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This collection is archived in Manuscripts & Folklife Archives at Western Kentucky University; 270-745-6434;


Finding aid for Manuscripts Collection 518. Full text of Sears family documents can be accessed by clicking "Additional Files" below. Shaker manuscript hymnal commenced by Polly Ann Smith in 1848; copy book of Shaker Chauncey E. Sears, 1840-1870, which includes occasional original poems and essays by Sears as well as short examples of popular and historical authors; an 1829 letter from Rufus Bishop that extols the moral virtues of the Shakers; historical and genealogical information about the Sears family.


Christian Denominations and Sects | Religion | United States History

Sears 1.pdf (276 kB)
William Henry Sears Letters (2)

Sears 2.pdf (68 kB)
Charles May Sears - Brief Biography

Sears 3.pdf (222 kB)
Chauncey Sears - Brief Biography

Sears 4.pdf (824 kB)
General Information About Shakers

Sears 5.pdf (85 kB)
Sears Family Genealogy