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.
- James Luther Adams Papers
- Thomas Merton Papers
- Oneida Community Collection
- Norman Vincent Peale Papers
- Paul Lachlan Peck Papers
- James A. Pike Papers
- Albert Schweitzer Papers
- Gaius Talcott Letters
- Methodist Manuscript Collection
Audio and Visual Materials
Many of the collections relating to the subjects of religion and of religious and utopian communities contain visual and audio materials. For example, see:
Rare Books and Printed Materials
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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