The Amy Bess and Lawrence K. Miller Library

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

The library is available to researchers by appointment only. Contact Sarah Margolis-Pineo, Curator, at 413.443.0188 x232, or

The Library guides (below), compiled and annotated by Dr. Magda Gabor-Hotchkiss, cover all primary and some secondary sources in the collection. Researchers wishing to use source materials can prepare a list of items ahead of their visit and email it to the Curator.  While access to the Library is free, we request that researchers make a donation for 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.