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Abstract

An artist, teacher, and breeder of English cocker spaniels, Louise Shattuck (1919-2005) was a third generation Spiritualist from Lake Pleasant, Massachusetts. After graduating from the Massachusetts College of Art in 1941, Shattuck built a career as an animal artist, producing an array of popular figurines, pastels, paintings, and cartoons, and specializing in renderings of dogs. Outside her artwork, Shattuck became a noted dog breeder as the proprietor of Carry-On Kennel, and the author of four books.

The bulk of the Shattuck Papers pertains to Louise Shattuck's personal and professional life. Her work as a teacher, writer, artist, and dog breeder are established through correspondence, publications, newspaper clippings, and personal diaries kept from 1998 through 2005. This collection also contains numerous photographs and realia which document the history of Lake Pleasant as a Spiritualist center.

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English
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Louise Shattuck Papers
1881-2006
31 boxes (24 linear ft.)
Call no.: MS 563
Background on Louise F. Shattuck
Louise Shattuck, ca.1945

Louise Shattuck, ca.1945

In her long life, Louise Shattuck wore many hats -- artist, teacher, dog-breeder, writer, and Spiritualist -- but to her, she only wore one: that of an art-making, skill-teaching, dog-breeding, writing, and spirit-talking resident of Lake Pleasant, Mass. Somehow, Shattuck managed the difficult feat of knitting these disparate strands into a single, seamless life, her professional and personal interests weaving together in a uniquely creative way.

Geographically, intellectually, and spiritually, the center of Shattuck's life was the village of Lake Pleasant, Mass. One of five villages in the town of Montague, Lake Pleasant was established in 1870 when George Potter, a real estate agent from neighboring Greenfield, sensed a business opportunity. Acquiring the land around the southern tip of the lake, Potter set up picnic tables and invited local residents to use the area as a park. It was an instant success, so much so Potter rapidly decided to cash out, selling the property to the Boston and Maine Railroad Company in 1872 so that it could be expanded into a regional destination for summer tourism. Taking advantage of the scenic lake front and deep woods, the Railroad erected a railroad stop, a pavilion and bandstand, hotel, and other amenities. Waging an aggressive marketing campaign, they lured dozens, and eventually thousands of tourists per year. From the outset, some of these visitors came in groups: Odd Fellows, Freemasons, Congregationalists, Unitarians, and Spiritualists among them.

It was Spiritualists, more than any other group, who exerted the greatest influence on the development of Lake Pleasant, and particularly those associated with the New England Spiritualist Camp-meeting Association (NESCA). Formed in 1874 and incorporated in 1879, NESCA was part of the first wave of truly successful regional- and national-level Spiritualist organizations, built upon the evangelical model of holding seasonal (and later permanent) camp meetings. From the beginning, NESCA found a home in Lake Pleasant, paralleling other Spiritualist groups that attached themselves to camps in Etna, Maine, Lilydale, N.Y., Chesterfield, Ind., and Cassadaga, Fla. Spiritualism soon transformed the look and feel of the community in the pine woods. "There never was a summer night when one did not have a choice of attending any number of [Spiritualist] 'circles'," Shattuck wrote in Yankee Magazine in 1968 (p.141). In 1913, a number of Lake Pleasant Spiritualists affiliated with NESCA split with their peers over some philosophical differences (reincarnation among them) to form the National Spiritual Alliance (TNSA). For over sixty years, the village hosted two Spiritualist temples, one for each faction.

When Louise was born on December 24, 1919, the only child of a railway electrician Frank Shattuck and his wife Sarah (Bickford), Lake Pleasant was in its heyday. Like their adopted village, the Shattucks were committed Spiritualists: Louise's maternal grandmother, Anna (Dyer) Bickford, was one of the early mediums at the resort, and Sarah Shattuck (also called Sara or Sadie) followed suit, delivering spirit messages and inspiration from spirit sources up until the time of Louise's birth. Louise inherited mediumistic tendencies from her women forebears, and although she never acted as a professional medium, throughout her life she engaged in automatic writing and in use of the planchette and Ouija board to contact spirit beings.

In the years following the First World War, Lake Pleasant experienced a slow decline, driven in part by the decrease of summering as a middle class activity and of Spiritualism as a religion. Although the rise of the automobile and decay of the American rail system hurt many summer resorts, Lake Pleasant was hit particularly hard after access to the lake was curtailed, then shut off, when its waters became a reservoir for the town of Montague. The Shattucks, however, remained loyal. Although Louise was born and raised in Medford, Mass., she and her family continued to summer in the cottage that Frank had built barely twenty yards from the TNSA temple, and following Frank's death in 1948, Sarah became a full time resident.

