While the Shakers, in their earlier days, did not create works of art for art sake, there are works in the Library collection that may now be considered works of art, whereas, the Shakers would have considered these as part of their archival record.
They include: maps, architectural drawings, patent drawings, charcoal-rendered photographic portraits, and gift drawings. In addition to these, the Library holds the work of several Shakers who, in the later years of the Church, were allowed to create works of art.
This includes nearly one-hundred works by Sister Cora Helena Sarles or Canterbury, New Hampshire, Elder Delmer Wilson of Sabbathday Lake, Maine, and Sister Sadie Neale of Mount Lebanon, New York.
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