Selected Special Collections
Shaker literature donated by John Patterson MacLean, (487 items).
John Patterson MacLean, a native Ohioan and American Universalist Minister, donated primary and secondary literature on the "Western" Shakers of Ohio. Primarily comprised of books, pamphlets, songs, poetry and assorted ephemera, the collection focuses on the writings of Richard McNemar with printers in Watervliet, as well as Union Village and Lebanon, Ohio.
"The literature of Shakerism is an essential part of the history of Ohio. Such publications as the Shakers have circulated helped in the development of the character of its advocates. The Believers who have resided in Ohio from time to time gave their literary efforts to the world, and thus helped to impress the minds of co-believers in other states." J.P. MacLean from Bibliography of Shaker Literature, 1909.
Digitized Items from the Shaker Collection