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Library

The Amy Bess and Lawrence K. Miller Library

Named after the founding president of Hancock Shaker Village and her husband, the Amy Bess and Lawrence K. Miller Library (which includes the Robert F. W. Meader office) is a research library and reading room housing 13,000 primary and secondary manuscripts, ephemera, photographs, graphics and maps. Climate-controlled, closed stacks ensure the safety and preservation of this special library collection.

The following guides to the HSV Library were compiled and annotated by Dr. Magda Gabor-Hotchkiss. They cover all of the primary and some of the secondary sources in the collection. The library is available to researchers by appointment only. If you are planning a visit to the library, please make an appointment with Lesley Herzberg, Curator (413.443.0188 x244 or lherzberg@hancockshakervillage.org). You may use these guides before your visit, select items that interest you, and send a list to Ms. Herzberg, so that she can prepare for your appointment.

Visits to the library at Hancock Shaker Village are free. We do request that researchers make a small donation for the staff time and supplies provided during their visit. Thank you!

Guide I Bound Manuscripts
Guide II Unbound Manuscripts
Guide III Printed Material
Guide IV Ephemera
Guide V Shaker Owned Books

Many thanks to intern Christy Cordova for the expert scanning of Guides III and IV.