Louise emulated her mother in more than just mediumistic talent: the two shared a passion for animals, particularly dogs, for art and teaching. By her senior year at Medford High School, was already set on her future life course, entering Massachusetts College of Art (class of 1941) intent on making a career in the graphic arts. Although she taught art off and on for many years, beginning with a stint teaching ceramics at Garland Junior College in Boston (later absorbed into Simmons College), she began as early as 1943 to produce ceramic, clay, and bronze figurines for commercial distribution. Striking her first contracts with the Boston firm Contemporary Arts, and taking her grandmother's maiden name (Ann Dyer) as a pseudonym, she began to distribute work through Hudson Pewter, Lance Corporation, and the American Pewter Company.

Thematically and stylistically, Louise's early work was quite diverse, ranging from a figurine of a ballet dancer to a small sculpture of an Arab rider on horseback (one of her favorite pieces) that was sculpted under the influence of a spirit named Charles Memling. By the mid-1940s, however, her work acquired a real focus when she settled into a niche as an animal artist, dogs being her distinct favorite subject. An early member of the Society of Animal Arts), she also did a great deal of graphic work for magazines, particularly those associated with dog breeding, producing pen and ink drawings and cartoons, as well as pastels and paintings, both for private commission and retail distribution. Her love of dogs extended well beyond her artwork, and dogs assumed a greater prominence in her life as she grew older. As proprietor of Carry On Kennels, she became well known as a breeder of English Cocker Spaniels and stalwart in the English Cocker Spaniel Club of America.

Louise also became an author. In addition to two humorous works on her experiences with dogs, From Riches to Bitches (1979) and In Stitches Over Bitches (1983), Louise wrote and illustrated a children's book, The Donkey and the Tree (1999). Her last book, co-written with her friend David James, was "portrait of the body, mind, and soul" of her beloved Lake Pleasant, Spirit and Spa (2003).

Never married, Louise joined her mother in Lake Pleasant in 1967 as Sarah's health began to fail. Louise remained active as a sculptor and illustrator well into her 80s, remaining in her family cottage until her death in October 2005.

Contents of Collection

The Shattuck Papers offer a window onto the eclectic life of artist, dog breeder, and Spiritualist Louise Shattuck and onto the equally eclectic Spiritualist community of Lake Pleasant, Mass. Organized into five series, the collection documents Louise's life from her childhood until her death, with an emphasis upon her connections to her community. Her diverse interests interweave throughout the collection, appearing in correspondence and writings, newspaper clippings and photographs, and in her voluminous diaries, kept sporadically between 1928 and the mid-1970s and regularly from then until 2005.

Of particular note in the collection are a small, but rich assortment of materials relating to Spiritualism. Among the photographs, pamphlets, and realia are items reflecting both Louise's Spiritualist practices and her interest in the history of Spiritualism and the Lake Pleasant community. A Lake Pleasant photograph album, along with a few publications and objects provide sketchy, but intriguing documentation of the Independent Order of Scalpers, a fraternal club in the village, but the collection also includes extensive samples of Louise's automatic writing, transcripts of Ouija board sessions, and four excellent examples of spirit slates with chalk inscriptions, dating from the time of Louise's grandmother (ca.1900-1910). Also included in a small assortment of Spiritualist pamphlets published by the Star Publishing Co. of Springfield, Mass., is H. A. Budington's History of the New England Campmeeting Association at Lake Pleasant.

Series descriptions
1902-2006
5.5 boxes (3.75 linear feet)

Shattuck's private and professional lives were intricately interwoven, and as such, the contents of this series pertain both to Louise's personal affairs and business ventures. With a few exceptions, the correspondence dates from Louise's childhood in the 1920s forward, with somewhat uneven survival through the years. Among the relatively few letters of Sarah Shattuck are some fascinating glimpses into her mediumistic activities, including a "Translation of a Persian message to the world given through the mediumship of Sara Bickford" (undated), written on the letterhead of the Spiritualist historian of Lake Pleasant, H.A. Budington, and a letter from John E. Coover of Stanford University (1915) discussing his views of automatic writing.

