The core of the Library’s Shaker manuscript, imprint, and photographic collection was acquired by the Museum’s founder, John S. Williams, Sr., directly from the Shakers at Mount Lebanon, New York, Hancock, Massachusetts, and Canterbury, New Hampshire. In 1961, the Shakers’ Central Ministry, through the offices of Eldress Emma B. King, for whom the Library was named, designated the Shaker Museum “the official repository of the records of discontinued Shaker Societies.” The following year in anticipation of receiving such records and with King’s encouragement, the Museum constructed a 950 square foot fireproof building. That same year, King presented the Museum with the official library and archives that were in the care of the Shaker leadership. Following her first visit to the new Library she wrote, “I feel very grateful to you on behalf of our organization for the work you have done to preserve and perpetuate our Shaker History and traditions, our religion and our ideals. As time passes, I am sincerely hoping that recent records and writings we have not been able to trace may find their way to you for safe keeping, information and unified preservation.” Some records have continued to “find their way” to the Library. Since 1990, an additional four linear feet of manuscripts and photographs have been added to the collection through purchase and gift.
The Shaker manuscript collection includes 40 linear feet of personal and community diaries, account books, legal documents, theological essays, deeds, indentures, covenants, inspired messages and drawings, and music. Documents originate from eighteen Shaker communities and date between 1790 and 1947. The library has a particularly strong collection of materials from Mount Lebanon, NY, in the second half of the nineteenth century.
The Shaker imprint collection of books, tracts, catalogues, broadsides includes 425 unique titles, over 30% of the Shaker publications listed in, Shaker Literature: A Bibliography, vol.1 by Mary Richmond (Hancock, MA: Shaker Community, Inc., 1977). The Irving Greenwood Library, given to the Museum in 1962 by Eldress Emma King of Canterbury, includes the collection of Shaker publications collected by the Ministry as a record of the Shakers’ publishing efforts.
The photographic collection numbers 3000 images, including cabinet photographs, stereographs, cartes de visite, postcards, glass plate negatives, snapshot albums, framed crayon portraits, and photo prints. The collection, dating from 1869 to the present, includes the work of James Irving, James West, William Winter, Elder Irving Greenwood and Eldress Bertha Lindsey.
A collection of over 1000 unique pieces of ephemera includes herb and medicine labels, product packages, and advertisements; garden seed packages, box labels, and other food product labels and advertisements; chair industry labels and advertisements; labels and advertising material from the fancy goods industry, including cloaks and poplarware; and a wide variety of letterheads, billheads and other business related materials.
Primary material is supported by a research collection of books, pamphlets, auction and exhibition catalogues, serials and unpublished theses and dissertations and 224 microfilm reels of Shaker manuscripts located in other institutions. Access to these collections is through a traditional author/title/subject card catalogue, a printed guide to the manuscript collection, and various bibliographies and indices.
A GENERAL SUBJECT BIBLIOGRAPHY OF SELECTED BOOKS ON THE SHAKERS
Prepared by the Librarian
(518) 794-9100 extension 111
Revised: May 22, 1998
To order any of these titles from the Museum Shop
(518) 794-9100 extension 106
McKinstry, Richard E. The Edward Deming Andrews Memorial Shaker
Collection. Published for the Henry Francis DuPont Winterthur Museum.
New York: Garland Publishing Inc., 1987.
Richmond, Mary L. Shaker Literature: A Bibliography. Hancock, MA:
Shaker Community, Inc., 1977. 2 vols.
Murray, Stuart. Shaker Heritage Guidebook: Exploring the Historic
Sites, Museums & Collections. Spencertown, NY: Golden Hill Press,
Van Kolken, Diana. Introducing the Shakers: An Explanation &
Directory. Bowling Green, OH: Gabriel’s Horn Publishing Co., 1985.
INTRODUCING THE SHAKERS
Burns, Amy Stechler, and Ken Burns. The Shakers: Hands To Work,
Hearts to God. New York: Aperture Foundation, 1987.
Butler, Linda. Inner Light: The Shaker Legacy. Frankfort, KY: Gnomon
Press, 1996. (Paperback reissue of 1985 edition)
Sprigg, June. By Shaker Hands. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1975.
Sprigg, June, and David Larkin. Shaker: Life, Work and Art. New
York: Stewart, Tabori & Chang, Inc., 1987.
Sprigg, June. Shaker Design. New York: Whitney Museum of American Art
in Association with W. W. Norton and Company, 1986.
