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This week I watched the Ken Burns documentary about the Shakers and have had the song Simple Gifts in my head ever since. So here are some manuscript collections for those who had family who practiced the Shaker religion.
Shaker Records 1769-1893 (South Union, Logan County, Kentucky) (UNC)
Shaker collection of records concerning the United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing, 1676-1837 (Enfield, Conn; Pleasant Hill and South Union, Kentucky) (LOC)
Shaker Collection, 1784-1992 (New York State Library)
Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village Library
Shaker Collection, 1792-1937 (Johns Hopkins University Libraries)
For a list of over 1300 collections having to do with the Shakers, see ArchiveGrid