Series 1 also includes a large number of pen sketches and cartoons, largely depicting dogs, and numerous contracts for figurines Shattuck created for Contemporary Arts (mostly under the pseudonym Anna Dyer), the American Pewter Company, Hudson Pewter, and the Lance Corporation. Together, these provide a sense of the range of Shattuck's commercial work and how her interests evolved through the course of her career. Other miscellaneous items include newspaper clippings and a variety of legal documents, including birth certificates for Louise and other members of her family.

1919-2004
10.5 boxes (5.25 linear feet)

Shattuck kept a diary regularly from 1928 to 2005. At the end of almost each day, she wrote at least one full page discussing the day's work and events, often commenting that she was not getting enough done, and occasionally referring to money issues or personal conflicts. Two diaries in the series (1916, 1952)belonged to Louise's mother, Sarah Bickford Shattuck.

1881-2004
1 box (0.5 linear feet)

While not born in Lake Pleasant, Louise was in a sense born to Lake Pleasant. From her mother and mother's mother, she inherited mediumistic abilities. Series 3 contains abundant evidence of Louise's efforts at spirit communication, including extensive sheafs of automatic writing, spirit writing, and transcripts of Ouija board sessions, along with a small number of relatively scarce Spiritualist pamphlets published by the Star Publishing Company of Springfield, Mass. While Lake Pleasant postcards have been included in this series, photographs and other audio/visual materials pertaining to Lake Pleasant and Spiritualism are to be found in Series 4: Audio/Visual.

This series contains primarily photographs, dating from the late 1800s to 2005. Several photograph albums are dedicated to documenting Louise's English cocker spaniels as they progressed in their training, while others pertain primarily to recording her artwork, especially sculpture. Of note are a number of photographs of Louise herself, from when she was less than a year old to very near the end of her life. Also included are slides and negatives as well as CD-ROM slide shows and a single video cassette. All audio or visual materials relating to Spiritualism and Lake Pleasant are to be found in this series.

1907-circa 1970

Among the realia in the Shattuck Papers are several examples of Shattuck's artwork, most notably her statue of an Arab rider on horseback, created under the influence of the spirit, Charles Memling. Also included are Spiritualist artifacts such as a feathered headdress (from Lake Pleasant's Independent Order of Scalpers), a set of divining rods, and a Ouija board, and less directly three unidentified locks of human hair, and Shattuck's cremated remains, housed in a sealed vessel in the shape of a dog's head. Finally, the series includes a framed self-portrait by Sarah Bickford Shattuck, ca.1920?, dressed in a white gown worn during a Spiritualist play.

Collection inventory
Series 1: Personal and Business
1902-2006
"Accept the Glory of Easter"
undated
Box 1: 1
Adams, Willis Seaver
1921-1968
Box 1: 2
"A Real History of How the Tomahawk was Buried in 1902"
1902
Box 1: 3
Art and Writings, Childhood
1920s-1930s
Box 1: 4
Art, Copper Print Plate, "Ex Libris"
undated
Box 1: 5
Art, Fliers and Advertisements
1960s-2000
Box 1: 6
Art, Portrait of Sarah Bickford Shattuck by Louise Shattuck
undated
Box 1: 7
Art, Other
undated
Box 1: 8
Art, Pamphlets
1934-1954
Box 1: 9
Art, Pastels/Other
undated
Box 1: 10
Art, Sale Invitation Card, Sara Louise Bickford
undated
Box 1: 11
Art, Sketches/Cartoons
1930-2005
Box 1: 12
Art, Sketches/Cartoons
1930-2005
Box 1: 13
Art, Sketches/Cartoons
1930-2005
Box 1: 14
Art, Sketches/Cartoons
1930-2005
Box 1: 15
Art, Sketches/Cartoons
1930-2005
Box 2: 1
Art, Sketches/Cartoons
1930-2005
Box 2: 2
Art, "The English Cocker Spaniel Cookbook"
undated
Box 2: 3
Art, "The Lake Pleasanter"
1945
Box 2: 4
Athol Orchestral Society Schedule
1902
Box 2: 5
"A Visit from St. Nicholas"
undated
Box 2: 6

Re-creation of the 1849 illustrated edition.