Andrews, Edward Deming. The People Called Shakers; a Search for a
Perfect Society. New York: Oxford University Press, 1953.
Andrews, Edward Deming. The Community Industries of the Shakers.
Albany, NY: University of the State of New York, 1933. Reprint.
Charlestown, MA; Emporium Publications, 1972.
Andrews, Edward Deming and Faith Andrews. Work and Worship Among the
Shakers: Their Craftsmanship and Economic Order. Republication of
Work and Worship, 1974. New York: Dover Publications, 1984.
Brewer, Priscilla J. Shaker Communities, Shaker Lives. Hanover, NH:
University Press of New England, 1986.
Desroche, Henry Charles. The American Shakers: From Neo-Christianity
to Presocialism. Translated and edited by John K. Savacool. Amherst,
MA: University of Massachusetts Press, 1971.
Melcher, Marguerite Fellows. The Shaker Adventure. Princeton:
Princeton University Press, 1941. Reprint. Old Chatham, New York: The
Shaker Museum, 1986.
Morse, Flo. The Shakers and the World’s People. New York: Dodd, Mead
& Co., 1980.
Morse, Flo. The Story of the Shakers. Woodstock, VT: Countryman
Nordhoff, Charles. The Communistic Societies of the United States
from Personal Observations. Harper & Brothers, 1875. Reprint. New
York: Dover Publications, Inc., 1966.
Nordhoff, Charles. American Utopias. Introduction by Robert Fogarty.
Republication of The Communistic Societies of the United States from
Personal Observations, 1875. Stockbridge, MA: Berkshire House, 1993.
Stein, Stephen J. Inspiration, Revelation, and Scripture: The Story
of a Shaker Bible. Worcester, MA: American Antiquarian Society, 1996.
Reprinted from The Proceedings of the American Antiquarian Society 105
(Part 2, 1996), 347-376.
Stein, Stephen J. The Shaker Experience In America: A History of the
United Society of Believers. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press,
HISTORY, INDIVIDUAL COMMUNITIES
Burns, Deborah E. Shaker Cities of Peace, Love, and Union: A History
of the Hancock Bishopric.Hanover, NH: University Press of New England,
Eastman, Harland H. Alfred, Maine: The Shakers and The Village. 2nd
ed. Sanford, ME: Wilson’s Printers, 1992.
Filley, Dorothy M. Recapturing Wisdom’s Valley: The Watervliet Shaker
Heritage, 1775-1975. Albany, NY: Albany Institute of History and Art,
Maine in the Early Republic: From Revolution to Statehood. Hanover:
University Press of New England, 1988.
Morgan, Edward R. The Shaker Holy Land: A Community Portrait.
Harvard, MA: The Harvard Common Press, 1982. (Harvard and Shirley)
Neal, Julia. By Their Fruits: the Story of Shakerism at South Union,
Kentucky. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 1947.
Neal, Julia. The Kentucky Shakers. Lexington, KY: The University
Press of Kentucky, 1983.
Ott, John Harlow. Hancock Shaker Village: A Guidebook and History.
Pittsfield, MA: Shaker Community, Inc., 1976.
Piercy, Caroline B. The Valley of God’s Pleasure: a Saga of the North
Union Shaker Community. New York, NY: Stratford House, 1941.
Sears, Clara Endicott, comp. Gleanings from Old Shaker Journals.
Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin, 1916.
Wertkin, Gerard C. The Four Seasons of Shaker Life. Photographs by
Ann Chwatsky. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster, 1986. (Sabbathday
Byrd, William S. Letters from a Young Shaker: William S. Byrd at
Pleasant Hill edited by Stephen Stein. Lexington, KY: University Press
of Kentucky, 1985.
Campion, Nardi Reed. Mother Ann Lee: Morning Star of the Shakers.
Revised edition of Ann the Word, 1976. Hanover, University Press of
New England, 1990. (Not recommended)
Humez, Jean McMahon, ed. Gifts of Power: The Writings of Rebecca
Jackson, Black Visionary, Shaker Eldress. Amherst, MA: University of
Massachusetts Press, 1981.
Klyver, Richard D. Brother James: The Life and Times of Shaker Elder
James Prescott. Shaker Heights, OH: Shaker Historical Society,
Barker, Sister R. Mildred. The Sabbathday Lake Shakers; An
Introduction to the Shaker Heritage. Sabbathday Lake, ME: The Shaker
Barker, Sister R. Mildred. Holy Land: A History of the Alfred Shaker.
