The Emma B. King Research Library


The Emma B. King Research Library at the Shaker Museum|Mount Lebanon is a major resource for scholars, curators, and students of Shaker history. The library holds and archive collection of manuscripts, Shaker imprints, photographs, art, and ephemera as well as reference materials about the Shakers. In 1961, the Shaker Central Ministry designated the library as the official repository for records of discontinued Shaker societies. The library is named for Eldress Emma B. King, who led the Shaker Central Ministry from 1946 to 1966, and who aided museum founder John S. Williams in his assembling the collection.

The library is located in Old Chatham, New York, and is open year-round by appointment. Museum staff and volunteers attempt to answer questions by email or mail. The library is not a lending institution, and does nto participate in interlibrary loans.

To schedule a visit to the Library, please contact Jerry Grant by email or by phone at 518-794-9100 x219. For other inquiries, write to or call x220.

Shaker Archive Consortium

In 2009, the Library began a project to digitize, label, and manage a significant collection of Shaker printed materials, photographs, and manuscripts.  The first phase of this effort has been funded in part by a generous grant from the Leon Levy Foundation.

Click here to visit the archives.

Check back as we continue to build a comprehensive digital collection!