Award of Merit Card, American National Red Cross, Mrs. F. R. R. Shattuck
1953
Box 2: 7
Baby Book
1919
Box 2: 8
Bickford, Frank A., "Carpenter and Builder," Stationary
undated
Box 2: 9
Bickford, John R., Construction Service Flier
undated
Box 2: 10
Bickford Newsletter
1999-2000
Box 2: 11
Calendar, Christian
1970
Box 2: 12
"Canine Collector's Companion"
1985
Box 2: 13
Correspondence, Business, Art
1957-1999
Box 2: 14
Correspondence, Business, Art, American Pewter Company
1975-1982
Box 2: 15
Correspondence, Business, Art, Lance Corporation
1977-1981
Box 2: 16
Correspondence, Business, Art, Silva Enterprises/JEB Casting
1982-1983
Box 2: 17
Correspondence, Business, Art, The Tropical Shells Co.
1979-1981
Box 2: 18
Correspondence, Business, Dogs
1979-1985
Box 2: 19
Correspondence, Business, Dogs, Heredities Limited
1981-1983
Box 2: 20
Correspondence, Business, Teaching
1941-1957
Box 2: 21
Correspondence, Business, Writing
2001, 2005
Box 2: 22
Correspondence, Business, Writing, Galde Press
1998-2000
Box 2: 23
Correspondence, Business, Writing, Howell Book Press
1978-1979
Box 2: 24
Correspondence, Business, Writing, Howell Book Press
1980-1983
Box 2: 25
Correspondence, Business, Writing, Howell Book Press
1993
Box 2: 26
Correspondence, Business, Writing, Macmillian/Simon & Schuster
1993-1994
Box 2: 27
Correspondence, Legal, Zissu, Stein, Bergman, Couture & Mosher
1978-1982
Box 2: 28
Correspondence, Other, Assorted
1920-1983
Box 3: 1
Correspondence, Other, Assorted, Concerning Boyle, William Glenn
1990
Box 3: 2
Correspondence, Other, Hicks, Varion
1945
Box 3: 3
Correspondence, Other, Shattuck, Sarah Bickford, Legal
1961
Box 3: 4
Correspondence, Other, Shattuck, Sarah Bickford, Personal
1910-1935
Box 3: 5
Correspondence, Other, Shattuck, Sarah Bickford, Personal, with Adams, Willis Seaver
undated
Box 3: 6
Correspondence, Personal
1925-2005
Box 3: 7
Correspondence, Personal
circa 1965
Box 3: 8

Letters between Charles Bickford and Sarah Bickford Shattuck and Louise Shattuck.

Correspondence, Personal, Childhood
circa 1930
Box 3: 9

Letters between Louise Shattuck and Frank R. Shattuck.

Correspondence, Personal, Childhood
circa 1930
Box 3: 10

Between Louise Shattuck and Sarah Bickford Shattuck.

Correspondence, Personal, Boyle, William Glenn
1953-1990
Box 3: 11
Correspondence, Personal, Genealogical
1974-2004
Box 3: 12
Correspondence, Personal, Medical, Kalia, Kamal K.
2004
Box 3: 13
Correspondence, Personal
undated
Box 3: 14

Reply to a personal ad placed by Louise Shattuck.

