Library of Congress - National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections
History and genealogy of the Sabbathday Lake and Alfred, Me., communities. Includes information relating to the trading of lands owned by Jabez Ricker and Eliphaz Ring in Poland and Alfred, Me.; list of Shaker societies with dates, missions, branches, families, and short-lived communities; excerpts from The American Shakers and their furniture by John G. Shea; Alonzo Hollister's description of the square order shuffle, a dance used in Sunday afternoon meetings; and a list of symbols in Shaker spirit drawings.
These are official spiritual and financial records, and personal journals from the Shaker community at Pleasant Hill. The earliest record documents the origin and progress of the Pleasant Hill community (1 v.; 1805-ca. 1855). Others list the daily activities and domestic duties of members (2 v.; 1843-1868). Church records detail covenants and give lists of members, including biographical information (3 v.; 1845-1894). A spiritual journal describes worship services (1 v.; 1843-1846), and an account book documents taxes paid and communal funds (1 v.; 1885-1896).
Monthly publication under the direction of the Mount Lebanon Bishopric titled THE SHAKER, 1871-1877, and then THE MANIFESTO, 1878-1897, containing articles, autobiographical sketches, poetry, theology, music, news from various Shaker settlements, death notices, and letters.
A collection of Shaker publications and manuscripts. The collection includes volumes 8 to 23 and volume 26 of "The Shaker Manifesto"; a collection of Shaker music, a large number of Shaker pamphlets and other Shaker serials.