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Manuscripts

The Shaker Museum|Mount Lebanon holds a substantial collection of manuscript material generated by the Shaker Society.

The collection contains 27 linear feet of bound manuscripts and 13 linear feet of unbound manuscripts. While about two-thirds of the collection pertains primarily (about 65%) to the Shakers at Mount Lebanon, New York, the collection contains materials from nearly every Shaker community and ranges in time from the 1780s to the present.

Nearly every aspect of Shaker records is represented in diaries, journals, financial records, correspondence, maps, music, collections of essays and poetry, and the governing documents of the church.

To facilitate research, the Library also holds microfilms of Shaker manuscripts in collections of the Library of Congress, New York Public Library, the Western Reserve Historical Society, Fruitlands Museums, the New York State Library, and some manuscript holdings from Hancock Shaker Village, and the South Union Shaker Museum.

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