Diploma, Bickford, Sara Louise, Massachusetts Normal Art School
1907
Box 26
Documents, Art, Assignments and Agreements
1944-2004
Box 3: 15
Documents, Birth Certificates
1940-1976
Box 3: 16
Documents, Copyright
undated
Box 3: 17
Documents, Copyright
undated
Box 3: 18
Documents, Dogs
undated
Box 3: 19
Documents, Education, Diplomas
1908-1941
Box 3: 20
Documents, Financial and Receipts
1944-2000
Box 3: 21
Documents, Funeral
1936-1960
Box 3: 22
Documents, Hampshire, Franklin and Hampden Agricultural Society, Life Membership Ticket, Bickford, Louise
1907
Box 3: 23
Documents, Legal, Casey vs. Shattuck
1980-1985
Box 4: 1
Documents, Marriage
1916
Box 4: 2
Documents, Publication Agreements, Galde Press, Inc.
1998
Box 4: 3
Documents, Publication Agreements, Howell Book Press
1978-1982
Box 4: 4
Documents, Results, Pewter Chemical Composition Test
1981
Box 4: 5
Documents, Royalty
1991-2005
Box 4: 6
Documents, Shore Leave, Hicks, Varion
1940
Box 4: 7
Documents, Social Security
1919-1978
Box 4: 8
Documents, Vaccination
1926
Box 4: 9
ECSCA Review
2006
Box 4: 10
English Cocker Spaniel Handbook
1955, 1974
Box 4: 11
Flood Views
1938
Box 4: 12
Garland Junior College Pamphlets
undated
Box 4: 13
Genealogy Information, Shattuck Family
undated
Box 4: 14
"Home Town Recipes of Lake Pleasant"
undated
Box 4: 15
Honorable Discharge Card, Women's Relief Corps: Shattuck, Sara Bickford
1917
Box 4: 16
Howell Books Catalog
1987
Box 4: 17
Hudson Pewter Catalog
undated
Box 4: 18
Ladies' Dog Club, Inc.
undated
Box 4: 19
Martha's Vineyard "Tabernacle"
1979
Box 4: 20
Massachusetts School of Art, Brochure
circa 1930
Box 4: 21
Massachusetts School of Art, Yearbook
1938
Box 4: 22
Massachusetts School of Art, Yearbook
1941
Box 5: 1
Medford High School, Class of 1937, Yearbook; 50th Reunion Book
1937, 1987
Box 5: 2
Newspaper Clippings
various dates
Box 5: 3
Newspaper Clippings
various dates
Box 5: 4
Newspaper Clippings, Boyle, William Glenn
undated
Box 5: 5
NGS NewsMagazine
2004
Box 5: 6
Postcards and other cards
undated
Box 5: 7
Puppy Primer
1990
Box 5: 8
"Sappho and Sophocles"
1902
Box 5: 9
Scholarship Noticification Card, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
undated
Box 5: 10
Scrapbook
undated
Box 25
Scrapbook
[1944]
Box 19
Scrapbook
[1945]
Box 19
Scrapbook, "The Opera"
undated
Box 5: 11
Scrapbook, individual pages
undated
Box 5: 12
Shopping List, Shattuck, Sarah Bickford
circa 1920
Box 5: 13
Society of Animal Artists News
2006
Box 5: 14
"Theta"
1974
Box 5: 15
"Whalom Breeze"
1908
Box 6: 1
Writings, Assorted
various dates
Box 6: 2
Writings, Drafts, Periodicals
undated
Box 6: 3
Writings, Assorted
various dates
Box 6: 4

Not by Louise Shattuck.

Writings, Poetry
undated
Box 6: 5

Not by Louise Shattuck.

Writings, Poetry
undated
Box 6: 6

Not by Louise Shattuck.

