This is a collection of 137 stereoviews depicting scenes from various American Shaker communities, namely, Canterbury, Mt. Lebanon and Enfield in New Hampshire, Hancock, Shirley and Fitchburg in Massachusetts, and Watervliet in New York.
This collection includes images of both the front and back of every card. A description of the contents of each card is also provided.
About Stereoviews - Stereoviews are also known as "stereographs" or "stereoscopic views." Stereoviews present two separate images side-by-side. They were intended to be viewed with a hand-held stereoscopic viewer. When viewed without such a the user is required to force his eyes either to cross, or to diverge, so that the two images appear to be three. Then as each eye sees a different image, the effect of depth is achieved in the central image of the three. For more about stereoscopic pictures see the Resources below.
Digitization of this collection was done in-house on a flatbed scanner at 600 dpi, 24-bit color and saved as uncompressed TIF images. Images were converted to JPEG2000 for high-quality Web delivery.
"Stereoscopes". Central Pacific Railroad Photgraphic History Museum.
<http://cprr.org/Museum/Ephemera/Stereo-Viewers.html> (accessed July 23, 2009)
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stereoscopy> (accessed July 23, 2009)
"About the Stereograph Cards." Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress.
<http://memory.loc.gov/pp/stereohtml/stereoabt.html> (accessed July 23, 2009)
Rubin, Cynthia Elyce. Shaker stereo views. New York ; Museum of American Folk Art, 1978.
Hamilton College Library datalog record
Stereoviews of Shaker Villages - Shaker Workshops Web site.
This Web site displays several stereoviews not included found in the Hamilton College collection.
Christian Goodwillie, Director of Special Collections and Archives
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