From Shaker Pedia
All collections of Shaker work derives from the dissolution of most of the Shaker communities in the 1910-1930's.
The most well known collections are the result of the efforts of Faith and Edward Deming Andrews, as originally described in the book "A people called Shakers" and more recently the exhibit "Gather Up the Fragments".
The most extensive collection of documents is represented by the Western Reserve collection that is microfilmed and available, in part or total, in many libraries and museums.
BUT these are merely the most visible of many collections of the productive work of the Shakers as manifest in craft work, art work and many many journals. Here are some of the places these collections can be found:
Active Shaker Community
Shaker Sites now museums
- Watervliet, NY: Shaker Heritage Society: Watervliet
- Pittsfield, MA: Hancock Shaker Village
- Mount Lebanon, NY: Mount Lebanon Shaker Village and Shaker Library
- Harvard and Fruitlands, MA:
- Pleasant Hill, KY: Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill
- South Union, KY: Shaker Museum At South Union
Digital Collections and Resources
- Shakerpedia Projects
- Memoirs project - collected Shaker names and biographical information
- Bibliography Shakerpedia book collection
- Journals Searchable Shaker journals
- Richmond: 2 Volume bibliography of Shaker Literature
- Searchable Richmond (on Shakerpedia)
- New York Times Archives
University, College and Library Collections
- Hamilton College
- Special Collection
- Searchable Shaker Manifesto official monthly publication of the United Societies of Shakers of America from 1871 to 1899.
- Hamilton College Shaker Manuscripts Finding Aid (pdf)
- New York State Public Library @ Albany
- Philadelphia Museum of Art:
- University of New Hampshire Library
- Western Reserve Historical Society Shaker Collection
Online Research Aids
- Mount Holyoke College