It has been five years since I first annouced that a new Shaker bibliography was in the works. Along with my colleagues Christian Goodwillie, David Newell, and Cassandra Nawrocki, I began working on this project in earnest in 2008. I believe it will take another two to three years before it is finished.
Most of us are familiar with the bibliography created by Mary Richmond and published in 1977, so one might ask why a new Shaker bibliography is needed. Why not just create a supplement to cover the years since Richmond’s bibliography? Indeed there has been a great deal of new scholarship published in the last forty years and that material has been incorporated into the forthcoming bibliography; however, so much earlier material is now accessible that a supplement covering only the last forty years would be completely inadequate.