We are the repository for the Oneida Community Papers as well as their publications. Because of this, we also have material relating to other religious and communal societies who were in contact with the Oneida community. William A. Hinds was an important member of the Oneida Community and fashioned himself as a historian for the organization. In keeping with this role, he developed a census form that he sent to a substantial number of the communal societies in the United States. His concept was to glean the same type of information from each of these groups as well as to solicit copies of their publications to obtain additional data on them. Apparently, this approach was most successful with the Shakers because they provided many of their early tracts and promotional pieces. The Quaker material is also quite plentiful in our holdings. A fair amount of Mormon content is also in our collections. Lesser amounts of such content is available for the smaller religious and communal societies.
Researchers of religious and utopian communities might also be interested in our holdings of Antiquarian Books.
Many of the collections relating to the subjects of religion and of religious and utopian communities contain visual and audio materials. For example, see:
It is safe to say that we possess virtually all of the publications of the Oneida Community because these were presented to us by the Oneida Community Mansion House in the 1960s when it was concluded that the mansion house could not function as a research library with these materials being made available to the public. With respect to Shaker printed material, we do have some of the highlights of their publishing, including the first edition of what is known as the Shaker Bible, The Testimony of Christ's Second Appearing (Lebanon, Ohio: 1808). In addition, we have some Shaker publications that were only intended for internal use: The Youth's Guide in Zion, and Holy Mother's Promises (Canterbury, N.H., 1842) written by Elisha D. Blakeman while in a trance and The Gospel Monitor: A Little Book of Mother Ann's Word to Those Who Are Placed as Instructors and Care-Takers of Children (Canterbury, N.H., 1843). We also have the first and second editions of the The Book of Mormon as well as the very rare Doctrine and Covenants of the Church of the Latter Day Saints (Kirtland, Ohio: 1835).
Useful search terms to locate these items in the catalog include "utopianism," "Oneida," "Shaker," "Mormonism," "missionaries," "theologians," "sermons," and "black muslims."
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