Sabbathday Lake, ME: The Shaker Press, 1986.
Barker, Sister R. Mildred. Poems and Prayers. Sabbathday Lake, ME:
The Shaker Press, ____.
Bishop, Rufus and Seth Y. Wells, eds. Testimonies of the Life,
Character and Doctrines of Our Blessed Mother Ann Lee. . . . 1888.
Bindery Title Precepts of Mother Ann Lee and the Elders. Sabbathday
Lake, ME: The United Society of Shakers, n.d.
Carr, Frances A. Growing Up Shaker. Sabbathday Lake, ME: United
Society of Shakers, 1995.
Catalog of Fancy Goods Made by the Shakers. . . Sabbathday Lake, Maine
1910. Reprint. Sabbathday Lake. ME: United Society of Shakers, 1992.
Illustrated Catalogue and Price List of Shaker Chairs Manufactured by
the Society of Shakers , R. M. Wagon & Co., Mount Lebanon, NY. n.d.
Facsimile Reprint. Old Chatham, NY: Shaker Museum,1975.
In Time & Eternity: Maine Shakers in the Industrial Age 1872-1918.
Forward by Stephen A. Marini. Sabbathday Lake, ME: The United Society
of Shakers, 1986.
Johnson, Brother Theodore E. In the Eye of Eternity: Shaker Life and
the Work of Shaker Hands. Sabbathday Lake, ME: United Society, 1983.
Johnson, Brother Theodore E. Ingenious & Useful: Shaker Sister’s
Communal Industries, 1860-1960. Sabbathday Lake, ME: The United
Society of Shakers, 1986.
Johnson, Brother Theodore E. Life in the Christ Spirit. Sabbathday
Lake, ME: United Society, 1969.
Mace, Aurelia G. The Alethia: Spirit of Truth, 2nd ed. 1907. Reprint.
Sabbathday Lake, ME, The United Society of Shakers, 1992.
Mary Whitcher’s Shaker House-Keeper. Reprint. Weeks & Potter, 1882.
White, Anna and Leila S. Taylor. Shakerism: Its Meaning and Message.
Columbus, OH: Fred J. Heer, 1905. Reprint [Sabbathday Lake, ME: United
Williams, Richard E. Called and Chosen: The Story of Mother Rebecca
Jackson and the Philadelphia Shakers. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press,
Richmond, Colin Becket. A Collection of Shaker Thoughts.
Introduction by Eldress Gertrude M. Soule. Colin Becket Richmond,
Mahoney, Kathleen. Simple Wisdom: Shaker Sayings, Poems, and Songs.
New York: Viking Studio Books, 1993.
MODERN FEMINISM & RELIGIOUS COMMUNITARIANISM
Chmielewski, Wendy, Louis J. Kern, and Marlyn Klee-Hartzell, eds.
Women in Spiritual and Communitarian Societies in the United States.
Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 1993.
Foster, Laurence. Religion and Sexuality: Three American Communal
Experiments of the 19th century. New York, NY: Oxford University
Foster, Laurence. Women, Family and Utopia: Communal Experiments of
the Shakers, the Oneida Community and the Mormons. Syracuse, NY:
Syracuse University Press, 1991.
Holloway, Mark. Heavens on Earth: Utopian Communities in America
1680-1880. 2nd ed. New York: Dover Publications, Inc., 1966
Humez, Jean M. Gifts of Power: The Writings of Rebecca Jackson, Black
Visionary, Shaker Eldress. Amherst, MA: University of Massachusetts
Humez, Jean M. Mother’s First Born Daughters: Early Shaker Writings
on Women and Religion. Bloomington, IN: Indiana Univesity Press, 1993.
Kern, Louis J. An Ordered Love: Sex Roles and Sexuality in Victorian
Utopias. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 1981.
Marini, Stephen A. Radical Sects of Revolutionary New England.
Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1982.
Mercadante, Linda A. Gender, Doctrine, and God: The Shakers and
Contemporary Theology. Nashville, TN: Abigdon Press, 1990.
Pitzer, Donald E. America’s Communal Utopias. Chapel Hill, NC: The
University of North Carolina Press, 1997.
Procter-Smith, Marjorie. Shakerism and Feminism: Reflections on
Women’s Religion and the Early Shakers. Old Chatham, NY: Shaker
Museum and Library, 1991.
