The Shakers Collection, both of national and local interest, covers the period 1804-1983. The Collection includes many rare and valuable books, pamphlets, diaries, photographs and correspondence. Mentioned frequently in the collection are five individuals: William J. Hamilton, Richard McNemar, Issachar Bates, Stephen Ball and Nancy Moore. This inventory of the archives of the United Order of Believers, or Shakers, documents the life and history of a group of simple Christians with distinct beliefs. They formed a significant chapter in American religious history and, through the establishment of Watervliet Village in 1813, of local Dayton history as well. After Watervliet Village was dissolved in 1900, many Shaker diaries and personal records were lost. This inventory will help historians and researchers locate information which otherwise would be difficult to find.
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Original Finding Aid
Finding aid prepared by Elli Bambakidis, May 1992, revised Nov. 2004