Writings, Notebook
undated
Box 6: 7
Writings, Publications, Books, Advertisements
circa 1996
Box 6: 8
Writings, Publications, Books, "The Donkey and the Tree"
1999
Box 6: 9
Writings, Publications, Books, "From Riches to Bitches: Pick of the Litter," Cover mock up
undated
Box 6: 10
Writings, Publications, Books, Reviews of
1978-1984
Box 6: 11
Writings, Publications, Periodicals
1968-1969
Box 6: 12
Writings, Publications, Periodicals
undated
Box 6: 13
Writings, School and College
1925-1941
Box 6: 14
Series 2: Diaries
1916-2004
Bickford, Jon R.: Diary
undated
Box 19
Diary, "Our Wedding Trip"
1916 Sept 11
Box 15: 2
Shattuck, Louise: Diaries
1928 May-June
Box 6: 15
Shattuck, Louise: Diaries
1930
Box 21
Shattuck, Louise: Diaries
1930
Box 21
Shattuck, Louise: Diaries
1932
Box 25
Shattuck, Louise: Diaries
1936
Box 25
Shattuck, Louise: Diaries, Missing Pages
1937 Feb 22-23
Box 6: 16
Shattuck, Louise: Diaries
1939
Box 21
Shattuck, Louise: Diaries
1974-1976
Box 25
Shattuck, Louise: Diaries
1976 Mar-Aug
Box 6: 17
Shattuck, Louise: Diaries
1976 Aug-Nov
Box 6: 18
Shattuck, Louise: Diaries
1976 Nov-1977 Apr
Box 6: 19
Shattuck, Louise: Diaries
1977 Apr-Sept
Box 7: 1
Shattuck, Louise: Diaries
1977 Sept-1978 Feb
Box 7: 2
Shattuck, Louise: Diaries
1978 Feb-Aug
Box 7: 3
Shattuck, Louise: Diaries
1978 Aug-1979 Jan
Box 7: 4
Shattuck, Louise: Diaries
1979 Jan-June
Box 7: 5
Shattuck, Louise: Diaries
1979 June-Sept
Box 7: 6
Shattuck, Louise: Diaries
1979 Sept-1980 Feb
Box 7: 7
Shattuck, Louise: Diaries
1980 Feb-July
Box 8: 1
Shattuck, Louise: Diaries
1980 July-Oct
Box 8: 2
Shattuck, Louise: Diaries
1980 Oct-Dec
Box 8: 3
Shattuck, Louise: Diaries
1980 Dec-1981 Mar
Box 8: 4
Shattuck, Louise: Diaries
1981 Mar-Aug
Box 8: 5
Shattuck, Louise: Diaries
1981 Aug-1982 Jan
Box 8: 6
Shattuck, Louise: Diaries
1982 Jan-July
Box 8: 7
Shattuck, Louise: Diaries
1982 July-Sept
Box 8: 8
Shattuck, Louise: Diaries
1982 Dec-1983 Mar
Box 9: 1
Shattuck, Louise: Diaries
1983 Mar-Aug
Box 9: 2
Shattuck, Louise: Diaries
1983 Aug-Oct
Box 9: 3
Shattuck, Louise: Diaries
1983 Oct-1984 Jan
Box 9: 4
Shattuck, Louise: Diaries
1984 Jan-June
Box 9: 5
Shattuck, Louise: Diaries
1984 June-Sept
Box 9: 6
Shattuck, Louise: Diaries
1984 Sept-1985 Feb
Box 9: 7
Shattuck, Louise: Diaries
1985 Feb-July
Box 9: 8
Shattuck, Louise: Diaries
1985 July-Dec
Box 10: 1
Shattuck, Louise: Diaries
1986 Jan-June
Box 10: 2
Shattuck, Louise: Diaries
1986 June-Aug
Box 10: 3
Shattuck, Louise: Diaries
1986 Aug-1987 Feb
Box 10: 4
Shattuck, Louise: Diaries
1987 Feb-July
Box 10: 5
Shattuck, Louise: Diaries
1987 July-Dec
Box 10: 6
Shattuck, Louise: Diaries
1987 Dec-1988 Apr
Box 10: 7
Shattuck, Louise: Diaries
1988 May-Aug
Box 11: 1
Shattuck, Louise: Diaries
1988 Aug-1989 Jan
Box 11: 2
Shattuck, Louise: Diaries
1989 Jan-June
Box 11: 3
Shattuck, Louise: Diaries
1989 June-Nov
Box 11: 4
Shattuck, Louise: Diaries
1989 Nov-1990 Feb
Box 11: 5
Shattuck, Louise: Diaries
1990 Feb-July
Box 11: 6
Shattuck, Louise: Diaries
1990 July-Dec
Box 11: 7
Shattuck, Louise: Diaries
1991 Jan-June
Box 12: 1
Shattuck, Louise: Diaries
1991 June-Nov
Box 12: 2
Shattuck, Louise: Diaries
1991 Nov-1992 Feb
Box 12: 3
Shattuck, Louise: Diaries
1992 Feb-July
Box 12: 4
Shattuck, Louise: Diaries
1992 July-Dec
Box 12: 5
Shattuck, Louise: Diaries
1992 Dec-1993 May
Box 12: 6
Shattuck, Louise: Diaries
1993May-Dec
Box 12: 7
Shattuck, Louise: Diaries
1993 Dec-1994 Sept
Box 13: 1
Shattuck, Louise: Diaries
1994 Sept-1995 June
Box 13: 2
Shattuck, Louise: Diaries
1995 June-1996 Jan
Box 13: 3
Shattuck, Louise: Diaries
1996 Jan-June
Box 13: 4
Shattuck, Louise: Diaries
1996 June-1997 Feb
Box 13: 5
Shattuck, Louise: Diaries
1997 Feb-Nov
Box 13: 6
Shattuck, Louise: Diaries
1997 Nov-1998 Nov
Box 13: 7
Shattuck, Louise: Diaries
1998 Nov-199 Aug
Box 14: 1
Shattuck, Louise: Diaries
1999 Aug-Dec
Box 14: 2
Shattuck, Louise: Diaries
1999 Dec-2000 Apr
Box 14: 3
Shattuck, Louise: Diaries
2000 Apr-2001 Feb
Box 14: 4
Shattuck, Louise: Diaries
2001 July-2002 July
Box 14: 5
Shattuck, Louise: Diaries
2003 Jan-Sept
Box 14: 6
Shattuck, Louise: Diaries
2003 Sept-Nov
Box 14: 7
Shattuck, Louise: Diaries
2004 Aug-2005 Apr
Box 15: 1
Shattuck, Sarah Bickford: Diaries
1952
Box 25
Series 3: Lake Pleasant and Spiritualism
1881-2004
Automatic Writing
undated
Box 15: 3
Automatic Writing, Shattuck, Louise
1945
Box 15: 4
Banner of Life
1923-1933
Box 31

Spiritualist newspaper.