Sasson, Diane. The Shaker Spiritual Narrative. Knoxville, TN:
University of Tennesee Press, 1983. GIFT DRAWINGS
Andrews, Edward Deming and Faith Andrews. Visions of the Heavenly
Sphere: A Study of Shaker Religious Art. Published for the Henry F.
duPont Winterthur Museum. Charlottesville, VA: University Press of
Patterson, Daniel W. Gift Drawing and Gift Song: A Study of Two Forms
of Shaker Inspiration. Sabbathday Lake, ME: United Society of
Promey, Sally M. Spiritual Spectacles: Vision and Image in mid-19th
century Shakerism. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1993.
PHOTOGRAPHS AND PRINTS
Emlen, Robert P. “The Shaker Dance Prints.” Imprint 17 (Autumn
1992): 14-26. Offprint.
Emlen, Robert P. Shaker Village Views. Hanover, NH: University Press
of New England, 1987.
Gifford, Don, ed. An Early View of the Shakers: Benson John Lossing
and the Harper’s Article of July 1857. Forward by June Sprigg.
Hanover, NH: University Press of New England, 1989.
Harper’s New Monthly Magazine LXXXVI (July 1857). Facsimile. Old
Chatham, NY: Shaker Museum, 1975.
Pearson, Elmer R. and Julia Neal. The Shaker Image. Boston: New York
Graphic Society in collaboration with Shaker community, Inc., Hancock,
Pearson, Elmer R. and Julia Neal. The Shaker Image. Second and
annotated edition. Annotations by Magda Gabor Hotchkiss. Pittsfield,
MA: Hancock Shaker Village, Inc., 1994.
Grant, Jerry V. Noble But Plain: The Shaker Meetinghouse at Mount
Lebanon. Old Chatham, NY: Shaker Museum and Library, 1994.
Lassiter, William Lawrence. Shaker Architecture: Descriptions with
Photographs and Drawings of Shaker Buildings at Mt. Lebanon, New York,
Watervliet, New York, West Pittsfield (Hancock), Massachusetts. New
York: Vantage Press, 1966.
Nicoletta, Julie. The Architecture of the Shakers. Woodstock, VT:
The Countryman Press, 1995.
Schiffer, Herbert, comp. Shaker Architecture. Exton, PA: Schiffer
Publishing Limited, 1979.
Rocheleau, Paul and June Sprigg. Shaker Built: The Form and Function
of Shaker Architecture. New York: The Monacelli Press, 1994.
FURNITURE AND DECORATIVE ARTS
Andrews, Edward Deming, and Faith Andrews. Shaker Furniture: The
Craftsmanship of an American Communal Sect. 1937. Reprint. New York:
Dover Publications, 1964.
Andrews, Edward Deming, and Faith Andrews. Religion In Wood: A Book
of Shaker Furniture. Bloomington, IN: University of Indiana Press,
Budis, Erin M. Making His Mark: The Work of Shaker Craftsman Orren
Haskins. Old Chatham, NY:Shaker Museum and Library, 1997.
Close Ties: The Relationship Between Kentucky Shaker Furniture Makers
and Their Worldly Contemporaries: An Exhibition Between Kentucky
Shaker Furniture Makers and Their Wordly Contemporaries. South Union,
KY: Shaker Museum at South Union, 1994.
Grant, Jerry V., and Douglas R. Allen. Shaker Furniture Makers.
Hanover, NH: University Press of New England, 1989.
Kassay, John. The Book of Shaker Furniture. Amherst, MA: The
University of Massachusetts Press, 1980.
Kirk, John T., The Shaker World: Art, Life, Belief. New York: Harry
N. Abrams, Inc., 1997.
Meader, Robert F. W. Illustrated Guide to Shaker Furniture. New
York: Dover Publications, Inc., 1972.
Muller, Charles R., and Timothy D. Rieman. The Shaker Chair. 1984.
1st pbk. ed. Amherst, MA: The University of Massachusetts Press, 1992.
Rieman, Timothy D. Shaker: The Art of Craftsmanship: The Mount Lebanon
Shaker Collection. Essay by Susan L. Buck. Alexandria, VA: Art
Services International, 1995.
Rieman, Timothy D. and Jean M. Burks. The Complete Book of Shaker
Furniture. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1993.
A Sense of Place: Kentucky Shaker Furniture and Regional Influence: An
Exhibition of Antebellum Kentucky and Tennessee Furniture. South
Union, KY: Shaker Museum at South Union, 1996.
