Reserve Historical Society Shaker Collection on microfilm (121 rolls). Click the “Microform” button on the left to see a complete listing. Appears to be available on interlibrary loan.)

Fruitlands Museum, Harvard, MA

Hancock Shaker Village, Pittsfield, MA

Williams College Library, Williamstown, MA

New Hampshire

Canterbury Shaker Village, Canterbury, NH

Dartmouth College Library, Hanover, NH

Enfield Shaker Museum, Enfield, NH

  • Guide to Online Resources for Shaker Research
    Read books and articles, browse historic photographs, and watch contemporary videos, all of which will enable you to do your Shaker research remotely.
  • Enfield Shaker Genealogy
    If you believe that you have relative who lived at Enfield Shaker Village, submit specific family history questions online.

New Hampshire Historical Society, Concord, NH

University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH

OTHER STATES

Delaware

Winterthur Library, Winterthur, DE

District of Columbia

Library of Congress, Washington, DC

Kentucky

Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, Harrodsburg, KY

South Union Shaker Village, Auburn, KY

University of Kentucky Library, Lexington, KY

Western Kentucky University Library, Bowling Green, KY

New York

Hamilton College Library, Clinton, NY

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

New York Public Library, New York, NY

New York State Library, Albany, NY

Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon, Mount Lebanon, NY

  • Visit the Emma B. King Library
    (manuscript collection contains 40 linear feet of manuscripts including over 150 diaries and journals, 45 covenants from 12 communities, 50 volumes of music, 150 volumes of inspired visions in addition to financial records, deeds, maps, and legal records, theological essays and correspondence. Library collection includes 300 Shaker publications, 500 tracts and catalogues, 23,000 labels, maps, broadsides and serials. Photograph collection includes over 3,000 cabinet photos, carte d’visite, stereoviews, postcards and snapshots from c. 1869 to the present, and including material from all Shaker sites.)
  • Search the Online Collection at the Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon
  • Read the Blog from the Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon
    (written primarily by Shaker scholar Jerry Grant every few weeks since April 2016, the blog both highlights items in the Shaker Museum’s vast collection and discusses many facets of Shaker life and belief.)

North Carolina

University of North Carolina Library, Chapel Hill, NC

Ohio

Dayton Metro Library, Dayton, OH

Ohio History Connection, Columbus, OH

Western Reserve Historical Society, Cleveland, OH

Pennsylvania

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA

WEB ONLY

  • Search the HaithiTrust Digital Library
    (Founded in 2008, HathiTrust is a not-for-profit collaborative of academic and research libraries preserving 17+ million digitized items. For best results, search both “Shaker” and “Shakers” together with at least one additional search term (for example “Enfield” or “meeting house”, etc.))
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