Bowles, Samuel: Spiritualist Pamphlets through the medium Carrolinn E.S. Twing, Later Papers: A Supplement to the Experiences of Samuel Bowles... in Spirit Life (1881) and Visiting in Heaven (1909). Springfield, Mass.: Star Publishing Co.
1881-1909
Box 15: 5
Budington, H. A.: History of the New England Campmeeting Association at Lake Pleasant, Mass.. Springfield, Mass.: Star Publishing Co.
1907
Box 15: 7
"History of Lake Pleasant" Lecture Flier
2004
Box 15: 6
Independent Order of Scalpers, 28th Annual Trail Pamphlet
1921
Box 15: 8
Independent Order of Scalpers, 31st Annual Trail Pamphlet
1924
Box 15: 9
Independent Order of Scalpers, By-Laws
undated
Box 15: 10
Lake Pleasant Centennial Envelope
1974 Aug 6
Box 15: 11
Lake Pleasant Postcards
undated
Box 15: 12
Messenger
1930 Oct
Box 31

Spiritualist journal.

New England Spiritualists Campmeeting Association, Constitutions and By-Laws
1895
Box 15: 13
New England Spiritualist Camp Meeting Association, Programs
1948-1950
Box 15: 14
Ouija Board Messages
1967-1969
Box 15: 15
Prof. William Denton Speaks Again. Springfield, Mass. : Star Publishing Co.
circa 1899
Box 15: 16
Spirit Session
1968 Oct
Box 15: 17
Spirit Writing
1945 Jan
Box 15: 18
Spirit Writing
1945 Feb
Box 15: 19
Spirit Writing
1945 Mar
Box 15: 20
Spirit Writing
1945 Apr
Box 15: 21
Series 4: Audiovisual
1895-2004
CD-ROMs, Lake Pleasant
2004
Box 16: 1
Photograph Album
1948-1964
Box 16: 2
Photograph Album
undated
Box 16: 3
Photograph Album
undated
Box 16: 4
Photograph Album
undated
Box 20
Photograph Album
undtaed
Box 24
Photograph Album: Portfolio of photographs of Louise Shattuck's dog art
ca.1980s
Box 27
Photograph Album
undated
Box 27
Photograph Album
undated
Box 29
Photograph Album
undated
Box 29
Photograph Album, Lake Pleasant
undated
Box 16: 5
Photograph Album, Pages, "Remember 1977'
1977
Box 16: 6
Photograph, framed, Shattuck, F. R. R.
undated
Box 22
Photograph Album, Shattuck, Sarah Bickford
Box 16: 7
Photograph Album, Shattuck, Sarah Bickford
1895-1940
Box 30
Photograph, Louise Shattuck and Dog
1989
Box 30
Photograph, Louise Shattuck and Dog
1991
Box 30
Photograph, Shattuck, Louise, "Bronze Boxer Pups"
undated
Box 30
Photograph, Shattuck, Louise, "Bronze Retrievers"
undated
Box 30
Photograph, Shattuck, Louise, "Clay Model"
undated
Box 30
Photograph, Shattuck, Louise, "Great Dane"
undated
Box 30
Photograph, Shattuck, Louise, "Stoneware Trophy"
undated
Box 30
Photographs
circa 1920
Box 16: 8
Photographs
various dates
Box 17: 1
Photographs
circa 1900
Box 17: 2
various dates
Box 17: 3
Photographs
circa 1940
Box 17: 4
Photographs
various dates
Box 17: 5
Photographs
various dates
Box 23
Photographs, Art
undated
Box 17: 6
Photographs: Art, Shattuck, Louise
undated
Box 17: 7
Photographs: Art, Shattuck, Louise
undated
Box 17: 8
Photographs: Art, Shattuck, Louise
undated
Box 17: 9
Photographs: Bickford Family
circa 1910
Box 17: 10
Photographs: Bickford Family
circa 1910
Box 17: 11
Photographs: Bickford Family
circa 1910
Box 17: 12
Photographs: Dogs
various dates
Box 18: 1
Photographs: Dog Shows
undated
Box 18: 2
Photographs: Dog Shows
circa 1970-1990
Box 18: 3
Photographs: Hobart Family
undated
Box 18: 4
Photographs: Lake Pleasant
undated
Box 18: 5
Photographs: Shattuck, Louise
various dates
Box 18: 6
Photographs, Tintype
circa 1895-1920
Box 18: 7
Photogravure plate
circa 1880s-11910s
Box 22
Photogravure plate
circa 1900-1920
Box 22

Possibly Sarah Bickford Shattuck.