Simply Shaker: Groveland and New York Communities. Text by Fran
Kramer. Rochester, NY: Rochester Museum and Science Center, 1991.
The Shakers: Pure of Spirit Pure of Mind. Duxbury, MA: Art Complex
Thrasher, William. Kindred Spirits: The Eloquence of Function in
American and Japanese Art of Daily Life. San Diego, CA: The Mingei
International Museum of World Folk Art, 1995.
Abram, Norm. Mostly Shaker from the New Yankee Workshop. Boston:
Little, Brown and Company, 1992.
Handberg, Ejner. Shop Drawings of Shaker Furniture. Stockbridge, MA:
Berkshire Traveller Press, 1973.
Handberg, Ejner. Shop Drawings of Shaker Furniture, Volume II.
Stockbridge, MA: Berkshire Traveller Press, 1975.
Handberg, Ejner. Shop Drawings of Shaker Furniture, Volume III.
Stockbridge, MA: Berkshire Traveller Press, 1977.
Handberg, Ejner. Measured Drawings of Shaker Furniture and
Woodenware. Stockbridge, MA: Berkshire Traveller Press, 1980.
Handberg, Ejner. Shop Drawings of Shaker Iron & Tinware. Stockbridge,
MA: Berkshire House Publishers, 1993.
Kassay, John. The Book of Shaker Furniture. Amherst, MA: University
of Massachusetts Press, 1980.
Moser, Thomas. How to Build Shaker Furniture. New York: Sterling
Publishing Co., 1979.
Shea, John G. Making Authentic Shaker Furniture: Measured Drawings
of Museum Classics. Republication of The American Shakers and Their
Furniture. 1971. New York: Dover Publications, 1992.
Andrews, Edward Deming. The Gift to Be Simple: Songs, Dances and
Rituals of the American Shakers. Edward Deming Andrews, 1940.
Reprint. New York: Dover Publications, Inc., 1962.
Cook, Harold E. Shaker Music: A Manifestation of American Folk
Culture. Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell University Press, 1973.
Hall, Roger, comp. Love is Little: A Sampling of Shaker Spirituals.
Holland, MI: The World of Shaker, 1992.
Patterson, Daniel W. The Shaker Spiritual. Princeton, NJ: Princeton
University Press, 1979.
A Shaker Hymnal: A Facsimile Edition of the 1908 Hymnal of the
Canterbury Shakers. Woodstock, NY: The Overlook Press, 1990.
Shaker Music: Original Inspirational Hymns and Songs. Published for
the North Family, Mt. Lebanon, NY. New York, NY: William A. Pond &
Carr, Frances A. Shaker Your Plate: Of Shaker Cooks and Cooking.
Sabbathday Lake, Me: United Society of Shakers, 1985.
Lassiter, William Lawrence. Shaker Recipes and Formulas for Cooks and
Homemakers. New York: Greenwich Book Publishers, 1959.
Lindsay, Bertha. Seasoned With Grace: My Generation of Shaker
Cooking. Woodstock, VT: The Countryman Press, 1987.
Miller, Amy Bess and Peris Fuller. The Best of Shaker Cooking. New
York: Macmillan, 1970. Reprint.
Paige, Jeffrey. The Shaker Kitchen: Over 100 Recipes from Canterbury
Shaker Village. New York: Clarkson Potter, 1994.
Piercy, Caroline B. The Shaker Cook Book: Not by Bread Alone. New
York: Crown Publishers, 1953.
Piercy, Caroline and Arthur Tolve. The Shaker Cookbook: Recipes &
lore from the Valley of God’s Pleasure. Bowling Green, OH: Gabriel’s
Whitcher, Mary. Shaker House-Keeper. Canterbury, NH: Shaker Village,
1882. Facsimile edition with introduction by Amy Bess Miller.
Hancock, MA: Hancock Shaker Village, 1972.
HERBS AND SEEDS
Beale, Galen and Mary Rose Boswell. The Earth Shall Blossom: Shaker
Herbs and Gardening. Woodstock, VT: The Countryman Press, Inc. 1991.
Buchanan, Rita. The Shaker Herb and Garden Book Boston, MA: Houghton
Mifflin Company, 1996.
Miller, Amy Bess. Shaker Herbs: A History and Compendium. New York:
Shaker Herbal Teas: Uses, Taxonomy, Growing Cycle Prepared by the Herb
Department United Society of Shakers [Sabbathday Lake]. Poland
Springs, ME: n.d.
