A Guide to Shaker Manuscripts

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A GUIDE TO THE SHAKER MANUSCRIPTS IN THE LIBRARY OF THE WESTERN RESERVE HISTORICAL SOCIETY, WITH AN INVENTORY OF ITS SHAKER PHOTOGRAPHS

This guide describes the bulk of surviving manuscripts of this religious communal society founded in 1774. The material was gathered primarily between 1911 and 1920 by Wallace H. Cathcart, director of the Western Reserve Historical Society. This unparalleled collection reflects much of the history of each of the nineteen major Shaker communities in the northeastern United States (including the colony of North Union located just east of Cleveland from 1822 to 1889). It includes both loose items and bound volumes of correspondence, diaries and journals, financial records, music and hymnals, and inspired writings and drawings.
Compiled by Kermit J. Pike, retired WRHS Chief Operating Officer
 Western Reserve Historical Society Publication No. 131 

 

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