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Shakers, United Society of Believers papers and photographs


Collection : Shakers, United Society of Believers papers and photographs
Date/Extent : 1938-1965, 0.5 linear ft.
Description : This collection of research material was compiled by Adele Brandeis. The material includes extensive information gathered by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) on the tenets, organization, worship, communities, reputation, leading personalities, daily life, dress, education of children, handicrafts and industries of the United Society of Believers, with a bibliography. There are also pamphlets and articles on the Pleasant Hill Colony at Harrodsburg, Kentucky, and the Darrow School in Lebanon, New York. A 1965 letter from Sister Mildred Barker, of the Shaker Quarterly, Sabbathday Lake, in Maine asks Brandeis to contribute an article to Shaker Quarterly. An unrelated collection in the Photographic Archives documents the Shaker community at Pleasant Hill with twenty-three silver gelatin prints by Walter Creese, University of Louisville art professor, showing architectural details of the community now known as Shakertown, Kentucky, before its restoration.
Repository : Bridwell Art Library, Photographic Archives

 
The Octagon, 1906. Photograph by S.V. James. Walter L. Creese collection, Photographic Archives.