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Shakertown at Pleasant Hill collection, 1805-1920

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Processed by: Archives Staff ; machine-readable finding aid created by:Eric Weig

Title

Shakertown at Pleasant Hill collection

Date

1805-1920

Repository

University of Kentucky Special CollectionsLexington, Kentucky 40506

Arrangement

Organized topically.

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is subject to certain restrictions. See Rules For Use on file at the reference desk in Special Collections.

Preferred Citation Note

[Identification of item], Shakertown at Pleasant Hill collection, 1805-1920, 1M87M31, AAP0355LM, Special Collections, University of Kentucky.

Extent

1M87M31: 1.8 cubic ft, 1F86M-824: 3 reels.

Biography/History

The Shakers, officially known as the United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing, believed in dual Deity, Messiahship, confession, celibacy, sex equality, separation from the world, consecrated labor and common property. Founded by Ann Lee in 1774, the Shakers established a community at Pleasant Hill, Kentucky in 1805.

Scope and Content

This collection is subject to certain restrictions. See Rules For Use on file at the reference desk in Special Collections.

This collection contains records kept by the Society of Believers (Shakers) at Pleasant Hill, Kentucky. Included is a covenant of 1817, journals, diaries, poems, hymns, account books, a roll book, and correspondence. A journal by Erich Larsen (?) from 1878-1800 and a diary by Rudolph Gottfried Zollinger are included. There is also a journal of the activities of the Center Family from 1839 to 1860 and a journal and yearly census of the Society for the years 1856 through 1871 which discuss the Civil War activities in the area. The roll book lists birth, death and conversion dates of members from 1805 to 1887. There is an account book for 1815 to 1817 and a day book listing sales and receipts from 1887 to 1896. The miscellaneous correspondence includes some belonging to Mary Settles, the last resident of the community. The microfilm is a reproduction of the manuscript material.

Microfilm. Sept. 29, 1986

Subjects

  • Larsen, Erich.
  • Settles, Mary, Sister, 1826-1923.
  • Zollinger, Rudolph Gottfried, 1857-1921.
  • Shakers--Kentucky--Pleasant Hill.
  • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
  • Journals