Slides and Negatives
undated
Box 18: 8
Video Cassette, "How I Helped To Win The War"
2000
Box 18: 9
Series 5: Realia
1907-circa 1970
Art, Shattuck, Louise, "Shaddaq's Summer"
circa 1937
Box 30
Art, Shattuck, Louise, Pastel Portrait of Sarah Bickford
undated
Box 30
Banner
undated
Box 28
Feathered Headress, Shattuck, F. R.
undated
Box 26
Hair
undated
Box 18: 10

Possibly Shattuck, Louise or Shattuck, Sarah Bickford.

Ouija Board
circa 1970
Box 31
Paperweight, "Spiritualistic Temple, Lake Pleasant, Mass.
undated
Box 22
Pocketed Sash
undated
Box 26
Shattuck, Sarah Bickford: Self-portrait in white gown (worn in a Spiritualist play)
ca.1920
Framed artwork
Fan, The National Spiritual Alliance
ca.1924
Box 28
Fan, National Spiritual Alliance
ca.1924
Box 28
Somerville Grange Ribbon
undated
Box 26
Spirit slates
ca.1900
4 items
Box 26

The slates include messages from Dr. Joseph H. Beals (a dentist from Greenfield and founder and past-President of the New England Spiritualist Camp-meeting Association) and other spirits addressed to Mrs. [Ann Dyer] Bickford.

Trophy Plate, New England Dog Training Club
1948
Box 22
Woven Pocket Basket
undated
Box 26
Woven Pocket Basket
undated
Box 26
Wooden Statue, "Lake Pleasant Fire,"
1907 Apr
Box 22
Administrative information
Provenance

Acquired from David James in 2006.

Processing Information

Processed by Alex Lent, 2008.

Separated Material

Several books were separated from the Shattuck Papers and added to the Rare Books collection.

  • Gatlin, Dana. Unity's Fifty Golden Years: A History of the Unity Movement 1889-1939. Kansas City, Missouri: Unity School of Christianity, 1939.
  • Massey, Gerald. The Historical Jesus and the Mythical Christ. Springfield, MA: Star Publishing Co.
  • Miller, Peter S. and Kyle J. Scott. Images of America: Montague. Charlston, SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2000.
  • Shattuck, Lemuel. Memorials of the Descendants of William Shattuck. Boston, MA: Dutton and Wentworth, 1855.
  • Shattuck, Louise F. In Stitches Over Bitches and Now Your Vet Wants a Rolls-Royce! New York, NY: Howell Book House Inc., 1983.
  • Shattuck, Louise F. From Riches to Bitches and a Cadillac for Your Vet! New York, NY: Howell Book House Inc., 1985.
  • Shattuck, Louise F. From Riches to Bitches: Pick of the Litter. Wheat Ridge, CO: Hoflin Publishing, Inc., 1996.
  • Shattuck, Louise and David James. Spirit and Spa: A Portrait of the Body, Mind and Soul of a 133-Year-Old Spiritualist Community in Lake Pleasant, Massachusetts. Greenfield, MA: Delta House Press, 2003.
  • Spiritualist Hymnal: A Revised Collection of Words and Music for the Congregation. Boston, MA: R.D. Music Company, 1998.
  • Thompson, G. Tabor. Is the Devil the Father of Spiritualism? Philadelphia, PA: G. Tabor Thompson, 1911.
  • Thompson, G. Tabor. Ministry of Song. Philadelphia, PA: G. Tabor Thompson, 1892.
  • Thompson, G. Tabor. The Psychic Songster. Kila, MT: Kessinger Publishing, Inc.
Related Material

See also the Aurin F. Hill Papers (MS 579), President of the National Spiritual Alliance and sometime resident of Lake Pleasant.

Copyright and Use (More informationConnect to publication information)

Cite as: Louise Shattuck Papers (MS 563). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries.

Search terms
Subjects
  • Cocker spaniels.
  • Dogs--Breeding.
  • Independent Order of Scalpers.
  • Lake Pleasant (Mass.)--History.
  • Mediums--Massachusetts.
  • Montague (Mass.)--History.
  • Spirit writings.
  • Spiritualism.
Names
  • Shattuck, Louise F.
  • Shattuck, Sarah Bickford.
Genre terms
  • Cartoons (humorous images).
  • Diaries.
  • Photographs.