Miller, Stephen. Marketing Community Industries 1830-1930: A Century
of Shaker Ephemera. New Britain, CT: Dr. M. Stephen Miller, 1988.
TEXTILES AND TEXTILE EQUIPMENT
Gordon, Beverly. Shaker Textile Arts. Hanover, NH: University Press
of New England, 1980.
Jeffrey, Jonathan and Donna Parker. A Thread of Evidence: Shaker
Textile Industries at South Union, Kentucky. South Union, KY: Shaker
Museum at South Union, 1996.
Pennington, David A. and Michael B. Taylor. A Pictorial Guide to
American Spinning Wheels. Sabbathday Lake, ME: The Shaker Press,
OTHER INDUSTRIES AND PRODUCTS
Kennedy, Gerrie, Galen Beale and Jim Johnson. Shaker Baskets and
Poplarware: A Field Guide Vol III. Stockbridge, MA: Berkshire House,
McGuire, John. Basketry: The Shaker Tradition. Asheville, NC: Lark
Sprigg, June and Jim Johnson. Shaker Woodenware: A Field Guide Vol I.
Great Barrington, MA: Berkshire House, 1991. (Oval Boxes and
carriers, dippers, sieves, pails and tubs)
Sprigg, June and Jim Johnson. Shaker Woodenware: A Field Guide Vol
II. Stockbridge, MA: Berkshire House, 1992.
Wetherbee, Martha, and Nathan Taylor. Shaker Baskets. Sanbornton,
NH: Martha Wetherbee Basket Shop, 1988.
BIBLIOGRAPHY FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULTS
A Peaceable Kingdom: The Shaker ABECEDARIUS. Illustrated by Alice and
Martin Provensen. New York: The Viking Press, 1978. Text originally
published in Shaker Manifesto of July, 1882.
Bolick, Nancy O’Keefe and Sallie G. Randolph. Shaker Inventions.
Illustrated by Melissa Francisco. New York: Walker and Company, 1990.
Bolick, Nancy O’Keefe and Sallie G. Randolph. Shaker Villages.
Illustrated by Laura LoTurco. New York: Walker and Company, 1993.
Bial, Raymond. Shaker Home. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1994.
Bunnell, Jean, ed. Children at Shaker Village: Rural Living in the
Nineteenth Century: Using Primary Sources to Learn About History.
Sabbathday Lake, ME: The United Society of Shakers, 1990.
Faber, Doris. The Perfect Life: the Shakers in America. New York:
Ferrar, Straus and Giroux, 1974.
Gaeddert, LouAnn. Hope. New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers,
Gillon, Edmund V., Jr. A Cut & Assemble Shaker Village: Authentic
Architectural Models in H-O Scale. West Chester, PA: Schiffer
Publishing Ltd., 1986.
Hawthorne, Nathaniel. “The Canterbury Pilgrim” and “The Shaker
Bridal” from The Complete Novels and Selected Tales of Nathaniel
Hawthorne. Random House, The Modern Library Collection, 1937.
Look at the Shakers. Doncaster, UK: Bessacarr Prints, 1994.
Moriarty, Kathleen M. A Shaker Sampler Coloring Book. Illustrated by
Mary Taylor. Old Chatham, NY: The Shaker Museum, 1981.
*Peck, Robert Newton. A Day No Pigs Would Die. Cornerstone Books,
*Peck, Robert Newton. A Part of the Sky. Knopf, 1994.
Ray, Mary Lyn. Angel Baskets: A Little Story About the Shakers. New
Hampshire: Martha Wetherbee Books, 1987.
Ray, Mary Lyn. Shaker Boy. Illustrated by Jeanette Winter.
“The Shakers.” Cobblestone, April 1983. For copies contact
Cobblestone Publishing, 28 Main Street, Peterborough, NH 03458, (603)
Thorne-Thomsen, Kathleen. Shaker Children: True Stories and Crafts.
Chicago: Chicago Review Press, 1996.
Turner, Ann Waren with Paintings by Wendell Minor. Shaker Hearts. New
York: Harper Collins Publishers, 1997.
Wiggin, Kate Douglas. Susanna and Sue. Illustrated by Alice Barber
Stephens and N. C. Wyeth. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1909.
Yolen, Jane. The Gift of Sarah Barker. New York: The Viking Press,
Yolen, Jane. Simple Gifts, the Story of the Shakers. Illustrated by
Betty Fraser. New York: The Viking Press, 1976.
* Indicates books which are not recommended due to the inaccurate
information they contain.
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